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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care as a Complementary Strategy for Depression and Anxiety

Case series shows promising data

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care as a Complementary Strategy for Depression and Anxiety: A Prospective Case Series Analysis

 

A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a case series to evaluate a 12-session chiropractic intervention for individuals presenting with anxiety and depression symptoms.

This prospective case study consisted of 6 adults with (1) at least mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression symptoms based on pre-treatment interview and scores on the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) and Patient History Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) and (2) the presence of upper cervical subluxation. Participants completed the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) pre and post-treatment and completed anxiety and depression measures weekly throughout the treatment.

Five of six patients completed all 12 recommended chiropractic visits. Repeated measures detected significant decreases in both GAD-7 and PHQ-9 scores across treatment. The SCL-90-R General Symptoms Index also significantly decreased pre and post-treatment.

The results provide tentative support for the effectiveness of chiropractic care for anxiety and depression symptoms.  Four of the five study completers expressed and participants also reported a decrease in muscle tension and pain and an increase in mental clarity and physical energy.

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