Is there a solution to anger management?
I have been asked almost jokingly, if chiropractic can help those prone to anger. I mean really, what does cricking bones have to do with a problem that traditionally should be treated by a psychologist or even a psychiatrist?
In order to understand and appreciate the rationale for my answer, which is a resounding yes, I need to describe a little anatomy. The expression “He/she is a pain in the neck” comes to mind.
There are two arteries which thread their way through the neck (vertebral arteries) which coalesce to become the basilar artery. The Basilar artery enters the skull through a big hole called the foramen magnum and supplies the contents of the cranium, including the pineal gland with blood and raw materials. The Pineal gland makes the body’s “happy” drugs (endorphins) such as Dopamine and Serotonin). It is my belief that if insufficient blood reaches the cranium, the Pineal gland may well not be getting its share of raw materials and as a consequence will not be able to make the endorphins in sufficient quantity. The result conceivably will be a less than happy disposition.
When the neck (cervical spine) loses its normal “convex to the front” shape or lordosis, the vertebral arteries will be crimped and blood flow to the head and pineal gland will be compromised.
This will result in a shortfall in raw materials reaching the Pineal gland, which will then not make the required amount of endorphins; hence the problem under discussion here.
All the Bipolar patients I have worked with had a few things in common. They all had necks which had lost their curve (loss of lordosis), some had spondylosis, most were slightly overweight and wore glasses. Most also had a history of whiplash neck injury sustained twenty or thirty years prior to the onset of the anger management problem.
My work involves trying to improve the curve/lordosis by means of manual corrections, thereby taking pressure off the vertebral arteries. My Youtube channel has over 200 videos showing how I perform these adjustments as well as how happy my patients are, some even after one adjustment (treatment) Just Google Dr Roger Powell-youtube).