Mental Health Specialist

David Chen, DC

Chiropractor located in South Pasadena, CA

Chronic pain and disability are leading causes of mental health problems among Americans. Dr. David Chen, DC, can help reduce chronic pain and support your mental well-being with upper cervical chiropractic care. Specializing in the Blair upper cervical technique, Dr. Chen provides gentle, personalized care to men and women in South Pasadena, California, and the greater Los Angeles area. To begin care so you can get back to your best, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Mental Health Q & A

Why does chronic pain cause mental health problems?

Chronic pain can cause mental health problems for a variety of reasons, including:


Chronic pain is associated with high levels of inflammation that prevent the normal healing response in injured tissues. Inflammation can also be tied to increased levels of stress since your body is constantly working at producing inflammatory chemicals rather than resting and healing.

Brain chemistry

Research shows that chronic pain can reduce the natural pain-relieving effects of brain chemicals, including dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals are also responsible for balancing your mood, so when their normal pain-relieving function is inhibited, they work less effectively overall.

Pain avoidance

If you want to avoid pain, it’s likely that you may miss out on activities you enjoy, such as exercise, hobbies, and spending time with family and friends. This can trigger feelings of sadness, loneliness, and a sense of loss.


Fear and worry are common components of chronic pain. Since little is understood about chronic pain, you may be worried about the lack of treatment options or are fearful that the pain won’t go away.

These feelings are a common side effect of chronic pain that can be alleviated with chiropractic care.

What are the physical symptoms of mental health problems?

Mental health problems can also cause physical symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lack of coordination

By reducing your chronic pain and the mental health issues related to it, you may find that these other symptoms are reduced as well.

How are mental health problems diagnosed?

For the most accurate diagnosis of mental health issues, Dr. Chen works with psychologists, counselors, and psychiatrists to ensure you receive well-rounded care tailored to your unique needs. Dr. Chen uses upper cervical chiropractic care to reduce chronic pain and discomfort. His care can complement other treatment plans and lifestyle changes for better mental well-being.

How can chiropractic care support my mental health?

Upper cervical chiropractic care from Dr. Chen can reduce your pain, improve physical function, and decrease the strain of physical discomfort on your body and mind. By reducing vertebral misalignments in your neck, Dr. Chen can restore the normal functioning of your spine and improve the communication between your brain and spinal cord for better overall health.

To see if chiropractic care can help your mental well-being, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. David Chen, DC, today.