Infant with Congenital Torticollis Helped by Chiropractic

In the June 2020 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic is a published case study documenting the positive outcome from chiropractic care of an infant suffering with torticollis. The John Hopkins Medical webpage describes torticollis by saying “Torticollis, also known as wryneck, is a twisting of the neck that causes the head to rotate and tilt at an odd angle.”

Infant with Congenital Torticollis Helped by Chiropractic - According-to-Study-Austin-Texas-Pediatrician-Chiropractor-Health-Wellness-Newborn-Infant-BabyThe study begins by explaining “Torticollis can develop due to a constrained intrauterine position in the last weeks of pregnancy, breech lie, birth trauma/forces during delivery, and late gestational age.” This type of torticollis is known as congenital torticollis. If torticollis occurs after birth, it is known as acquired torticollis. Although many cases of torticollis are mild, it is estimated that it occurs in 3 out of every 100 babies.

Some of the symptoms of torticollis include the baby’s inability to turn the head side to side or up and down easily. There may also be a soft lump in the baby’s neck muscle on one side. The baby will want to look over his/her shoulder to see the parent rather than follow with his/her eyes. Breastfeeding on one side may also become difficult, and a flat spot on one side of the head may appear.

In this case, a mother brought her 3-week-old infant to the chiropractor because she had felt a nodule in her baby daughter’s neck and the mother noticed that her daughter was always turning her head to the right. The infant also had a restricted range of motion in her neck and left arm.

The history in this case revealed that the mother had a difficult birth and delivered at 41 weeks of pregnancy. The birth was induced, but when unsuccessful, forceps were used three times to assist the delivery.

The chiropractor performed an age-appropriate examination which showed significant restriction in neck motion with a visible head tilt to the left with a right rotation. The baby’s head was also misshapen, and a nodule could be felt in the lower neck muscles. It was also found that the top neck bone, the atlas, was malpositioned. Based upon the findings, chiropractic care was started. The mother was instructed to perform some minimal range of motion movements and to massage the nodule on the neck daily at home.

The results showed that within five visits, the infant regained 90% of her neck range of motion. As care continued, the nodule in the neck released, and the baby girl’s arm movement improved. Eventually, the baby girl’s neck problems were resolved and her only issue was a misshaped head due to the prolonged time she was on one side. Medical care in the form of a helmet was used to assist with the head shape.

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Improvements in Heart Rate Variability Following Chiropractic Care

In the journal The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research is the result of a case study published on June 29, 2020, documenting the improvement on heart rate variability of a patient under chiropractic care. The importance of heart rate variability is that is can shed light on the overall function of the autonomic nervous system.

Improvements in Heart Rate Variability Following Chiropractic Care - Chiropractor in Austin TX Best Reviews Healthgrades Google Yelp Nextdoor AppThe study begins by noting that “The autonomic nervous system is understood to have two branches, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.” It goes on to further explain that “Both branches of the autonomic nervous system play a critical role in the overall picture of health, as both are critically necessary in their own respect and must work in tandem for optimum health to be achieved.”

The heart is predominantly under the control of the autonomic nervous system. In response to activities, the heart should vary the rate at which it beats. A lower rate of variability means the heart is not reacting properly to change which is an indicator of health issues. A higher heart rate variability, but not too high, is a healthier response.

Chiropractors have maintained that subluxations to the spine affect nerve system function. This could then have a negative effect on heart rate variability. In this study, a 38-year-old man went to the chiropractor primarily for lower back pain that started two weeks earlier.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, range of motion, spinal thermal scans, surface EMG scan and spinal x-rays. A significant reduction in the man’s spinal range of motion was noted. Additionally, a pulse wave profiler was utilized to determine the man’s heart rate variability to see if there could be subluxations affecting the autonomic nervous system.

The authors explained why this procedure was done by saying, “The effects of chiropractic care on autonomic dysfunction can be analyzed through heart rate variability. This helps determine one’s overall ability to adapt to the environment.”

From the examination, it was determined that subluxations were present. A series of specific chiropractic spinal adjustments were done to address the subluxations. On a subsequent re-examination, the man’s symptoms had improved. The pulse wave profiler was again used to access any changes to the heart rate variability. On this follow-up evaluation, significant increase in the heart rate variability was noted indicating improved function of the autonomic nervous system.

In their conclusion the study authors state, “Heart rate variability is demonstrated to be a valid and reliable indicator of overall health and indicates that a decreased heart rate variability is consistent with poor health and autonomic function.” They go on to say, “Evidence supports that chiropractic care should be utilized for individuals who demonstrate autonomic dysfunction.”

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COVID-19 Lockdowns Worsen Childhood Obesity, Study Finds

Above is the headline of a June 3, 2020, article in Science Daily reporting on a study published on April 30th by the University of Buffalo in the research journal Obesity. It is well established that childhood obesity is a significant health issue in the U.S. and in other developed nations. This study looked at the effect the stay-at-home lockdown has had on children and their eating habits.

COVID-19 Lockdowns Worsen Childhood Obesity, Study Finds - Austin_TX_Chiropractor_Best_Reviews_Treats_Kids_Pediatrics_Baby_InfantAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents is still too high.” On the CDC website, they note that prevalence of obesity is 18.5% and affects about 13.7 million children and adolescents. The breakdown shows that obesity affects 13.9% of 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4% of 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% of 12- to 19-year-olds.

The study was conducted in Verona, Italy, where there was a significant lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has had far reaching health, social, and economic implications. It has closed schools around the world leaving children at home where their diets were not regulated by school programs.

A total of 41 children and adolescents with obesity were included in the study. The researchers initially collected information on each participant’s lifestyle including diet, daily activity, and sleep behaviors. This information was later collected again at three weeks into the lockdown to see if there was a significant change due to the lockdown.

The results of the study showed that there was an increase in the number of meals eaten per day by the children while at home.

This increase showed that more than one additional meal was eaten each day. Although there was an increase in the amount of meals eaten, there was no increase in the amount of vegetables eaten. One possible benefit was that there was an increase in fruit consumption. Unfortunately, there was also a significant increase in the consumption of potato chips, red meat, and sugary drink during the lockdown.

The results also revealed that the children had a significant increase in sleep time of over an hour per day. Conversely, they also had a significant decrease of around five hours less in sports and activity per week. As expected, there was a very large increase in screen time averaging almost five extra hours per day.

In their discussion, the authors point out that these results all point toward negative health outcomes and exacerbation of obesity issues. They commented, “Specifically, our longitudinal study of children and adolescents with obesity affirmed that eating, activity, and sleep behaviors changed in an unfavorable direction three weeks into their confinement during the national lockdown. These observations point to the critical need for implementation of preventive measure during periods of lockdown, particularly when their duration is uncertain.”

In the Science Daily article on this study, Myles Faith, PhD, UB childhood obesity expert and co-author on the study commented, “The tragic COVID-19 pandemic has collateral effects extending beyond direct viral infection. Children and teens struggling with obesity are placed in an unfortunate position of isolation that appears to create an unfavorable environment for maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors.”

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Review of Chiropractic, Vertebral Subluxation and Immune Function

A thorough review of existing scientific literature on chiropractic and the effect on immune function was published in a report on May 18, 2020, in the journal Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. The purpose of the study was to review existing scientific literature on chiropractic and immune function in order to shed light on the subject and determine the need and direction of future research.

Review of Chiropractic Vertebral Subluxation and Immune Function - Austin TX Chiropractor Best Reviews Yelp Google Facebook NextdoorRecently, with the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much discussion about possible ways to help defend yourself against getting the virus. Obviously, a heightened immune system would go a long way to prevention of infections in individuals and society in general. Chiropractors have traditionally stated that they do not treat infectious diseases. They have, however, stated that chiropractic care, by correcting nerve system interference, does help bolster the body’s immune capabilities. This concept has drawn criticism from both traditional critics of chiropractic and some forces within the profession.

The study begins by noting the connection between nerve system function and immune function. “It is well established that the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions and systems of the human body including immunity and the immune system. Many in chiropractic consider that this relationship confers salutogenic benefits in people undergoing chiropractic care.”

In explaining this further, the authors point out that proper nerve function is essential for proper immune system function. This is how chiropractic can indirectly have a positive impact on immune function. “The original chiropractic theory is centered on the principle that obstruction or interference in the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation can affect internal physiological function and the propagation of mental impulses and therefore plays a role in pathophysiology and dis-ease.”

The report authors reviewed 125 scientific papers from published sources that had relevance to the subject of immune function and chiropractic. All of the studies and reports that were reviewed showed in some way that chiropractic had a positive effect on nerve system function and thereby immune function.

One of the earliest reports reviewed was from the 1918 pandemic which compared medical care to chiropractic care in Iowa for those suffering with the Spanish flu. The results of that care were reported in this report. “In the state of Iowa, medical doctors treated 93,590 patients, with 6,116 deaths – a loss of one patient out of every 15. In the same state, excluding Davenport, 4,735 patients were treated by chiropractors with a loss of only 6 cases – a loss of one patient out of every 789.” The study also noted, “In Davenport, Iowa, 50 medical doctors treated 4,953 cases, with 274 deaths. In the same city, 150 chiropractors including students and faculty of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, treated 1,635 cases with only one death.”

In the conclusion of the report, the authors note that there is an abundance of evidence showing that chiropractic care has a positive effect on immune function. They call for more research along specific guidelines to end any controversy on this subject. “The results of this research demands that we further explore the neuro-immuno-regulatory effects of chiropractic, adjustment and spinal manipulation and it provides a starting point for doing so. While adjustments reduce pain and inflammation, they also improve immune-regulatory function.”

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Chronic Opioid Use for Back Pain by US Veteran Helped by Chiropractic

The Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic published the results of a case study on May 18, 2020, documenting the improvement under chiropractic care of a U.S. veteran with lower back pain who had previously been using opioids for ten years to manage his pain.

Chronic Opioid Use for Back Pain by US Veteran Helped by Chiropractic - Chiropractor in Austin TX for Pain Relief Motor Vehicle Accident PI LOP AttorneyIn the opening of the study, the authors clearly state their objective. “To demonstrate the ability for a patient with chronic mid and low back pain to make significant improvements, both in pain score and quality of life, under chiropractic care, even after a decade of management using daily opioids.”

It is obvious to everyone that there is an opioid problem in the United States and around the world. This awareness has caused a shift in the thought of how to best address back issues. Because of this, the American College of Physicians (ACP) updated their Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain in 2017 to state that their first recommendation for chronic lower back pain (LBP) was to use spinal manipulation, exercise, and multidisciplinary rehabilitation prior to pharmaceutical intervention as a first line of defense. Only after several trials of unsuccessful conservative management for LBP was medical treatment with opioids to be considered.

In this case, a 50-year-old male veteran went to the chiropractor, seeking help for chronic mid and low back pain that radiates into his legs. He had been seeing medical physicians through the Veterans Affairs, who had been treating him with opioids in the form of hydrocodone and morphine for the past 10 years. He was forced to discontinue activities such as biking and weightlifting due to his pain. During flair-ups, he was given a cane and crutches to help him get around.

The man’s pain was so unremitting that he stated that he was also having “fatigue and lack of desire to do things.” The only care that he was offered during this 10-year period was in the form of opioid therapy. Eventually, he sought care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center chiropractic clinic.

The chiropractic evaluation of the man’s spine showed a full range of motion, but with pain being created in almost all movements. MRI’s of the man’s lower back showed a disc protrusion in the lower lumbars. Chiropractic care was then started to address his spinal issues. He was also given some home exercises and procedures to follow.

After his sixth visit, the man reported on a re-evaluation that he felt improvement and was able to move better with less pain. After 3 months of chiropractic care, he reported a 50% reduction of pain as well as a “significant increase in his functionality and quality of life.” He was able to discontinue the use of opioid medications and only occasionally utilized an over-the-counter drug as needed.

In the discussion, the authors of the study stated, “This case report portrays the ability for a patient with chronic thoracic and low back pain for over a decade, who was previously medically managed for 10 years with daily opioids, to achieve significant improvements with autonomous management of pain, increased functionality, and improved quality of life with a trial of 6 visits of chiropractic care.”

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Resolution of Breech Presentation Confirmed by Ultrasound Following Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of a case study on June 1st, 2020, documenting the resolution of a breech presentation pregnancy following chiropractic care utilizing the Webster technique. The normal position for a fetus prior to birth is with the head downward, known as the “vertex position.” When the fetus has the head upward, it is known as breech.

Resolution of Breech Presentation Confirmed by Ultrasound Following Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Pregnancy Birth Care for Low Back PainAccording to the study “The most common fetal malposition is breech. About 30% of all fetuses will present as breech before 28 weeks of gestation, but by the 34th week a majority will flip to vertex presentation, the ideal position for delivery.” When discovered, most breech presentations result in a cesarean birth instead of the vaginal one.

The medical approach to turning a fetus when the mother is close to birth is a procedure known as external cephalic version (ECV). This is when the physician physically pushes the baby inside the mother in an attempt to return the baby to a normal position. This procedure is not without a high risk of complications and, according to the study, has a fairly low success rate.

In this case, a 28-year-old woman in the 33rd week of her pregnancy went to the chiropractor to see if she could get some help with her breech pregnancy. The woman had been seeing a midwife who was present when the woman came to the chiropractor. This was the woman’s first pregnancy, and she had never experienced chiropractic care before. The woman was also suffering from hip pain on both sides.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a visual postural inspection, range of motion examinations, spinal palpation, a temperature thermal scan, and a surface EMG scan of the woman’s spine. The woman was also analyzed using the Webster Technique analysis.

With the determination of the presence of subluxations, specific adjustments utilizing the Webster technique were performed on the woman on a series of visits. After eight visits, the woman reported that the fetus had turned head down into the normal vertex position. The woman continued her chiropractic care through her pregnancy and was able to deliver her baby vaginally.

In the discussion section of the study, the authors explain chiropractic care for pregnancy by saying, “Chiropractic has a history of benefit to the pregnant woman. Chiropractic adjustments are intended to remove or reduce vertebral subluxations from the spine.” They continue the explanation, “Chiropractors determine the subluxations through appropriate instrumentation, objective and subjective analysis. Chiropractic subluxations can have health alterations present with and without symptoms.”

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “Over a one-month period the fetus turned from breech presentation to vertex presentation with the only change in care being the addition of chiropractic adjustments. After 7 chiropractic adjustments it was confirmed by ultrasound the fetus had moved to a vertex position. Continuing under chiropractic care the mother went on to have a normal vaginal birth without complications.”

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Proper Sleep is Important for Your Health

During times of stress and crisis, proper sleep is more important that ever to help overall health and your ability to cope with difficult times. To help with this effort, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) published a paper on May 5, 2020, that offers “Tips for Better Sleep to Encourage Overall Health and Well-Being”.

Proper Sleep is Important for Your Health - Austin Chiropractor Kids Pediatric Care FamousThe F4CP paper begins by noting, “Staying up late and sleeping in may be a common habit for many Americans, but it could be harmful to our health. A study published this year in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology comprised of nearly 2,000 people whose sleep patterns were tracked over three years found that those with irregular sleep schedules had a greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease.”

The NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute also stressed the importance of proper sleep on their website. “Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.”

The F4CP wants the public to know that the month of May is Better Sleep Month. Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of F4CP, noted that proper structure is important for proper sleep. “With all of the overwhelming research demonstrating sleep’s health benefits, anyone experiencing disrupted or inadequate sleep for an extended period, for whatever physical or emotional causes, should seek help from a healthcare provider to help them find a solution,” Dr. McAllister said. “Not only could correcting the cause of the disturbance improve their rest, but increased sleep quality and quantity will help them feel much better as well.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) also stresses the importance of sleep on its website. “Sleep is vital to the normal biological and psychological/emotional functions that humans must engage in to survive. Sleep enables the body and mind to rejuvenate, reenergize, and restore. Sleep allows the brain to perform vital tasks such as organizing long-term memory, integrating new information, and repairing and renewing tissue, nerve cells and other essential biochemical processes.”

The ICA offers some practical tips for proper sleeping which include avoiding sleeping on your stomach. But for those with chronic sleep issues, the ICA offered the following advice. “See a doctor of chiropractic if you continue to have trouble sleeping. If you consistently find yourself feeling tired or not well rested during the day despite spending enough time in bed at night, you may have a sleep disorder. Your family doctor of chiropractic can evaluate your needs and develop a personalized comprehensive care and wellness plan, and, if necessary make an appropriate referral to another professional or professionals.”

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Resolution of Meniere’s Disease with Chiropractic

On April 27, 2020, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published the results of a case study documenting the improvement of Meniere’s disease with chiropractic. Meniere’s disease was discovered in 1861 by Prosper Meniere and still remains loosely studied and not fully understood today.

Resolution of Meniere's Disease with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor PI Car Accident Semi Truck Impact Crash Whiplash Neck Back Pain Doctor AttorneyAccording to the NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. Meniere’s disease usually affects only one ear.” They estimate that approximately 615,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with Meniere’s disease and 45,500 new cases are diagnosed each year.

This disorder can happen at any age but is most common between 40 and 60 years of age. This condition is considered a disability by the Social Security Administration and diagnosed people who suffer from this can qualify for disability benefits.

In this case, a 68-year-old woman went to the chiropractor because she was suffering from severe dizziness and vomiting that would occur every 3 weeks for up to 8 hours at a time. She was suffering with this problem for the past 8 years. She also reported a secondary issue of occasional minor neck pain. Two years prior to seeking chiropractic services, her Ear, Nose, and Throat physician (ENT) had diagnosed the woman with Meniere’s disease.

The woman described her episodes by explaining that she would start hearing a continuous “roar” in her left ear that shortly developed into 5 to 8 hours of crippling dizziness and vomiting. For the following 2-3 days after the episode, the woman commented that she felt as if she were intoxicated with alcohol.

A chiropractic examination and x-rays were performed specifically looking to see if there was a subluxation in the woman’s upper neck. The results of the examination and x-rays revealed that the top bone in the neck, the Atlas (C1), was mispositioned leading to the conclusion that a subluxation was present at C1.

With these findings, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were performed over the following 13 months. The goal of the adjustments was to reduce the subluxation found at the woman’s C1 vertebrae. Follow-up post x-rays were performed during care to access the correction of the atlas from the adjustments.

At the woman’s first reassessment, it was recorded that the woman had not suffered a single episode of Meniere’s disease since she started chiropractic care. After that time, the woman reported only one minor episode of dizziness and three to four short occurrences of feeling intoxicated at times. During the woman’s 2nd reassessment, she claimed that she is doing 95% better since starting chiropractic care.

In their study conclusion, the authors commented, “After the first adjustment, the patient has not had any major MD episodes, with only one short occurrence of dizziness. Her ENT confirmed that the she is no longer showing signs or symptoms of MD (Meniere’s disease).” They added, “The improvement in the patient’s Meniere’s Disease symptomatology while solely undergoing upper cervical care to reduce her atlas subluxation suggests that MD symptomatology may be related to the atlas subluxation.”

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Neck Pain, Curvature, Spinal Canal Diameter Improved in Accident Cases Under Chiropractic

A case series study was published in the April 2020 issue of the Journal of Radiology Case Reports documenting patients’ improvement in eight separate auto accident cases with neck pain, loss of cervical curve, and spinal canal diameter with chiropractic care.

Neck Pain, Curvature, Spinal Canal Diameter Improved in Accident Cases Under Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractic Care Car Truck Automobile Accident Injury Personal Care Back Neck WhiplashThe study begins by pointing out “Spondylolisthesis refers to the slippage of one vertebral body on the vertebra below. It is considered uncommon in the cervical spine when compared to the lumbar spine and is now being recognized as an under-studied condition.” When this condition occurs due to a trauma, such as an automobile accident, it is referred to as acquired spondylolisthesis. When the condition is due to degenerative changes in the spine, it is referred to as degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis (DCS).

Acquired spondylolisthesis is often accompanied with spinal degeneration, pain numbness, and a narrowing of the spinal canal at that level. The medical approach has often involved surgery with removal of disc and fusion. This study followed the result of eight patients with cervical spondylolisthesis who underwent chiropractic care.

In this study, all eight patients were females ranging in age from 44 to 62 years. All the women were suffering with neck pain, bilateral upper back pain, neck stiffness, restricted neck motion, and radiating pain into their shoulders and/or arms. They reported that their problems created limitations on their daily activities. All eight women had sought medical care and/or physical therapy at least 6 months prior to seeking chiropractic care. Additionally, all the women had a history of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

A chiropractic examination and evaluation including x-rays was conducted on all the patients. This was followed by 30 visits involving specific chiropractic procedures and followed by post-care spinal x-rays.

Upon re-examination, all the women reported improvements in their conditions and symptoms. Tests showed that they had improved from moderate neck disability to a level of minimal neck disability. Follow-up x-rays confirmed positive changes in the positioning of the cervical vertebrae of the patients.

In their conclusion, the authors note that medical care for degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis (DCS) is typically a wait-and-watch condition that results in surgery if the disability becomes severe enough. In contrast, the chiropractic approach focuses on restoring healthy alignment and biomechanics of the spine and posture.

They also concluded that, “Motor vehicle collision may cause instability and abnormal alignment of the cervical spine leading to cervical spondylolisthesis. Improving spinal alignment may be an effective treatment to reduce vertebral subluxation and cervical spondylolistheses and improve neck disability as a result of improved spinal alignment.”

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Study Shows Reduction in Anxiety Under Chiropractic Care

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a case series on April 17, 2020, documenting the reduction of anxiety in five adults in a case series undergoing chiropractic care. Anxiety disorder is considered a form of mental illness that affects an estimated 31.1% of adults in the United States.

Study Shows Reduction in Anxiety Under Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Car Truck Accident Injury Pain Management CareAccording to the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health, “…anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.”

The study reports that anxiety disorders are the ninth leading cause of nonfatal burden in years of living with a disability. They also note that the estimated economic burden is $46.6 billion yearly.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) is considered the main resource document for classification of mental disorders. According to the DSM-5, the criteria for anxiety disorder is “excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation) occurring on more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance)”.

This case series reviewed five patients (2 female and 3 male) presenting for chiropractic care with a complaint of anxiety. The patients ranged in age from 24 to 53. All of the patients came to the chiropractor because of musculoskeletal complaints such as headache, neck pain, and/or back pain, with one seeking chiropractic for help with hypertension. All patients expressed a desire to decrease stress and their anxiety.

The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), a widely accepted means of rating anxiety, was used to rate and document the severity of the patient’s anxiety prior to, and after chiropractic care.

The results of the study showed that all HAM-A scores of the patients undergoing chiropractic care indicated a reduction in severity of anxiety symptoms. Three of the patients’ scores improved from initially being moderate/severe, reducing in severity to mild anxiety symptoms. The other two patients went from initially being moderate/severe to reducing down to the lowest level of mild/moderate severity of anxiety symptoms.

In their discussion and conclusion, the study authors noted, “This case series chronicles the reduction in severity of anxiety and improvement in autonomic nervous system function in 5 patients receiving chiropractic care. Considering the burden mental health issues, such as anxiety, have on society globally, further clinical research investigating the role of chiropractic care and its effects on anxiety is warranted.”

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