Resolution of Food Intolerance with Chiropractic Care – A Case Report

The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published the results of a case study on July 6, 2020, documenting the resolution of food intolerances in a patient receiving chiropractic care. This study points out that food intolerance has become more common causing restaurants and food distributers to be more aware on what is in the food they offer.

Resolution of Food Intolerance with Chiropractic Care - A Case Report - Chiropractor Austin TX Drugs Pain Personal Injury Car Truck Crash AccidentAccording to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), “A food intolerance, or a food sensitivity occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. This can lead to symptoms such as intestinal gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea.” The AAAAI points out that a food intolerance is different from a food allergy. “A food intolerance is sometimes confused with or mislabeled as a food allergy. Food intolerances involve the digestive system. Food allergies involve the immune system. With a food allergy, even a microscopic amount of the food has the potential to lead to a serious or life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.”

The study reports on the huge financial and social tool that food intolerances have on our society. “Gastrointestinal disorders related to food intolerances and sensitivities cause considerable economic and social impact on our society. It is estimated that 11% of the United States population suffers from chronic digestive disease, the prevalence as high as 35% for those 65 and older.”

In this case, a 24-year-old man who worked as a software developer went to a chiropractor seeking relief for his low back pain which he attributed to his work at a computer. He reported that the lower back pain had been giving him trouble on and off for years. He also reported that he had been dealing with gluten sensitivity for the past six years. In his case, wheat gluten would trigger a manic depression attack, while garlic and onion would cause an upset stomach, and dairy would cause him to have abdominal pain and gas.

A chiropractic examination and x-rays were performed. It was determined that there was subluxation present in the man’s upper cervical spine, and specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started to address those subluxations.

After the ninth chiropractic visit, the man revealed to the chiropractor that he had not had any episodes of abdominal pain, depression, or concentration issues after eating foods that he previously would have avoided. He further related a story about going out with his family and indulging in spicy food that included garlic and onions. He stated that these foods would have normally given him an upset stomach and triggered manic depression. This time, however, he did not experience any of those ill effects from the food. As care continued, the man reported that he was no longer having an upset stomach or mood changes from the food he was eating, including dairy products.

In their conclusion, the study authors note, “This paper confidently helps both the chiropractic and medical profession to consider an alternative to food intolerances, other than avoidance. This condition has afflicted many people and this case study offers an approach that allows patients to eat foods that they enjoy without fear of an adverse reaction.”

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Improvement in Meniere’s Disease Following Chiropractic Care

On August 17, 2020, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published the results of a case study documenting the improvement of Meniere’s disease with chiropractic. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. Meniere’s disease usually affects only one ear.”

Improvement in Meniere's Disease Following Chiropractic Care - Austin Chiropractor Celebrity Care ATX DoctorThe study authors begin by offering a technical explanation of Meniere’s disease by stating, “Meniere’s disease (MD) is an inner ear disorder also referred to as idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops. It is a buildup of endolymphatic fluid within the inner ear.” They explain that it is this fluid buildup that leads to the symptoms of dizziness, hearing loss and intermittent ringing in the ears.

In this case, a 64-year-old woman sought chiropractic care primarily for help with Meniere’s disease and anxiety. In addition to her primary issues, she also reported that she was suffering from weakness in her left arm that started six weeks prior, as well as itchy ears, shakiness, jaw clicking and pain, neck pain and stiffness, allergies, right-sided sciatica, and irritable bowel syndrome.

A chiropractic examination was performed which revealed multiple areas of concern in her spine and a limitation of neck rotation. Thermal heat readings of her spine were also performed. All orthopedic tests that were performed were negative. Multiple x-rays of her neck were taken to analyze the position of the spinal vertebrae.

From the examination and x-rays, it was determined that the top bone in her neck, the “Atlas,” was subluxated. Based upon these findings, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were given to address the atlas subluxation.

After one month of chiropractic care the woman reported a 70% improvement in her problems. She specifically noted a decrease in the number of attacks of Meniere’s disease as well as improvement in left arm weakness, neck discomfort, and an increase in her energy.

After seven months of chiropractic care, the woman reported that she was now able to walk on the beach, ride her bicycle, shop, drive, read, watch TV, and travel to see her grandchildren in Pennsylvania, which she was unable to do before chiropractic care.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report and a review of the literature on chiropractic management of Meniere’s disease show that significant improvements can be made in MD symptoms with reduction of vertebral subluxations via specific chiropractic adjustments.” In noting how well this patient responded, the authors offered additional advice. “If such great improvements can be made after years of suffering with MD, it may be possible to conclude that if chiropractic care is utilized earlier in life, it may prevent the onset of Meniere’s disease.”

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Resolution of Bedwetting, Constipation, Headaches, Allergies & Cold Hands Under Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of a case study on August 3, 2020, describing a case of a child who was suffering with bedwetting, constipation, headaches, allergies, and cold hands being helped by chiropractic.

Resolution of Bedwetting, Constipation, Headaches, Allergies & Cold Hands Under Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin for Neurologic Issues Car Accident Collision Back PainBedwetting at night is medically known as nocturnal enuresis (NE), and occurs in up to 15% of seven-year-olds who have no problems during the day. The condition is more common in boys than girls and is commonly associated with behavioral disorders. NE was thought to be self-limiting but has been shown to be persistent and can remain during the entire childhood of those affected, and thereafter remains in 1% of adults.

The study authors note that, from a medical perspective, this condition is not a health priority and therefore treatment is “vague and futile.” As they note, “…medical treatments typically include nighttime bells or alarms, medications such as tricyclic antidepressants, behavioral rewards and punishments, requirement of voiding before sleep, and limitation of nighttime fluids.”

In this case, a six-year-old boy was brought to a chiropractor for help with multiple daily health issues, including nightly bedwetting. According to his parents, the boy was also suffering with headaches, constipation, earaches, allergies, asthma, cold hands, and ADHD. It was reported that the boy had been suffering with bedwetting, ADHD, and headaches since birth. The boy, who was very active and involved in sports, was being treated medically for asthma, allergies, constipation, and headaches, for which he was given multiple medications.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a visual inspection, palpation, surface EMG readings, and spinal x-rays. It was determined that subluxations were present, and a chiropractic adjustment care plan was developed.

As chiropractic care continued, the child’s health began to improve. The study reports that the boy’s parents noticed a decrease in the number of times the child would have a wet night. By the twenty-first chiropractic visit, the parents reported that their son had not had a wet night in over a week. At sixteen weeks of care, his parents reported that their son was no longer suffering from cold hands or constipation. They also said that their son was 80% improved with his remaining conditions including ear infections, allergies, asthma, ADHD, and headaches.

In their conclusion, the authors noted, “This study presents relief of nocturnal enuresis, headaches, ADHD, asthma, allergies constipation, earaches, and cold hands in a 6-year-old male following chiropractic adjustments.”

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Resolution of Hypothyroidism with Chiropractic Care – A Case Report

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a case study on August 31, 2020, documenting the resolution of hypothyroidism in a woman undergoing chiropractic care. According to the American Thyroid Association, “Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. People are hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood.”

Resolution of Hypothyroidism with Chiropractic Care - A Case Report-Austin-TX-ATX-Chiropractor-PI-Personal-Injury-Car-Truck-Accident-Collison-Pain-CareThe study begins by noting how common thyroid problems are. “Thyroid diseases and conditions are becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. Presently, it is estimated that twenty million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and greater than twelve percent of the American population will develop a thyroid condition over the course of their lifetime.”

In this case, a 61-year-old woman went to the chiropractor seeking help with her health issues. At that time, she was suffering for over a decade with thyroid problems, weight gain, decreased energy, migraines, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears, and Meniere’s disease. The woman had previously seen her medical doctor who sent her for blood tests. Those tests led to her being given a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included static palpation, motion palpation, range of motion, standing postural analysis, and thermography. X-rays of her spine were taken which included front and side views of her neck, mid-back and lower spine areas.

The results of the examination showed multiple areas of concern along the woman’s spine consistent with subluxations. The spinal x-rays confirmed the spinal problems and it was determined that subluxations were present. With this information, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were given to the woman on a regular basis.

As care progressed, the woman reported that she had been feeling an increase in her energy, her weight had stabilized, and she was experiencing a decreased frequency in bouts of ringing in her ears. The study notes that the woman was encouraged because her symptoms were improving.

After two months of chiropractic care, the woman returned to her medical doctor for a checkup and was referred out to the laboratory for blood work. Upon receiving the results from her blood work, her medical doctor explained that the woman’s thyroid levels were all within the normal range.

In their conclusion, the study authors wrote, “The reduction in signs and symptoms of vertebral subluxation were associated with an improvement in thyroid function and symptoms related to hypothyroidism”

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Resolution of GERD, Constipation, Sleep Disturbance and Developmental Delays With Chiropractic

Published in the July 9, 2020, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health was a case study with the title, “Resolution of Severe Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Chronic Constipation, Sleep Disturbance & Developmental Delays Following Chiropractic in an Infant with Birth Trauma.” Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is more commonly known as GERD. The American Academy of Allergies Asthma and Immunology describes GERD as “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that occurs when acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids back up from the stomach into the esophagus. GERD affects people of all ages—from infants to older adults.”

Resolution of GERD, Constipation, Sleep Disturbance and Developmental Delays With ChiropracticThe authors of this case study begin by explaining the purpose of this study by saying, “For many people, chiropractic is a vastly misunderstood concept. This challenge, along with explaining the benefits and safety of pediatric chiropractic care to parents, can prove to be very difficult. In a chiropractic office, children can present with multiple symptoms of both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal complaints. In an effort to provide more evidence on the benefits of chiropractic care for children, we are describing the successful chiropractic care of a pediatric patient who had multiple co-morbidities. These included severe gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic constipation, severe torticollis, developmental delays, abnormal sleeping patterns, and plagiocephaly.”

In this case, the mother of an 8-month-old boy brought her son to the chiropractor to see if he could be helped with a variety of health issues. At that time, the baby boy was suffering with severe GERD, frequent vomiting, constipation and problems sleeping. It was also reported that the boy had developmental delays in language, cognition, and movement/physical development. The boy had suffered through a very difficult birth process that resulted in his head being misshaped due to the forced used.

A chiropractic examination noted that the boy had significant loss of muscle tone causing him to be able to only hold his head up for about 10 seconds before he would become extremely fussy. He was also unable to turn his head to the left. Neck x-rays, thermal scans and spinal palpation were also performed. It was determined that the boy had multiple areas of spinal subluxation in his neck.

With consent of the parents, specific, age appropriate forms of chiropractic adjustments were rendered to the boy’s neck to address the subluxations. After the boy’s second chiropractic visit, his mother reported that he had had normal bowel movements and was no longer constipated. She also reported that his sleeping had improved. By the fourth chiropractic visit, his GERD had improved to the point where his mother was able to remove him from the medications the MDs had given for his GERD. She also reported that her son was able to tolerate tummy time for much longer; improving from 10 seconds of being on his tummy to 15 minutes.

As care continued, the boy regained full range of motion of his neck, and by the 14th chiropractic visit, he had improved developmentally achieving some important developmental milestones including being able to roll over and hold himself up on his hands and knees. After five weeks of chiropractic care, the boy had met many more developmental milestones and was able to reach for objects, crawl forward, pull himself up on furniture, and sleep throughout the entire night. After two months of care, he began walking unassisted.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This is a case report of successful chiropractic care of an 8-month-old male with both subjective and objective complaints consistent with GERD, constipation, abnormal sleeping patterns, torticollis, developmental delays, and plagiocephaly. This study gives evidence of improved and resolved symptomatology involving both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions after chiropractic care; it suggests the possibility that patients dealing with similar conditions may also benefit from chiropractic care.”

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15-Year-Old Boy with Post Concussion Syndrome and Whiplash Helped by Chiropractic

A study published on July 27, 2020, in the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic documented the improvement of a 15-year-old boy suffering from post-concussion syndrome and whiplash who was helped by chiropractic. Post-Concussion Syndrome is an alteration in brain function or other brain pathology caused by an external force. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) which usually occurs after a blow to the head or whiplash injury and is considered a non-lethal type of brain injury.

15-Year-Old Boy with Post Concussion Syndrome and Whiplash Helped by Chiropractic-Austin-Chiropractor-Professional-Athlete-Stars-Celebrity-Best-Local-Downtown-MobileThe study begins by reporting that “The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 10 million people are affected annually by traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it is an injury that will surpass many fatal diseases as the primary cause of death and disability in 2020.” In New Zealand, where this study occurred, it is estimated that there are 24,000 cases of concussion each year. The Brain Injury Research Institute estimates that in the United States between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur each year.

The symptoms of a concussion could include headaches, cognitive changes such as feeling like you’re in a fog, loss of consciousness, amnesia, neurological deficits, balance impairment, gait unsteadiness, irritability, slowed reaction times, and sleep disturbances.

The history of this case involved a 15-year-old boy who fell forward headfirst into a bed frame and struck the front of his head. This caused hyperextension, or whiplash-like force to his cervical spine along with external injuries to his head from the impact. The boy was admitted to the hospital and released after two days. About a week after the injury, the boy started experiencing concussion related symptoms of headaches, dizziness, behavioral changes and an inability to conduct his activity of daily living.

After a chiropractic examination, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started. The boy was also given stretching exercises to perform at home and some nutritional supplements. Over the course of his chiropractic care, the boy showed continual improvement as well as testing improvement in concussion protocol test conducted by his MDs. Within a three month period, the boy reported having felt that he had 98% returned to normal with a disappearance of his concussion symptoms.

In their discussion, the authors reviewed additional research on this subject and reported, “The current research suggests that spinal misalignments can change the way the central nervous system (CNS) processes sensory motor integration. The current research demonstrates improvement in sensory integration following spinal manipulations, indicating there is scope for chiropractic research to investigate these sensory integration functions.” They concluded “This case study demonstrates improvements in post-concussion symptoms and whiplash in a 15-year-old male following chiropractic care.”

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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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