Depression & Moodiness

Can Upper Cervical Care Help My Depression?

Depression is one of the most severe yet least understood – and least talked about – problems that affects our society. It effects people of all ages and genders and has an infinite number of causes.

The origin of depression likely comes from one of three things:

  1. You have a false expectation about the way that life “should be,” and because it isn’t that way, you have created a “values gap” which leaves you feeling depressed;
  2. There is a challenge or problem in your life that you cannot overcome, which creates the same type of values gap; or
  3. There is some type of health challenge in your body that isn’t registering as pain or disease, but that you can sense nonetheless. Epilepsy is not just only a matter of seizures: it is a problem that affects a person’s entire life! Seizures affect people’s confidence, their mood , their sense of independence … indeed their ability to live a productive life.

The type of depression that I am talking about in this article is this third type: the type where you say to yourself, “I just feel down and off, and I don’t know why!”

A Natural Solution – The Role of the Upper Neck in Depression

It is the common belief that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain: therefore the solution is to take either artificial or natural substances to “balance your chemicals and balance your mood.” However, this is not the way that the brain actually works. “Chemical imbalances” actually come about because something is interfering with the physical wires – the nerves – that control and regulate the chemicals in the body.

There are two parts of the brain that controls hormones and chemicals: the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. However, both of these important structures are under the direct supervision of the brainstem, which is not just a stationary structure inside the skull. The brainstem descends to the level of C1 and C2 in the neck. What this means is that any injury to the upper neck can create tension on the brainstem, causing the neurone to misfire. Moreover, the C1 and C2 vertebrae have major influences on the circulation of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to-and-from the brain.

If the brainstem is under physical stress and not receiving the proper supply of nutrients, that is more than enough to cause a neurological, thus chemical imbalance which affects mood and a person’s overall sense of wellbeing.

Have You Tried Upper Cervical Care to Help Your Depression?

The solution to this problem – ie., correcting the misalignments in the neck in order to reduce tension on the brainstem – is called Upper Cervical Care. By no means is Upper Cervical care a treatment for depression. As we said before, there are many factors that can contribute. However, the proper alignment of the upper neck is something that we have seen time-and-time again has a major impact of any person’s ability to be and feel well.

Dr Jeffrey Hannah is an Upper Cervical Doctor in north Brisbane. Unlike other general forms of chiropractic, the specialised approach the Dr Hannah uses is specific and gentle (without any neck manipulation) and is custom-tailored to benefit the unique health circumstances that people require in order to get well.

To schedule a consultation, call 07 3188 9329 or simply click the attached link.