Baby with Chronic Constipation Helped with Chiropractic

From the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics comes a documented case study of chiropractic helping a baby who was suffering from chronic constipation. In children, constipation can be expressed as infrequent bowel movements and can have hard and dry stools.

Baby with Chronic Constipation Helped with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Texas Affordable Help Relief Best Respected Results 5 StarsThe study begins by noting that between 5-30% of the child population will suffer with this issue. More than one third of the cases become chronic, lasting for more than 8 weeks. The study reports that many factors can contribute to the issue including dehydration, dietary factors such as cows milk intolerance, or a change in diet. Certain organic issues can also lead to constipation as well as psychological factors including purposefully withholding stools which can become an acquired behavior in some children.

If no known cause can be found for the constipation, it is referred to as idiopathic constipation. The study describes how this problem can be detected by noting, “Signs and symptoms of childhood constipation include excessive flatulence associated with a foul smell, infrequent passing of stools, abdominal pain and withholding or straining to stop the passage of stools.

In this case, a mother brought her 2-year-old son in to see the chiropractor. The boy’s problems primarily included three weeks of right shoulder and arm pain which was affecting his daily activities as well as his sleep. His mother additionally reported that her son was suffering with chronic constipation for over a year and was taking what she described as a “significant” amount of medication for the issue. The boy’s bowel movements were extremely foul smelling and very painful to pass. The child was eating a very nutritious and healthy diet which would rule out dietary concerns for causing the constipation.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included inspection, range of motion, and palpation of the spine and pelvic bones. With the findings, age-specific chiropractic care was started on the boy. After only one visit, the child was completely free of the initial pain of right shoulder and arm pain. Within ten days, the boy’s mother reported that her son was having more frequent bowel movements associated with looser stools and less straining. As a result, the boy’s mother was able to reduce his medication.

The study records that after four visits “…the mother reported that for the first time in his life, the child was sleeping throughout the night without waking and routinely passing a stool with no complaint.” After two additional visits the boy was having regular bowl movements without any straining.

In the abstract of this study, the authors give and overview of the case and the results by stating, “After four treatments, the frequency of bowel movements increased from once every other day to twice a day and use of medication decreased. Sleep quality also improved. As a result of the improvements noted with this intervention, a musculoskeletal mechanism for the development and persistence of constipation in children has been proposed.”

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Vasovagal Syncope, Fainting and Blackouts Helped with Chiropractic

The February 8, 2018, issue of the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a case study showing chiropractic helping a patient who was suffering with vasovagal syncope, resulting in fainting and blackouts. The authors of this study cite the World Journal of Cardiology to define syncope as “…syncope is defined as a transient and self-terminating loss of consciousness (LOC) with rapid onset, short duration combined with spontaneous, prompt and complete recovery.”

Vasovagal Syncope, Fainting and Blackouts Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Best Reviews MRI PI Car Accident MVA MVC Attorney HelpThe Mayo Clinic website describes this condition by saying, “Vasovagal syncope occurs when you faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress.” They further explain, “The vasovagal syncope trigger causes your heart rate and blood pressure to drop suddenly. That leads to reduced blood flow to your brain, causing you to briefly lose consciousness.”

In this case, a 57-year-old woman sought chiropractic care due to her chief complaint of fainting. She also reported that she was suffering with neck pain on the right side with a loss of normal right neck rotation. She had been diagnosed by her MD with vasovagal syncope (VVS).

The woman reported that her fainting first started in 1996. She reported that turning her head to the left would bring on the fainting episode. It was two years later that she was diagnosed by her cardiologist with vasovagal syncope. An EKG, cardiac Echo, and carotid artery doppler were performed but revealed no abnormal finding and were considered negative studies.

The medical recommendations included medication for low blood pressure and the possibility of surgery for implantation of an electrical pacemaker. The woman declined these options and decided to take a holistic approach for her health issues.

Chiropractic examination procedures, including x-rays, were performed after which specific chiropractic adjustments were started to address her vertebral subluxations. Analysis of the results of the adjustments were performed to determine the changes made from the procedures.

The results of the chiropractic care were immediate and profound in this case. After the first chiropractic adjustment, the woman reported that she did not suffer a single syncope episode or fainting attack. After her fourth visit, she also reported that her neck pain was completely gone. After the initial portion of care, the study noted that the woman remained on chiropractic care on a maintenance basis and that she was “…appreciative for the ability in gaining the quality and function back in her life, via chiropractic.”

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “The chiropractic treatment and complete resolution of a 57-year-old female patient suffering from Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is presented in this case study.” They further noted, “This case supports the evidence of chiropractic care in relieving neurological disorders based on anatomical association and interference.”

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Chiropractic Helps Excessive Crying in Baby According to Study

The Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics published a case study and review in their January 2018 issue showing how chiropractic helped a baby who was suffering from excessive crying. This study points out that although crying is a normal way that infants communicate their needs, excessive crying can indicate a health issue, and can create parental stress or even depression.

Chiropractic Helps Excessive Crying in Baby According to Study - Chiropractor Austin Best Baby Pediatric Chiro Care Infants Babies Mom BlogThe study reports that an incessant crying baby is one of the most common reasons infants are brought to healthcare professionals in the first sixteen weeks of life. In many cases, infants are brought to the chiropractor after a visit to the pediatrician has failed to significantly remedy the issue of incessant crying.

In this case, a five-month-old boy was brought by his parents to the chiropractor. The parents reported that their baby was exhibiting excessive and uncontrollable crying, a short attention span, and difficulties with sleeping. They reported that the excessive crying started immediately after birth and would continue for at least five hours each day. The baby boy would start inconsolable crying in the late afternoon and it would last until around 10 p.m. at night.

The birth history revealed a difficult and exhausting birth process, lasting over 30 hours and requiring vacuum extraction intervention. Additionally, immediately after birth, tube feeding of the infant was required due to low blood sugar levels. The tube feeding made breast feeding difficult as the baby showed defensive reactions around his mouth. Due to breast feeding problems, the baby was given formula which created issues of irritability and bowel problems. The child was finally diagnosed with colic.

At five months of age, the baby was brought to the chiropractor where a chiropractic examination was performed. After reviewing the information with the parents, they agreed to have chiropractic care started for their baby. The study recorded positive results by reporting, “After five treatments over five weeks, both parents reported that their child was a lot more relaxed, he could settle to entertain himself, was less irritable, and his crying had reduced to the normal unit of less than two hours a day.”

The author of the study was cautious in her conclusion as to not overstate the results of this single case study. She wrote, “It can be concluded that there are different etiologies of excessive crying, each related to different underlying concerns. Even though the research isn’t unanimous about whether chiropractic care does have a positive effect on excessive crying, there is evidence to suggest that chiropractic care is safe for the infant and that taking an excessively crying infant to a chiropractic will result in fewer hours of crying.”

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Infants Have Good Outcomes Under Chiropractic According to Study

A study was published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics showing that, according to parents assessments, chiropractic was beneficial for their infants. The study also showed that chiropractic for the infants was beneficial to the parents’ overall self-health assessment.

Infants Have Good Outcomes Under Chiropractic According to Study - Austin Chiropractor Pediatric Care Infants Babies Children Boys Girls TeensThe study begins by noting that children and infants are commonly brought to chiropractors. Over one-third (37.5 %) of children seek healthcare that falls into the category of complimentary or alternative medicine (CAM). Common in the CAM services is chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation. Some of the more common reasons that infants are brought to the chiropractor include excessive crying, feeding difficulties, infant colic and abnormal motor development.

This study is unique in that it investigated the parents’ report of their infants’ care, rather than a clinical review of the results of care such as in most case reports. This study reports on parent satisfaction with care for their baby or infant, along with the parent’s report of the outcome of the care rendered.

Four questionnaires were used in this study to assess that parent’s judgment of their child’s health and the outcome of care. Two of the questionnaires were given at the onset of care and two were given later toward the conclusion. The questionnaires included demographic information along with rating the clinical experience provided.

The study parameters were very specific. “The mothers were asked to give a rating on a scale of 1 to 10 with regards to the daily amount of irritable behavior in their child, level of distress the mother feels with her child’s behavior, restfulness of infant sleep during the last week and difficulty to console the child when crying.”

This study looked at the survey results from 413 mothers, all with infants under the age of one who received chiropractic care. All 413 filled out the initial questionnaires and 197 filled out the second set of questionnaires at the conclusion of initial care. On the initial questionnaire, it was noted that 182, representing 50.3%, of the infant patients were four weeks of age or less. The breakdown showed that 30.2% of the infants were brought in for colic or crying, 22.9% for a feeding related complaint, 19.5% for a checkup, and 27.4% for a variety of other reasons.

The results of the study showed that in each of the categories, the infants had improved significantly according to their parents’ reports. Improvement was seen in the areas of amount of irritability, restfulness of sleep, and the ease of consoling an infant who was crying. Additionally, the parents reported that their own stress levels dropped by 48% as a result of their infant receiving chiropractic care.

In their conclusion, the authors noted why infants are brought to the chiropractors by saying, “The demographic profile of infant patients presented to a chiropractic practice setting showed the two leading complaints were feeding problems and excessive crying. The complaints were often present from birth and accompanied by potential anxiety/depression levels in the mother.”

As a result of the improvement in both the infants and the mothers, the researchers were able to report that the “Parents were highly satisfied with care and their expectations were met.”

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Female Veterans’ Neck Pain Improved Following Chiropractic According to Study

A study published in the journal, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, on February 2018 reports neck pain improving with chiropractic care on female veterans being treated in a VA hospital. The study begins by reporting that neck pain is a common problem among active military and veterans.

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The study notes the need for a non-drug approach to helping women veterans with pain, especially in light of the growing concern over opioid addiction, and the fact that opioid medications have a greater negative effect on women than men. A recent study showed that since 1999, there has been a 265% increase in overdose deaths in men, while during that same period there has been a 400% increase in overdose deaths among woman.

Currently, VHA patients are being referred to chiropractic services for a variety of musculoskeletal complaints, with neck conditions accounting for 24.3% of all these referrals. This study was conducted by reviewing the records of female veterans between the ages of 18 and 89 who were suffering from neck pain and met the inclusion criteria and follow through for this study. A total of 34 woman met all criteria and completed the questionnaire. These veterans were all suffering with neck pain and were seen by a chiropractor for more than two visits between the years 2009 and 2015.

A numerical rating scale (NRS) was used to rate pain. The NRS is a point system assessment for pain severity with 0 representing no pain and 10 representing the “worst pain imaginable.” The study also used the Neck Bournemouth Questionnaire (NBQ) which not only looks at pain, but also questions the patient as to how the pain affects their daily lives and their mental attitude because of the pain. The NBQ has a total score of between 0 and 70 with 70 being the most severe with the worst effect on the person’s life.

The study showed that after chiropractic care was given to the female veterans, there was a significant improvement as recorded by both the NRS and NBQ scores. The NRS score decreased from 6.3 down to 3.5 on average. The NBQ score also improved, showing a decrease from 37.6 before chiropractic to 23.9 after chiropractic. The study also recorded that there were no significant adverse events or side effects reported for any of the patients in this study group.

In their discussion, the authors noted that regardless of the overall health assessment of the women veterans in this study “…female veterans in the present study receiving chiropractic management for neck pain had demonstrable improvement which was statistically and clinically significant.” They also reported that the results of this study on women showed results that were consistent with prior studies conducted primarily on male veterans.

In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “Female veterans with neck pain included in this study experienced statistically and clinically significant reductions in NRS and NBQ scores over a short course of chiropractic management with a mean of 8.8 treatments. Chiropractic management may be an effective treatment strategy for female veterans with neck pain complaints.”

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Neck Pain and Pain Down Arm Helped with Chiropractic

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on January 4, 2018, documenting the improvement in neck pain and arm pain in an elderly patient undergoing chiropractic care. The term used in this study for this condition is radiculopathy.

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The researchers in this study note that, “In younger people cervical radiculopathy is often caused by a disc herniation or some form of trauma which directly impacts on the nerve in the intervertebral foramina (IVF).” The IVFs are the openings between each vertebra where the nerves exit from the spinal column. They report that in older patients, pressure on nerves at the IVF typically occurs from degenerative or arthritic changes with a narrowing of the IVF known as stenosis.

In this case, a 74-year-old woman suffering from the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy presented herself for chiropractic care at a teaching clinic in New Zealand. Her symptoms included pain for several years, with numbness and tingling down her left arm that had gotten worse in the last few weeks. She was also complaining of weakness in her left arm and the inability to grasp heavy objects with her left hand.

One year prior to her chiropractic visit, her MD took neck x-rays which showed calcium buildup and disc degeneration in her neck. At that time, she did not consider her symptoms to be affecting her daily life so no care was rendered.

A chiropractic examination was performed, and it was noted that her cervical range of motion was limited in all directions. Neck rotation did cause an increase in pain and numbness in her left arm and hand. She also exhibited a decrease in the ability to feel sensations along portions of her left arm. Her finger grip strength on her left side was significantly reduced.

The findings were consistent with the presence of vertebral subluxation, and specific chiropractic adjustments were started at the rate of twice per week. By the 11th visit, the woman started noticing a decrease in the frequency of episodes of pain and numbness in her left arm. She reported that her problems were no longer present 24 hours per day and was only exacerbated during lifting her arm for long periods. She also reported an improvement in the quality of her sleep. A progress examination was performed, which included neurological testing, which showed further improvement in sensory ability of the C6 and C7 dermatomes on her left arm.

In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “Cervical foraminal stenosis causing radiculopathy is a problem that affects a large portion of the older population. This case study, and previously reported research, suggests that chiropractic care may benefit some people suffering from radiculopathy.”

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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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Resolution of Cervicalgia Following Chiropractic Care

The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a case study on December 21, 2017, documenting the correction of cervicalgia, more commonly known as neck pain, under chiropractic. Neck pain is one of the more common pain complaints that people will experience in their lifetime.

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Somewhere between 33% and 65% of musculoskeletal neck pain will self resolve within one year. However, the study reports that relapses are common, with about 25% having neck pain again within a year. Neck pain is more common in women than in men, and it is more common in high income nations and in urban areas. The risk of neck pain increases up untill between 35-49 years of age, after which the prevalence of the problem seems to decrease.

In this case, a 55-year-old woman with a chief complaint of long term neck pain went to the chiropractor. She described her neck pain as a dull and stiff ache that was made worse by long periods of sitting or standing. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, she described her neck pain as a 5.

During a chiropractic examination, it was noted that the woman had difficulty bending her neck to either the right or the left side. A postural analysis also showed deviations from a normal balance posture with one shoulder being higher than the other. Palpation of the woman’s neck showed muscle spasm and tenderness of the paraspinal muscles with restricted motion of the top four bones in her neck.

A thermal study of the woman’s spine showed temperature differences from one side to the other as well as one level of her spine to the other. X-rays of her neck showed a reversal of the normal neck curve along with degeneration in her mid-neck spinal bones.

With a determination of the presence of subluxation, specific chiropractic adjustments were started. In this study, the patient was seen for one month and was reassessed at two-week intervals. At the first two-week assessment, she rated her pain as having been reduced from a 5 out of 10, down to a 3 out of 10. The thermals scans performed at this time showed an improvement as well.

After another two weeks, a second assessment was done. At this time, the woman related a complete resolution of her pain in the neck. This was verified with the thermal scans that also had returned to normal at that time.

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Resolution of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Following Chiropractic Care

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on December 18, 2017, documenting the case of a patent with systemic lupus erythematosus being resolved following chiropractic. The term Lupus is commonly used to mean SLE. However, Lupus actually represents a number of autoimmune diseases. SLE is the most common of the Lupus autoimmune conditions.

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In most people, the immune system identifies and fights off dangerous pathogens and infections to help the body stay healthy. An autoimmune disease is when the body gets confused and attacks normal healthy cells such as the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs.

In this case, a 34-year-old woman came to the chiropractor in hopes of getting help from a large variety of health issues. The woman was primarily suffering from constant chronic pain, constant fibromyalgia related symptoms, constant fatigue/anxiety/depression related symptoms, constant Lupus related symptoms, and constant hypothyroid related symptoms.

Additionally, the woman also suffered from stiffness in the neck, menstrual disorders, stomach disorders, mid back pain, irritable bowel, numbness in her feet, low back pain, leg pains, chronic fatigue, Lupus, fibromyalgia, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, nervousness, and nausea. Most of her health issues had been causing problems for over a year, with several conditions being over five years in duration.

The woman had been to a number of medical doctors who diagnosed her with a variety of health issues including systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, nephrolithiasis, and vitamin D deficiency. With these diagnoses, she was given a number of prescriptions including Prednisone, Plaquenil, baby aspirin, Hydrochlorothiazide, Wellbutrin, Xanax, and Hydrocodone.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, paraspinal thermograohy, and both static and motion x-rays of her spine. The results of the chiropractic examination indicated the presence of several subluxations. With this, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were performed.

The results reported in the study showed that the woman’s lower back pain started to improve early in care. Her leg pain completely resolved, as was the numbness in her feet. The woman also reported that her hypothyroid related symptoms were much improved, her menstrual disorder was completely resolved, and her stomach disorder was much improved.

As care continued, the woman noted that her irritable bowel syndrome symptoms were much improved, her systemic lupus erythematosus related symptoms were much improved, and her ADD/ADHD related symptoms were much improved. Her improvement was such that she was able to come off seven of her medications. Her follow-up thermography and motions x-ray examination confirmed spinal improvements due to the chiropractic care.

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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.

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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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