Anxiety Disorders and Upper Cervical Care

Anxiety and upper cervical care Anxiety disorders are growing ever more common. In fact, in the US anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness. 18% of adult Americans suffer from anxiety problems. Patients spend over $22 billion per year trying to seek help for these conditions. Is there a natural and cost-effective way to obtain help?

Case Studies Involving Anxiety

One study followed the results of upper cervical care for 6 patients over the course of 12 weeks of upper cervical chiropractic adjustments. Each patient was suffering from mild to moderate anxiety based on the results of the GAD-7 (general anxiety disorder 7) scale (0-21). They also used a PHQ-9 (patient history questionnaire) score (0-27) to assess the effects of health on day-to-day living. All patients were also suffering from a subluxation. What were the results of the study?

5 of the 6 candidates completed the 12 weeks of care. All 5 saw improvements in scores on both the GAD-7 and PHQ-9. 4 of the 5 who completed the 12 weeks of care were satisfied with the results of the upper cervical care and said they would recommend upper cervical chiropractic to people suffering from anxiety. They also noted less muscle tension, more mental clarity, and a greater amount of energy.

Upper Cervical Care for Anxiety

As the study above shows, upper cervical chiropractic can have benefits for those who are experiencing anxiety disorders. If you are experiencing a problem with frequent bouts of anxiety, especially if you have suffered any type of head or neck trauma, we encourage you to seek out one of our NUCCA practitioners.

NUCCA is a very gentle form of upper cervical chiropractic, which frequently results in long-lasting adjustments. This gives the body time to heal from injuries. Even a mild trauma is enough to shift the atlas (C1 vertebra) out of alignment, so be sure to have an examination performed by someone with the proper training.


Roth, Lauren. “Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care as a Complementary Strategy for Depression and Anxiety: A Prospective Case Series Analysis.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research (June 20, 2013): 49-59. Accessed online 23 July 2016. <>.