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Depression Improved with Chiropractic, Research Shows

A study published within the November 7, 2005 publication of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, showed an optimistic result in the proper care of people with depression. For the purpose of this research subjects were selected based on being over 18 years of age and having depression noted inside their medical history file. Fifteen participants completed case study and were chosen for determining the outcomes.

In the discussion portion of the study, it was noted how the idea of chiropractic care's role in mental health wasn't a fresh idea. Actually it had been reported that two major chiropractic psychiatric hospitals functioned successfully for almost thirty years in Davenport, Iowa. The subjects of the study received a standardized test referred to as Beck Depression Inventory (aka BDI-II) both before and after receiving specific chiropractic care for correction of subluxations. To be consistent, the identical procedure for analysis and methods of correction were utilized in correcting the subluxations determined to be present. Pre and post x-rays were also employed to determine the presence and correction of the subluxations. The outcomes showed a substantial improvement of the average BDI-II scores of the group. Lower BDI-II are believed much better than higher scores. The higher the level the more severe the depression. The group in general scored a 17 in the BDI-II before chiropractic. After chiropractic care for correction of their subluxations the groups average score improved to eight. By using an individual basis, eleven participants experienced marked improvement, two had minimal improvement while 2 participants scored worse on the follow up test. The study noted that this research tested and supported the hypothesis that chiropractic correction of the subluxation complex reduced depressive symptomatology. The study 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."

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