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The Role of Chiropractic in Mind–Body Health 

The Role of Chiropractic in Mind–Body Health
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The Role of Chiropractic in Mind–Body Health
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George Zabrecky

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190690557.003.0009
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date: 22 September 2020

The chiropractic approach is based on the principles that diseases, both psychiatric and medical, are caused by disturbances in the nervous system and that such disturbances are often related to musculoskeletal problems. Thus chiropractic therapies utilize an integrative approach to health and well-being that includes various spinal manipulations as well as an integrative approach to the patient. Chiropractic therapies are most well known for the management of chronic and acute pain, which frequently can be accompanied by anxiety and depression symptoms. There is little direct evidence that chiropractic care improves mental health outside of the benefits related to pain alleviation. However, based on the overall chiropractic model, chiropractic therapy can potentially benefit a wide variety of psychological symptoms, but more research is needed. This chapter reviews the principles of chiropractic care, particularly in the context of psychiatric conditions, and provides information for future clinical and research programs.

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