Jan 24, 2023
Dr. Sherry McAllister is a practicing chiropractor and President of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress which recently commissioned a Harris Poll about physical and mental health. One of the most concerning findings was that the link between physical and mental pain was strongest in survey participants 35-44 years old. Geographic location was also a factor, as was the sharp difference in how men and women respond to pain. Treating the mind and the body is essential for good health, and F4CP promotes guidelines that emphasize that non-pharmaceutical options for pain treatment should be the first choice, not the last resort.
Sherry explains, "What we learned was that half of the US adults, just about 44%, actually reported that they had experienced physical pain that they believe was worsened due to mental or emotional pain. We now know there's a link between mental health and physical pain. It's been well-established in the healthcare community. Still, the past two years have really broadened the public's understanding of this association and how managing one condition without treating the other can be counterproductive."
"I think we need to identify and we need to manage all the root causes of conditions that really create havoc in the bone, the nervous system, the muscle, and the mind. And I think when we look back at that Harris Poll, it'll hopefully remind us and inspire healthcare professionals that they can approach every patient holistically to help them achieve their optimal goal. And that's kind of where I sit. If you want to learn more about mental-physical health connections, we have a fantastic book. It's called Depression, Dopamine, and Drug-Free Interventions: How Chiropractic Care Is Supporting Mental Health, and we can share that with you."
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