Friday, October 11, 2013

Anxiety and Depression vs. Upper Cervical Care

depression, anxiety, upper cervical care, chiropractic
"Upper cervical chiropractic care is a complementary strategy for depression"

by Dr. Larry S. Arbeitman
A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a case series to evaluate a 12-session upper cervical chiropractic intervention for individuals presenting with anxiety and depression symptoms.

This prospective case study consisted of six adults with (1) at least mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression symptoms based on pre-treatment interview and scores on the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) and Patient History Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9) and (2) the presence of upper cervical subluxation. Participants completed the Symptom Checklist 90-Revised (SCL-90-R) pre and post-treatment and completed anxiety and depression measures weekly throughout the treatment. Marlboro-based Dr. Larry S. Arbeitman D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, stated, “Participants received care as usual at the community practice of an upper cervical chiropractor who also had extensive post-graduate training in upper cervical specific chiropractic who was blind to the patient psychological data.”

Five of six patients completed all 12 recommended chiropractic visits. Repeated measures detected significant decreases in both GAD-7 and PHQ-9 scores across treatment. The SCL-90-R General Symptoms Index also significantly decreased pre and post-treatment.

“This is just one case series,” explained Dr. Arbeitman,“but with such promising results, further research is merited to investigate the relationship between chiropractic care and depression and anxiety.”

Larry S. Arbeitman, D.C. of Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Monmouth, LLC practices in Marlboro, at 25 Kilmer Drive, Building III-Suite 101. For more information on the Upper Cervical Chiropractic procedure, visit or call 732-617- 9355 (WELL).

(Editor's note: Remember the objective of upper cervical care is to correct head neck misalignment that is interfering with proper brain to body communication. When this is corrected the body functions at a higher level and can often correct other problems more efficiently on its own. Please do not confuse upper cervical care as a treatment for any condition, disease or symptom.)

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