ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & CHIROPRACTIC
If not you, you know someone with depression and/or anxiety. Either here in The Woodlands or Montgomery County, from your family, your co-workers, or acquaintances at church or school groups, it is an illness that you may not always see. But there is hope for those suffering. This case study looks at a 30-year old female who lessened her dependence on medication for her anxiety and depression. We hope you are able to share this information with someone. Please reach out to us with any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation at our office in The Woodlands.
Dr. Evan Pulver
New Research Sheds Light on Anxiety, Depression & Chiropractic – Help for Those Suffering
ATLANTA GEORGIA – November 9, 2018
Recent research reporting on improvement in a 30 year old woman undergoing chiropractic care reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing people with anxiety, depression and their related symptoms. The research, reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, includes a review of the scientific literature supporting the role of chiropractic in mental health related challenges.
“Research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system, brain and mental health” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. “Basic science research shows that the proper development and function of the brain relies on proper structure and movement of the spine from an early age.”
Research has shown not only that the developing brain relies on normal structural integrity and joint movement, but that complex neurochemical communication and pathways involved in helping humans to “feel good” are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways.
“It makes perfect sense once you understand the neurological connections between the spine, the brain and how we feel good" stated McCoy. “The seat of human emotion is the Limbic System and we know that this system extends all the way down the spinal cord. By normalizing interference there, things like anxiety and a sense of well-being are affected.”
Even beyond anxiety and depression, researchers believe that the increase in the diagnosis of such disorders as ADHD, pervasive developmental disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and other mental health issues, have their root in a “perfect storm” of abnormal spinal development. For decades mental health specialists have strived to find an answer for patients suffering from a multitude of anxiety related disorders. We now know many naturally occurring brain and spinal cord substances play a role in both emotions, anxiety and pain reduction, leading to an increased sense of well being.
The patient reported on in this study was a 30-year-old woman suffering with a clinical diagnosis of depression and anxiety for over 8 years. She was experiencing panic attacks, had no energy, couldn't sleep and was on multiple medications to no avail.
The woman was examined by the chiropractor who took x-rays and found a loss of the normal curve in the neck, forward head posture and structural shifts in her spine. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. Nerve testing confirmed obstruction of the nerves. Following chiropractic care her depression and anxiety resolved, she was happy, had an increase in energy, her sleep improved and she was able to stop all medications for anxiety and depression.
The study’s authors call for more research on the effects of chiropractic in mental health challenges.
By: Dr. Evan Pulver
Did you get a new iPad for Christmas? Great! Just don't use it before bedtime, studies published in December 2014 from the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences say.
The study compared sleep patterns of 2 groups: one group read a book with a traditional light (think bedside lamp) and the other group read on an iPad, all for the same amount of time.
Those reading on the iPad had suppressed melatonin levels based on blood tests, indicating a change in circadian rhythm, your body's internal clock.
Our bodies are designed to sleep at night, and the sun going down has been a pretty good signal for us to start winding down for thousands of years. This study indicates that using the brightly lit screen of an iPad, and more than likely your cell phone, TV, and computers too- send signals to your brain that say "Hey, it's super bright out, we should be working, caring for children, hunting, exercising". Bright light does not tell your brain to lay down and take a nap.
Chronic sleep deprivation is an issue that should be addressed in your life. It can lead to many secondary conditions, such as:
1. Weight gain
2. Loss of focus/productivity
3. Muscular spasm/strain
4. Occupational hazards
Another issue that arises with late-night and chronic electronic use is the structural changes that can happen. As I spoke about in our December E-zine, our spine should be able to handle the stress and strain of looking down. If a foundational shift of the spine has occurred from a physical trauma earlier in life, this may alter the biomechanics of the spine. Like hammering a bent nail, chronically looking down when the spine is susceptible to injury can increase the likelihood of other issues developing.
The FINAL WORD
iPads make great gifts. They are fun, portable, and have unlimited uses. Please use them effectively to increase your quality of life, NOT to make you a grouch in the morning!
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Dr. Evan Pulver