Objective: To report on the outcomes of chiropractic management of a patient presenting with cervical, thoracic and lumbar subluxations and suffering from depression, insomnia, severe effects from pre-menstrual syndrome and headaches.
Clinical features: The patient, a 27-year-old female, arrived to the chiropractic office with the chief complaints of depression, insomnia, severe effects from pre-menstrual syndrome and headaches. She also occasionally suffered from dizziness, mood swings, buzzing in ears, stiff neck, constipation, menstrual pain, irritability, back pain, urinary problems, nervousness, upset stomach, cold feet and heartburn.
Intervention and outcome: The patient was diagnosed with vertebral subluxation complex at: cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal segments. The patient’s management plan consisted of chiropractic adjustments delivered to the patient’s spine. On each visit, analysis was performed utilizing the Torque Release Technique indicators for subluxation and then an adjustive thrust was performed at these levels, utilizing the Integrator adjusting instrument. After three months of chiropractic care, the patient’s subjective and objective outcomes significantly improved. The regularity and severity of patient’s depression-related symptoms improved from “moderate” to “mild”.
Conclusion: This case report suggests that chiropractic care utilizing Torque Release Technique may be safe and efficient in the management of female patients suffering from depression and related symptoms, insomnia, headaches and PMS-related symptoms.
Key Words: chiropractic, depression, quality of life, Torque Release Technique, vertebral subluxation, adjustment