Here’s another blog presented by a Mississauga chiropractor…
Unique Ways Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapies Have Been Studied
By: Ashley Burns
Researchers and medical experts increasingly connect physical and mental health improvements with various techniques. Mental disorders are traditionally treated with medication and forms of therapy, but professionals have connected alternative methods with improvements in specific conditions.
Hyperactivity, learning disorders and chiropractic care
Children are increasingly diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in modern times. Children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have trouble focusing and carrying out specific tasks, and are easily distracted. Medication is a popular treatment option, but the incorporation of chiropractic care has been studied as an effective alternative to improving a child’s ability to focus, according to The Chiropractic Journal. More than half of the children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD who underwent chiropractic care in a study published in 1975 showed an improvement in chiropractic radiographic findings. Statistically, more than 70 percent showed improvements in overt behavior activity, and 57 percent showed improvements in parental ratings of hyperactivity.
Treating PTSD with bodywork
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that develops in response to a traumatic event, such as involvement in a war or the experience of sexual violence. Those with the disorder often experience flashbacks or nightmares, and display symptoms of insomnia, a feeling of constant danger, depression, irritability, and more. Traditional PTSD treatment uses medicine and psychotherapies, but alternative, holistic methods have also been shown to aid in the treatment of PTSD. According to Massage Today, general massage therapy is increasingly used as a part of treatment for individuals experiencing PTSD.
In a specific case, clinical psychologist John E. Fortunado began integrating a holistic approach to treating soldiers inflicted with PTSD at the Fort Bliss Restoration and Resilience Center in 2008, and many of his patients improved and returned to service. The Center incorporated forms of yoga, massage therapy and other nontraditional bodywork methods like Qigong, a Chinese system that uses physical postures, breathing techniques and intense focus, into traditional treatment with much success. The therapies allowed soldiers to reconcile with their symptoms and bond with other patients.
Alternative methods of treatment have been shown to help with the treatment of ADD/ADHD and PTSD. Although more data is needed, there is strong support in favor of chiropractic care for children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and massage therapy and methods of yoga therapy for people affected with PTSD. Since many of these bodywork techniques have been in practice for thousands of years, the need for medicine or the risk of malpractice is not as prominent as it is in traditional healthcare.