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Chiropractic Management of a Man with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Hemichorea & Subluxation

Allison Kennamer B.A., D.C. 

Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ October 20, 2008 ~ Pages 1-4



Objective: To review features of a 52-year-old man diagnosed with bipolar disorder who presented for chiropractic care displaying symptoms of anxiety and hemichorea movements.


Clinical Features: The bipolar patient sought care for low back pain, while displaying depression with episodic anxiety attacks associated with hemichorea.


Intervention and Outcome: He was adjusted using Thompson Technique protocol and advised on the benefits of omegea-3 fatty acids. After 4 visits, the hemichorea associated with his anxiety attacks had subsided, and his depressed state had improved.


Conclusion: This case is important on many levels. It suggests that chiropractic care may have a positive effect on bipolar disorder and chorea movements. Further research is needed to investigate the effects of chiropractic on bipolar disorder and hemichorea.


Key Words: Chiropractic, bipolar disorder, Thompson Technique, hemichorea, chiropractic, omega-3 fatty acid, mania

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