High Altitude Mountain Climbers Benefit from Chiropractic According to Study

The Journal of International Medical Research published the results of a study on January 16, 2020, showing that high altitude mountain climbers can be helped with headaches caused by acute mountain sickness. The study was conducted at Lhasa People’s Hospital near Tibet in China.

High Altitude Mountain Climbers Benefit from Chiropractic According to Study - Chiropractor Austin Health Wellness Family UT ChiropractorThe researchers in this study looked at cases of mountain climbers who came to Lhasa People’s Hospital suffering with acute mountain sickness (AMS). According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus, “Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect mountain climbers, hikers, skiers, or travelers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).” This condition is also known as altitude sickness or high-altitude pulmonary edema.

According to Medline Plus, acute mountain sickness is caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. The faster a climber ascends, the more likely this problem will occur. Some of the symptoms that occur with this condition include dizziness or light-headedness, fatigue, headache, nausea or vomiting, rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath with exertion.

The study begins by pointing out that the plateau area of China accounts for about one-sixth of the land mass of China and averages about 3000 meters, (about 9800 feet) above sea level. People traveling to this area from lower elevations near sea level can suffer from dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting from acute mountain sickness.

This study looked at 100 people who had traveled to Tibet for the first time and were suffering with acute mountain sickness. The group consisted of 58 men and 42 women with an average age of 39.3 years. These 100 people were randomly separated into two groups. One group received only one single chiropractic adjustment, which the researchers called “spinal chiropractic manipulative therapy (SCMT).” The SCMT group did not receive any drugs or oxygen. The second group received standard medical pain treatment of ibuprofen and oxygen but did not receive any chiropractic care.

The results of the study showed that both the group with drugs and oxygen, and the chiropractic adjustment group showed improvement in their symptoms from acute mountain sickness. The chiropractic group also showed improvements in blood pressure. The bottom line is that the group that received chiropractic care recovered just as well as the group that got drugs and oxygen and did so without the risk of any side effects or negative outcomes.

The researchers stated, “The results suggest that SCMT can be used to relieve AMS-induced headache, as well as dizziness symptoms, blood pressure abnormalities, and oxygen saturation of people traveling rapidly to high altitudes.” They went on to note how chiropractic is easier to apply and might be preferred by the patents, “The operation is convenient and is not limited by the need for special equipment. Therefore, SCMT is suitable for popularization and application for the management of AMS for patients who prefer to avoid the use of drugs or oxygen …”

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Difficulty in Swallowing and Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic

A case study published on December 29, 2019, in the journal Clinical Medicine Insights: Case Reports, documented the care of a woman suffering with neck pain and difficulty swallowing who was helped by chiropractic. This case study was conducted at the New York Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Centre, New York Medical Group, in Hong Kong, China.

Difficulty in Swallowing and Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Dr. SwansonAccording to the Merck Manual, “Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing. The condition results from impeded transport of liquids, solids, or both from the pharynx to the stomach.”

The authors of the study point out that “Dysphagia is frequently seen in geriatric individuals, occurring in approximately 15% of the elderly population due to normal changes in the mechanism of swallowing function.” They note that the danger is that dysphagia can lead to other health issues. “The main concern is mortality due to aspiration-induced pneumonia, dehydration, and malnutrition.”

In this case, a 70-year-old woman suffering from neck stiffness and swallowing problems presented herself for chiropractic care. Her history reported that she had been having difficulty swallowing solid food for the past three years. Over the past year the problem became worse as the woman reported that she often choked even when trying to swallow liquids.

The woman had a battery of medical test which found nothing more than a weak pharynx. She had been receiving weekly speech therapy for the past two months as well as weekly acupuncture treatments for the previous four months. None of these approaches seemed to help much. Because she did not see any results, and her condition was getting progressively worse, she sought chiropractic care for her issues as well as neck pain she was now suffering with.

A chiropractic examination and spinal x-rays were performed. The results showed some degeneration of the vertebrae in the woman’s neck along with subluxation. Chiropractic adjustments were started to address the subluxation along with some strengthening exercises.

The study records that after three chiropractic sessions in the first week, the woman reported that her neck stiffness and swallowing problems were mostly resolved. Follow-up x-rays were taken after two months of care which showed positional improvements in the woman’s spine. Six months after the start of care, the woman reported “…no symptoms of dysphagia and was able to take in normal diets without choking or choking sensation.”

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Baby Shows Improvement in Developmental Delay Under Chiropractic Care

On January 16, 2020, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic published the results of a case study documenting the improvement in developmental delay of a baby girl undergoing chiropractic care.

Baby Shows Improvement in Developmental Delay Under Chiropractic Care - Chiropractor Austin Nervous System Improvement Functional Wellness BestThe authors of this study begin by noting that a child is considered developmentally delayed when he or she is not obtaining specific milestones of ability at a predicted rate or age. As of 2008, one in six children was considered to be to some degree developmentally delayed. They note that this number increased dramatically since 1998. They point out that the milestones children are supposed to reach are separated into five separate and distinct categories. They are:

  • 4 months: The ability to lift chest up from a belly down position
  • 6 months: Child can pull up into sitting position
  • 9 months: Ability to roll both ways and sit up
  • 12 months: Child can pull himself/herself up to stand and walk with one hand holding on
  • 18 months: Getting up into standing position and walking alone

In this case, a 15-month-old girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother. It was reported that the girl was suffering with hypotonia and developmental delay. According to the study, “Hypotonia is a term used to describe low muscle tone in young children. It presents as excessive spinal range of motion, decreased postural stability as well as an overall diminished quality of movement.”

The mother stated that her daughter had always been small and had always been one to two months developmentally delayed in achieving the standard milestones. The baby was born by Cesarean section and had a mild torticollis at birth. At six months, the baby girl was unable to sit by herself and strongly disliked lying on her belly.

An age-appropriate chiropractic examination was performed and resulted in the determination that multiple levels of subluxation were present. A course of specific chiropractic adjustment, appropriate to age, were started to address the subluxations.

After six chiropractic adjustments, the girl was able to stand and walk while holding on to some means of support. After 20 visits, the girl was able to repeat some simple words clearly. She was also able to stand and take up to six steps without holding onto anything. After five months of chiropractic care, the girl was walking unassisted with ease and had become more verbal. After seven months of care, the girl’s mother reported that her daughter was able to climb down off a chair and move a foot stool so she could climb up to put her cup on a bench.

The authors of the study explained subluxations by quoting a chiropractic authority group, “Vertebral subluxation is a chiropractic term that has been defined by a collective of chiropractic colleges named the Rubicon group as: ‘a self-perpetuating, central segmental motor control problem that involves a joint, such as a vertebral motion segment, that is not moving appropriately, resulting in ongoing maladaptive neural plastic changes that interfere with the central nervous system’s ability to self-regulate, self-organize, adapt, repair and heal’.”

In the conclusion of this study the authors wrote, “Improved outcomes in this 15-month-old could be associated with improvement in sensorimotor integration following the correction of vertebral subluxation during chiropractic care.”

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Resolution of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux in an Infant After Chiropractic

In the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research is the result of a case study published on January 23, 2019, showing the resolution of a case of laryngopharyngeal reflux which is also known as silent acid reflux.

Resolution of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux in an Infant After Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Pediatric Kid Child Infant Toddler Teenager Family PracticeThere are two different types of reflux: acid reflux (GERD) and the less commonly known Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, which is also known as silent reflux. In both types, stomach acid escapes into the esophagus. However, in laryngopharyngeal reflux, the acid escapes into the back of the throat and can cause damage to the larynx, vocal chords and lungs. This type of reflux usually does not have the typical symptoms of GERD such as heartburn.

It is estimated that approximately 70-85% of infants will have some form of acid reflux. In most cases, this problem will self-resolve after one year. However, in many cases, the symptoms from reflux will have a significant impact on the quality of the baby’s life.

In this case, a 9-week-old baby boy was brought to the chiropractor by his mother. The boy’s mother reported that her son had been suffering with acid reflux and congestion since birth. His pediatrician had given the boy a diagnosis of silent acid reflux. His mother noted that her son had difficulties sleeping on his back or being placed in his car seat without regurgitation. He was also was barely able to keep down breast milk.

The history also noted that the infant was not sleeping more than 4-5 hours a night and his skin color was very pale with dark circles under his eyes. The boy’s pediatrician prescribed Zantac, but his mother did not see any improvement from the treatment.

During a chiropractic examination, it was noticed that the infant had a noticeable left head tilt. It was also noted that the muscles on the left side of the infant’s spine were tighter and there was restricted motion of some of the neck vertebrae in normal neck rotation. It was determined that subluxations in the infant’s neck were present and a specific form of age appropriate adjustment was given.

The night following the infant’s first adjustment, the infant slept for 6 hours continuously without reflux symptoms according to his mother. It was also reported that the boy rolled over from his back to his belly for the first time ever. On the second night, the infant slept for 7 hours followed by 9 hours the third night, each without any reflux.

The study reports that by the third day, the infant had no acid reflux issues at all and was able to sit in a car seat without any reflux issues. It was also observed that his skin color was more pinkish and there were no dark circles under his eyes. Additionally, the mother reported that her son was more alert and less agitated, so she then discontinued the Zantac medication as she felt her son’s problem was solved.

In their conclusion, the authors stated, “This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in infants with bothersome gastroesophageal reflux (GER), silent or otherwise.”

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Resolution of Hypothyroidism with Chiropractic

In the journal The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research are the results of a case study published on January 27, 2020, documenting the resolution of hypothyroidism in a patient undergoing chiropractic care.

Resolution of Hypothyroidism with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Best 5 Star Review Google Yelp Healthgrades BCBS United UHC LOP MVAOn their website, the American Thyroid Association defines hypothyroidism saying, “Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. People are hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood.”

The study authors report that the prevalence of hypothyroidism in the general population ranges from 3.8%-4.6%. However, subclinical hypothyroidism, which is less severe, becomes more common in the elderly population and can be as prevalent as 20% in women over the age of 60 years.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism can sometimes be confused with normal aging but include tiredness, weight gain, dry skin, cold intolerance, constipation, muscle weakness, puffiness around the eyes, hoarse voice, and poor memory. It is noted that some people with hypothyroidism have no symptoms and can only be diagnosed with bloodwork.

In this case, a 52-year-old woman went to a chiropractor for a variety of issues. At that time, she was suffering with discomfort and/or paresthesia in the neck, upper and middle back, bilateral knee pain and bilateral hip pain when sitting for an extended period. She rated her pain as a 7 out of 10, with 10 being the worst. The woman had also been medically diagnosed with hypothyroidism for which she was taking medication.

A chiropractic examination was performed consisting of static and motion palpation, a postural analysis and spinal x-rays. The conclusion of these tests was that the woman had multiple areas of spinal subluxations that were affecting her nervous system.

Chiropractic adjustments were started on the woman at a frequency of three times per week. On the woman’s 20th visit, she reported a significant reduction of her pain issues. On the 30th chiropractic visit, a follow-up set of x-rays were taken which showed postural and structural improvements in the woman’s spine.

On the woman’s 31st chiropractic visit, she reported to the chiropractor that she had seen her medical doctor who ran lab tests and informed her that she no longer had hypothyroidism. Her MD then took her off her thyroid medication.

In the conclusion of the study the authors wrote, “Subluxation based chiropractic care may be a beneficial approach in reversing hypothyroidism, reduction of the symptoms of hypothyroidism and improving the quality of life for individuals with hypothyroidism.”

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Improvement of Heart Rate Variability in Patients Undergoing Chiropractic

In the December 2019 issue of the Chiropractic Journal of Australia are the results of a study documenting that patients who were under continuous chiropractic care showed an improvement in Heart Rate Variability (HRV).

Improvement of Heart Rate Variability in Patients Undergoing Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Circulation Health Family Blood PressureAccording to Marcelo Campos, MD, in his article in the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Publishing, “HRV is simply a measure of the variation in time between each heartbeat. This variation is controlled by a primitive part of the nervous system called the autonomic nervous system (ANS).” He points out that a high rate of HRV indicates a better ability to adapt and a healthier functioning nerve system. Conversely a lower HRV is associated with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, inflammation, diabetic neuropathy, depression, sleep disorders, and cancer.

As this study points out, vertebral subluxations create nerve system interference that can then affect HRV. The study states, “The primary objective of chiropractic care is to optimize health and wellbeing through the enhancement of nervous system function by reducing nerve interference caused by vertebral subluxations.” They continue by noting that the Australian Spinal Research Foundation defines vertebral subluxation as “a diminished state of being, comprising of a state of reduced coherence, altered biomechanical function, altered neurological function and altered adaptability.”

In explaining the rational for this study the researcher noted, “Research over the past 2 decades has shown that the chiropractic adjustment (also referred to as chiropractic spinal manipulation in the chiropractic research literature) results in changes in spinal biomechanics and structure, central nervous system function, motor output, and autonomic output. while under chiropractic care.”

In this study, 6 patients between the ages of 25 and 55 started chiropractic care for correction of subluxations. The patients were specifically screened to assure that medications or stressful life events would not create any changes in their HRV during this study. The three men and three woman each had their HRV monitored before they started chiropractic, and then routinely every 12 visits to see if correction of subluxations would affect their HRV. These results were also compared to HRVs from control patients who did not receive any chiropractic adjustments.

The results of the study showed a consistent and sustained improvement in HRV in each of the patients who received chiropractic care. There was not only an improvement in their HRV as compared to before starting chiropractic. There was also a demonstratable improvement between the 6 patients receiving chiropractic and the control patients who did not.

In discussing the results of the study, the authors noted, “This case series chronicles HRV changes of 6 adult patients receiving chiropractic care using (specific) adjusting techniques for the correction of vertebral subluxation. The data described here are consistent with immediate and long-lasting neurophysiological changes effected by chiropractic case management.”

In the conclusion the authors wrote, “The data presented demonstrate a sustained improvement in HRV over a course of chiropractic care that is consistent with improved health outcomes.”

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Elderly Patients with Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic

A study published on December 18, 2019, in the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies looked at the outcomes of chiropractic care for elderly patients who were suffering with neck pain. The study was performed in Australia involving 288 Doctors of Chiropractic who contributed reports on elderly patients suffering with neck pain.

Elderly Patients with Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Car Accident Injury Whiplash Neck Pain Headaches Medical Care HelpThe study authors begin by reporting that “Neck pain, with or without headache or dizziness, is a leading cause of disability affecting over 350 million people worldwide as of 2015.” They note that neck pain is particularly prevalent in older adults and has a significant impact on their quality of life. Treating neck pain with medications is common but can lead to a variety of other health issues caused by the medications.

Although not as common as in the United State, chiropractic is popular in Australia. The study states, “Many older adults in Australia suffering from neck pain and associated conditions seek chiropractic treatment. In fact, musculoskeletal complaints, most commonly back and neck pain, account for the vast majority of chiropractic consultations in Australia.”

This study was performed by randomly selecting 800 chiropractors in Australia to participate. These chiropractors were emailed a request with a link to the survey. From the original 800 initially sent a request, 288 responded and participated. All identifying information was kept confidential. Of the 288 chiropractors in this study, 207 were male and 81 were female.

The survey itself gathered data on the reported chiropractic care of older adults with neck pain with or without headaches. The survey consisted of 28 questions and gathered information on chiropractors’ demographic and practice characteristics, estimates of how often the chiropractors care for older adults with neck pain, the methods used on the elderly patients, the chiropractor’s estimate of the effectiveness of the care, and estimates of patients usage of other health services by their older patients.

The survey of the Australian chiropractors showed that 28.5% of their patients were elderly. In that population, nearly half of those patients had presented for chiropractic care with neck pain. About a third of the patients with neck pain also suffered from headaches.

Overall, the reported health-related outcomes for neck pain and associated health issues was reported to be favorable for older adults. The number of visits that were needed before the patients considered their issues to be resolved varied but was higher with those patients who also suffered from migraine headaches. It was also noted that the number of visits patients required prior to getting relief from neck pain did not vary between female and male chiropractors.

In their conclusions the authors wrote, “The findings suggest that chiropractors use well-established manual and physical therapy techniques to manage neck pain in older adults. The favourable (sp) outcomes reported by participants highlight a potential role for using nonpharmacological multimodal therapeutic approaches for the management of neck pain in older adults.”

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Study Says Chiropractic More Cost Effective than Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

A study titled “Treatment of Patients with Low Back Pain: A Comparison of Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Manipulation” was published in PrePrints by the author Nima Khodakarami PhD from Texas A&M University that showed that chiropractic was more a cost effective mode of care for patients with lower back pain than was physical therapy.

Study Says Chiropractic More Cost Effective than Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain - Austin Chiropractor MD Neuro Health Medical Practice Holistic ApproachThis report begins by noting that “Low back pain (LBP) is a chief cause of years lost to disability in the world. In the industrialized countries, LBP causes the high cost of medical expenses and loss-of-work.” It is also reported that in the U.S. alone, over $80 billion is spent directly and indirectly on LBP. Of this amount, about $7.4 to $28 billion is the cost of work loss. An additional $26 billion is the spent related to pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and therapies. This problem is so common that, in the U.S., LBP is the second most common reason for visits to physicians.

The report notes that the common medical approach for LBP is medication and activity. If this approach does not work, physical therapy is usually medically recommended. Previous studies has shown that physical therapy is more effective for LPB than is no care or medical care alone. Similarly, the report states that chiropractic has also been shown to be a more cost effective form of care for LBP than is medical care. However, few studies had previously compared chiropractic care to physical therapy for LBP.

This report compared the two types of care for the short-term results to see which was more effective and cost efficient. The results showed that, on average, chiropractic care required 20 percent fewer visits than physical therapy. They also found that 66 percent of patients who went to the chiropractor experienced complete wellness immediately after their first visit. This was compared to only 56 percent of patients that went to a physical therapist who felt complete wellness after their first visit.

When comparing medical care to non-drug forms of care, the study reports that both “chiropractic care and physical therapy are shown to be the superior nonpharmacologic strategies for treating LBP.” When comparing chiropractic care to physical therapy care for the total costs of care for six months, it was shown that chiropractic care was less expensive than was physical therapy care for patient suffering with LBP. Chiropractic care also resulted in less days of disability and work loss.

The conclusion of the report stated, “The findings showed that in the chiropractic group, the total average cost was $48.56 lower than the physical therapy group, and daily adjusted life years (DALY) was 0.0043 higher than the physical therapy group. Chiropractic care was shown to be a cost-effective alternative compared with physical therapy for adults with at least three weeks of low back pain over six months.”

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Resolution of Low Back and Pelvic Pain in a Pregnant Woman Under Chiropractic Care

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of a case study on December 18, 2019 documenting the successful outcome following chiropractic care of a pregnant woman suffering with low back pain. Back pain in general is a very common ailment. In pregnancy, it is even more common with back pain expected to occur in between 50 to 70 percent of pregnant women.

Resolution of Low Back and Pelvic Pain in a Pregnant Woman Under Chiropractic Care - Austin Area Birthing Center Chiropractor Recommendation Labor Delivery SciaticChiropractic care for patients with lower back pain has been well established in research and literature. It is more recently that chiropractic care for pregnant women with lower back pain has shown up in research and has become a more popular form of care. Many pregnant women who suffer from back pain seek chiropractic because they wish to avoid taking any form of medication that could have an adverse effect on their unborn child.

In this case, a 28-year-old pregnant woman sought chiropractic care. The woman was 31 weeks into her second pregnancy and was suffering with lower back pain that radiated from her lower back into her sacroiliac joint. Her pain had started the week before after she had picked up her 2-year-old child. She reported that lying on her back gave her some relief, but she was unable to perform daily chores or lift her child. She rated her pain as a 5 out of 10 (10 worst) with the pain occasionally rising to 7 out of 10.

The woman had not used any medications and was utilizing some heat and stretching exercises that she found online. However, nothing she had attempted was helping.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a visual inspection. The inspection revealed that the woman was leaning slightly forward, probably in response to her pain. When she was asked to extend backward the woman grimaced in pain. Spinal palpation showed multiple areas of tightness and sensitivity, and her range of motion was generally reduced.

Based on the examination findings, it was determined that subluxations were present. Specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were given to address the woman’s subluxations. These adjustments took into account her pregnancy utilizing special forms of chiropractic adjustments to accommodate her.

The woman reported immediate relief following her first adjustment. She also was able to increase her range of motion. She then rated her pain as a 1 out of 10 with only minor soreness remaining in her right hip.

In many published articles, chiropractic is grouped into the category of non-medical care known as “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM). This study describes the reasons that many women are turning to chiropractic when suffering with musculoskeletal (MSK) problems. “With concerns of safety and adverse events associated with pain medications during pregnancy, many women are turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to address pregnancy-related MSK complaints.”

In their conclusion the authors noted “…the clinical knowledge showcased in this case report contributes to individual and collective clinical experience in the care of pregnant patients.”

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Chiropractic Creates Improvement in Strength and Balance in Stroke Patient

Published in the December 12, 2019, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research is a case study documenting the improvement of a stroke victim in motor strength and balance after undergoing chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Creates Improvement in Strength and Balance in Stroke Patient - Austin Chiropractor Cause Healing Nervous System NeurologistThe study begins by noting that there are two categories of causes of stroke – ischemic and hemorrhagic. A hemorrhagic caused stroke means that there was a rupture in a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. An ischemic caused stroke, which is far more common accounting for over 80% of all strokes, is when there is an occlusion in a blood vessel that feeds a part of the brain.

The study reports that it is estimated that 17 million people suffer a stroke each year world-wide. As a result, approximately 5 million of these people suffer long-lasting physical disabilities following their stroke. They report, “One of the most commonly occurring and long-lasting physical deficits following a strokes is hemiparesis, which can impair limb movement and function and an individual’s ability to stand, balance or walk.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list several facts about stroke in the U.S. which include that “Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.” Additionally, “Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths. Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medicines to treat stroke, and missed days of work.”

In this case, a non-smoker 40-year-old man was suffering with right-sided lower limb weakness following an ischemic stroke seven years ago, presented himself to a chiropractor. After his stroke, the man received eight months of rehabilitation and Botox therapy to try to help reduce muscle tension. After his therapy, the man still suffered with lower back and right leg weakness. He remained active and continued to go to the gym regularly.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural analysis, palpation, as well as Surface EMG (sEMG) and thermography studies. The determination from these tests was that there were multiple areas of vertebral subluxations present in the man’s spine. A series of specific chiropractic adjustments were then started to address the subluxations.

The study states that on his third chiropractic visit, the man reported being aware of greater strength in his right leg, which continued throughout his care. As care continued, he also reported that his balance had improved. On his ninth visit, the man reported that his leg strength had improved to the point that he was able increase the weight he was using in his leg exercises.

In their discussion, the authors of the study stated, “This case documents a course of chiropractic care associated with the improvement in residual lower limb motor weakness and balance in a 40-year-old male who had experienced an ischemic stroke 7-years prior. Chiropractic care focused on the assessment and correction of vertebral subluxation.” The authors further concluded, “This case provides supporting evidence that stroke survivors may benefit from chiropractic care.”

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