Improvement in Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Following Chiropractic Care

Published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research on June 5, 2017, comes a case study documenting the improvement in symptoms of a patient suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation defines this condition by stating, “Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time.”

's Disease Symptoms Following Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Care for Veterans VA Military ChiropractorThe study reports that Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. About one million people in the U.S. suffer with this condition. Parkinson’s typically strikes between the ages of 45 and 65. It is estimated that between 1.5% and 2.0% of the population after 65 years of age will develop Parkinson’s disease. The initial complaints of this condition are difficulty moving and the beginning of tremors.

Although the mechanism is not medically known, head trauma may be associated with an increase in the prevalence of Parkinson’s. It has been observed that boxers are more likely to develop Parkinson’s, such as in the case of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali. Standard medical treatment for this condition is only focused toward managing the symptoms of the condition.

In this case, a 76-year-old man suffering from Parkinson’s disease presented himself to the chiropractor. He had been diagnosed with the condition more than 5 years earlier and was taking ten doses of Leva-dopa medication per day. The man was using a walker for stabilization and mobility. His symptoms from Parkinson’s included right-sided tremors, memory loss, balance issues, constant leg pain, occasional poor circulation, and decreased muscular strength.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included specific postural analysis, leg length checks, and spinal x-rays. The results of the tests confirmed the presence of subluxation. Specific forms of chiropractic care were begun to address the subluxations and postural findings.

The study records that after the man’s first adjustment, he no longer needed his walker for assistance with his walking. He also noted that there was a reduction in his tremors. Over the course of his chiropractic care in the next six months, his symptoms from his Parkinson’s continued to improve. The man reported that he responded extremely well to chiropractic care and he considered the improvements in his Parkinson’s to be “remarkable”. Although the man was still taking medication, his neurologist was able to reduce the quantity of the medication he was taking by almost half.

The authors of this study also reported that they had found ten additional studies of patients with Parkinson’s being cared for with chiropractic. All ten of these studies documented a decrease in the symptoms of Parkinson’s as well as an improvement in the quality of life for those patients receiving chiropractic care.

In their discussion, the study authors explain these results by stating, “The profession of chiropractic is rooted in the understanding of vertebral subluxation, in which misalignment of the bones of the spinal column can cause torsion and tension on the spinal cord, creating interference in the functioning of the central nervous system and causing symptoms of dis-ease.” The use of the term “dis-ease” is intentionally different from disease in that chiropractors see a lack of ease in body function as a precursor to disease processes.

In their conclusion they wrote, “This case presents evidence of a link between vertebral subluxations, postural distortions and the expression of Parkinson’s disease and advocates that more research needs to be conducted for healthcare providers to best serve patients with neurodegenerative disorders.”

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Glaucoma Patient’s Eye Pressure Helped Under Chiropractic Care

On June 1, 2017, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a study documenting the improvement in intraocular pressure of a patient who was diagnosed with borderline glaucoma. On their website, the American Academy of Ophthalmology answers the question of what is glaucoma by saying, “Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve.”

's Eye Pressure Helped Under Chiropractic Care - Chiropractor in Austin TX Best Reviews Healthgrades Google Yelp Nextdoor AppThe authors of this study report that glaucoma affects between 1% and 3.4% of the population. It is the second leading cause of blindness, behind diabetes. Estimates are that 60.5 million people worldwide had glaucoma in 2010, with that number expected to rise to 79.6 million people suffering with this condition by the year 2020. The medical approach to this problem has been medications designed to reduce intraocular pressure.

In this case, a 40-year-old mother of two went to the chiropractor because she was suffering from numbness in her arms and hands which began two weeks earlier. She rated her symptoms as five out of ten with ten being unbearable. Additionally, she related that she also suffered from a large number of issues that included, neck pain, shoulder pain, dizziness, headaches, migraines, vertigo, anxiety, low back pain, right hip pain and clicking, numbness in the bottom of her feet, chronic fatigue, and cervical and lumbar intervertebral disc problems.

Twelve years earlier, she had what was described as a sledding incident resulting in constant neck tightness from then forward. Her lower back issues began fourteen years earlier when her son was born. She suffered from headaches three times per week for the past 28 years. Several times per year, she would develop a migraine headache that she rates as an eight out of ten in severity. Additionally, she was diagnosed by her ophthalmologist with borderline glaucoma as her steady intraocular pressure was rising, going from 14.5 mmHg to 18 mmHg.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a physical examination, paraspinal thermal and static surface electromyography scans, and spinal x-rays. The presence of vertebral subluxations was determined, and specific chiropractic care was started.

A re-examination and assessment was made after about two and a half months of chiropractic care. The patient reported moderate improvement in her low back pain and her headaches. She reported that she noticed much improvement in neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, and dizziness. She also reported total resolution of the numbness she was experiencing in both her hands and feet.

During the course of her care, the woman was asked to rate the improvement of her symptoms. The study records that by the fourth visit, she reported a 30% improvement in her overall condition. On the sixth visit, she reported a 40% improvement. On the thirteenth visit, she reported a 70% improvement, and on the 15th visit, she reported a 90% improvement in her overall condition. She also reported that she was able to avoid carpal tunnel surgery which was previously being considered.

The woman also had a re-examination with her ophthalmologist about two months into her chiropractic care. It was noted that her progression of elevation in intraocular pressure not only ceased, but reversed. Because of this positive change, her ophthalmologist decided that there was no need for medical intervention.

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Seizures in Child Reduced with Better Quality of Life for Child Due to Chiropractic

On May 15, 2017, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study documenting the reduction of epileptic seizures in a four-year-old boy as a result of receiving chiropractic care. The Epilepsy Foundation states that “Epilepsy is characterized by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems.” They continue, “Epilepsy is a spectrum condition with a wide range of seizure types and control varying from person-to-person.”

Seizures in Child Reduced with Better Quality of Life for Child Due to Chiropractic - Chiropractor in Austin TX for Kids Pediatric CareThe study authors point out that epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, with the World Health Organization estimating that 50 million people suffer with this condition worldwide. In the United States it is estimated that 2.9 million people of all ages have epilepsy. Each year, 460,000 new cases are diagnosed in children under the age of eighteen years.

The authors offered a technical explanation of epilepsy by stating, “Seizures occur as a result of abnormal and asynchronous distribution of neuronal electrical discharges in the brain and can result from both increased excitatory synaptic neurotransmission or decreased inhibitory neurotransmission.”

In children, frontal lobe epilepsy is the second most common type of epilepsy. The frontal lobe of the brain is responsible for motor functions, voluntary eye movements, speech and language abilities, and social competency. Epilepsy in children is often treated using a variety of antiepileptic drugs. These drugs are not effective in about 20% of the cases and come with a variety of adverse effects including slowed neurological development, decrease in cognitive and executive function, behavior difficulties, and learning disorders.

In this case, a 4-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractor by his mother. The boy had been suffering from daily seizures since birth. His mother was hoping to improve the quality of her son’s life by reducing the frequency of his seizures. Shortly after birth, the mother noticed the seizures which seem to occur when her baby woke up from either a nap or deep sleep. The baby boy was later evaluated by his pediatrician and a pediatric neurologist, and was subsequently placed on an anti-epileptic drug. Over the next several months, the medications were changed in a failed attempt to control the seizures. After not seeing results from the medications, the boy was eventually diagnosed with intractable frontal lobe epilepsy at eighteen months of age.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included paraspinal thermography to determine heat variations at the spinal level to help determine when a chiropractic adjustment was needed. After obtaining parental permission, specific chiropractic adjustments were performed to correct vertebral subluxations.

At the second adjustment visit, the mother reported that her son had not had any seizures since receiving his first adjustment. Over a seven month period, the young boy continued to show improvement. His parents reported that they noticed improvements in their son’s balance, speech, and a significant decrease in eye rolling. The boy has shown significant improvement in coordination, speech, and overall quality of life. The report noted that his medication has been reduced and the number of seizures the boy was having at the writing of the study had reduced to three to four seizures per week.

In their discussion, the authors point out that this case of chiropractic helping a patient with epileptic seizures is not isolated. “There is a significant body of research regarding chiropractic and seizures. Most are case studies where the chiropractor or patient reports are used to determine outcomes. These studies using chiropractic care show a positive relationship between the use of chiropractic care and the reduction of seizure episodes and associated symptoms.”

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Failed Neck Surgery Helped by Chiropractic

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a study on May 18, 2017, documenting the improvement of neck pain and migraines in a patient who had previously undergone neck surgery. Although some people are apprehensive about seeing a chiropractor after having had spinal surgery, this study and many others, along with thousands of clinical accounts, demonstrate that many people who have had spinal surgery receive benefit from chiropractic care.

Failed Neck Surgery Helped by Chiropractic - Chiropractor in Austin TX for Pain Relief Motor Vehicle Accident PI LOP AttorneyThis study begins by discussing the importance of a normal forward curve in the neck. A normal curve not only helps the neck absorb shock, but helps the head be in a more normal upright position. The authors wrote, “The loss of cervical lordosis and anterior head posture has long been identified with numerous significant health issues. These health issues include cervical, shoulder, and headache pain. The loss of cervical curvature also causes anatomical changes to the cervical spine including a shortening of the anterior or posterior vertebral column.”

A loss of the normal cervical curve can also result in long-term degenerative issues. The study points out, “The loss of cervical curve results in degenerative changes to the cervical vertebrae and discs. This degenerative process has been shown to be the result of poor posture, prolonged periods of sitting, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity. When the cervical curvature is lost, these degenerative changes can lead to an early increased rate of degeneration and associated cervical pain.”

In this case, a 43-year-old woman went to the chiropractor for help with long-term neck pain and stiffness. Over the past 11 years, she had also been suffering with frequent and severe migraines, sleep deprivation, shoulder pain and weight issues. In her history, she noted a past car accident and that her work requires her to stand for 10 hours a day which she believe contributes to fatigue and poor posture.

Her medical history for her pain included steroids and other medications. Additionally, she had spinal surgery where a disc was removed at the level of her 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae, and a fusion was performed. Unfortunately, these medical approaches did not give the woman any relief. Because of this, she considered chiropractic as her last resort.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a detailed postural analysis and spinal x-rays. Based upon the findings, specific chiropractic care was started appropriate to the patient’s condition and her surgical history.

After 36 visits, an update comparison was performed and revealed that the woman’s neck curve had shown a significant 12 degree improvement. Additionally, she reported that she felt improvements in her neck and upper back pain, an increase in her energy level, and an improvement in the frequency, duration, and severity of migraine headaches. Overall, she noted that she felt improvement in the activities of her daily life.

In explaining the results in their conclusion, the authors wrote, “Loss of cervical curve and other postural distortions result in adverse mechanical tension and distortion of tissue. This adverse mechanical tension leads to degeneration of vertebral discs and facet joints.” They continued, “In this case study, the patient’s posture and spinal alignment were corrected and as a result, the cervical lordosis and left head translation were improved.”

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Scoliosis Reduced in Boy through Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on May 25, 2017, documenting the improvement in scoliosis in a young boy due to receiving chiropractic care. The Mayo Clinic website defines this condition by saying, “Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty.”

Scoliosis Reduced in Boy through Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Pediatric Kids Children Boys Girls Health CareThe study authors begin with an interesting historical overview of scoliosis. “Scoliosis is a word that stems from the ancient Greek word “skolios” which means curved or crooked,” note the authors. “The first to describe scoliosis in writing was Hippocrates (460-370 BC).”

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, scoliosis affects 2-3 percent of the population. The primary age of development is between 10 and 15 years. Scoliosis occurs at an even rate between boys and girls but seems to be more severe on average in girls.

Scoliosis is classified into three types: neuromuscular, congenital, or idiopathic. Neuromuscular scoliosis is when the curvature is secondary to another disease process such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord trauma, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy or spina bifida. Congenital scoliosis is from a vertebrae that mal-forms during the development in the womb. Idiopathic scoliosis accounts for about 80% of all scoliosis and is determined when both neuromuscular and congenital scoliosis have been ruled out. This type is usually diagnosed during puberty.

Medically, the two options for treatment of scoliosis are bracing and surgery. Bracing is not effective for correction of a curvature and is used to try to stop a curve from getting worse up till the point where the patient is fully grown. Surgery is a drastic step that should only be used as a last resort in the most severe of cases. Surgery has many other long term issues and must be weighed against how severe the problem was in the first place.

In this case, a 7-year-old boy with a recent diagnosis of idiopathic scoliosis was brought to the chiropractor. There was no associated pain or complaints. The boy’s mother was concerned due to the diagnosis and that she was told her son would need to wear a brace to prevent the curve from getting worse. The child was not taking any medications and had no other health issues.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included postural analysis, orthopedic testing, motion and static palpation, range of motion, and a spinal x-ray. The tests showed positive findings and the x-ray showed a considerable scoliosis curvature that was measured at 25 degrees. It was determined that there were subluxations present in the boy’s spine, so a series of 16 chiropractic adjustments were given over a 5 week period.

After the 16 adjustments, a second spinal x-ray was taken for comparison. In this new x-ray, the scoliosis had decreased considerably, going from 25 degrees to just 11 degrees for a improvement of 14 degrees. Postural analysis also showed improvements over the initial examination. The boy continued to receive chiropractic adjustments at a reduced schedule.

In their conclusion, the authors of the study wrote, “This case shows a situation in which chiropractic adjustments seem to have a positive effect on reduction of the scoliotic curve in this 7-year-old male. It is possible that the subluxation plays a role in the development of scoliosis and managing them accordingly may improve curvature in certain individuals.”

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Resolution of Chronic Headaches and Neck Pain with Chiropractic

From the May 11, 2017, edition of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research comes a case study of a woman who had been suffering with long-term headaches and neck pain being helped by chiropractic. Headaches are the most common type of pain and one of the leading reasons that people miss work.

Resolution of Chronic Headaches and Neck Pain with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor for Personal Injury Car Accident Truck Collision Motorcycle Care Best Google Yelp ReviewsThe Mayo clinic website defines tension headaches by saying, “A tension headache is generally a diffuse, mild to moderate pain in your head that’s often described as feeling like a tight band around your head. A tension headache (tension-type headache) is the most common type of headache, and yet its causes aren’t well-understood.”

This study begins by noting that tension headaches are the most common type of headaches. They report that about 42% of the population suffers headaches. They also note that neck pain is also very common affecting about 70% of the population at some time. People with headaches usually have neck pain in 90% of the cases.

The study lists many types of treatments for headaches including over-the-counter or prescription pharmaceuticals, injections, physiotherapy, massage therapy, spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), and chiropractic adjustments.

Headaches are one of the more common problems that cause people to seek chiropractic. In these cases, it is often found that subluxations are present and there is an alteration to the normal forward neck curvature.

In this case, a 55-year-old woman suffering from chronic headaches, neck and shoulder pain and sinus pressure went to the chiropractor. Eight years earlier, she was involved in a car accident where she hit her head. She was also involved in a earlier accident where her head struck the windshield. After this accident, she immediately felt neck and shoulder pain. In addition to these car accidents, the woman was also struck in the face by a hockey puck that was estimated to be traveling at about 90 miles an hour. This injury required 11 sutures.

The woman had been suffering with headaches for the past 4 years. These headaches would get so bad that she described them as pounding, and often caused her to vomit. Her medical doctor told her that these headaches were caused by dust, dirt, and mold.

An examination was performed that showed elevated blood pressure, a decreased neck range of motion, and other postural irregularities. X-rays were also taken and showed a reversal of what should be a normal forward cervical curve. Additionally, an x-ray from the back of her neck showed that her head was laterally translated to her right making her head look like it had been pushed to her right side. Based upon all the findings, chiropractic care was started.

After 36 visits, the woman was re-assessed to determine the progress that had been made. She reported that her headaches were gone and that her neck pain was reduced to negligible. Her neck range of motion had also returned to normal and no longer caused pain. A follow-up x-ray from the back of the neck was performed showing that the lateral translation of her head had been corrected.

The authors summed up this case by saying, “This report documents the successful outcome in a 55-year old patient with chronic headaches as well as neck and shoulder pain with a lateral head shift posture.”

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Arnold-Chiari Malformation Symptoms Gone Under Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

On May 1, 2017, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a case study documenting the improvement of a 6-year-old boy with symptoms from Arnold-Chiari Malformation being helped by chiropractic. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, “Chiari Malformations (CMs) are structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance.”

Arnold-Chiari Malformation Symptoms Gone Under Chiropractic Care - Austin Texas Pediatic Chiropractor For Kids Babies InfantsSome form of Chiari Malformation, also known as “Arnold-Chiari Malformation” (ACM), is found in about 1 in every 1000 people.  There are four types of CMs each with a different type of malformation and severity. This condition is more common in women than men and can cause symptoms of headache, neck pain, vertigo, sensory changes, and lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movements. Other symptoms can also included leg weakness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, speech disorders, loss of consciousness, and scoliosis.

In this case, a 6-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractor by his parents. The boy had previously received a diagnosis of Arnold-Chiari Malformation that was confirmed by an MRI. He was suffering from unrelenting daily headaches that began at the age of three. The history revealed that at the age of three the boy had fallen off the back-end of a toy wagon after the wagon was jerked forward by another child. The fall caused him to hit the back of his head on the ground. His parents reported that about 2-3 weeks later their son started having headaches.

The boy’s headaches were made worse by movement of the head which also created neck pain as well. Months after his headaches started, the parents noticed that the boy also had a hearing loss, and developed an ear infection. After a number of unsuccessful medical treatments, an MRI was done from which a diagnosis of ACM was made. The options recommended by the pediatric neurologist were either surgery or to seek an alternative type of care. The boy’s parents decided to try the alternative direction and brought their son to the chiropractor.

A chiropractic examination was performed focusing on the upper neck area near the brain stem. The examination included paraspinal thermographic scans and cervical spine x-rays. The conclusion of the examination was that subluxation was present in the upper neck. With this information, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started.

As care continued, follow-up x-rays and thermographic studies were performed and confirmed the ongoing correction of subluxation. The results of the care were that the boy reported a discontinuation of his headaches as well as no more motion sickness. Eventually, he had recovered enough that he was able to return to sports activities.

In their conclusion, the authors noted that one single case can not draw definitive conclusions, but they commented, “This case study has shown a potential link between removing upper cervical vertebral subluxation and the reduction of symptoms concomitant of ACM and an overall increase in quality of life for this patient.”

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Back Pain, Headaches, Dizziness, and Unrelenting Cough with Pneumonia Helped by Chiropractic

In the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research comes a published case study on April 27, 2017, documenting the case of a woman suffering with lower back pain, headaches, dizziness, and a persistent cough, who was also diagnosed with Extramedullary Plasmacytoma and pneumonia, being helped by chiropractic.

Back Pain, Headaches, Dizziness, and Unrelenting Cough with Pneumonia Helped by Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Car Truck Motor Vehicle Accident Care for Personal Injury PIMedscape describes a plasmacytoma as “…a discrete, solitary mass of neoplastic monoclonal plasma cells in either bone or soft tissue.” The soft tissue variety is known as Extramedullary Plasmacytoma and is often associated with multiple myeloma. Since this is a type of cancer, it is often treated medically with radiation and/or chemotherapy.

The results of this type of treatment often cause the patient to have a lowered immune function which can be measured by various immune markers and blood levels, including neutrophils. The normal percentage of neutrophils present in the white blood cells should be between 42 and 80 percent.

In this case, a 48-year-old woman came to a chiropractor for help from the problems of low back pain, headaches, and dizziness. She had also been suffering with an unrelenting cough for which she recently received a medical diagnosis of pneumonia. The woman described her lower back pain as a burning feeling, and rated the severity as a 10 out of 10.

A chiropractic examination included palpation, thermography, and spinal x-rays. The examination revealed muscle tightness, edema, postural abnormalities, and thermographic temperature variations. From the examination, it was determined that subluxations were present and adjustments were started to correct them.

After about two weeks of care, the woman reported that her headaches and dizziness had been resolved. She also noted a significant decrease in her lower back pain, going from 10 out of 10 down to just 2 out of 10. However, she did report that her cough continued to persist, which led her to seek an additional medical opinion.

Through the use of computed tomography, the MD gave the woman a diagnosis of Plasmacytoma, and the chemotherapy drug Carfilzomib was started. One of the common and significant side effects of this type of drug is a decrease in the immune system that can be measured by checking the percentage of neutrophils present in the white blood cell count.

In this case, the woman’s neutrophils percentage was checked on multiple occations and found to be 43%, 30%, 51%, 66%, and 61%. This means her neutrophils percentage remained within normal limits for all but one of the tests during the time she was receiving chiropractic and the drug Carfilzomib.

In their conclusion, the authors of the study focused on explaining how the immune function of this woman remained high even with the administration of a significant drug that normally lowers immune function. Through the correction of subluxation, the nervous system was allowed to function at a higher level and thus the control of the immune system was affected. The authors stated, “Scientific research has begun to focus on the connection between the immune system and nervous system. Current research has shown that the nervous system plays a vital role in helping regulate the immune system and its functions.”

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Improvement in Motor Function, Postural Stability, Joint Position and Reaction Time with Chiropractic

A study published on April 10, 2017, in the scientific journal, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, documented the case of a 74-year-old man who showed improvements in function, reaction time, postural stability, and joint position awareness due to chiropractic care.

Improvement in Motor Function, Postural Stability, Joint Position and Reaction Time with Chiropractic - Austin TX Best Chiropractor for YELP Reviews Google Yahoo Bing ProfileThe study begins by pointing out that the processing of sensory input from one’s environment involves combining information from multiple sensory sources into the brain. Sensory processing is most efficient when both central and peripheral sensory organs are functioning properly. Since the nervous system controls all sensory organs, it is imperative that the nervous system be functioning at peak levels for the sensory input to be correct, and the body to formulate a proper response to the input.

The authors note that, as a person gets older, there is a decrease in the ability to properly process sensorimotor information. The result could include a reduction in postural stability, joint position sense, vibration perception and touch thresholds as well as a decrease in simple and complex reaction times.

To test if chiropractic could have a positive effect on the decrease in processing of sensory input, a chiropractic research trial was created. In this case, a 74-year-old man with no immediate symptoms was included in the clinical trial. His joint position sense, reaction time and postural stability were all measured prior to chiropractic care, and recorded as a base-line to be compared against during and after chiropractic.

The man’s joint position sense was measured using a computerized Macroderma Proprioception test platform (MTP-2). In this test, the patient is instructed to move their ankle to a specific position, then move it around and return it to the original position. It is then measured and averaged over 20 repetitions. This showed that his pre-chiropractic MTP-2 result was 2.26 degrees.

Reaction time was measured using a Macroderma Reaction Platform MP-3 device which measured how quickly a patient could move their feet into a position in response to a light. After 20 repetitions, the man’s average for this test was 1151ms.

The man’s postural stability was measured using a computerized balance platform (CAPS). This tested his ability to keep postural position with his eyes closed. Initially, he was unable to keep his balance with his eyes closed during the this test.

A series of specific chiropractic adjustments were then performed on the man on a regular schedule based upon the findings of a chiropractic examination. At the 4 week and 12 week period, the man was re-tested for his joint position sense, reaction time, and postural stability.

The man’s joint positioning improved from 2.26° to 1.34° after just 4 weeks, and to 1.58° after 12 weeks of chiropractic care. This represented a 30% improvement when compared to his initial evaluation. Likewise, his reaction times improved by 15%, going from 1151ms initially to 1007ms after 4 weeks, and to 984ms after 12 weeks of chiropractic. His postural stability went from not being able to perform the test prior to chiropractic, to where the man was able to keep his balance with his eyes closed during the testing.

In summing up the positive results of this case, the authors stated in their conclusion, “This case report documents significant improvements in sensorimotor function in an asymptomatic 74-year-old male receiving chiropractic care. This suggests that chiropractors may have a role to play in caring for older people even if they are asymptomatic.”

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Resolution of Breech Presentation and Successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean with Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on April 13, 2017, describing the successful chiropractic resolution of a frank breech presentation in a pregnant woman. The woman had previously had a cesarean birth, but was able to deliver this baby vaginally.

Resolution of Breech Presentation and Successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin Texas Pregnancy Webster Sciatica Back PainAccording to the study, the incidence of breech presentation occurs in 3%-4% of all labors and in 7% of all pregnancies at 32 weeks. The most common breech presentation is what is known as a  frank breech presentation  and occurs in 64% of all breech pregnancies. A frank breech presentation is when the fetus’s head is up, the legs are flexed at the hip with both knees extended, and the buttocks is down toward the birth canal.

Medically, very few breech presentations spontaneously turn after 34 weeks, thus leading to a caesarean delivery rate of between 80% to 100% of these cases. The study noted that, overall, the rate of caesarean births has increased over the years in the United States to where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32.2% of all deliveries in the U.S. were delivered by cesarean in 2014.

The medical approach for correction of a breech presentation is external cephalic version (ECV). This involves the baby being pushed or manipulated by pressure through the mother’s abdominal wall in an attempt to move the baby into a head down position. This ECV procedure is only successful 50% of the time in selective cases.

In this case, a 35-year-old woman in her 34th week of pregnancy came to the chiropractor. An ultrasound by her obstetrician confirmed that her pregnancy was a frank breech presentation. This was her third child. The previous 2 pregnancies both went to full term with the first resulting in a cesarean section and the second resulting in a vaginal birth.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included postural analysis, thermography, and palpation. From the examination, chiropractic care was started including the specific application of a procedure known as the Webster technique. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association defines the Webster technique as “…a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of subluxation and/or sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. In so doing, neurobiomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region is improved.” This technique has long been recognized to have a positive result on breech pregnancies with the result being a spontaneous turn into a vertex position.

The woman was adjusted 4 times over the next two weeks. On her fifth visit, the woman reported that the fetus had turned and was now in the normal vertex position. This was confirmed by an ultrasound performed after her fourth chiropractic visit. The woman was able to go on to have a normal vaginal birth with no complications.

In explaining how chiropractic could help this woman with her breech pregnancy, the authors described the process in their discussion section. “Chiropractic adjustments, often for the purpose of correcting vertebral subluxation, confer measurable health benefits to people regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms. These health benefits are unique for each individual person and involve many physiological and/or biomechanical changes. The Webster Technique specifically addresses the subluxation complex of the sacrum and the pelvic articulations with the round ligament.”

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