Rockridge Doctor of Chiropractic, a Veteran, Offers Free Natural Treatment Plan for PTSD

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Stress disorders and suicides among veterans and service members are at epidemic proportions. To do my part to fight these tragedies, I extend an offer to our community to treat three veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) free of charge in my clinic.

I was motivated to offer free treatments when I read an article about the results of a 2010 study that found 22 service members commit suicide every day. Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, called the epidemic of suicides an "outrage." He urged national attention to the problem of vets struggling with "invisible wounds," and said traditional risk assessments are no longer adequate to the problem. We need to add "ways to identify life stressors and concerns earlier," he said. Current treatment options at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center (SFVAMC) are limited to medication and psychotherapy. Such medications can have unhealthy side effects and the therapy can take precious time that many vets simply do not have.

Stress is a maladaptive response pattern. In the case of someone with PTSD, the system is over-aroused and chaotic. It reflects conditions associated with hypervigilance or panic attacks, loss of quality sleep, and a host of other symptoms.

I employ a treatment protocol that reorganizes brain and nervous system function. It includes spinal adjustments to the nervous system to reset/reboot the system, health awareness (good habits; bad habits), nutritional and physical reconditioning education, biofeedback and neurofeedback.

Participants in the free program would visit my office in Oakland (6 blocks from Rockridge BART) between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. twice a week for the first two months and once a week over the following year.

To be eligible for the free course of therapy, vets must have a current PTSD diagnosis and be under concurrent medical care from a local source.

Inquiries can be sent to me at 6245 College Avenue, Oakland, 94618 or Pridechiro@ jps.net. My website is www. Pridechiropractic.com. Please forward this to any serviceconnected individual you feel is in need. Participants will be chosen based on need and the ability to commit to the terms of the program.