STUDIES:Depression & Bipolar Disorder
note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses
to care are intended for educational purposes
only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit.
Individual results may vary, depending upon several
factors including age of the patient, severity
of the condition, severity of the spinal injury,
and duration of time the condition has been present.
48, Bipolar Disorder
48-year-old female suffered from bipolar disorder
for 30 years prior to seeking help from upper
cervical chiropractic care. The episodes of depression
and mania started during her teenage years and
she had tried a number of different medications
over the years.
her upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, an
upper neck injury was discovered. She recalled
experiencing a horse back riding accident during
her junior high years in which she sustained a
concussion. She concluded her neck injury could
have occurred then. After receiving treatment
for her neck injury, she reported a marked improvement
in her health, specifically the bipolar problem
was reduced tremendously. She reported that she
received more results from upper cervical care
versus any other treatment or medication she had
tried over the years.
18, Amenorrhea, Constipation, Depression
18-year-old female was involved in an auto accident
at the age of 16 in which her car ran off of the
road at 60mph and hit an embankment. She was not
wearing a seat belt and the air bags deployed.
She was taken to the hospital with the possible
diagnosis of a head/neck injury and she was later
released. Immediately thereafter, she began suffering
from a variety of health problems include amenorrhea,
stomach and bowel malfunction, and depression.
She also reported feeling neck stiffness. None
of these health problems were present prior to
the accident and no other traumas were reported.
During the two years following the accident, she
underwent treatment with medications and hormone
therapy but her health problems persisted.
her initial evaluation, she reported that she
had not had a period in 2 years, that she had
been taking numerous medications for depression,
and that she required medications and herbal supplements
to move her bowels. During her initial evaluation,
an upper cervical injury was discovered, which
was most likely caused by her auto accident.
began treatment and all of her symptoms gradually
began to improve over a 4 month period. By six
months, her menstrual cycle, her bowels, and her
mood were normalized and she was able to discontinue
all medications. She was also able to attend college
as a normal, healthy college student.
Age 21, Migraine Headaches, Dizzy spells, Depression
21-year-old female had been suffering from 3-6
migraines per week and approximately 3 dizzy spells
per week for the previous few years. She also
had been suffering from depression. She had fallen
and suffered a concussion 5 years prior and felt
as though her health had deteriorated since that
her initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered, which perhaps could have been caused
by the fall that also caused the concussion. After
the first upper cervical adjustment, she reported
noticing her symptoms improve. Within a few months,
all symptoms were absent and she was able to discontinue
Age 8, Bipolar Disorder
8-year-old female was diagnosed with rapid-cycling
bipolar disorder at age 3. She had been prescribed
numerous medications including mood stabilizers
and anti-psychotics. She had also tried a number
of alternative therapies including ayurveda, massage,
nutrition, acupuncture, general chiropractic,
etc. Because nothing was helping, her parents
had her discontinue all therapies and medications
and began looking for other options. She began
a supplement program with a special combination
of vitamins and minerals that seemed to help her
condition. Her parents also decided to have her
undergo and upper cervical chiropractic evaluation.
her evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered.
Her parents recalled that she fell out of her
bed at age 2 and surmised that perhaps that fall
was the source of their child's neck injury. After
undergoing the first upper cervical adjustment,
no further adjustments were necessary as her neck
healed and stabilized. In the first month, her
parents reported some improvement in her condition
but that her mood still fluctuated quite extensively.
By the third month, her parents reported a substantial
improvement in her mood in that she could easily
handle situations that previously had set off
episodes of mania, such as birthday parties, sleepovers,
etc. In addition, they reported that she had also
experienced improvement in her motor developement
in that balance and coordination had also dramatically
Age 47, Sleep Disorder, Fatigue, Depression
47-year-old female suffered from a sleep disorder
since her daughter's birth 12 years prior. She
had been unable to get a good night's sleep since
and as a result was extremely fatigued. She also
described trouble with depression and mood swings
because of her extreme lack of sleep. She described
most nights with frequent awakening without any
consistent sleep hours in a row.
her initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered. It was postulated that going through
the birthing process was enough to cause injury
in her case since the development of the sleep
disorder coincided with her daughter's birth.
One week after the initiation of upper cervical
care, she began sleeping and reported several
nights where she slept between 7 and 10 hours
without awakening. This continued consistently
and she felt her energy and her happy mood return.
Eventually she was able to discontinue all sleep
and anti-depression medications.
Age 22, Bipolar Disorder, Migraine Headaches
22-year-old male had been suffering with bipolar
disorder and migraines headaches since grade school.
His parents recalled the following health history.
At one year old, he fell out of his high chair
and landed on his head. At age 3, he fell backwards
on the basketball court and his his head hard
on the ground. In second grade, his concentration
problems started. In fourth grade, he participated
in judo and was repeatedly thrown on his head.
In fifth grade, he started having migraine headaches
and mild depression. In ninth grade, he fell off
of a stage at school, hit his head, and was knocked
unconscious for 15 minutes. In tenth grade, he
was involved in an auto accident in which he was
rear-ended at 25 mph. In eleventh grade, mania
started. As a result, he had more trouble in school,
and was assaulted by a school administrator. At
the time of his initial upper cervical chiropractic
evaluation, he was living at home and undergoing
drug therapy with several anti-depressant medications.
his evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered
that could have been caused by any number of his
previous head/neck traumas. After the first upper
cervical adjustment, he reported "feeling
better," with less headaches and a better
mood. His parents agreed. Within several months,
all headaches were absent and he reported having
a stable mood, without any manic or depressive
Age 23, Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy, Sleep Disorder,
Headaches, Back Pain
23-year-old male suffered a closed head injury
at age 17 in which he landed on his head due to
a pole-vaulting accident at a high school track
meet. Since the fall, he suffered from bipolar
disorder (rapid-cycling mood swings), seizures
(2-3 per day), daily headaches, daily neck and
back pain, and sleep disorder (he would often
be awake for 24-36 straight hours before finally
going to sleep and then often would sleep for
24 or more hours). He was taking tegretol for
bipolar disorder and pain medication for headaches.
this patient's upper cervical exam, an upper neck
injury was found, most likely stemming from the
pole-vaulting accident. The injury was compromising
this patient's brain and spinal cord function.
After five months of upper cervical care, all
mood swings, headaches, seizures, pain, and sleep
trouble were corrected, and all medications were
discontinued. All family members remarked at the
enormous change in the patient's mental outlook,
personality, and health.
Age 44, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Depression,
44-year-old was involved in an auto accident 25
years prior in which she hit her head on the windshield.
Several years later, she had her first episode
of neck pain in which her neck seized up and laterally
flexed to the left. Over the years, she sporadically
woke up in tremendous pain due to her neck seizing
up. During the year prior to upper cervical treatment,
the neck pain worsened with more frequent episodes.
She also suffered with irritable bowel syndrome
for the year prior to upper cervical care and
experienced depression as a result of all of her
During her initial upper cervical chiropractic
exam, an upper neck injury was found, perhaps
resulting from her auto accident several decades
before. After only three weeks of care, her neck
pain and irritable bowel syndrome were completely
gone. She returned to normal eating and normal
exercise. The depression disappeared as well.
Several years later, she had no return of symptoms.
Age 9, Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, Depression, Insomnia,
9-year-old boy began having health problems soon
after his birth (a forceps birth). He also fell
down the stairs at age 1. He had many infections
including ear infections and pneumonia every year
for the first several years of his life. He was
diagnosed with asthma at age 2 and prescribed
inhalers. The asthma attacks occurred during weather
changes, humidity, and physical activity. By age
7, he was diagnosed with ADHD and Tourette Syndrome.
The Tourette's tics occurred head to toe and involved
his eyes, neck, voice, rolling of his toes, flinching
of his side, and lifting of his arms overhead.
He was not prescribed Ritalin for ADHD due to
an increased risk of tics. In addition, he was
diagnosed with insomnia and depression at age
8 and was prescribed 2 different anti-depressant
medications. He also experienced neck pain and
headaches 3 times per week since age 8.
this boy's upper cervical exam, a neck injury
was found, which possibly stemmed from either
his birth or fall down the stairs. After his first
upper cervical adjustment, his mother reported
only 2 days later: 1) his attitude and personality
were happier, 2) no headaches, 3) no neck pain,
4) no wheezing, 5) tics were cut in half, 6) slept
through the night. One month later, no headaches
or neck pain occurred over the month; no asthma
or wheezing occurred over the month and no asthma
medications were used; all motor tics were completely
gone and only an occasional verbal tic occurred;
sleeping had been consistently improved; personality
and behavior had been consistently improved and
anti-depressants had been cut in half; attention
in school to school work and interaction with
other kids in school was also greatly improved.
Six weeks after the first adjustment, all symptoms
were absent. All family members remarked that
by having his neck injury corrected, the boy had
become a completely different, happy, and healthy
Male, Age 45, Bipolar Disorder, Neck Pain,
45-year-old male suffered two accidents as a child:
one skull fracture from falling off a slide and
one concussion from diving into the shallow end
of a pool. In both cases, he remembered injuring
his neck. Chronic neck pain developed in high
school and continued for 30 years. He was also
diagnosed with manic depression in high school
and was prescribed lithium. In his 20's, he developed
allergies and had trouble with itchy eyes, a chronic
cough, and a frequent plugged nose. Approximately
two years before seeking help from upper cervical
care, he developed tendonitis ("tennis elbow")
in his right elbow. The tendonitis bothered him
constantly even though he iced it, took anti-inflammatories,
and let it rest.
his initial upper cervical chiropractic exam,
an upper neck injury was found. It could have
resulted from either of the two accidents he recalled
from his childhood or some other incident. After
several months of upper cervical care, all neck
pain, tendonitis, and allergies disappeared. In
addition, his mood swings evened out so he no
longer had alternating episodes of mania or depression.
Instead, he described himself as having more even
and steady moods. One year after the start of
upper cervical care, he remained free from neck
pain, tendonitis, allergies, and mood swings.