Depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness studies have shown that on any single day about 2 percent of school-aged children and about 8 percent of preteens and teens meet the criteria for major depression.  Looking in the long term, the numbers are higher—for instance, one in five teens have experienced depression at some point.

In a recent study published in the British medical Journal of the 542 children age 12 to 18 who had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, 29% of them also had depression.  Many of the kids also had pain and anxiety which led to higher odds of depression.

There are many overlapping symptoms between depression and chronic fatigue syndrome, including pain, irritability, withdrawing from family, friends and activities and missed school days.


A Different Approach

At Sherwood Spinal Care we have seen incredible results with adults and children who are suffering with a variety of different physical and psychological conditions.  Depression, anxiety, mood disorders, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia have improved regularly.  All of these conditions had the same root cause.  A misalignment in the upper neck that interfered with the brain’s nerve flow to the rest of the body. Once this misalignment was corrected with upper cervical chiropractic patients see significant improvement.

But does the research support what we’ve seen in our clinic?

Here is an example of some research studies that were performed with patients who had been diagnosed with Depression and other psychological conditions….

Fifteen patients were recruited for this study which have a previous medical history of depression and who also have an upper neck misalignment. Precision upper cervical x-rays were taken and upper cervical adjustments were made. The Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II) baseline measurement for depression was used before and after treatment. Results indicate that 11 out of 15 (~73%) patients experienced marked improvement.

Early chiropractic hospitals in Davenport, Iowa treated patients with various mental illnesses with a great deal of success. These illnesses included severe disorders like schizophrenia and psychotic depression. Various later studies showed that upper cervical chiropractic has had success with conditions such as autism and ADD/ADHD.

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Dr. Kurt Sherwood, D.C. is Upper Cervical Specialist and has helped many people to over the past 20 plus years. He is trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems including multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, and vertigo. More information can be found on his website at


  1. National alliance on mental illness
  2. Pediatrics. 2011 May;127(5):e1169-75. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-1147. Epub 2011 Apr 18. Adolescent chronic fatigue syndrome: prevalence, incidence, and morbidity. Nijhof SL, Maijer K, Bleijenberg G, Uiterwaal CS, Kimpen JL, van de Putte EM. Department of Pediatrics, Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands.
  3. Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-303396. Helen Bould, Simon M Collin, Glyn Lewis, Katharine Rimes, Esther Crawley. School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, London, UK
  4. Improvement of Depression Follows Reduction of UpC Vertebral subluxation using Orthospinology Technique Author Genther, GC; Friedman, HL; Studley, CF Main Condition/ Disease Depression Source Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research-Nov 7th 2005


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