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Posted on 07-17-2016

Chronic pain tends to escalate the overall mental and emotional symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Identifying PTSD in military personnel and those who have experienced other stressful life events helps medical professionals tailor a treatment plan that focuses on relieving the person's chronic pain and also takes the person's mental/emotional needs into consideration. Chiropractic care provides the sufferer with a non-invasive treatment option that offers some relief to the patient's PTSD symptoms while also treating their chronic physical pain.

PTSD has become a common affliction in returning military veterans. NBC News reports that approximately 16 to 17 percent of those who served in Iraq and 11 percent of those who were in Afghanistan came home suffering from PTSD. The condition is usually made worse by chronic pain disorders that are often caused by the physical strain of serving in active-duty military. Active-duty military personnel often face poor sleeping conditions, physical strain from the constant threat of attack, musculoskeletal pain and misalignment made worse from carrying heavy equipment, battle injuries, and physical strain from traversing excessive distances. The combination of physical discomfort and emotional upheaval has a snowball effect on PTSD sufferers. The nervous systems of individuals with PTSD are usually overtaxed and hyper-sensitive which makes any level of physical pain even harder to tolerate.

Chiropractic care reduces the physical pain suffered by a PTSD sufferer so they can relax and start to mentally heal. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides chiropractic care at numerous VA hospitals across the nation. PTSD sufferers who do not live close to a VA facility that features chiropractic care are encouraged to seek local chiropractic treatment.

At Lexington Family Chiropractic, we are dedicated to providing suffers of PTSD with professional, compassionate care. Please contact us today to learn about our many services.

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