US Child Mortality Ranks Worst Among Wealthy Nations

A study published in Health Affairs in January 2018 reports that the U.S. ranks last among 20 wealthy nations in child mortality. The report was covered by multiple news outlets including a January 8, 2018, CNN news story titled, “Among 20 wealthy nations, US child mortality ranks worst, study finds.”

US Child Mortality Ranks Worst Among Wealthy Nations - Chiropractor Austin TX Pediatric Chiropractic Healthcare Kids Babies Infants Asthma Colic Ear InfectionsThe Health Affairs report begins by stating, “The United States has poorer child health outcomes than other wealthy nations despite greater per capita spending on health care for children.” The study looked at child mortality rates between 1961 and 2010 in the U.S. and compared this data to 35 other similar wealthy nations.

Some of the other countries included in this study were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ashish Thakrar, lead author of the study and an internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System in Baltimore noted, “This study should alarm everyone. The U.S. is the most dangerous of wealthy, democratic countries in the world for children.” Dr. Thakrar continued, “We were surprised by how far the U.S. has fallen behind other wealthy countries. Across all ages and in both sexes, children have been dying more often in the U.S. than in similar countries since the 1980s.”

The study noted that childhood mortality had improved in all countries, but that the rate of improvement for the U.S. was slower than the other countries. The study also showed that the rate of child mortality for the U.S. and New Zealand were disproportionably higher than the rate for the other countries in the study. It should be noted that the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries where direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs is legal.

The study showed just how bad the numbers are for children in the U.S., reporting that from 2001 to 2010, the risk of death for infants in the U.S. was 76 percent greater than for infants in other countries. Additionally, the death rate for children ages 1–19 was 57 percent greater in the U.S. One of the more disturbing findings was that U.S. children between the ages 15–19 were eighty-two times more likely to die from gun violence than children in the other nations. When projecting over a 50 year period of the study, the researchers determined that the U.S. suffered about 600,000 excess deaths of children from all causes.

In the CNN story, Dr. Thakrar further explained, “Existing research has shown that infants die more frequently in the U.S., but this was the first time we were able to see that this trend started decades ago. We were also surprised by how much more often US adolescents, in particular boys, are dying from injuries,” he said. “The most disturbing new finding of this study was that a 15- to 19-year-old in the U.S. is 82 times more likely to die from gun violence in the U.S. than in any other wealthy, democratic nation.”

“In as much as health policies will have an effect on infant and child mortality, it should be noted that the U.S. also has the highest rate of intervention in all processes of birth, and medical procedures and in the rate of citizens taking prescription medications.” said Dr. George Curry, President of the International Chiropractors Association. He continued, “Perhaps, as a society, we should step back and ask the very pertinent question. Is this very system that is suppose to be protecting our health, contributing to these excess deaths?”

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Study Shows Chiropractic Helps Improve Quality of Life in Children

The Journal of Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Medicine published a study on December 20, 2017, showing that children under chiropractic care experience an improved quality of life on multiple levels as measured by standard tests. According to the Oxford dictionary, quality of life (QoL) can be defined as, “The standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual or group.”

Study Shows Chiropractic Helps Improve Quality of Life in Children - Chiropractor Austin TX Celebrity Care VIP Athlete SXSW ACLThe study authors begin by noting that chiropractic care has become very popular for the pediatric population. They cite one study in 2007 which estimated that there were approximately 86 million pediatric visits made annually to chiropractors. Part of the conclusion from the previous study was that “…chiropractic care of children represents a significant aspect of not only the practice of chiropractic but also pediatric healthcare in general.”

Historically, chiropractic care for the pediatric population has been for a wide range of issues from chronic illness to wellness care. The researchers stated, “The treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as neck pain and lowback pain as well as the promotion of health and wellbeing has been reported to be common motivations for seeking chiropractic care of children. However, studies that evaluated the frequency of, reasons for, and factors influencing CAM use and specialty pediatrics within the same geographic locale have also found evidence of the utilization of chiropractic care for children with chronic disease, including cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiac problems, and neurological problems.” The term “CAM” is used in scientific literature to mean “complimentary and alternative medicine” in which chiropractic is included.

This study focused on the pediatric population between the ages of 8 and 17. This study used standardized tests that measured many factors to determine the QoL for the pediatric population who were under chiropractic care. A standardized questionnaire known as PROMIS, short for Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System, was given to the participants or their parents to be filled out. Then this information was scored to see if there was an effect on QoL from chiropractic care.

The data was collected by 88 chiropractors from practices all over the U.S. In total, 881 children participated with 467 being females and 414 being males. The mean age for children in this study was 12.49 years. Approximately 49% of the children were brought to the chiropractor for purely wellness purposes, while 27% were brought in for musculoskeletal conditions, and 23% for a variety of other health issues.

The study showed that 58% of the patients or their parents did not tell their medical doctor that they were receiving chiropractic care. Only 2% of the children were actually referred to the chiropractor by their medical doctor. Of the children in the study, 75% had not received medical care for the issue they sought chiropractic for, 15% had received prior medical care but were no longer under medical care for their issue, and 10% were receiving both chiropractic and medical care.

The results showed that the children were less likely to suffer from symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and pain interference after starting chiropractic care. According to the scores measured by the PROMIS survey, the children improved in all aspects of the QoL.

In their discussion, the authors noted that the study not only showed an improvement in the quality of life of children under chiropractic care, but it also gave some insight into why children are brought to the chiropractor. “In addition to determining the QoL of children under chiropractic care, this study also provided some interesting insights into the patterns and utilization of chiropractic services by this patient population.” They concluded, “The QoL of children improved with chiropractic care as measured by PROMIS.”

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Double Footling Breech Presentation Resolved with Chiropractic

On December 11, 2017, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study documenting the resolution of a pregnant mother’s footling breech presentation under chiropractic care. A footling breech presentation is when one or both of the baby’s feet are in the downward position and are therefore more likely to be born first instead of the normal head first position.

Double Footling Breech Presentation Resolved with Chiropractic - Best Chiropractor Austin Texas Personal Injury PI Car accident MVA Truck collision pain managementThe study begins by noting that about 3-4% of pregnancies result in a breech presentation. Current medical thinking is that a breech birth represents a significant medical threat and therefore a Cesarean birth is normally recommended in these cases. Since, for many reasons, a normal head-first vaginal birth is preferable to a cesarean birth, any reasonable process that can correct the breech should be explored.

In this case, a 38-year-old pregnant woman sought a chiropractic consultation and evaluation. The woman was in her 30th week of a pregnancy with twins that were in the footling breech position. She had previously had three individual pregnancies and delivered each child without complication. The woman had never experienced chiropractic care before. She was physically active by playing volleyball and swimming.

A chiropractic examination included palpation and a postural analysis. This showed a forward position of her head, as well as an uneven pelvis. There was also an abnormal motion of the pelvic bones when put through a range of motion test. Based on the findings, chiropractic adjustments were given.

Over the next 11 days, the patient was seen 5 times. In that time, both of the fetuses turned from the footling breech position down to a normal vertex, head-down position. This correction of the position of her fetuses allowed her to deliver her twins vaginally, without complication or medication.

The study also reviewed several previous studies showing chiropractic helping correct breech presentations and allowing for normal vaginal delivery. In one of those documented cases, a breech presentation self corrected after four chiropractic adjustments. In another case, the breech corrected after one week of chiropractic.

The overall body of evidence for breech presentations being resolved under chiropractic continues to grow. The authors of this study reviewed several other studies showing that chiropractic helped in those cases. In this particular case, the results were especially important because of the woman being pregnant with twins. In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report provides supporting evidence on the benefits of chiropractic care for the pregnant woman with fetal malpresentation.”

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Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorder Helped with Chiropractic

The Chiropractic Journal of Australia published a case study in their December 2017 issue documenting the case of a patient suffering with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) and chronic tic disorder showing positive improvements due to chiropractic care.

Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorder Helped with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Wellness Health Prevention CareAccording to the Tourette Association of America, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (also known simply as Tourette syndrome), “…is a neurodevelopmental disorder that becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence. It is part of the spectrum of Tic Disorders and is characterized by motor and vocal tics.”

This issue is not as rare as most people think. According to the study authors, “The current estimates are that 1 out of every 160 children between the ages of 5-17 in the United States has TS and that 1 out of every 100 children has TS or another tic disorder.

The symptoms of Tourette syndrome can include repeatedly blinking of the eyes, shrugging of the shoulders or blurting out unusual sounds or offensive words. The tics, or involuntary movements associated with this condition typically appear between the ages of 2 and 15 years of age. Boys are three to four times more likely to have this problem.

In this study, a 19-year-old man went to the chiropractor for an evaluation. At the age of 12, he fell from a chair. Shortly thereafter, he began to develop uncontrollable tics and muscle spasms. At the age of 14, he was officially diagnosed with Tourette syndrome by his medical doctor. The spasms the boy was suffering from mainly focused in his face, jaw and vocal cords. He also suffered with bilateral spasms of the muscles of his feet. He was treated medically with medication, which had a minimal effect.

Upon presentation to the chiropractor’s office, his tics were objectively evaluated using the Yale Global Tic Severity Scale. This scale is an effective way of measuring the severity of the tics for comparison later in care. According to this scale, his overall impairment due to his condition was rated at 40 percent.

A chiropractic examination and x-rays showed a number of postural abnormalities as well as a reversal of what should be a normal forward curve in the neck. From these findings, it was determined that subluxation was present.

Specific forms of chiropractic care along with certain focused exercises were performed on this patient. Due to the severity of this case, the patient was initially seen five times per week. The patient was visiting the United States from Canada for 12 weeks when he sought chiropractic care. He was therefore only available for care at this facility for 12 weeks before returning to Canada.

An examination was performed to evaluate his progress before he left the country. The results of that evaluation showed that the young man had reduced his overall impairment by half, going from 40% to a 20% impairment according to the Yale Global Tic Severity Scale.

In the authors’ conclusion and discussion, they explain how nerve system interference could create this type of issue by noting, “Altered spinal biomechanics associated with abnormal posture may cause significant neurological stress and malfunction.” They also explained, “The central nervous system (CNS) is the master control system of the human body and ultimately controls and coordinates all body and cellular function. Since the CNS is housed inside the skull and spine, it can be subjected to consequent adverse mechanical tensions.”

In relating to this man’s specific situation, the authors said, “Since the patient reported a traumatic fall at age 12, we propose that the cause of the abnormal spinal configuration was a result of trauma. Through the restoration of normal biomechanical structure and curvature, these abnormal stresses and strains were removed from the spinal cord and neural elements, which led to the improvement in function in this patient.”

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Resolution of Breech Presentation Confirmed by Ultrasound Following Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case on June 8, 2017, showing the correction of a breech presentation pregnancy after the application of the chiropractic procedure known as the Webster Technique.

Resolution of Breech Presentation Confirmed by Ultrasound Following Chiropractic-Austin-Texas-Chiropractor-Pregnant-Back-Pain-Delivery-OBGYNThe head down position, known as the vertex position, is the correct position for delivery as it provides the safest passage through the birth canal. A breech presentation is when either the feet or the buttocks are downward. According to this study, about 3.2% off all pregnancies are in a breech presentation during the last stages of pregnancy.

Initially, about 25% to 30% of pregnancies are in breech prior to 28 weeks of gestation. Most, however, will turn by the 34th week. It is those that fail to turn that are of concern and can lead to problems with delivery. Since the advent of cesarean birth, most breech presentations are not allowed to deliver, and the surgical alternative is used.

There are certain health factors which seem to be associated with an increased possibility of breech presentation. These include the mother’s age, maternal diabetes, smoking, congenital malformations and placental implantation issues.

In this case, a 26-year-old woman in her 27th week of pregnancy with her second child was having bilateral sacroiliac pain. At 28 weeks, it was determined by ultrasound that her baby was in a breech presentation. Her first pregnancy resulted in a natural birth with no complications.

A chiropractic examination revealed muscles spasm in the lower back as well as restricted ranges of motion of the lumbar vertebrae and pelvis. Based upon the examination, it was determined that subluxations in her spine and at the base bone, the sacrum, were present and that the Webster technique could be helpful.

Dr. Larry Webster, a chiropractor and founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, discovered this adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. On the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association website, this procedure is described. “The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.”

A second ultrasound was done at 39 weeks after a series of chiropractic adjustments and the Webster technique had been applied. The second ultrasound showed that the baby had turned into a normal vertex position. One day after the ultrasound, the woman had a normal natural vaginal delivery with no complications.

In their conclusion the study authors wrote, “Traditional medical procedures when pertaining to a breech birth are effective, yet can come with serious risks that must be considered. The results of this study contributes to evidence based practice that women with breech pregnancies may benefit from the Webster Technique along with the side posture adjustment in relieving sacral subluxation and its relationship to a healthy pregnancy.”

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Otitis Media Resolved and Neck Curve Improved with Chiropractic

On June 29, 2017, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study documenting the resolution of otitis media with neck curve improvement with chiropractic care. Otitis media, more commonly known as an ear infection, can come from either bacteria or virus, and is most commonly associated with a cold or allergies.

Otitis Media Resolved and Neck Curve Improved with Chiropractic-Chiropractor-Austin-Kids-Boys-Girls-Health-Pediatrics-Spine-Brain-Nerves-Best-ReviewsThe authors of this study begin with an ominous warning by noting, “If left untreated, otitis media can cause temporary or permanent loss of hearing which can in turn impair speech, language development, and create learning difficulties.” They note that two out of three children experience at least one episode of otitis media before the age of three and it is also the most common diagnosis for children under 15 years of age.

The most common medical treatment for otitis media is antibiotics. Although this approach can kill bacterial infections, this does nothing for viruses and in many cases the ear infections returns again. The most common surgical approach is putting tubes in the ears. Tympanostomy (known as tubes in the ears) accounts for 20% of surgeries on children under 15 years of age. Again, the rate of return infection is very high making the procedure less effective in the long term.

In this case, a 10-year-old boy suffering from fluid in his right and left ears for the past three weeks was brought to the chiropractor. The boy also suffered from allergies and difficulty sleeping. The boy’s medical physician recommended allergy medications which had no effect on the fluid in his ears.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, infrared thermography, and static spinal x-rays. Additionally, videofluoroscopy (motion x-rays) of the spine were done to access the individual movements of the bones in the boy’s neck.

The conclusion of the examination process was the presence of vertebral subluxations with a loss of the normal forward cervical (neck) curve. With these findings, specific chiropractic adjusting procedures were started.

The results showed that the boy’s ears drained the first two days after his first chiropractic adjustment. When he returned for his second visit to the chiropractor, he reported a 100% improvement in his ears. On a subsequent follow-up x-ray of the boy’s neck, it was noted that his neck curvature had significantly improved.

In the conclusion the authors summed up this case by saying, “In this study, the patient entered the clinic with OM (otitis media) painful enough to alter his sleep. In addition to dysfunction in the patient’s ear, he also presented with a loss of cervical curve. This case demonstrates how specific chiropractic care to remove subluxations resulted in resolution of otitis media and restored the cervical curve.”

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Food Allergy Improvements Documented Following Chiropractic Care

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on June 22, 2017 that documented the improvement of food allergies after chiropractic care. This study reports that according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,1% of the children in the U.S. have a food allergy. They also note that these levels continue to rise over the years.

The test used to determine a specific food allergy is a blood test to measure allergen-specific IgE levels. Kidshealth.org describes this test by saying, “An allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) blood test is done to check whether a person is allergic to a particular substance. An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to something, often in the environment, that’s harmless to most people. To protect the body from this perceived threat or allergen, the immune system of an allergic person produces antibodies called immunoglobulin E. The higher these levels are, the more a person is allergic to a certain substance.

Food allergy rates in the U.S. seem to follow a socio-economic trend. The higher the family income, the more likely it is for the children of that household to have food allergies. Having food allergies also seems to have a correlation with other conditions. The CDC reports that 29% of children with food allergy also have asthma, 27% also have eczema or skin allergy, and over 30% also have respiratory allergies. This means that children with food allergies are four times more likely to have these other related conditions as compared to children without food allergies.

In this case, an 8-year-old girl suffering from hip pain, left internal foot rotation, and allergies was brought to the chiropractor by her mother. The girl’s mother described the pain as a combination of dull and stabbing left hip pain, with occasional radiation down the left leg that had been going on for five months. Her allergies were to peanuts, pecans, walnuts, and she was suffering from hay fever. These allergies had been bothering the girl for the past six years.

The hip pain was more pronounced when walking or hiking and prevented the girl from participating in certain family activities. The allergies were measured by the girl’s allergist using the allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) blood test which showed that allergies for peanut, pecan, and walnut allergies. Because of these, the girl carried an epinephrine injector pen to use as needed.

A chiropractic examination was performed resulting in a diagnosis of hip myalgia, sacral subluxation, cervical subluxation, and postural abnormalities. Specific chiropractic care was started to address the subluxations.

By the fourth visit, the girl’s hip pain from extended walking and hiking was reduced from a 5 out of 10 (10 worst) to just 2 out of 10. Within 12 weeks of starting chiropractic, the girl reported that her hip pain had been completely eliminated.

In a routine follow up by her allergist, the allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) blood test showed improvement for each of her food allergies. Her peanut allergy IgE levels reduced from .65 kU/L to .11 kU/L. Her pecan nut allergy IgE levels reduced from .26 kU/L to .20 kU/L, and her walnut allergy IgE levels reduced from .65 kU/L to .43 kU/L.

In addition to the correction of the hip pain and discomfort that the girl was previously suffering from, the author took special note of the improvement of the allergy tests by stating in the study’s conclusion, “This case report describes the subluxation-based chiropractic care of an 8-year-old female and the concomitant objective improvements in peanut, pecan, and walnut allergies.”

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Cross-Eyed and Hypersensitivity Helped with Chiropractic: A Case Study

From the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, May 4, 2017, edition comes a case study of a young boy who suffered from two conditions being helped by chiropractic. His first condition was strabismus, sometimes known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed. His second condition was hypersensitivity to touch, such as clothing and other stimulus.

Strabismus is described on the website www.strabismus.org as “…a vision condition in which a person can not align both eyes simultaneously under normal condition.” This study simply states that strabismus is a condition in which the eyes do not point in the same direction. It is estimated that up to 5% of all children have this condition to some degree.

Hypersensitivity to touch and clothing is common among children. This is when a child seems to over-react to small stimulus such as clothing, shoes and other things touching their body. Experts believe that this is due to the brain improperly interpreting input sensory data causing the child to think a normal stimulus is causing discomfort.

In this case, a 10-year-old boy suffering from lateral strabismus in his right eye, fatigue, and hypersensitivity was brought to the chiropractor. His hypersensitivity included touching his skin, heat and bright lights, as well as tightness in his upper chest area. The boy stated that his clothes would make him itch all over. Touching his skin made him feel ticklish all over. He was unable to attend school regularly due to his clothing bothering him, and his fatigue and lack of concentration.

He first started experiencing hypersensitivity after two surgeries to remove a type of tumor known as a teratoma germinoma from his pineal gland in the brain. After the second surgery, there was no further medical treatment needed for his tumor.

During his chiropractic examination, it was noticed that the boy had a hunched posture with right head tilt and left shoulder higher than the right. The one eye deviation was noted but no other anomalies of the eyes were reported. A subluxation assessment was performed, and based upon this assessment, various types of specific chiropractic adjustments for correction of vertebral subluxations were initiated.

On the boy’s fifth chiropractic visit, he reported a reduction in skin irritation from his clothing. On his eighth chiropractic visit, a head and neck exam was performed with neurological testing. The examination showed a more fluid bilateral visual tracking during a visual field test, indicating improvement of the boy’s strabismus. By the 13th visit, the boy’s clothing no longer bothered him. This allowed him to return to school on a regular basis as he was only attending 2 out of 5 days most weeks. By his 19th chiropractic visit, the boy had improved to the point where he no longer had any thoracic tightness, was feeling great, and was no longer getting tired.

In their discussion and conclusion the authors noted, “The case study reports the cessation of hypersensitivity, lateral strabismus and fatigue in a 10-year-old boy following subluxation focused chiropractic care.” They continued by explaining, “Chiropractic care alters sensorimotor integration and this may have resulted in positive symptomatic changes in this child.”

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Seizures in Child Reduced with Better Quality of Life for Child Due to Chiropractic

On May 15, 2017, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study documenting the reduction of epileptic seizures in a four-year-old boy as a result of receiving chiropractic care. The Epilepsy Foundation states that “Epilepsy is characterized by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems.” They continue, “Epilepsy is a spectrum condition with a wide range of seizure types and control varying from person-to-person.”

Seizures in Child Reduced with Better Quality of Life for Child Due to Chiropractic - Chiropractor in Austin TX for Kids Pediatric CareThe study authors point out that epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, with the World Health Organization estimating that 50 million people suffer with this condition worldwide. In the United States it is estimated that 2.9 million people of all ages have epilepsy. Each year, 460,000 new cases are diagnosed in children under the age of eighteen years.

The authors offered a technical explanation of epilepsy by stating, “Seizures occur as a result of abnormal and asynchronous distribution of neuronal electrical discharges in the brain and can result from both increased excitatory synaptic neurotransmission or decreased inhibitory neurotransmission.”

In children, frontal lobe epilepsy is the second most common type of epilepsy. The frontal lobe of the brain is responsible for motor functions, voluntary eye movements, speech and language abilities, and social competency. Epilepsy in children is often treated using a variety of antiepileptic drugs. These drugs are not effective in about 20% of the cases and come with a variety of adverse effects including slowed neurological development, decrease in cognitive and executive function, behavior difficulties, and learning disorders.

In this case, a 4-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractor by his mother. The boy had been suffering from daily seizures since birth. His mother was hoping to improve the quality of her son’s life by reducing the frequency of his seizures. Shortly after birth, the mother noticed the seizures which seem to occur when her baby woke up from either a nap or deep sleep. The baby boy was later evaluated by his pediatrician and a pediatric neurologist, and was subsequently placed on an anti-epileptic drug. Over the next several months, the medications were changed in a failed attempt to control the seizures. After not seeing results from the medications, the boy was eventually diagnosed with intractable frontal lobe epilepsy at eighteen months of age.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included paraspinal thermography to determine heat variations at the spinal level to help determine when a chiropractic adjustment was needed. After obtaining parental permission, specific chiropractic adjustments were performed to correct vertebral subluxations.

At the second adjustment visit, the mother reported that her son had not had any seizures since receiving his first adjustment. Over a seven month period, the young boy continued to show improvement. His parents reported that they noticed improvements in their son’s balance, speech, and a significant decrease in eye rolling. The boy has shown significant improvement in coordination, speech, and overall quality of life. The report noted that his medication has been reduced and the number of seizures the boy was having at the writing of the study had reduced to three to four seizures per week.

In their discussion, the authors point out that this case of chiropractic helping a patient with epileptic seizures is not isolated. “There is a significant body of research regarding chiropractic and seizures. Most are case studies where the chiropractor or patient reports are used to determine outcomes. These studies using chiropractic care show a positive relationship between the use of chiropractic care and the reduction of seizure episodes and associated symptoms.”

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Scoliosis Reduced in Boy through Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on May 25, 2017, documenting the improvement in scoliosis in a young boy due to receiving chiropractic care. The Mayo Clinic website defines this condition by saying, “Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty.”

Scoliosis Reduced in Boy through Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Pediatric Kids Children Boys Girls Health CareThe study authors begin with an interesting historical overview of scoliosis. “Scoliosis is a word that stems from the ancient Greek word “skolios” which means curved or crooked,” note the authors. “The first to describe scoliosis in writing was Hippocrates (460-370 BC).”

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, scoliosis affects 2-3 percent of the population. The primary age of development is between 10 and 15 years. Scoliosis occurs at an even rate between boys and girls but seems to be more severe on average in girls.

Scoliosis is classified into three types: neuromuscular, congenital, or idiopathic. Neuromuscular scoliosis is when the curvature is secondary to another disease process such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord trauma, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy or spina bifida. Congenital scoliosis is from a vertebrae that mal-forms during the development in the womb. Idiopathic scoliosis accounts for about 80% of all scoliosis and is determined when both neuromuscular and congenital scoliosis have been ruled out. This type is usually diagnosed during puberty.

Medically, the two options for treatment of scoliosis are bracing and surgery. Bracing is not effective for correction of a curvature and is used to try to stop a curve from getting worse up till the point where the patient is fully grown. Surgery is a drastic step that should only be used as a last resort in the most severe of cases. Surgery has many other long term issues and must be weighed against how severe the problem was in the first place.

In this case, a 7-year-old boy with a recent diagnosis of idiopathic scoliosis was brought to the chiropractor. There was no associated pain or complaints. The boy’s mother was concerned due to the diagnosis and that she was told her son would need to wear a brace to prevent the curve from getting worse. The child was not taking any medications and had no other health issues.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included postural analysis, orthopedic testing, motion and static palpation, range of motion, and a spinal x-ray. The tests showed positive findings and the x-ray showed a considerable scoliosis curvature that was measured at 25 degrees. It was determined that there were subluxations present in the boy’s spine, so a series of 16 chiropractic adjustments were given over a 5 week period.

After the 16 adjustments, a second spinal x-ray was taken for comparison. In this new x-ray, the scoliosis had decreased considerably, going from 25 degrees to just 11 degrees for a improvement of 14 degrees. Postural analysis also showed improvements over the initial examination. The boy continued to receive chiropractic adjustments at a reduced schedule.

In their conclusion, the authors of the study wrote, “This case shows a situation in which chiropractic adjustments seem to have a positive effect on reduction of the scoliotic curve in this 7-year-old male. It is possible that the subluxation plays a role in the development of scoliosis and managing them accordingly may improve curvature in certain individuals.”

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