Chiropractic Care Eases Severe Depression

A case study authored by Alain M. J. Desaulniers credits regular wellness chiropractic care with helping a 46-year old man overcome his major depression and increase his quality of life.  
 
In Ireland, one in ten adults is diagnosed with a mood disorder. In nearly all cases this is depression, which has a population prevalence of 10.5%. In excess of 300,000 people in Ireland experience depressive illness at any one time and estimates suggest that approximately one in fourteen workers are affected. [1]. The disorder is usually treated with antidepressants, according to the study, but the quality of life of people who are severely stressed or depressed is subdued by the medications' many unwanted side effects.
 
The prevalence of the disorder has Life & Balance Centre pointing to the case report published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research [2]. The report states the important role chiropractic care can play in the management of stress, depression and anxiety.
 
In this particular study, a 46-year old man suffered from major depression and was taking an antidepressant with unwanted side effects, such as decrease in his sex drive, dizziness, muscle weakness and insomnia. A chiropractic evaluation revealed that he had suffered physical and emotional trauma in the past, which led to distortions in the nervous system. These distortions do not enable the body to function properly and the problem may be corrected with chiropractic adjustments.
 
The patient had a total of 34 chiropractic adjustments done on various parts of his central nervous system over a period of 11 months. After the first visit, his dizziness subsided and he experienced a decrease in lower back and neck pain. After three visits, he felt less anxious and fatigued and reported an increase in muscle strength. Over time, his depression significantly improved and he was eating healthier.   Previous studies have shown a correlation between challenges to the control system of the body, the nervous system and the onset of social disorders.  One of the areas that chiropractic care focuses on is the spinal cord.  The spinal cord is rich with neuropeptide receptors, which are responsible for the so-called brain reward cascade that triggers a feeling of well being.   "An impairment of these receptors can be one of the underlying causes for depression and for mood or social alterations," says Dr Tammy Verlaan-Ross. "Chiropractic care works at influencing the Nervous System at this level and more studies of this kind are needed. One thing is clear: A well balanced nervous system is vital to our health, to our overall state of well being and thus to our quality of life."