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At Breath of Life we have seen incredible results with people who are suffering with a variety of different physical and psychological conditions.  Depression, anxiety, mood disorders have improved regularly.  Here is an example of a research study that was performed with patients who had been diagnosed with Depression….

A small study of 15 patients with depression and correlating atlas subluxation were treated.  Beck Depression Inventory was used before and after a Grostic upper cervical chiropractic correction of the upper cervical sublxation complex using the Orthospinology approach. Results achieved indicated significant improvement in depression test scores (t=3.96, df=14, p<0.001). Data supports hypothesis that correction of the occipito-atlantalaxial subluxation complex may lead to a reduction in depressive symptomology.

Early chiropractic hospitals in Davenport, Iowa treated patients with various mental illnesses with a geat deal of success. These illnesses included severe disorders like schizophrenia and psychotic depression. Various later studies showed that upper cervical care has had success with conditions such as autism and ADD/ADHD and so it is hypothesized that depression “may also benefit from adjustment of the atlas”. Fifteen (15) patients were recruited for this study which have a previous medical history of depression and who also have occipito-atlantoaxial subluxation. Precision upper cervical x-rays were taken and upper cervical adjustments were made using the KH4 Orthospinology instrument. Such instruments do not involve direct touching of the patient by the practitioner. The Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II) baseline measurement for depression was used before and after treatment. Results indicate that 11 out of 15 (~73%) patients experienced marked improvement, 2 patients worsened and 2 patients had only a minor improvement in depressive symptoms. Adjustment was limited to C1 (atlas).

More research is required as this was a small study and other controls and considerations would need to be made, however it does give an indication that upper cervical chiropractic may well be a suitable treatment protocol for depressive symptamology.

It stands to reason there is a correlation between mental disorders and upper cervical subluxation. For me it’s not a hypothesis any longer. Even if a patient does not improve symptomatically with their depression…how many other vital bodily functions are improving as a result of having a subluxation free spine!

Title: Improvement Depression Follows Reduction of UpC Vertebral Subluxation using Orthospinology Technique Author Genther, GC; Friedman, HL; Studley, CF Main Condition/ Disease Depression Source Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research-Nov 7th 2005

References 1. Quigley, WH. An analysis of 350 emotionally maladjusted individuals under chiropractic care. In Schwartz, U.S. (Ed.), Mental health and chiropractic. New York: Sessions Publishers, 1973: 175-191 2. Quigley, WH. Case histories of mental illness under chiropractic care. Davenport, Iowa: Clear View Sanitarium, 1968 3. Quigley, WH. Pioneering mental health: Institutional psychiatric care in chiropractic. Chiropractic History 1983; 3(1): 69-73 4. Burd D, Hoiriis K, Owens E. Changes in general health status during upper cervical chiropractic care. Aukland, NZ: Proceedings of the world federation of chiropractic, 5th Biennial Congress, 1999 5. Kessinger RC, Boneva DV. Neurocognitive function and the upper cervical spine. Chiropratic Res Journal 1999; 6(2):88 6. Goodman R. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and the Atlas Subluxation Complex. Upper Cervical Monograph 1994; 5(4): 17-18 7. Aguilar AL, Grostic JD, Pfleger B. Chiropractic care and behavior in autistic children. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics 2000; 5(1):293-304. 8. Brzowski W, Walton E. The effects of chiropractic treatment on students with learning and behavioral impairments due to neurological function (Paper presented at the 12th annual conference of the Association of Children with Disabilities). College Station, TX: Psychoeducational and Guidance Services, 1975 9. Williams PL, Warwick R, Dyson M, et al, ed. Gray’s anatomy (37th ed.). London: Churchill Livingston, 1989 10. Eriksen K. The Occipito-Atlanto Axial Subluxation Complex (Vol.1). Dothan, Alabama: Chiropractic Health Institute, 2000 11. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed.). Washington, APA, 1994 12. Beck AT, Steer RA, Brown GK. BDI-II Manual/Test. San Antonio, TX: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1996

Who do you know who’s mind or body is not functioning at 100%?  Get their spine checked today at Breath of Life!

Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Carlsbad Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com

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What is NUCCA?  Is it a new dance craze?  Is it some exotic fruit?  No.  NUCCA stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.  It is a group of specially trained chiropractic doctors who focus on the correction of head/neck misalignment.  There are only approximately 200 NUCCA Doctors in the world.  This form of health care is very unique and very effective at restoring balance to the spinal column and entire body.  Restoring head/neck alignment has helped 1000’s of people to live healthier lives and recover from 100’s of different chronic health conditions including:   

  • Acid Reflux
  • ADD
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autism                     

                This is just the A’s of the conditions that have been helped or completely eliminated by Upper Cervical Care…                 

How it Works

The neck is called the cervical region of the spine.  The first neck vertebrae also known as the Atlas or C-1 is a small ring like bone located at the top of the spine directly below the base of the skull.  This area surrounds the brain stem. The Brain Stem region controls many extremely important functions in your body; including the function of the ears, eyes, nose and throat, balance of the muscles that surround the spinal column, the heart, lungs, digestive organs, male and female organs etc.  When the spine is subjected to stress it can become misaligned beginning at the Atlas vertebrae.  The spine will then compensate for the misalignment of the head and neck by the rest of the spine moving and twisting out of their normal positions.  This head/neck misalignment will result in a distortion of the messages being sent from the brain to the body resulting in a variety of health conditions.

Just when you thought you checked everything…have you checked to see if your head is on straight?

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