Chiropractic and Depression 

 

As mental health becomes a more prevalent problem in our society, many are turning to alternative solutions and treatments for help. Currently, over 40 million Americans struggle with mental health issues like anxiety or depression. 18% of the population suffers from some type of anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, the number of people suffering from depression each year is steadily increasing, so much so that suicide is the second most common cause of death for ages 10-34 in the US. Mental health is incredibly important and Chiropractic can play a role in the management of it. 

 

How can Chiropractic help? 

There are many ways that Chiropractic care can help mental health. Here are some specific ways. 

 

Pain Relief

Firstly, one of the first things Chiropractic does is decrease pain. Many people that suffer from mental health issues also have physical health issues and physical pain that contribute to mental health unwellness. 

 

One study followed a 44 year old woman who suffered from daily debilitating tension headaches over the course of 2 years. During this time she also suffered from depression. She followed a Chiropractic care plan that eliminated her headaches and she then reported a decrease in depressive thoughts and mood. This is an example of chronic pain leading to mental health issues. 

 

Lowers Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common side effect of mental health issues. It also has the reverse issue of being a cause of certain mental health issues. Chiropractic has been shown to have a positive effect on blood pressure by lowering it slowly… as much as 20 points in some cases. This is done naturally without the need for medications. 

 

Hormone Regulation 

One of the most common causes of mental health issues is disrupted hormone balance. Chiropractic improves nervous system function which can lead to corrected glandular function. This leads to the proper hormone balance in the body and improved mental health symptoms. 

 

Chiropractic Helps Your Body Function

There are often many contributing factors to something like depression. At the center of these factors is the body not functioning correctly. Symptoms lead to more symptoms, creating a quick and powerful spiral effect. Chiropractic is designed to help the body function correctly and this is what helps relieve symptoms. While Chiropractic isn’t the only treatment for mental health issues and shouldn’t be touted as a guaranteed cure, it should be seen as a viable alternative treatment that can be used to combat mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. 

 

So if you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or some other form of mental health problem, consider trying Chiropractic today! 

 

Sources: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6069670/

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcm.2013.06.002