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Mental Health and Chiropractic Care

Published in the Journal of Philosophy, Principles & Practice of Chiropractic’s October 24, 2013 issue, the “To review the history and research regarding chiropractic, emotional and psychological health” article focuses on the benefits of chiropractic for patients with mental health issues. Author Dr. Christopher Kent, DC, JD, a chiropractor and attorney, reports that, historically, there were several successful chiropractic facilities dedicated to mental health issues, including the Forest Park Sanitarium (originally known as the Chiropractic Psychopathic Sanitarium) established in 1922. The success rate for the chiropractic institutions was much higher than for the public institutions, with the latter facility boasting a 65% cure and discharge rate versus 18-27% for the North Dakota state mental hospital.


“The scope of chiropractic is as broad as the scope of influence of the nervous system. Although many chiropractors and those they serve tend to focus on disorders associated with the physical body, it is obvious that abnormal nervous system function may also affect emotional and psychological health,” Kent stated.


The paper also reported on several modern research projects involving chiropractic and psychological issues. In one of these studies, a survey was done with 2,818 respondents in 156 practices. It showed strong connections between persons receiving chiropractic care and self-reported improvement in health, wellness and quality of life. 


Source: Courtesy of Associates In Family Chiropractic and Natural Health Care, P.C., located at 156 East Ave, Norwalk, CT. For more information, visit See ad page 20.

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