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Resolution of Panic Disorder and Improved Quality of Life in a Patient Receiving Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration Care: A Case Report

Chris Lucks, B.Sc, BChiro & Lisa Lucks, D.C.

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ October 17, 2016 ~ Pages 111-117


Objective: To present the clinical outcomes of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) chiropractic care and Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) exercises in an adult female suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, and comorbid somatic complaints.      

Clinical Features: A 49-year-old woman presented to a wellness based chiropractic clinic suffering from anxiety and panic attacks with associated chest pains for a period of eight months with no improvement. The presenting complaints began following a three-year period of prolonged stress. The patient’s history revealed past episodes of extreme stress and trauma. 

Interventions and Outcomes: A program of Network Spinal Analysis chiropractic care was employed to improve Spinal and Neural Integrity (SNI), including the reduction of Adverse Mechanical Cord Tension (AMCT) and vertebral subluxations. Somato Respiratory Integration exercises were utilized to enhance somatic awareness and provide greater internal safety. AMCT was assessed and measured using a Heel Tension Scale. Quality of life improvements were measured using a self-rated Health, Wellness, and Quality of Life (HWQL) survey.  A steady reduction of anxiety and panic attacks was achieved during the first six weeks of care with significant quality of life improvements. Resolution of a panic disorder was achieved within fourteen weeks of care. 

Conclusion: Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration care was associated with the resolution of a panic disorder with significant quality of life improvements in this case. Further research is recommended to explore the role of chiropractic care combined with Somato Respiratory Integration exercises for the management of anxiety disorders and/or other stress related conditions that may be mediated through the spine.     

Key Words: Anxiety, panic disorder, stress, vertebral subluxation, chiropractic, Network Spinal Analysis, Somato Respiratory Integration

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