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Depres­sion and Chi­ro­prac­tic: A Case Study

A case study of a patient with lower back pain and depres­sive symp­toms was pub­lished in the March 2006 issue of the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal, Clin­i­cal Chi­ro­prac­tic. In this case, a 71-​year-​old female sought chi­ro­prac­tic care for low back pain of 12 years’ dura­tion. The patient also noted that she was cur­rently expe­ri­enc­ing depres­sion and mood swings but did not have a his­tory of depres­sion and had never been diag­nosed with depres­sion. Upon test­ing using the Beck Depres­sion Inven­tory ver­sion I (BDI-​I), she did show pos­i­tive for mild depression.

Chi­ro­prac­tic care was ini­ti­ated and con­tin­ued over an 11 week period. The results were that the patient had a sig­nif­i­cant reduc­tion in lower back pain as well as a reduc­tion of her score for depres­sion. The improve­ment on depres­sion was doc­u­mented using a fol­low up BDI test. She not only reported feel­ing bet­ter but also a more pos­i­tive feel­ing about her over­all well being.

The def­i­n­i­tion from the National Insti­tute of Men­tal Health is “A depres­sive dis­or­der is an ill­ness that involves the body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way a per­son eats and sleeps, the way one feels about one­self, and the way one thinks about things. A depres­sive dis­or­der is not the same as a pass­ing blue mood. Peo­ple with a depres­sive ill­ness can­not merely pull them­selves together’ and get bet­ter. With­out treat­ment, symp­toms can last weeks, months or years. Appro­pri­ate treat­ment, how­ever, can help peo­ple who suf­fer from depression.”

The authors of this case study con­cluded, “This case is impor­tant because it illus­trates the need for chi­ro­prac­tors to be aware of screen­ing for depres­sion and to be knowl­edge­able about the man­age­ment of depres­sion, espe­cially in the elderly population.”

Ran­dom Article

Pub­lished in the Feb­ru­ary 1st 1999 issue of “Spine” research mag­a­zine, was a study that showed a link between chronic low back pain

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