How Chiropractic Care Is Reducing Panic Attacks
Can regular chiropractic care reduce panic disorder? Recent research from Brown University suggests that there is a way.
Harvard/Brown Anxiety Research Program looked at how Panic Disorder changed over time relative to a stressful life event. They expected that panic symptoms would spike close to the time of the event, but this was not the case.
They studied patients over time and found that panic disorder symptoms progressively worsened slowly over 3 months following a specific ‘stress life event’, including serious family discord and losing a job.
Since the effects of the stress grew slowly, there is time for coping measures and stress control to have a positive effect. One very effective tool for stress reduction, is proper body mechanics and pain reduction through regular chiropractic care. There have been a number of studies demonstrating how chiropractic care reduces pain thresholds and nervous system excitation. One such study, published in January 2010, looked at pain reduction in the lumbar spine of horses.
You don’t have to be a scientist to know that reduced chronic pain, like pain from low back injuries, whiplash, disc degeneration, can reduce the over-all stress of a person. Reduced overall stress, and nervousness, can help minimize the long-term effect and increase of panic disorder. Most chiropractors, myself included, are not treating Panic Disorder itself. We are treating joint pain and the nervous system which, in turn, helps reduce over-all body stress.
In the 3 month window following the stressful life event, one should do many things to help reduce stress and cope. Certainly, proper diet, and exercise are important. So is regular chiropractic care to maintain proper structure and function of the nervous system. Chronic pain is a stress-event and it can be reduced with proper application of chiropractic treatments.
Innova Pain Clinic, in St George UT, has specific protocols that have been developed, refined, and honed to maximize recovery for patients. If you have recently suffered a significant stress life event, please call us and schedule an appointment so we can help reduce your over-all stress.
Dr. Andrew White
Chiropractic Physician focusing on chronic pain St George, UT
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SULLIVAN, K. A., HILL, A. E. and HAUSSLER, K. K. (2008), The effects of chiropractic, massage and phenylbutazone on spinal mechanical nociceptive thresholds in horses without clinical signs. Equine Veterinary Journal, 40: 14–20. doi: 10.2746/042516407X240456