The health impact of stress is thought to be modified by the dynamic relationship between the individual and the environment. It is well-accepted that interventions to accommodate stress can be achieved at psychological, physiological and behavioral levels.
A study of chiropractors and their patients explored perceptions of the level of stress associated with the chiropractic consultation.
Questionnaires were distributed which assessed the stress levels experienced by patients and perceived by chiropractors.
Results indicated that the chiropractic consultation was not regarded as a stressful event by most patients, although a few individual cases of stress existed, particularly when receiving a chiropractic adjustment. Most impressive was the finding that chiropractors accurately assessed their patients' stress levels, even tending to overestimate the stress experienced by patients.
Chiropractors demonstrated the personalized nature of their care by the specificity of their responses. Stress may be a concern in individual patients, however, suggesting that relaxation and communication techniques can play an important role in diminishing stress in the clinical environment.
Jamison JR. The chiropractic consultation: a stressful experience? Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
, July/Aug. 1997;20(6), pp377-81.
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