Written by Dr Megan Goodwin, Chiropractor.
What is Chiropractic?
"The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health."
You are probably wondering how on earth can fixing you back or neck help with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)!!
To many treating practitioners, PTSD is no longer thought to be a purely psychological condition, but can have a neurological component which may be underlying.
The body is a complex machine, the brain is the master controller. It controls all of your thoughts and emotions and also relays all the message to every part of your body, every cell, every organ, every muscle and joint, telling them how and when to function and then receives and interprets the messages coming back. It does this through your spinal cord and connecting nerves that exit at every single level of your spine.
When your spine is unhappy, it may be slightly twisted or stuck. You may have poor posture or some mild degeneration and this all impacts on the messages these nerves are sending to and from your brain. It can send them into over drive or decrease their function giving the brain mixed signals and creating stress in your body.
Chiropractic aims to relieve the stress on those nerves, aiding the nervous system and the brain to relax. Additionally, the treatment itself leads to the release of neurotransmitters which can create relaxation. One of the greatest benefits I have found from treatment is improved sleep, which is essential in over coming PTSD as well as holding many more health benefits.
Chronic pain is a major factor individuals may be experience which can escalate the effects of PTSD mentally and emotionally. Pain can be debilitating, consume all thoughts, and restrict normal day to day activities increasing depression and anxiety. Chiropractic can be a safe, non invasive way of treating pain, increasing movement and activity leading to an overall greater sense of wellbeing.
There are a multitude of health and lifestyle benefits to be gained from regular chiropractic care, many chiropractors will be happy to have a chat to you and see what’s right for you and what they may be able to do to help.