Chiropractic care has been proven to relieve pain on the body and improve a patient’s way of life, but can it also be used in behavioral medicine? Mental illness affects about 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. every year, including the most common disorders depression and anxiety. While medication is more commonly prescribed to treat mental disorders, some prefer to take a holistic course of action.

In a study published by the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 76 percent of patients who underwent 12 sessions of chiropractic care reported an improvement in their mental and emotional health. These patients also reported a positive change in stress levels and increased enjoyment. This is likely due to the decrease in mind-clouding pain in the body. With a simple spinal adjustment, general pain decreases along with the anxiety and depression coming from that pain.

Our moods are regulated by our body’s chemistry, which is based on our organs’ health and the regulation of the nervous system. With adjustments of the spine, the chemistry is recalibrated and we are able to relax and enjoy life more fully. Chiropractors will also work with the patient to improve their way of life through exercise and nutrition and will recommend appropriate stretches and nutrition.

Taking time for yourself in a hectic week to recharge, rest, and relax can help relieve mental discomfort. Chiropractic care can help!