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Category: Scientific Studies
Date 7-nov-2005
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
Abstract A small study of 15 patients with depression and correlating atlas subluxation. 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 symptamology.
Summary According to the authors 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.

Note: I personally notice that people with so-called mental disorders and kids with learning difficulties show the hallmarks of upper cervival (occipito-atlantal) subluxation. One also has to question, "Why these people also have difficulty walking?" and "Why if one has a mental problem cannot one walk properly?" The answer I contend lies in the correlation between upper cervical sunluxations and pelvic distortion. Thus it stands to reason there is a correlation between mental disorders and upper cervical subluxation. For me it's not a hypothesis any longer.
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Keywords Orthospinology, depression, occipito-atlantoaxial subluxation, upper cervical, Grostic, chiropractic

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