Depression Improved with Chiropractic, Research Shows
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."