Myron Brown, D.C. | Article

Should people with anxiety & panic attacks get adjustments?

I was asked this question on a web site that provides expert opinions from health care providers: Can chiropractic help anxiety & panic attacks? Here is the answer Dr. Brown provided:
Dear Vern,
Chiropractic benefits people by correcting interference that can occur in the body’s central nerve system.
The brain is responsible to control and coordinate the function of the body and it uses a vast network of nerves, like a wiring system, to communicate with the various cells, tissues and organs of the body. The spinal cord is the main “cable” that carries messages from the brain through the movable bones of the spinal column. Those bones are intended to protect the nerves passing through them. However, if one of those bones gets misaligned it can have just the opposite effect. Instead of protecting the nerve system, a misaligned vertebra can become an insult to the spinal cord and nerves passing through it.
The scientific name for this circumstance is, “vertebral subluxation.” The resultant nerve interference can disturb function in ways that are both predictable and unpredictable. But either way, a vertebral subluxation is damaging to the performance of the body. Simply put, a subluxation in the spine interferes with the function of the body.
Since communication between the brain and other body parts is essential to regulate body chemistry, deleterious effects are inevitable, while remaining difficult to forecast. When a chiropractor identifies a vertebra in a subluxated situation, he or she will endeavor to correct the subluxation, not to treat any particular condition or disease, but because good nerve supply is essential to the function of the body.
To address your question most specifically, I would not offer chiropractic adjustments to treat anxiety, panic attacks or any other condition. Yet an important question needs to be asked. Who needs a good nerve supply more than someone who is experiencing anxiety and panic attacks? Precise chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxation allow for better performance. In my practice experience patients have reported positive changes in many conditions that were not predictable, yet through the correction of vertebral subluxation, they observed pleasing improvements in many facets of their family’s health and performance. So the right answer to this question is that chiropractic is not for treating conditions, but to improve function. Every family member benefits from improved nerve system function. I would recommend finding a chiropractor who can provide a precise spinal analysis and adjustment of vertebral subluxations.
Best wishes,
Dr. Brown

Another question to Dr. Brown:
Thank you Dr. Brown for your assistance. My daughter-in-law is pregnant and went for a chiropractic adjustment approx. 2 months ago. She was give the gown to put on and when the dr. came back in the room she was told to turn in around so that the opening was in the front. During the adjustment the dr. touched her breast under the gown. She is quite shaken by this experience. I have had adjustments myself over the years and have never run into something like this. Would this be considered inappropriate in the chiropractic world? Thank you, Maureen
Hello Maureen,
I would also be concerned if a member of my family had the experience you report. I have practiced chiropractic for more than 30 years and I can assure you that spinal analysis does not require fondling the breast.
Your daughter should be under chiropractic care during her pregnancy and it is regrettable that she did not receive it. I encourage her to seek a competent chiropractor so that she receives necessary spinal analysis and adjustments during and after her pregnancy. Chiropractic care done correctly is safe, effective and important for pregnant women.
Best Wishes,
Dr. Brown