Easing Pain to Ease Depression
You probably associate chiropractic care with managing aches and pain from your daily life. Or you may have pain from a car accident or other injury. Sometimes, the cause of your chronic pain might be depression.
According to the non-profit organization, The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States among people under age 45— more than 15 million Americans are affected.
Chiropractic care and depression relief are strongly correlated. While medication is generally prescribed to treat depressive symptoms, you may want a natural and non-medicinal approach.
Chiropractic care might be an option for you and here is what you need to know:
History and Understanding of Chiropractic Care and Depression
As far back as the 1920s, chiropractic adjustments were used to help people struggling with mental health issues, including depression. The Chiropractic Psychopathic Sanitarium, located in Davenport, Iowa, at the time, had a cure and discharge rate of 65 percent while other institutes not employing chiropractic care had much lower rates.
Chiropractic hospitals throughout the 1960s also promoted chiropractic care and adjustments for conditions considered irreversible. Unfortunately, many of these places closed due to insurance changes in the 1950s and 60s.
Chiropractic care deals with improving the nervous system, the very system that controls your mental and emotional health. Adjustments to certain parts of the body allow for blood to flow better and also relax the muscles.
That type of stress relief can really help you when you are struggling with depression. After all, stress and depression are connected.