Dachshund with Disc Herniation Helped by Chiropractic

The results of a case study were published on February 6, 2020, in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research showing that chiropractic can even help a dog with disc herniation. Since dogs have a spine, they are susceptible to disc herniations like humans. Dachshunds are especially susceptible to this issue because of their long body shape suspended by a short set of legs at each end.

Dachshund with Disc Herniation Helped by Chiropractic - Autin Chiropractor Stars Celebrity CareIn humans, disc protrusion and herniations can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in the extremities, pain in the buttocks, thigh or calf and can travel as far down the leg as the foot. Although the anatomy is somewhat different, dogs can suffer from disc herniations as well.

In this case a 7-year-old male Dachshund who was normally very active was slowing down and exhibiting signs of being in pain. The owner noticed that the dog’s gait had changed and that he began to yelp when jumping from a bed or other surface. His appetite also decreased, and he started to show less interest in treats that he was previously very excited to get.

His owner took him to a veterinarian who noted that his reflexes had diminished in his rear legs. The dog was prescribed anti-inflammatories, a steroid, and painkillers. A canine neurologist recommended an MRI which confirmed a herniated disc. The dog continued to get worse and cried throughout the night. He also started refusing all food. At this point, the canine neurologist agreed to refer the dog to an animal chiropractor.

After a chiropractic examination, it was determined that subluxations were present. The study defines subluxations as, “A subluxation is defined as a misalignment of a vertebra, in relation to the one above and below it. This causes a biomechanical change that in turn causes interference in the nervous system causing it to be unable to properly communicate with the different parts of the body”.

Chiropractic adjustments were started on the dog’s affected areas. It was observed that following the first adjustment, the dog walked better and gave a full body shake, which was something that he had previously been unable to do.

At the second visit to the chiropractor, the owner said that the dog seemed to be “totally back to normal.” The dog was taken back to the canine neurologist who stated that there was vast improvement, his hind leg reflexes were present, and he was eating normally. He had normal bladder and bowel movements.

It should be noted that the laws governing animals receiving chiropractic vary from state to state and jurisdiction. Some laws allow open access to chiropractors for animals while others require special certifications and a referral or partnership in care with a veterinarian.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report provides supporting evidence that the use of conservative chiropractic care to find and adjust subluxations can be beneficial to canines suffering from symptomatic lumbar disc herniation.”

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Chiropractic Reduces Opioid Prescriptions by Half According to Study

The American Academy of Pain Medicine published the results of a study on March 6, 2020, in their journal Pain Medicine showing that utilizing chiropractic reduces the number of opioid prescriptions.

Chiropractic Reduces Opioid Prescriptions by Half According to Study - Chiropractor Austin Natural Wellness Health Best ReviewsThe stated objective of this study was, “Utilization of nonpharmacological pain management may prevent unnecessary use of opioids. Our objective was to evaluate the impact of chiropractic utilization upon use of prescription opioids among patients with spinal pain.”

The study begins by identifying the scale of the problem, “Drug overdose deaths in 2017 increased by almost 10% over 2016, with opioids accounting for almost 48,000 cases.” The authors point out that a need for a safe and drug-free alternative is needed to help reduce the opioid epidemic issue. They also note that the “Institute of Medicine has recommended the use of nonpharmacological therapies as effective alternatives to pharmacotherapy for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.”

The American College of Physicians also recommends non-pharmacological approaches to treating back pain. Presently, of all U.S. adults who are prescribed opioids, 59 percent are for back pain.

Several previous studies have shown that chiropractic reduces the use of opioids. One study of 165,569 adults diagnosed with low back pain found that utilization of chiropractic was associated with reduced use of opioids. Another study of 14,025 military veterans showed a reduction of opioid usage after chiropractic care was started.

This study was conducted by looking at 101,221 insurance claims of people in three U.S. states who were suffering with musculoskeletal complaints. The study compared to see the number of opioid prescriptions filled over a six-year period for those who went to a chiropractor compared to those who did not.

The results of this study showed that chiropractic recipients were at about half the risk of seeking an opioid prescription over the six-year follow-up period than those that did not get chiropractic. The study also showed that those who sought chiropractic earlier for their problem were even less likely to seek an opioid prescription than those that waited longer to see a chiropractor.

In their conclusion the authors summed up the results by stating, “Among patients with spinal pain disorders, for recipients of chiropractic care, the risk of filling a prescription for an opioid analgesic over a six-year period was reduced by half, as compared with nonrecipients. Among those who saw a chiropractor within 30 days of being diagnosed with a spinal pain disorder, the reduction in risk was greater as compared with those who visited a chiropractor after the acute phase had passed.”

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Harris Poll Shows 81 Percent Say Chiropractic Effective for Athletes

On March 4, 2020, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress released the results of a Harris Poll Showing that 81 percent of the general public believe chiropractic is effective for athletes. The survey was commissioned by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of chiropractic care.

Harris Poll Shows 81 Percent Say Chiropractic Effective for Athletes - Chiropractor Austin Sports Athletes Celebrity Texas Stars Hockey TeamIn January of 2020, the Harris Poll conducted a survey of 2,015 U.S. consumers over the age of 18 to measure their opinions of chiropractic for both professional and amateur athletes. The results showed that more than 8 in 10 of them thought chiropractic was effective for both amateur and professional athletes alike.

The survey further showed that 49 percent of respondents thought that chiropractic was “very effective” for athletes to “restore joint function and support the neuro-musculoskeletal system.”

Competitive athletes have known the benefits of chiropractic for some time. Currently all National Football League teams have a chiropractor as part of their training and medical staff. Additionally, most National Basketball Association teams and most Major League Baseball teams also have chiropractors on staff or available to help their athletes.

Top level individual athletes have also recognized the benefits of chiropractic as many Olympic athletes have chiropractors they depend on for peak performance. For over a decade, the Arnold Classic sports event held yearly in Columbus, Ohio, has been conducted in conjunction with the International Chiropractors Association Sports Symposium. At that event, Arnold Schwarzenegger himself speaks to the group of chiropractors and testifies as to the benefits of chiropractic.

Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of F4CP, commented on the Harris poll by saying, “The Harris Poll results verify what amateur and professional athletes have known for years: not only does chiropractic care help them prevent and recover from injury, it also improves their performance in the competitive arena.” She continued, “This is exactly why doctors of chiropractic are on staff for various types of professional sports teams and will be in Japan this summer caring for our Olympic athletes.”

The study showed that a higher percentage of millennials ages 18 to 34 had favorable opinions on chiropractic. As many as 88 percent thought chiropractic was beneficial for athletes compared to 69 percent for those 65 and older.

“Chiropractic care delivers pain relief, improved mobility and overall better quality of life and athletic performance for millions of patients around the world, so I’m not surprised that so many consumers of different backgrounds have similar positive perspectives,” said Dr. McAllister. “In some cases, patients may be required to pay more out-of-pocket for chiropractic care due to health plan restrictions, which may influence their opinion. My hope is that more health insurers look at the evidence of chiropractic care’s superior patient outcomes and satisfaction so that more consumers and athletes of all ages can access our care in the future.”

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Anxiety and Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic

The Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic published the results of a case study February 14, 2020, documenting the improvement of neck pain, anxiety and cortisol levels as a result of chiropractic care. Elevated cortisol levels are typically associated with stress and anxiety, and measuring cortisol levels is a good way to measure a reduction in anxiety levels.

Anxiety and Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Semi Truck Accident Care Attorney LOP MVA MVCThe study begins by noting how common neck pain is, and the connection between neck pain and anxiety. “Neck pain is common and has a considerable impact on individuals and their families, communities, healthcare systems, and businesses. At least 33% and as high as 65% of people have suffered and recovered from an episode of neck pain within the last year.”

The study also points out that women are more likely than men to suffer from persistent neck pain and neck problems. The authors also report, “Of all 291 conditions studied in the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD) study, neck pain ranked 4th in terms of disability and contributes to an economic burden of billions of dollars in costs associated with treatment and lost work time.”

The American Psychological Association defines anxiety by stating, “Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.”

In this case, a 40-year-old woman was suffering for the previous two weeks with chronic recurring neck pain and headache that was made worse by an increase of desk and computer work. She described her condition as constant pain with tension throughout the upper back and neck which was made worse by sitting or driving. She was also suffering with headaches. The pain, which the woman rated as 7 out of 10 with 10 being the worst, made sleeping difficult. The woman reported a history of anxiety which was getting worse as her pain was increasing.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural inspection, spinal range of motions tests, static and motion spinal palpation, and spinal x-rays. The conclusion from these tests was that subluxations were present. The woman also submitted to a saliva test to establish a baseline salivary cortisol level so that this could be compared to future cortisol level tests as a measure of anxiety and stress levels.

Regular specific chiropractic adjustments were given over a 12-week period. As care was progressing, the woman reported that her symptoms were significantly improving and that her headaches had completely resolved. She also reported that she no longer had trouble sleeping and her anxiety was gone. To objectively measure the woman’s anxiety levels, a follow-up saliva study was performed to test the woman’s cortisol levels. This test showed a reduction of salivary cortisol levels, thus confirming her reduction in anxiety.

In their conclusion the authors noted, “Chiropractic management of chronic, recurring neck pain and headache in a patient with anxiety was associated with subjective improvement in both musculoskeletal and anxiety symptoms resulting in improved physical function.”

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Improvement in Arm Pain, Weakness, Numbness, Tingling and Spinal Alignment with Chiropractic

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a case study in their journal on January 30, 2020, documenting the structural improvement of a woman’s spine who was suffering with arm pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling, known collectively as radiculopathy.

Resolution of Failure to Thrive in Infant After Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Family Pediatric Kids Infants Babies ToddlersIn most case studies, the focus of the researchers is the symptomatic resolution of the main complaints that the patient was suffering with when they first started chiropractic care. This published study focuses on the objective documented changes to the structure of this patient’s spine in addition to the symptomatic improvement the patient received.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, “Cervical radiculopathy, commonly called a ‘pinched nerve’ occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated where it branches away from the spinal cord. This may cause pain that radiates into the shoulder, as well as muscle weakness and numbness that travels down the arm and into the hand.” The study reports that cervical radiculopathy occurs in about 85 out of 100,000 people.

In this case, a woman was suffering with right arm numbness and pain, as well as tingling down into her fingers that started for two months prior to seeking chiropractic care. She went to her medical physician who took x-rays of her neck and prescribed anti-inflammatory medication, steroids, and performed an injection. She had also seen a physical therapist three times per week and had recently received an MRI.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included physical procedures as well as thermography of the spine and spinal x-rays. The results of these test along with the MRI that was previously done showed that there were degenerative changes with spinal cord narrowing in the woman’s neck. The chiropractic diagnosis was multiple areas of cervical subluxations. From this information, a course of specific chiropractic care was started to address the subluxations.

Inherent in the determination of a subluxation is the fact that vertebrae are out of their normal position and postural changes have often occurred. This case study specifically noted those changes and showed that in follow-up x-rays, there was a positive change in the physical positioning of vertebrae as well as the woman gaining symptomatic relief.

For the purpose of this study, the authors gave a definition of subluxation as the following; “A condition where a vertebra has lost normal juxtaposition with the one above or the one below or both, to the extent less than a luxation, occluding an opening, impinging nerves, and interfering with the normal flow of the mental impulses from the brain and tissue.”

In their conclusion, the authors noted that through specific correction of the subluxations found in this patient, there was improvement in both the patient’s subjective symptoms, as well as improved objective findings related to the structural spinal position as shown on follow-up x-ray studies.

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Resolution of Failure to Thrive in Infant After Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of a case study on February 19, 2020, documenting the resolution of failure to thrive in a baby who has suffered birth trauma. The term “failure to thrive” (FTT) is when the weight or rate of weight gain of an infant or child is significantly below what would be considered normal for others of the same age or sex.

Resolution of Failure to Thrive in Infant After Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Family Pediatric Kids Infants Babies ToddlersThere are considered to be two types of FTT. The first type of FFT is nonorganic growth failure (NOFTT). This is when there is failure to thrive due to environmental issues such as neglect or poverty. The second type of FTT is organic growth failure (OFTT) This is when digestive issues may be the underlying reason causing the child to either not absorb food properly or not take in enough calories from their food to support their health.

The study reports that up to 5 percent of all infants in the United States are affected by a form of FFT prior to the age of 6 months. The percentage of FTT is higher in premature babies and those born into poverty. They note that approximately 5 to 10 percent of primary care pediatric physician visits and 3 to 5 percent of all pediatric hospital admissions are due to FTT.

According to the history of this case, a mother of a two-month-old infant brought her son into the chiropractor’s office in the hope of getting her son some help. The case history described the mother as “desperate and distraught”, and seeking chiropractic as a last resort after all else had failed. Previous medical care included several emergency room visits when the infant had stop breathing, as well as a gastrointestinal physician, and three pediatricians.

The infant’s situation was that he was not gaining weight and had actually lost one pound since birth. He had profuse vomiting, often out of the nose, constipation, and irritability He would only sleep for 20 minutes at a time and would often stop breathing. He would often choke during feedings and was suffering with acid reflux. The infant’s hearing was noticeably deficient, and he was not responding to the sight or noise of others. He was obviously in distress as he was consistently in a balled position with his toes curled, knees up, fists clenched, and arms tightly locked to his body.

A chiropractic examination determined that areas of vertebral subluxation were present. Chiropractic care was started for the infant at the rate of twice per day for the first two weeks. Specific form of age and size appropriate adjustments were given to the boy.

Following the first adjustment, the mother reported that her son took his first nap ever which lasted five hours. Upon returning the same day for the second adjustment, the boy’s mother was crying tears of joy. After the second adjustment on the first day, the infant immediately had a large bowel movement that overflowed his diaper. After two weeks of only chiropractic care, the infant boy had recovered from all his symptoms except the breathing issues and his vomiting. It was later determined that the boy was allergic to certain foods. Once his diet was adjusted for this issue, the boy eventually recovered from all his symptoms.

In their conclusion the study authors wrote, “The current case study adds support to the utilization of chiropractic care in cases of children diagnosed with FTT when psychosocial and organic causes (chronic diseases, genetic disorders, pulmonary diseases, etc.) have been ruled out.”

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How to Go to School to Become a Chiropractor

The above headline comes from a February 3, 2020, article in US News and World Report. The article, written by Ilana Kowarski, takes an outside look at what it takes to become a doctor of chiropractic.

How to Go to School to Become a Chiropractor - Chiropractic Austin Near Me Dr. Swanson 78701 78703 78731The article describes chiropractic as being for pain conditions specifically of the lower back. Whereas a high percentage of patients going to a chiropractor suffer from musculoskeletal conditions of the lower back and neck, chiropractic has proven itself to be helpful for people with a wide variety of health issues. This is because chiropractic deals with correcting interference to the nervous system which controls all the body’s functions.

The article begins by saying, “When people struggle with intense back pain or body aches as a result of a traumatic event such as a car accident, they often seek help from a chiropractor, a health care provider who specializes in fixing problems with bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons.” After that quote, the author then goes on to offer a “guide for anyone interested in becoming a chiropractor.”

The article correctly states that all 50 U.S. states require a chiropractor to have a “doctor of chiropractic” degree. It should be noted that states do refer to chiropractors differently in their state licensure. Some states only use the term “chiropractor” while others include “doctor of chiropractic” or “chiropractic physician.” While some states use the term “chiropractic medicine” there is no degree for chiropractic medicine, and all chiropractic education in the U.S. receives the same accreditation from the Council of Chiropractic Education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Today, many states require new chiropractic applicants to not only have a doctor of chiropractic degree, but also a bachelor’s degree. Some of the chiropractic colleges require the bachelor’s degree before entering their schools, while other require 90 hours toward a bachelor’s degree for entry and allow the student to complete their bachelor’s degree while in chiropractic school.

The article reports on the various reasons that a person might want to become a chiropractor. The author focuses on one such doctor who was on the path to be a medical physician, when he suffered a sports injury and was helped by chiropractic when medical care had failed. In many cases, young future doctors of chiropractic are drawn to the drugless approach chiropractic offers patients.

A chiropractic education has much of the same course structure as other professionals when it comes to anatomy and physiology. The difference occurs in the specific training future chiropractors receive for chiropractic adjusting, spinal analysis and x-rays. A chiropractic education typically takes 4 years of higher education after regular college.

The author reports that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the median income for a chiropractor as of May 2018 at $71,410 annually. The Bureau also predicts that the chiropractic profession will grow at a rate of 7% for the next decade which is 2% higher than other professions.

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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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