The Somatic Connection  |   October 2017
Physiologic Effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans
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  • Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, Lebanon, Oregon 
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The Somatic Connection   |   October 2017
Physiologic Effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2017, Vol. 117, 665-666. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.125
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2017, Vol. 117, 665-666. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.125
Park J, Marvar PJ, Liao P, et al. Baroreflex dysfunction and augmented sympathetic nerve responses during mental stress in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. J Physiol. 2017;595(14):4893-4908. doi:10.1113/JP274269 
Historically, osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) techniques that address key areas of autonomic nervous system dysfunction have been thought to be helpful in controlling stress reactions in humans. Techniques such as the occiptoatlantal release, rib raising articulatory, and thoracic pump techniques have been shown to lower human secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA) level. Secretory IgA has been shown to have an inverse relationship between stress and level of mucosal secretory IgA.1 Heart rate variability has been shown to decrease when human participants are stressed but has been shown to improve with OMT techniques that address the cervical spine.2 
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