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Chi­ro­prac­tic Care May Reduce Anx­i­ety

The above head­line appeared on the Octo­ber 1, 2004, “News­wise”, and the Octo­ber 6, 2004 “News​-Med​ical​.net”. These news sto­ries stemmed from a pub­lished report appear­ing in the Sep­tem­ber 20, 2004 issue of the peer-​reviewed peri­od­i­cal, “Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research” Anxiety(JVSR). The report was a case study of a 19-​year old female diag­nosed with Gen­eral Anx­i­ety Dis­or­der (GAD) who suf­fered from psy­chi­atric symp­toms as well as other prob­lems for two years.

This case study noted that this patient’s pre­vi­ous med­ical treat­ment had included mul­ti­ple emer­gency room vis­its; pri­vate spe­cial­ists; and a rota­tion of drug ther­a­pies includ­ing Paxil, Xanax, and Celexa all of which had failed to help her. The patient’s his­tory also included at least three motor vehi­cle acci­dents between 1995 and 1997, includ­ing one where her head shat­tered the windshield.

The arti­cles note that accord­ing to the National Insti­tute of Men­tal Health, anx­i­ety is the most com­mon men­tal health ill­ness. It affects more than 19 mil­lion Amer­i­cans ages 1854. Patients suf­fer­ing from Gen­eral Anx­i­ety Dis­or­der make three to five times more vis­its to doc­tors’ offices and emer­gency rooms and the Anx­i­ety Dis­or­ders Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica reports that direct health­care costs and lost pro­duc­tiv­ity of these con­di­tions cost more than $42 bil­lion per year.

In Decem­ber, 2001, the patient started chi­ro­prac­tic care for cor­rec­tion of nerve inter­fer­ence called “sub­lux­a­tions”. This patient’s results were then doc­u­mented over a four month course of care. It was observed that med­ica­tion was dis­con­tin­ued suc­cess­fully. Addi­tion­ally, the arti­cles noted that after a four-​month course of chi­ro­prac­tic care, the young woman reported an 80% reduc­tion in her anx­i­ety symp­toms, includ­ing a 90% decrease in her headaches. The patient was able to resume a nor­mal lifestyle with­out resort­ing to pre­scrip­tion or over-​the-​counter drugs.

The research was co-​authored by Dr. Made­line Behrendt, Asso­ciate Edi­tor of JVSR, and Dr. Nathan Olsen, a chi­ro­prac­tor in pri­vate prac­tice in Boise, Idaho. They noted in their con­clu­sion that, “These improve­ments sug­gest pos­i­tive changes in men­tal health func­tion may be asso­ci­ated with sub­lux­a­tion cor­rec­tion from the appli­ca­tion of chi­ro­prac­tic care.”

Dr. Behrendt addi­tion­ally com­mented, “This young woman spent two years in cri­sis, going from emer­gency room to pri­vate spe­cial­ist, spend­ing thou­sands of dol­lars for tests and drug ther­apy, with­out any res­o­lu­tion of her prob­lems. A sim­ple, non-​invasive spinal screen­ing ulti­mately pro­vided the find­ings that made the dif­fer­ence: her spine was sub­lux­ated, imping­ing on nerves, and alter­ing the proper func­tion of her ner­vous sys­tem.” Behrendt con­tin­ued by ask­ing, “How many other peo­ple are suf­fer­ing unnec­es­sar­ily because they are miss­ing the proper screening?”

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