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  • Dr. Ashley Wilcoxson

Your Nervous System and Depression....

Sometimes, we face health problems that are invisible, problems that the people around us can never understand. That doesn't make them any less real. Let's take a moment to talk about the emotional side of our health.

Depression can impact our mental health and decrease our overall quality of life. It can rob us of the joys of motherhood, of being a wife, of being a career woman. It can leave us feeling isolated and helpless. It's also linked to cardiovascular disease. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.


The autonomic nervous system (our autopilot) does a lot for our body. It runs everything in your body you don't have to think about - breathing, blinking, organs, and so much more. Does it have a roll in our mental health as well? The answer is yes. Studies show that depression has been linked to increased inflammatory markers and autonomic dysregulation. Guess what!? We can measure your automonic activity in the office through the heart rate variability exam.


This means that a healthy, fully functioning autonomic system can keep your heart rate variability and cardiac vagal activity where they need to be and help keep depression at bay. Chiropractic care works to help the nervous system by keeping it fully functioning without interference. Removing interference offers the nervous system the best chance for an effective functioning nervous system.


Depression can hold someone back from life and generate feelings of helplessness. It doesn't have to be that way. Mental health is important and looking a the physical aspect of mental health sparks an opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of how to mange it.

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