A Case Study
Patient With General Anxiety Disorder Improves Under Chiropractic Care
The September 20, 2004 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research highlights a case study of a 19 year-old woman diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) who radically improved under a course of chiropractic care.
When the patient began her chiropractic care, she was experiencing common symptoms of anxiety disorders: dizziness, trembling, sweating, heart palpitations, sleeping problems, lack of concentration and headaches. As a result, she had endured multiple emergency room visits, medical referrals, medical procedures and expenses. Treatment with Paraxetine (Paxil) caused numerous side effects and little relief. The patient reported that this decreased her Quality of Life and stressed her family relationships.
Her health history revealed that she had numerous physical, chemical and emotional stresses. She had been in multiple car accidents, suffered childhood emotional abuse and smoked daily for the previous two years.
Numerous areas of vertebral subluxation were discovered upon examination along with altered spinal curves in her neck and upper back.
After her first adjustment she reported a 50% reduction in anxiety, a 30% reduction in headache symptoms and more movement in her neck.
After a four-month course of care, she had successfully discontinued her medication, noted an 80% reduction in anxiety symptoms, a 90% reduction in her headache symptoms and an improved Quality of Life.
Anxiety conditions cost U.S. consumers $42 billion annually in expenses and lost production. The authors conclude that various health care disciplines would be wise to work together and “explore the full range of factors, including vertebral subluxation, which may contribute to negative changes in mental health.” They “also call for research funding to direct attention to studying the benefits, safety, and cost effectiveness of subluxation correction in mental health.”
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