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New Research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Veterans

Chiropractic Alleviates Suffering in Young Man  

Recent research in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research reporting on improvement in a military veteran suffering from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) undergoing chiropractic care reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing veterans with these challenges. The research includes a review of the literature supporting the role of chiropractic in people suffering from PTSD.

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“Research indicates that minor shifts in the structure of the spine may impact the function of the brain and nervous system, suggesting that these structural shifts may be a factor in a number of mental health challenges” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. McCoy continued “Structural shifts may lead to nerve obstruction and could possibly be involved in a host of mental health problems such as PTSD”. 

Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results and reviews of the scientific research reveal other studies that have shown similar connections. 

McCoy added, “It’s reasonable to suggest that if you obstruct or damage the nerves exiting the spine, the result of the obstruction and damage can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body. Through research reports like this we are finding that correcting these structural shifts reduces nerve obstruction, bringing about marked improvement in people who are experiencing a variety of mental health issues.” 

Research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system, and the brain.  Basic science and clinical research shows that the proper development and function of the brain relies heavily on proper structure and movement of the spine from an early age. 

Research has shown not only that the developing brain relies on normal structural integrity and joint movement, but that complex neurochemical communication and pathways involved in helping humans to “feel good” and respond to their environment are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways. 

“It makes perfect sense when you think about it” stated McCoy. “Mental health issues such as PTSD may be related to how the entire body communicates with the brain and the most critical area for this is the spine.” 

The young man reported on in the study presented to a chiropractic office for symptoms associated with an 11 year history of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder attributed to past military deployment. He reported an inability to function at a normal level due to stress levels that included an intense, never-ending anxiety which had bled into all areas of his life. The patient had sought treatment for his PTSD via counseling and prescription drugs but saw little to no lasting effect on his symptoms. 

The chiropractor examined the man and found structural shifts in his neck, mid and lower back. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.  

Within the first two weeks of care the man began to report improvement including better posture, better balance, better breathing and found it easier to release tension. He reported an improvement in his relationship with his children, had better digestion and felt more resilient overall. Following chiropractic care the patient noted that he now rarely experienced negative feelings about himself, moodiness, angry outbursts, depression, lack of interest, restlessness, difficulty sitting still, and recurring thoughts and dreams. 

The researchers call for more research on chiropractic and post-traumatic stress disorder.           

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research

McCoy Press