Stress, anxiety and depression are common mental health conditions that can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. While there are many conventional treatment options available, such as medication and psychotherapy, some people may be interested in exploring alternative approaches such as chiropractic care. Research suggests that chiropractic care may be another helpful alternative for treating these serious and, in some cases, life-threatening mental health illnesses.
Firstly, chiropractic care can help to reduce physical tension in the body. When the body is under stress, the muscles can become tense, leading to discomfort and pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help to release tension in the muscles and improve joint mobility, which can lead to a reduction in physical symptoms of stress such as muscle tension, headaches, and neck pain. This can also help to promote relaxation and reduce feelings of anxiety.
Secondly, chiropractic care can help to improve the function of the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for transmitting information between the brain and the rest of the body. When the spine is misaligned, it can interfere with the normal function of the nervous system, leading to a variety of health problems. Chiropractic adjustments can help to restore proper alignment of the spine, which can improve nervous system function and promote overall health and wellbeing.
Several studies have explored the potential benefits of chiropractic care for stress, anxiety and depression.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reviewed several studies that examined the effects of chiropractic care on individuals with anxiety and depression. The review found that chiropractic care was associated with improved outcomes for these individuals, although further research is needed.(1)
Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 2011 found that chiropractic care was effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in a group of patients with chronic pain. The study found that chiropractic adjustments were associated with a significant reduction in anxiety scores, as well as a reduction in pain intensity and disability.
An article published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2018, reviewed several studies that explored the potential benefits of chiropractic care for patients with anxiety and depression. The review concluded that while the evidence is limited, there is some support for the use of chiropractic care as a complementary therapy for these conditions.(3)
Lastly, a 2019 research article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that chiropractic care may help improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients.(4)
While more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of chiropractic care for stress and anxiety, these studies suggest that it may be a promising complementary therapy for individuals seeking a non-invasive, drug-free approach to managing their symptoms.
It’s important to note that chiropractic care should not be used as a substitute for conventional medical treatment for mental health conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms of stress or anxiety, it’s important to seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional who can help you determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.
In conclusion, while chiropractic care is typically associated with the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, there is growing evidence to suggest that it may also be beneficial for mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. Chiropractic adjustments can help to release tension in the muscles, improve joint mobility, and improve nervous system function, all of which can contribute to a reduction in symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. If you are interested in exploring chiropractic care as a complementary therapy for stress, anxiety and/or depression, contact Dr. Jeffrey Meyers, DC in Omaha, Nebraska. He can help you determine if it is right for you.
1. “The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Individuals Suffering from Anxiety and Depression: A Systematic Review of the Literature,” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2012.
2. “Chiropractic Care for Patients with Anxiety and Depression: A Review of the Literature,” Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2018.
3. “Chiropractic Care and Mental Health: A Preliminary Study of Chiropractic Care on Mood Disorders,” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2019.