Pain Reduced, Sleep Improved and Quality of Life Improved in Renal Cancer Patient After Chiropractic

A study published in the October 25, 2018, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the improvement in sleep, pain, and overall quality of life in a woman suffering with renal carcinoma.

Pain Reduced, Sleep Improved and Quality of Life Improved in Renal Cancer Patient After Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Health Wellness Best ATX Local DoctorThe study begins by pointing out that renal cell carcinoma is one of the most common malignancy of the kidney and is one of the top 20 malignancies in the world. For the past 65 years, the prevalence of renal cell carcinoma has increased 2% every year. The costs of this condition in the U.S. is estimated to be up to $5 billion per year with each individual suffering with the condition expected to cost $43,805 annually.

In addition to the financial considerations, the condition itself, as well as the treatment to address it, has been shown to have substantial effects of the patient’s quality of life, and specifically the ability to get proper sleep. The study reports that sleep disturbances and sleep disorders are a common problem for those diagnosed with cancer as well as cancer survivors. Even without a diagnosis of cancer, sleep disorders themselves are a significant health issue affecting between 50 and 70 million Americans.

In this case, a 24-year-old woman presented herself to a chiropractic clinic. Her chief complaints included low back pain, neck pain and difficulty sleeping. She had recently been diagnosed with Stage IV renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The woman stated that she was also suffering with mild anxiety, tension and stress, as this was her second diagnosis with RCC after being told three years earlier by her oncologist that she had been cured of the disease. The woman was on multiple cancer medications and was on a list for a kidney transplant.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, range of motion, inspection, thermographic heat studies, some orthopedic tests, and a limited set of spinal x-rays. Based upon the results of the examinations procedures, vertebral subluxations were determined to be present and specific chiropractic adjustments were started.

The patient was initially seen twice per week and a record of her progress was made on each visit for inclusion into this case study. After the woman’s first chiropractic adjustment visit, she reported a complete resolution of her low back pain and reduction in her neck pain. After her second adjustment, the woman reported that both her neck and back pain had completely resolved. These complaints did not re-occur again throughout the remainder of her care.

A reassessment was performed after five visits, at which time the woman reported that she was not only free of any lower back or neck pain, but she reported that she was sleeping for a full eight hours through the night for the first time since being re-diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma. By her ninth visit, she was no longer having any sleep disturbances. As an additional quality of life benefit the study also recorded that “…she was no longer getting sick from taking the cancer medications and that she could go on a vacation with her friends without being extremely ill from her medications.”

In the study conclusions, the authors make the case for chiropractic inclusion into the care of patients with serious health issues such as in this case. “In the case of a 24-year old female with multiple diagnoses of Stage IV renal cell carcinoma, severe neck and back pain with severe sleep disturbances there was a complete resolution of symptomatology and more importantly reports of increased quality of life. Evidence in this case supports subluxation based chiropractic care in the co-management of patients with renal cell carcinoma and associated decreased quality of life.”

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Resolution of Breech Pregnancy with Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on October 18, 2018, documenting the resolution of a breech pregnancy after chiropractic care. In a normal pregnancy, the baby’s head will be pointed downward prior to delivery. This is known as a cephalic or vertex position. A breech pregnancy is when the head is not pointed downward and either the buttocks or feet are downward instead.

Resolution of Breech Pregnancy with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Fertuility Pregnancy Delivery Pain Discomfort WebstersThe study begins by noting that, in the United States, there are approximately six million pregnancies yearly, of which about 875,000 will experience one or more complications. Breech pregnancy is one of the more common complications of pregnancy occurring in approximately 3-4% of pregnancies at full term.

Common medical practice for breech presentation is to schedule a cesarean delivery instead of allowing the baby to be born breech. The study notes that breech presentations will rarely spontaneously reposition to cephalic presentation beyond 34 weeks of pregnancy. Because of this, 80-100% of breech presentations are delivered by caesarean section. On occasion, a medical procedure known as an external cephalic version (ECV) is used to attempt to physically turn the baby by pushing from the exterior.

In this case, a 33-year-old woman who was 29 weeks pregnant with a breech pregnancy presented herself to the chiropractor for an evaluation and possible care. The breech presentation was confirmed by an ultra sound performed by her obstetrician. This was the woman’s first pregnancy.

A chiropractic examination was performed which consisted of static and motion palpation, postural analysis, a surface EMG study, thermographic heat readings along the woman’s spine and a Webster protocol analysis. The conclusion of the examination was that subluxations were present, and the Webster technique was indicated.

The Webster technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster, a chiropractor whose practice specialized in pregnancy and pediatric cases. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association defines the Webster technique as “…a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of subluxation and/or sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. In so doing neurobiomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region is improved.” Specific chiropractic adjustments and the Webster technique were utilized in this woman’s case.

The study reports that, at the time of the woman’s ninth chiropractic visit, the fetus had turned to the normal cephalic vertex position as confirmed by a second ultrasound done by her obstetrician. The study further noted that the woman was able to have a normal vaginal delivery under the guidance and supervision of her midwife. There were no reported complications with the birthing process.

In the conclusion of this study the authors summed up this case by saying, “The patient presented with frank breech presentation. Utilizing Webster Technique during her pregnancy helped to reestablish normal sacral biomechanics of the female through sacral adjustments and trigger point therapy. After nine chiropractic adjustments, the fetus was confirmed to be in vertex position and the patient went on to have a natural vaginal birth with no complications. This single case study of one woman’s experience with Webster Technique will contribute to the current research available on Webster Technique.”

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Study Documents Postural Improvements with Chiropractic Care

The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published the results of a study on October 15, 2018, that showed postural improvements in subjects who had undergone chiropractic care specifically designed to align the top bone in the neck. The postural improvements were measures using Computer Dynamic Posturography (CDP) testing.

Study Documents Postural Improvements with Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Chiropractor Adjustments Light Easy Gentle Prone Health Care BestThe study begins with a definition of posture. “Human posture is defined as the set of angles expressed at each joint that determine the relative disposition among the segments of the body and the maintenance of the body mass over the base of support.” They further explain that standing upright requires a complex combination of neurological and biomechanical responses to the position of the human body while standing. The ongoing feedback from the parts of the body back to the central nervous system allow the body to make the continual tiny adjustments needed to stand erect, walk, or perform any basic movement.

The study notes that even when you are standing still, the body is actually in motion making continual changes to allow you to stand. The authors explain, “Gravity causes a forward fall of the body and thus the body is constantly fine-tuning human posture by applying a counter-torque that results in a swaying motion to counteract the forces of gravity. These postural adjustments are called equilibrium reactions. Because of the necessity to counteract gravity, postural sway is constant, even when attempting to stand still.”

In describing the reason for this study the authors stated, “This project was designed as a feasibility study to investigate if a precise chiropractic adjustment to the atlas vertebrae could improve postural stability and serve as a preliminary study to answer the question of whether or not this type of chiropractic care can reduce the risk of falls in patients with various balance impairments.” Their stated hypotheses for this study was that, “Chiropractic works on the theory that misalignments and/or fixations of the spine can cause neurological interference through various neurophysiological mechanisms. This interference, when caused by a spinal misalignment/fixation is termed a subluxation.”

In this study, there were nine participants who met all the requirements and were able to follow through completely with the study. Computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) was used initially, and twice during the study to determine postural results to the chiropractic care. Dynamic posturography involves measuring the subject’s posture specifically while disrupting their posture using a foam cushion or a moving/tilting platform. All participants in the study received specific forms of chiropractic adjustments to only the upper cervical spine.

The results documented that all nine subjects showed improvement from their first CPD scan to their last scan. The CPD test issues a stability index score. The higher the score the better. The results reported, “The average stability index score for all 9 subjects as measured by a percent was 75.1% for the 1st scan, a 78.0% for the 2nd scan and 80.6% during the 3rd scan resulting in a 7% increase among all subjects between the 1st and 3rd scans.”

The conclusion from this study was that the top bone in the neck, known as the atlas, has a profound effect on how the body handles its own posture. The researchers stated, “The results supported the hypothesis that a misalignment of the atlas vertebrae can cause neurological change in regards to sensorimotor integration and that correcting the misalignment will result in improved postural control.”

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Resolution of Hot Flashes with Chiropractic

The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published the results of a case study on October 29, 2018, documenting the resolution of a woman’s hot flashes under chiropractic care. Hot flashes are the most common condition of women who are entering menopause.

Resolution of Hot Flashes with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Health Menopause Pain InfertilityAccording to the Mayo Clinic’s website, “Hot flashes are sudden feelings of warmth, which are usually most intense over the face, neck and chest. Your skin might redden, as if you’re blushing. Hot flashes can also cause sweating, and if you lose too much body heat, you might feel chilled afterward. Although other medical conditions can cause them, hot flashes most commonly are due to menopause — the time when menstrual periods become irregular and eventually stop.”

Hot flashes are not a life-threatening condition, but they are an annoyance and can be severe enough to disturb a woman’s daily life. The authors explain, “Hot flashes do not typically cause any health concerns, but may interrupt sleep, and can impact the general health and well-being of some women, but the risks are minimal. The most concerning impact of hot flashes is the discomfort they bring to women and the sudden onset at inconvenient times and places. Hot flashes usually cause a heated or warm sensation throughout the core, chest, face, neck, and head along with sweating and possibly chills directly afterwards and can last anywhere from a half minute up to 10 or sometimes 15 minutes.”

In this case, a 57-year-old woman presented herself for chiropractic care. Her primary reason for seeking chiropractic was several weeks of right-sided sciatic pain, along with low back pain and pain between her shoulders. Ten years earlier, she had been involved in an automobile accident in which her car was rear-ended resulting in temporary neck pain. In addition to her pain symptoms that brought her to the chiropractor, it was reported that she was also suffering with hot flashes.

A chiropractic examination involving palpation, range of motion, posture analysis and x-rays was performed. From the examination, it was determined that subluxation was present and specific forms of chiropractic care were started.

The results of the study only reported on the first six weeks of her care, which is when a re-evaluation was performed. Results beyond the first six weeks were not included in this study. At the time of her re-evaluation, the woman made three specific comments regarding her progress. She reported that her “leg numbness improved”, her “leg muscle spasms improved” and she had “no hot flashes for the last 2 weeks.” At that point, she rated herself at about 50% improvement for the symptoms that brought her to the chiropractor.

The authors of the study summed up the case by stating, “This was a case where the patient had been experiencing approximately 10 hot flashes per day while simultaneously suffering from sciatic pain and low back pain. The hot flashes this patient was experiencing completely resolved after four weeks of care and the sciatic pain improved 50% in six weeks.”

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Chiropractic Helps Dog Suffering from Weakness, Constipation, and Extreme Thirst

An unusual study was published in the September 3, 2018, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research that documented that case of a dog suffering with weakness, constipation and extreme thirst being helped by chiropractic.

Chiropractic Helps Dog Suffering from Weakness, Constipation, and Extreme Thirst - Austin TX Chiropractor Health Wellness Best in ATXIn the United States, laws vary from state to state as to how animals can receive chiropractic. In some states there is no legal basis for animals to receive chiropractic. In other states chiropractic can only be administered by a chiropractor in conjunction, and with the approval of a licensed veterinarian. Chiropractors have been caring for animals for many decades based upon their own expertise and from training from other chiropractors who cared for animals before them. In 1986, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) was formed by chiropractors and veterinarians. This organization has been offering certification courses for both professions.

On a section of the AVCA website, they describe the process of chiropractic with four points. They say. “How Chiropractic Works; 1) The bones of the spine and joints are maintained in a specific alignment. 2) The nerves which surround each joint and vertebral articulation are in constant communication with the central nervous system, brain and all organs. 3) When even a subtle change in the alignment occurs, it is called a subluxation. 4) Subluxations affect the nervous system, local muscles, joints and even distant organs, glands and body functions.”

In this case, a 14-year-old female Boston terrier mix was brought to the chiropractor. She was suffering for the past six days with constipation. Additionally, she also had a severe unquenchable thirst, and was significantly weak. A week earlier, the dog had been to the veterinarian due to being lame in the right front limb. After a series of tests and medication, the dog was no longer using her bowels and was getting worse daily. After a week, the dog was hospitalized. Additional more invasive testing was recommended but the dog owner decided to see if chiropractic would be of benefit.

When the dog arrived at the chiropractic office, she was unable to walk. A chiropractic evaluation was performed and noted limb weakness, as well as areas of muscle tenderness along the spine. Motion and static palpation revealed the presence of subluxations in the dog’s spine. Based upon these findings, a chiropractic adjustment was given to the dog.

Immediately after her first adjustment, the dog was taken outside to evaluate her gait and strength. She was able to walk on her own without assistance. Immediately thereafter, the dog had a bowel movement of what the clinician described as being a significant volume. The dog was seen a week later for a second chiropractic adjustment and continued to gain strength and return toward total health.

In the discussion of this case, the author’s point out, “Animal chiropractic is currently practiced by both licensed veterinarians and chiropractors in the United States, and animal chiropractic training has been incorporated into chiropractic and veterinary programs internationally. Scope of practice is determined by state licensing boards, but most states require chiropractors to obtain referral from a licensed veterinarian or work under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.”

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Opiate Usage Lower for Veterans Receiving Chiropractic Care

A study published in Oxford Academic Pain Medicine on September 7, 2018, showed that U.S. military veterans of operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn used less opioid medication if they also received chiropractic care at a VA facility.

Opiate Usage Lower for Veterans Receiving Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Chiropractor VA Natural Wellness HealthcareThis study specifically looked at veterans who were involved in operations Iraqi Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. The veterans in this study made at least one visit to a Veterans Affairs (VA) chiropractic clinic between the years 2004 and 2014. For the purposes of this study, opioid usage was described as a prescription given to a veteran somewhere between 90 days before a chiropractic VA visit, as well as up to 90 days after a chiropractic VA clinic visit.

The study found that veterans were more likely to be prescribed opioids if they had moderate to severe pain, or if they had PTSD or depression. The study did show that those veterans who received chiropractic care had a significantly lower usage of opiates after receiving chiropractic care as compared to those veterans who did not receive any chiropractic care at all.

In the study conclusion, the authors state, “Nearly one-third of (Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn) veterans receiving VA chiropractic services also received an opioid prescription, yet the frequency of opioid prescriptions was lower after the index chiropractic visit than before. Further study is warranted to assess the relationship between opioid use and chiropractic care.”

In explaining the results the authors wrote, “The percentage of veterans receiving opioid prescriptions was lower in each of the three 30-day time frames assessed after the index chiropractic visit than before. Our work did not attempt to assess causation or otherwise explain this observation. Veterans may have been referred to chiropractic care as part of an opioid taper plan, or those who agreed to chiropractic care may have been inherently less likely to seek opioid prescriptions. However, it is also possible that the delivery of chiropractic care may have been a substitute for opioid use in our sample, which raises interesting research, policy, and practice considerations as the VA continues to expand chiropractic services. This is particularly relevant in light of other work that has shown a negative correlation between chiropractic use and opioid use in private sector populations.”

Another study published in October 2018 showed that the duration of prescription opioid drugs is a risk factor for non-medical usage of prescription opioids among veterans receiving medical care. Therefore, it makes sense that anything that reduces the use of opioids by veterans reduces the inherent risks of opioid usage both medically and non-medically. Chiropractic has been shown to be a key factor in reducing the usage of opioids.

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Earaches Helped, Hearing Improved, and Tubes Avoided Due to Chiropractic Care

On September 24, 2018, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study documenting the improvement of earaches and hearing in a boy who was scheduled to have ear tube surgery. Earaches, clinically known as Otitis Media (OM), is any inflammation of the middle ear and is typically caused by a bacteria or virus.

Earaches Helped, Hearing Improved, and Tubes Avoided Due to Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Health Care Chiropractor Functional Wellness Range of Motion Eustachian Tube ImprovementThe study points out that Otitis Media is the most common reason to visit a medical physician for children under the age of 15 years. It is a very common problem affecting about 2/3rds of children under age two, and generating approximately 20 million visits to physicians each year. This problem is estimated to cost more than $3.8 billion dollars each year in the U.S. alone. Otitis Media is considered to be chronic if the condition lasts more than three weeks.

In this case, a 9½-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractor by his mother. The boy had been suffering with recurrent ear infections. The history had revealed that he had been suffering with ear infections since he was 2 years of age. His medical history reports that in the 7 years prior to him being brought to the chiropractor, the boy had been treated medically for multiple bilateral ear infections with antibiotics, removal of his adenoids as well as three sets of butterfly tube implants. Each of the three attempts with ear implant tubes resulted in rejection. Just prior to the time of his visit to the chiropractor, he had been scheduled for a 4th attempt at ear tube implants.

His pain level was 7 out of 10, on a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being the worst. The boy was experiencing a fever and was losing sleep due to the problem. Because of the ear infections, the boy was missing school and having difficulty concentrating when he was in attendance. His mother stated that nothing was relieving her son’s symptoms.

A chiropractic examination was performed. It was observed that at that time, an active ear infection was present. A postural analysis showed an anterior head position and restricted ranges of motion in areas of the boy’s neck. Palpation of the spine and musculature was also performed and a determination of the presence of subluxations was made. Chiropractic care was then started.

The study records that as chiropractic care progressed, the boy’s pain level decreased from 7 out of 10 to between a 2 and 4 out of 10. A follow-up visit to his medical doctor confirmed that the ear fluid was decreasing. His improvement led to the canceling of his ear tube surgery. His rate of ear infections and fluid in his ear continued to decrease over time. It was also reported that he was missing less school, his hearing had improved and he was sleeping better.

In the conclusion the authors stated, “The purpose of this case study was to show in detail a patient with recurrent otitis media managed with chiropractic care after failed allopathic treatments. The report describes the care of a 9½-year-old male. In this case there were a marked improvements in frequency of episodes, ear pain, hearing loss, difficulty sleeping, fevers, increased absences from school, and difficulty engaging in social interactions. Chiropractic positively impacted the quality of the patient and parent’s lives.”

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Toe Walking and Feeding Difficulties Resolved Following Chiropractic

A case study published on September 13, 2018, in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health documents the improvement of a 15-month-old child who was suffering with toe-walking and feeding problems. Toe walking is not considered a medical issue by itself under the age of two years. However, above the age of two, toe walking is considered abnormal.

Toe Walking and Feeding Difficulties Resolved Following Chiropractic - Austin TX Pediatric Chiropractor Babies Infants Toddlers Children Health CareAccording to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, “Toe walking is a pattern of walking in which a child walks on balls of his or her feet, with no contact between the heels and ground. Toe walking is common in children who are learning to walk. After the age of 2, however, most children outgrow toe walking and begin to walk with a normal heel-to-toe pattern.”

Toe walking has been associated with disorders such as cerebral palsy, congenital contracture of the Achilles tendon or paralytic muscular disorders and some developmental disorders such as autism or myopathic and neuropathic disorders. It is estimated that 2-5% of children at age 5.5 years still have toe walking. Among children with a neuropsychiatric diagnosis or developmental delays, the percentage of toe walking is much higher at 41%. If other conditions are ruled out, toe walking by itself can be referred to as idiopathic toe walking.

In this case, a 15-month-old girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother. The girl’s problems included toe walking and a reported difficulty in eating. Her mother reported that her daughter has been toe walking since she started walking at 12 to 13 months of age. Since that point, the girl has never walked normally. It was reported that the girl would take a few steps with flat feet and then start walking on her toes by the fourth or fifth step.

In addition to the toe walking, the girl has also had eating problems since she was 3-months-old. Her mother reported that her daughter refused to nurse or bottle-feed, so her mother was forced to spent hours each day spoon-feeding her pumped breast milk. Once eating solid food the girl would only eat if distracted and food was placed into her mouth. The girl did not suffer from any neurodevelopmental disorders or from other disorders associated with toe walking.

A chiropractic examination was performed which found some positive findings from palpation, a posture analysis and reflex tests. It was determined that subluxations were present. With the mother’s consent, specific pediatric chiropractic care was started.

On the fifth visit, the girl’s mother stated that her daughter was no longer toe walking, and was walking normally. Her mother also reported that her daughter was demonstrating an increased interest in food and eating, and appeared to be physically more comfortable while eating. During a three-month follow-up visit, it was reported that the girl was still free from toe walking.

In the study discussion and conclusion the authors wrote, “The infant presented in this case report presented with both difficulty eating and toe walking. The focus of this case report was her toe walking but we acknowledge the impact of chiropractic care in improving the infant’s feeding mechanics and feeding habits.” They continued, “This case report provides supporting evidence on the benefits of chiropractic care in a child with toe-walking.”

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After Auto Accident Teenage Boy’s Neck Pain and Neck Curvature Helped by Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on September 10, 2018, documenting chiropractic helping a teenage boy with neck pain following a car accident. The study was also able to show improvement in the boy’s neck curvature.

After Auto Accident Teenage Boys Neck Pain and Neck Curvature Helped by Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor ATX 78701 Car Truck Collision Personal Injury Attorney CareThe study authors begin by noting that the most common diagnosis from U.S. hospital emergency departments given to people involved in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) is neck sprain/strain. These types of injuries are often painful, progressive and permanent if not corrected. One common finding in lateral x-rays of patients involved in MVA is a loss or reversal of the normal forward neck curvature. Neck curvature may not be directly from the MVA, but having an abnormal curve seems to be associated with a poor outcome. The study also reported that there is a higher incidence of forward head position in patients who have had a MVA as compared to those who have not.

Typical medical care of either medications or a “wait and see” approach have been shown to help in acute situations, but do not do as well for chronic pain, and do nothing to address the aberrant neck curvature or forward head position.

In this case, a 14-year-old boy who was involved in a MVA a year earlier was brought to a chiropractor by his parents. The boy was suffering with chronic headaches and neck pain that he and his parents related to the MVA a year earlier. The boy had no history of his neck pain or headaches prior to the accident. The accident occurred when the boy was riding in the front passenger seat of a minivan which was then rear-ended by a full sized pickup truck.

Within the first three months after the accident, the boy did receive some chiropractic care which had given him some relief. However, care was not continued until a year after the MVA when specific forms of chiropractic were utilized after an examination and additional x-rays. The neck x-rays specifically showed a loss of the neck curvature and a forward head position.

Prior to the specific chiropractic care, the boy’s pain level was reported to be 7 out of 10, with 10 being the worst. After 11 weeks of specific chiropractic care, his pain had been reduced to 0 out of 10. Additionally, the reversal of the neck curve that was seen on the initial x-rays had began to show a curvature in the proper direction according to the follow-up neck x-rays.

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Chiropractic Maintenance Care More Effective Than Symptom Treatment, Study Says

A peer-reviewed study was published by PLOS ONE on September 12, 2018, documenting that chiropractic maintenance care was more effective for reducing the total number of episodes of non-specific lower back pain (LBP) over a 52 week period than chiropractic symptom-guided treatment.

Chiropractic Maintenance Care More Effective Than Symptom Treatment - Austin TX Chiropractor for Health Wellness Preventive Care Non Symptom Based Pain Care Car Truck Accident CollisionWhen it comes to chiropractic adjustments, patients have usually taken one of two approaches. One approach is known as corrective or symptom care. In this approach, the patient begins care with the purpose of decreasing or eliminating pain. Once the pain has been corrected, the care is discontinued until another episode of pain occurs and the patient seeks chiropractic care again.

The second approach involves the patient remaining under chiropractic care after the alleviation of pain. This approach is usually known as either wellness or maintenance care. Most chiropractors promote the continuation of care after symptoms have gone to either help prevent future episodes of pain, or to promote overall wellness.

This study specifically looked at the comparison of what researchers called “symptom-guided treatment” verses chiropractic maintenance care. The narrow criterion chosen for this comparison was to see if patients with “recurrent or persistent non-specific low back pain” had less future episode of their problem if they continued chiropractic care beyond the correction of their symptoms while under chiropractic care for their initial episode of lower back pain.

This study was a randomized controlled trial which included 328 patients between the ages of 18 and 65 who sought chiropractic for non-specific lower back pain and had a favorable response to the initial chiropractic care. The study was conducted between the years 2012 and 2016 from the offices of 40 participating Swedish chiropractors with clinics across Sweden.

After the initial chiropractic care, the patients were randomly selected be in one of two groups. One group would continue to receive chiropractic care on a maintenance basis, while the second group, known as the control group, would not receive any additional chiropractic care.

Each week for one year after the initial chiropractic care was completed, the patients in both the maintenance chiropractic group and the control group would send text messages to researchers about any “bothersome days” of lower back pain they may have experienced. The results of the study showed that the patients who continued to receive chiropractic care on a maintenance basis experienced statistically fewer days of bothersome lower back pain over the next year than did the patients in the control group. As expected and reported by the researchers, those patients under chiropractic maintenance care received more chiropractic visits than those in the control group.

In their conclusion the researchers reported, “MC (maintenance care) was more effective than symptom-guided treatment in reducing the total number of days over 52 weeks with bothersome non-specific LBP but it resulted in a higher number of treatments. For selected patients with recurrent or persistent non-specific LBP who respond well to an initial course of chiropractic care, MC should be considered an option for tertiary prevention.”

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