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Christopher Kent, DC, JD

Journal of Philosophy, Principles & Practice of Chiropractic ~ August 30, 2018 ~ Pages 8-14



The chiropractic profession has a long history of acknowledging the relationship between nervous system function and mental health. This paper reviews the history of chiropractic involvement in mental health issues, chiropractic institutions specializing in the care of mental health problems, and the putative neurobiological mechanisms associated with vertebral subluxation and dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system.

Key words: Chiropractic, history, mental health, vertebral subluxation, manipulation, depression, anxiety, addiction, hospitals, autonomic nervous system, biological oscillators, neuroplasticity, polyvagal theory, neurovisceral integration, heart rate variability, resiliency, adaptability, salutogenesis

Original Publication

Citation: Kent C (2018) Chiropractic and Mental Health: History and Review of Putative Neurobiological Mechanisms. Jou Neuro Psy An Brain Res: JNPB-103.

Copyright: ©2018 Christopher Kent *. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permit unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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