Help Anxiety and Depression with Chiropractic Care
Why do we offer help for anxiety and depression?
Did you know that approximately 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime and it is estimated that only 20% of those with anxiety or depression receive adequate treatment. Chiropractic care offers additional methods to help you find relief.
A few more facts…
- While 8% of adults will experience major depression
- In the United States, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population)
Depression: What is it?
Depression is a condition that affects an individual’s mood causing that person to feel discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. If these feelings last for a short period of time it can usually be referred to as a case of “the blues”. However, when these feelings last more than two weeks and begin to interfere with one’s daily activities like work or taking care of the family, it’s likely a major depressive episode.
In most cases depression does not require professional treatment. Depression can be caused by a certain life event, medical condition, or even a side effect from a certain drug. A depression that lasts a longer time might require the services of a psychiatric or medical counselor or doctor. The method of treatment for depression depends on the type and severity of each individual case. Traditionally both medication and counselling are recommended.
Anxiety: What is it?
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things. People with an anxiety disorder often experience worry and tension, expecting the worst for no apparent reason. Individuals with anxiety often anticipate disaster and are overly concerned with issues involving money, health, family, and work. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed when a person worries excessively for at least 6 months.
Moreover, individuals with severe anxiety often find day-to-day activities like work or going to the grocery store worrisome. They don’t know how to stop the worry cycle and feel it is beyond their control, even though they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants.
Like depression, treatments for anxiety depend on the individual case. Cognitive behavioral therapy, herbal treatments, caffeine elimination, and meditation are just some of the treatments recommended.
Chiropractic, Depression, and Anxiety
How Can Chiropractic Help Depression?
A study conducted by the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation showed that over 70% of participants showed a “marked improvement” with treatment to the upper cervical spine. A total of fifteen participants were chosen for the study (all with a history of depression). Each participant was diagnosed with an upper cervical misalignment using postural analysis and precise x-rays. All participants were provided with a questionnaire prior to receiving a chiropractic adjustment and were asked to fill out a second questionnaire two weeks after. An astounding 73% of participants scored a marked improvement with their questionnaire score, with 13% showing only slight improvement.
How does a chiropractic adjustment help with depression? The brain is the master controller of the body and all of its parts. It communicates with the body through the brain stem, spinal cord, and nerves. When the cervical spine becomes misaligned the brain has a difficult time sending proper signals to the rest of the body, which can cause an array of symptoms including depression. Chiropractors locate and correct cervical misalignments (called subluxations) so that the brain and body can effectively communicate. Restoring this communication helps the body heal, reducing and/or rectifying symptoms.
What About Anxiety?
A recent study published in the same journal as above, described a 19-year-old female diagnosed with GAD who suffered from with somatic and psychiatric symptoms for two years. After four months of chiropractic care, the woman reported an 80% reduction in her anxiety symptoms, and a 90% decrease in her headaches. Thanks to chiropractic the young woman was able to resume a normal lifestyle. Previous treatment included multiple emergency room visits, private specialists, and a rotation of drug therapies including Paxil, Xanax, and Celexa, which all failed to manage her symptoms.
Like the participants in the upper cervical/depression study, the young woman’s initial chiropractic evaluation revealed that she suffered from severe vertebral subluxations. The simple, non-invasive chiropractic assessment was able to detect the young woman’s problem: her spine was subluxated, impinging on nerves, and altering the proper function of her nervous system. Had she not seen a chiropractor, it is likely that the young woman would still be dealing with severe anxiety.
Want Relief from Anxiety or Depression? Go See a Chiropractor
Chiropractic is a natural, drug free approach to health that should be considered when dealing with mental health issues like anxiety or depression, especially for individuals having little results with counseling and/or drug therapy. If you, or someone you know suffers from anxiety or depression book an initial assessment with your local chiropractor today and see if vertebral subluxations could be the cause of your mental health issues. It could make the world of difference.
Oh, and check out this awesome About Real Health testimonial from a patient dealing with anxiety and depression…
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