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Depres­sion Improved with Chi­ro­prac­tic, Research Shows

A research study pub­lished in the Novem­ber 7, 2005 issue of the Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research, showed a pos­i­tive result in the care of indi­vid­u­als with depres­sion. For the pur­pose of this study sub­jects were selected on the basis of being over 18 years of age and hav­ing depres­sion noted in their med­ical his­tory file. Fif­teen par­tic­i­pants com­pleted the study and were used in deter­min­ing the results.

In the dis­cus­sion sec­tion of the study, it was noted that the con­cept of chi­ro­prac­tic care’s role in men­tal health was not a new idea. In fact it was reported that two major chi­ro­prac­tic psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tals func­tioned suc­cess­fully for nearly thirty years in Dav­en­port, Iowa.

The sub­jects of this study were given a stan­dard­ized test known as the Beck Depres­sion Inven­tory (aka BDI-​II) both before and after receiv­ing spe­cific chi­ro­prac­tic care for cor­rec­tion of sub­lux­a­tions. To be con­sis­tent, the same process of analy­sis and tech­niques of cor­rec­tion were used in cor­rect­ing the sub­lux­a­tions deter­mined to be present. Before and after x-​rays were also used to deter­mine the pres­ence and cor­rec­tion of the subluxations.

The results showed a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment of the aver­age BDI-​II scores of the group. Lower BDI-​II are con­sid­ered bet­ter than higher scores. The higher the level the more severe the depres­sion. The group as a whole scored a 17 in the BDI-​II before chi­ro­prac­tic. After chi­ro­prac­tic care for cor­rec­tion of their sub­lux­a­tions the groups aver­age score improved to 8.

On an indi­vid­ual basis, eleven par­tic­i­pants expe­ri­enced marked improve­ment, two had min­i­mal improve­ment while 2 par­tic­i­pants scored worse on the fol­low up test. The researchers noted that this research tested and sup­ported the hypoth­e­sis that chi­ro­prac­tic cor­rec­tion of the sub­lux­a­tion com­plex reduced depres­sive symptomatology.

The researchers con­cluded by stat­ing, “This study’s results pro­vide sup­port for the hypoth­e­sis that a pos­i­tive rela­tion­ship exists between a cor­rec­tion of the occip­i­toat­lantoax­ial sub­lux­a­tion com­plex and a reduc­tion in depres­sive symp­toms in some people.”

Ran­dom Article

In a recent study pub­lished in the Sep­tem­ber 2000 issue of the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­logic Ther­a­peu­tics, researchers showed that chi­ro­prac­tic adjustments

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