Shortly after its discovery, chiropractic's mind-healing (psycho-therapeutic) side effects were observed. Many individuals suffering from mild to severe conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, excess tension, depression and "mental dullness" reported relief of their problems.
Today, the new scientific discipline of mind-body relationships is revealing the many ways that your thoughts and feelings affect your physical health and the many ways your physical health affects your emotional health. It has been discovered that many conditions considered "emotional" or "mental" may in fact be neurological, due to a malfunctioning nervous system. When nervous system function is improved, many conditions considered "emotional" can resolve. This has been especially obvious following chiropractic care.
Chiropractic promotes a "sound mind in a sound body" by removing a serious form of nervous system damage, the vertebral subluxation complex ("subluxation"). When the spine and nervous system are relieved of subluxation damage by chiropractic adjustments, psychological health has been observed to improve. Your nervous system appears to be a "bridge" or intermediary between your mind and body. Its proper functioning affects both ends of the "bridge" when you are freed of subluxations.
Subluxations appear to decrease blood supply to certain parts of the brain and this may be why whiplash and accident victims exhibit nervousness, stress, concentration disturbances and other visual and emotional symptoms. Research studies and clinical observation indicate that one way chiropractic helps brain function is by increasing blood supply to the brain. There may also be other mechanisms as well. Since childhood is so full of falls and accidents, a chiropractic spinal checkup should be as much a part of a child's health care as vision and hearing checkups. How many conditions considered "emotional" in adults may be due to a fall or accident in childhood that has compromised the nervous system? No one knows for sure.
Chiropractic has shown dramatic effects on children diagnosed with emotional and/or learning disorders. Among benefits noticed are improved IQ, improved behavior, better attention span and concentration and improved vision, hearing and muscular coordination. All children diagnosed with learning and behavioral problems, including hyperactivity (ADD, ADHD), dyslexia, autism, Asperger's syndrome, developmental delay and other "nervous system" disorders need to have their spines checked by a chiropractor.
Please be aware that chiropractic is not for physical or emotional/mental disorders - it is for people. No matter what condition or disease you or your loved ones may be manifesting, being free of vertebral subluxations is absolutely necessary for complete physical and emotional health and well-being.