The Link Between PTSD And Pain (And How Chiropractic May Treat Both)

When we think or hear about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), I’m sure the vast majority of us immediately find ourselves thinking about veterans of war and combat, since the media is quick to point out the link between the two.

While yes, PTSD does have the capability to affect numerous soldiers and veterans of combat, many people don’t realize that PTSD can and often does actually affect people right here at home, even if they’ve never set foot in a war zone.

It’s time to stop associating this condition purely with military veterans, because it casts a shadow over the many, many people who often find themselves experiencing classic symptoms of PTSD (flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, panic attacks) but failing to understand that they are experiencing a real medical condition that can be successfully treated. Because of this, too many people suffer in silence, thinking that they just need to will their problems away.

Often, people who are involved in car accidents, falls, or other traumatic incidents like these end up experiencing symptoms of PTSD even after the physical injuries and pain clears up in time. So what can be done to treat the two successfully and at an even rate? There is a great post by Chiro Nexus that examines the link between traumatic injuries to the body and development of PTSD symptoms in a patient. This is what I learned from the post.

Essentially, PTSD can and often does severely impact a patient’s quality of life, even if they don’t entirely realize why they feel worse than they did before the accident. The truth of the matter is that, when prompted tothink about their behaviors before and after the traumatic incident, many patients pointed out noticing the development of previously unknown issues, including panic attacks and outright avoidance of anything that may remind the patient of the traumatic incident. These of course are classic signs and symptoms of PTSD.

The body and the brain have visceral reactions to physical pain, and will therefore do anything to avoid future incidents from occurring; this is where PTSD kicks in. The amygdala of the brain essentially goes into overdrive and enters a hyper vigilant state, seeing threats that may not necessarily be real, in order to protect the body. This high level of anxiety can actually contribute to feelings of physical pain and disrupt sleep patterns, so that health issues from the initial incident may actually be exacerbated. Fortunately, chiropractic care has been proven by numerous scientific studies as having the capability to treat both physical pain and PTSD together, to improve overall life satisfaction rates.

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