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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Auto accident

PTSD can cause vivid flashbacks of a traumatic event, such as an auto accident

Chiropractors don’t treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Because the nervous system is involved in PTSD, however, chiropractors are naturally interested in how to improve the nervous system of individuals suffering from PTSD.

According to The Canadian Mental Health Association, “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness. It involves exposure to trauma involving death or the threat of death, serious injury or sexual violence.

The Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD causes intrusive symptoms such as re-experiencing the traumatic event. Many people have vivid nightmares, flashbacks, or thoughts of the event that seem to come from nowhere. They often avoid things that remind them of the event — for example, someone who was hurt in a car crash might avoid driving.

PTSD can make people feel very nervous or ‘‘on edge” all the time. Many feel startled very easily, have a hard time concentrating, feel irritable, or have problems sleeping well. They may often feel like something terrible is about to happen, even when they are safe. Some people feel very numb and detached. They may feel like things around them aren’t real, feel disconnected from their body or thoughts, or have a hard time feeling emotions.”

Results for People with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Chronic pain may motivate an individual with PTSD to seek chiropractic care, but one study of military veterans with and without PTSD showed that pain relief was significantly less in people suffering with PTSD. Thus, the PTSD must be addressed separately from the pain.

Combining our functional neurologic approach with the work of other professionals trained in helping PTSD has allowed us to see fantastic results in terms of decreased pain, less anxiety and a return to a more normal life.

Request an appointmentOur comprehensive neurologic examination for individuals with PTSD focuses on finding which areas of the brain may be improved using neuroplasticity principles. We will then devise rehabilitation strategies to target those areas for maximum functional improvement.

We want to work with you so you can manage the symptoms of PTSD and return to a more normal life. Find out if chiropractic may work for you by calling our office today!


Hoffman Chiropractic & Wellness Centre | Red Deer | (403) 346-2297