Veteran Taking Opioids with Pain from Spinal Surgery Helped by Chiropractic

A study published in the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic on July 8, 2020, documented the case of a U.S. veteran who was suffering with lower back pain after having spinal surgery and who was taking opioid pain killers being helped by chiropractic and was able to stop taking the opioid drugs.

Veteran Taking Opioids with Pain from Spinal Surgery Helped by Chiropractic - Austin-TX-Chiropractor-Natural-Healthcare-Spine-Nervous-SystemAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “2018 data shows that every day, 128 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.1 The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.” It is also estimated by the CDC that opioid addition costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion per year.

Because of the size and scope of the opioid problem, any alternative that can help people and get them away from drugs should be considered a valuable component of healthcare. Chiropractic has been shown through many studies to help people in pain, therefore reducing the usage of opioid drugs.

In this study, a 70-year-old man who was a U.S. military veteran sought chiropractic care at a military VA chiropractic center for chronic low back pain as well as pain in the upper back and neck areas. Years earlier, he had undergone a lumbar laminectory and cervical fusion surgery in his neck. Since his surgery, he has been treated unsuccessfully with physical therapy and shots for his pain.

At the time he went to the Chiropractic VA center, he was taking hydrocodone 3 times daily for his pain. He stated that without the drug he was unable to work or stay positive due to his problems. He also had significant restriction of spinal movement.

After his first chiropractic visit, the man reported an improvement in his neck movement. After a week of chiropractic the man stated, “I have been feeling really good, you guys really brought me a long way. ” He elaborated by saying “I am able to bend down and touch the floor now, before I couldn’t reach down and pick up a quarter and feel a lot looser.”

After seven chiropractic visits, the man reported that he had completely taken himself off opioid drugs. He noted that he was able to increase his activities and was exercising daily in the form of swimming, weight training, walking on the beach, and stretching. He commented “since being off of opioids I feel like I have my life back.”

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Shoulder Problems Helped by Chiropractic

Two separate case studies showed chiropractic care helping patients with shoulder problems. The first study was published on June 8, 2020, in the journal The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research and involved a 68-year-old man with frozen shoulder. The second case was also published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on July 31, 2020, and involved a 69-year-old woman who was helped with adhesive capsulitis through chiropractic care.

Shoulder Problems Helped by Chiropractic-Austin-TX-Chiropractor-Health-Wellness-Chiropractor-Car-Truck-AccidentThe Mayo Clinic describes these types of shoulder problems on their website by saying, “Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint.” They further explain that “The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.”

The authors of the July 31st study note that in their case a 69-year-old woman had fallen and fractured the top of her right arm bone, the humerus. As her shoulder healed, it became stiff and difficult to move. She was eventually diagnosed as having adhesive capsulitis before seeking chiropractic care.

Specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were performed on the woman’s spine. After six visits, the woman reported a decrease in shoulder pain and a significant increase in all movement. She also noted the ability to perform daily activities such as writing in her journal, doing arts and crafts, getting in and out of the pool more confidently, and being able to reach behind her for the first time since fracturing her humeral head.

The other case published on June 8th involved a 68-year-old man who went to the chiropractic clinic having a chief complaint of left sided shoulder pain and stiffness. He had been given a previous diagnosis of frozen shoulder by his medical doctor. This man’s issue started 20 years earlier after two falls from his bicycle. The man’s pain and stiffness were getting progressively worse prior to seeking chiropractic care.

After a chiropractic examination, chiropractic care was initiated at the rate of three visits per week. As care progressed, the man noted that his pain and stiffness were steadily improving. He was excited to report that he could put on his shirts and jackets without the need for assistance.

In the conclusion of the July 31st study, the authors wrote in their conclusion that “Adhesive capsulitis is an enigma for health care professionals to diagnose and to treat. Treatment options are variable and show differing levels of success. Correcting vertebral subluxations throughout the spine is correlated with improvement in subjective pain ratings as well as active and passive range of motion measures.”

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Chronic Headaches and Neck Pain After Whiplash Helped by Chiropractic

A case study published in the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic on February 14, 2020, describes the improvement with chiropractic of a woman who had been suffering with headaches and neck pain after a whiplash injury.

Chronic Headaches and Neck Pain After Whiplash Helped by Chiropractic - Austin Chiropractor for Help with Car Crash Neck and Whiplash Injury LOP PI AttorneyA normal neck curve as seen from the side x-ray should show a sweeping curvature forward. When the curvature is reduced or reversed, known as a cervical kyphosis, it is many times associated with a number of health issues. According to this study, two of the more common issues seen with cervical kyphosis are neck pain and headaches.

Headaches and neck pain are very common problems. The study reports that “Tension-type headaches are the most common headache worldwide affecting greater than 40% of the population. Neck pain is also prevalent and will affect up to 70% of the population.” They note that these problems are commonly seen together. “Those suffering from headache have a high chance of also having neck pain, a 90% prevalence rate, particularly following motor vehicle collisions (MVCs).”

In this case, a 29-year old mother of 3 went to the chiropractor with a chief complaint of severe headaches. The woman had been suffering with headaches for 13 years ever since being involved in a motor vehicle accident from which she was diagnosed with severe whiplash. Over the years, her headaches persisted and got worse.

The woman also suffered from neck and upper back pain as well as lower back pain. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, she rated her pain as follows: headaches 8 out of 10, upper back pain 4 out of 10, and lower back pain 8-9 out of 10. She also was suffering with numbness in her legs and feet as well as cold fingers, right arm pain, ringing in her ears, difficulty digesting greasy foods, low energy, restless legs, cramping, and irregular periods.

An examination showed limited muscle strength as well as reduced ranges of motion. A side x-ray of her neck showed a reversal of her neck curve in the upper portion of her neck. Based upon these findings, specific chiropractic care, along with home exercises, was started to address these issues.

After care was started, a re-examination was performed and showed an increase in muscle strength as well as a greater range of motion. As care continued, the woman reported that her neck pain had reduced by 90%, and her lower back pain improved by 70%. She also reported that she was no longer having severe headaches and dizziness, except for an occasional slight headache. Additionally, the woman reported that she no longer suffered from cold fingers, ringing in her ears, restless legs, pelvic cramping and irregular periods.

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Effects of Chiropractic Care on Strength, Balance, and Endurance

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published the results of a study on June 12, 2020, showing that chiropractic care was able to cause an increase in strength, endurance, and balance in active duty military personal participating in this study.

Effects of Chiropractic Care on Strength, Balance, and Endurance - Austin Chiropractor for Help with Car Crash Neck and Whiplash Injury LOP PI AttorneyA number of studies have shown that benefits of chiropractic care for military personnel. Physical ailments are common in the military due to the active nature of training and activities. Numerous studies have shown a high degree of satisfaction among military personnel who undergo chiropractic care.

Legislation in the U.S. established chiropractic care at many military facilities, thus making chiropractic more available than in the past to those serving in the armed forces. One large study published on May 18, 2018, in the JAMA Network Open under Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation showed that adding chiropractic to standard medical care gave superior results for lower back pain than just standard medical care among active U.S. military personnel.

This controlled trial study was designed to see if chiropractic had an effect on strength, balance, and/or endurance in active-duty United States military personnel 18–40 years of age with low back pain. In this study, 4 weeks of chiropractic care was given to 110 active-duty military personnel who were suffering with lower back pain.

The chiropractic care rendered to the participants in this study consisted of spinal adjustments (referred to as manipulation in this study), education, advice, and reassurance. All the care was rendered at the Naval Air Technical Training Center branch clinic at the Naval Hospital Pensacola Florida.

To measure strength, the participants were asked to do isometric pulling from a semisquat position. Balance was tested by having participants perform a single-leg balance with eyes open and eyes closed. Endurance was measured by a test called the Biering–Sorensen test. This test requires the participant to lie face down on a table with the top half of their body extending over the table. They are then tested to see how long they can keep extended straight out from the table using their torso muscles. These tests were performed initially, and after four weeks of chiropractic care.

The results showed that there was a statistical improvement in strength and endurance for the group after chiropractic care as compared to their initial testing. Balanced was improved after chiropractic with the eyes closed, but no statistical difference was seen when the eyes were kept open. The participants also saw improvement in lower back pain (LBP) and disability due to the chiropractic care.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “Active-duty military personnel receiving chiropractic care exhibited improved strength and endurance, as well as reduced LBP intensity and disability, compared with a wait-list control.”

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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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