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Can Holistic Therapies help with Depression and Anxiety?

September 30, 2014, 1:30 pm

HomeopathyThe answer is: YES!

“Natural” or “alternative” methods like acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, chiropractic, Bach flower remedies, specific homeopathic remedies, and specific nutritional supplementation have proven helpful in many cases of depression and anxiety. The Neuro-Emotional-Technique (N.E.T.) and other neuro-repatterning techniques can also have a great impact on healing from depression and anxiety.

There are a few organs that are commonly involved with depression and anxiety including the pituitary gland, pineal gland, thyroid gland, adrenal gland, and gonads (ovaries, uterus, testicles). There are other organs that may also have an impact like the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and central nervous system. Emotional stressors also have a very real impact on the body’s organs and systems.

It is critical when working to recover from anxiety and depression that the complete and total health of a person is taken into account. This includes dietary intake of nutrients as well as proper functioning of the digestive system (where absorption of these nutrients occurs). Hormones are a very real and critical factor as well.  Balancing hormones can have a great effect in healing depression and anxiety.

There are many impacts on the body due to structural misalignments that can interfere with the body’s ability to heal and be healthy. These misalignments can involve the internal organs, the spine, and the cranium, which in turn can affect the neurological function of any part of the body leading to dysfunction and disease.

The emotional impact and components of all the factors mentioned above are very in depth and extensive. There are many methods of dealing with these issues within the natural health care model, including those listed above. I do not propose that there is a “best” method for everybody to heal and deal with depression or anxiety.  No one method works for everyone.  There should be a customized approach for each individual person.

In addition, a wonderful book I recommend is “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die” by Karol Truman. There are also many other great books that can help. Becoming informed and educated is a critical step in healing.

A few of the physical techniques that allow us here at the Institute to assist patients in emotional healing include cranio-sacral therapy, ocular lock, ocular release technique, Neuro-Emotional Technique (N.E.T.), and neuro-repatterning. As the names of these techniques indicate, they all work with the body’s nervous system to release the body’s memory of emotionally traumatic events. One exercise that has been helpful universally is the repetition of positive affirmation statements. However, each person’s affirmation should to be specific to his or her needs.

It is our endeavor at the Institute to encourage individuals not to just deal with the symptoms of life’s events but to truly heal and overcome the negative effects of their health. Our goal is to treat the cause and not just chase the symptoms, supporting the person throughout the healing process.


September 27, 2014, 5:02 pm

“I am a nurse and after a 12-hour shift at the hospital I would literally leave, get in my car, and would cry because of pain in my lower back. After a couple of months of seeing Dr. Burrup that was no longer the case. I can now work a 12-hour shift and have minimal to NO pain by the end of the day. This has all happened with four months of treatments. I feel Dr. Burrup has saved my life so to speak, because without his help, I know without a doubt I would have had to quit my job and take an early retirement, which would have been disastrous for me and my family. I had seen five or six chiropractors before Dr. Burrup and none of them helped me. I will keep seeing Dr. Burrup to keep me going for years to come. This is the best I have felt in years!”

—Launa H


September 25, 2014, 4:52 pm

Thanks to Holly J. for sharing this one with us…

When I came into Dr. Burrup’s office for the first time I could barely walk. My lower back has given me grief for the past four years due to a herniated disc. I came to Dr. Burrup frustrated, desperate, and fed up with the pain and inconvenience of a back injury. By the end of that first appointment, even though I didn’t feel any different physically, I finally felt like there may be some hope for a normal, pain free life. I am after all only 37 years old and have a lot more live to live. Within the first two weeks of treatment I felt a dramatic difference in my back. I felt stronger, more agile, and had more confidence in my body’s ability to move and LIVE than I had felt in four years! Since then, now six months later, I continue to feel an amazing difference in my quality of life and ability to live and move without the fear of losing mobility at any moment. It has truly changed my life!”

10 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise

September 19, 2014, 5:56 pm

Many people hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and of course, feel great about how they look, but working out has mental benefits, too. For the past 10 years or so, scientists have studied how exercising can boost mental function. Regardless of age or fitness level (this includes everyone from mall-walkers to marathoners) studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits such as:

  1. Reducing stress.
  2. Boosting happy chemicals (exercise releases endorphins!)
  3. Improving self-confidence.
  4. Enjoying the great outdoors.
  5. Preventing cognitive decline as we age.
  6. Alleviating anxiety.
  7. Boosting brainpower (various studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells!)
  8. Sharpening memory.
  9. Increasing relaxation.
  10. Getting more done (research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are more productive and have more energy than their more sedentary peers).


Exercise can have many positive effects far beyond just the physical. Gaining self-confidence, getting out of a funk, and even thinking smarter are some of the motivations to take time for exercise on a regular basis!

Did you know?

September 13, 2014, 9:35 pm

Here is a little known fact about your blood: it has a long road to travel…laid end to end, there are about 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. And your hard-working heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through those vessels every day.  So take good care of your heart by eating right, exercising, and keeping stress at manageable levels.

Does Back Pain Go Away on Its Own?

September 11, 2014, 2:05 am

Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.  Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.  While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements such as picking up a pencil from the floor can have painful results.  In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.

Until recently, researchers believed that back pain will “heal” on its own.  We have learned however, that this is not true.  A recent study showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return.  Only 9% of the people who had low back pain for more than 30 days were pain free 5 years later.

If your back pain is not resolving quickly, visit your chiropractor.  Your pain will often result from mechanical problems that your chiropractor can address.  Chiropractic is a safe and effective spine pain treatment.  It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.

Welcome to our new Blog!

September 4, 2014, 9:55 pm

Welcome to our new blog!  We are also excited to announce that our new website is up and running…please check it out and let us know if you have any questions.  Check our blog often for alternative health news and information from The Institute!