Headaches and Bedwetting Helped by Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a report on May 6, 2019, reporting on the case of a young girl who was suffering with headaches as well as bedwetting being helped by chiropractic. What makes this case interesting is that the chiropractor was unaware that the girl had a issue with bedwetting until after the problem had resolved with chiropractic.

Headaches and Bedwetting Helped by Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Babies Children InfantsThe study begins by reporting how common headaches are in the pediatric population. “Approximately 60% of children and adolescents all over the world suffer from headaches. With a prevalence of 20-25%, tension type headaches is the most common cause of primary headache followed by migraine headaches with a prevalence of 8%.” They also note, “In the United States, 5.3% of children aged 6-17 years experienced frequent and severe headache.”

In this case, a 7-year-old girl who was suffering with headaches was brought to the chiropractor by her parents. The girl’s headaches began three months before she visited the chiropractor. Neither the girl or her parents could identify anything that could be identified as a cause for starting the headaches. The girl’s headaches were more frequent during the day. This created issues in school as the girl often had to go to the school nurse for Tylenol causing her to miss classes 3 or 4 times per week. The little girl described the headaches as being in her forehead and at her temples.

The girl was taken to a pediatrician who determined that since the girl was also suffering from constipation that she was probably dehydrated. Her pediatrician’s advice was to drink more water and continue with Tylenol to treat her headaches.

When a chiropractic examination was performed, it was noted that the girl had an abnormal posture with an high left shoulder relative to the right side, her head was tilted to the left and held forward, and her entire posture had a forward lean. Palpation revealed areas of malposition and sensitivity at certain levels of the girl’s spine. The girl also showed an irregular and restricted range of spinal motion. A spinal thermographic (heat) study showed areas of irregular patterns.

From the findings, it was determined that the girl had vertebral subluxations. With consent from her parents, and agreement from the girl, chiropractic care was started. Initially, the girl was given specific chiropractic adjustments at the rate of two times per week.

After just the fourth visit, the girl reported a decrease in how often she was getting headaches. After 10 weeks of chiropractic care, the girl was free of any headaches. Several weeks later, a follow-up was performed in which it was noted that the girl had not gotten any additional headaches.

It was at this follow-up that the mother then told the chiropractor that since being under chiropractic care, the girl has also stopped her bedwetting. As this was not the reason that the parent brought their daughter in for care, the chiropractor was unaware that the girl even had this issue. In any event, the bedwetting had also been corrected under chiropractic care.

In their discussion, the study authors acknowledge that in addition to the girl getting relief from her headaches, there were also unknown benefits to her chiropractic care. “We want to acknowledge that many children presenting for chiropractic care may have more than one complaint and as in the case presented, their presenting complaint(s) was not only addressed successfully but patients and parents alike report “other” benefits of the care they received.”

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Resolution of Chronic Pain and Migraines Following Chiropractic Care

The above title comes from a study published on June 10, 2019, in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. The study documents the case of a woman who was suffering from migraine headaches as well as pain in her upper extremities who got relief from chiropractic care.

Resolution of Chronic Pain and Migraines Following Chiropractic Care - Austin ATX Chiropractor Neck Pain Best ReviewsThe authors of the study start by pointing out that chronic pain disorders, such as fibromyalgia, back pain, and neck pain, are more common in people who also suffer with chronic migraine headaches. Headaches are generally common. The study notes that 46% of the population will suffer with at least one headache in any given year. That number increases to 65% who will suffer headaches over their lifetime. They report that in Western Europe and North America, the rates or people suffering with migraine headaches are between 5% and 9% in men, and between 12% and 25% in women.

The study reports that the estimates of Americans who suffer with chronic pain varies from 10% to 55%. Whatever the number, a significant number of Americans have chronic pain which results in a cost to the US economy of more than $600 billion per year.

In this case, a 52-year-old woman presented herself to a chiropractor for consultation and possible care. At that time, the woman’s chief health concerns were migraine headaches and left-sided spinal pain that radiated to her arms and legs. She reported that she had been suffering with these issues for the past 20 years. Medication did offer some moderate relief at times, but there were still times when the pain was so severe that the woman would take herself to the local hospital.

During her chiropractic examination, it was noted that the woman was crying due to the extreme pain she was in. The examination consisted of inspection and spinal palpation. However, range of motion and orthopedic or neurological examinations were not possible due to the woman’s condition.

The chiropractor determined that vertebral subluxations were present, and specific chiropractic adjustments were started at the rate of three times per week to address the subluxations. As care continued, the woman reported experiencing a dramatic improvement in her migraines and her pain. After five weeks, the woman moved to another city, but due to her improvement she elected to make the trip back to her chiropractor to continue care on a maintenance basis.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in the patients presenting with migraine headaches and atypically presenting spinal pain.”

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Chronic Chest Wall Syndrome Resolved with Chiropractic Care

On April 22, 2019, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a case study of a woman who was suffering with pain in his chest wall and upper back, who had resolution of all symptoms under chiropractic care.

Chronic Chest Wall Syndrome Resolved with Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Chiropractor Rib Pain Best DoctorThe study starts by noting that chest wall pain is a fairly common occurrence affecting between 20% and 40% of the population over their lifetime. The study reports that “…the incidence of a new diagnosis of chest pain has been placed at 15.5 per 1000 person-years and increases with age.” Men who have previously had a diagnoses of coronary heart disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease are most at risk of having a diagnosis of chest wall pain.

In this case, a 45-year-old woman, who was suffering with right-sided chest pain for the past two months, sought out a chiropractor for a consultation and possible care. The woman described her chest pain as achy and sometimes sharp. She explained that the pain was made worse by standing up from either a seated or lying position. She said the pain was always present and ranged from between a 5 out of 10 to a 8 out of 10, with 10 being the worst.

The woman first experienced the pain 9 months earlier when she was doing housecleaning activities that involved lifting boxes weighing between 10 to 20 pounds. Three days after the pain started, she saw a medical doctor who diagnosed her with reflux esophagitis and muscles spasms. She was given several medications which the woman reported did little to help her. After several days of the medications, she discontinued them due to getting serious side effects. Over the next several months, the woman saw a number of medical physicians who gave her a variety of opinions including a recommendation that she have her gall bladder removed. Her prior medical history revealed that she had undergone mitral valve replacement surgery 2 years prior and was currently on maintenance medications. She also had a past diagnosis of scoliosis.

A chiropractic examination with spinal x-rays was performed. From the examination, the woman was given a new diagnosis from the chiropractor of “painful rib syndrome in the context of chest wall syndrome secondary to vertebral subluxation.” Based on the new findings, and with the patient’s consent, chiropractic care was started at the rate of multiple visits per week.

The study reports that after the woman’s first adjustment, she felt an immediate decrease in her mid-upper back tension that had been present since she had her mitral valve replacement surgery 2 years ago. By her third visit, the woman reported that she was experiencing a 75% improvement in her pain severity and frequency. After approximately three weeks of specific chiropractic care, the woman was able to report that she was completely pain-free.

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Chronic Migraines and Disability Helped with Chiropractic Care

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a chiropractic case study on May 9, 2018. The study documented the care of a young man being helped by chiropractic who was suffering with multiple issues including neck pain and stiffness, pins and needles into his left shoulder, low back pain, difficulty sleeping, and migraine headaches.

Chronic Migraines and Disability Helped with Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Chiropractor Neck Pain ReviewsThe Migraine Research Foundation shares a number of statistics concerning how common migraines are in the population. According to the foundation, migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world. They report that nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraines, with nearly 12% of the population, including children, suffer from this condition. This condition affects 18% of American women, 6% of men, and 10% of children, and is most common between the ages of 18 and 44.

In this case, a 35-year-old man went to the chiropractor in hopes of getting help for his multiple conditions. At that time, he was suffering with neck pain and stiffness, pins and needles into his left shoulder, low back pain and difficulty sleeping. The man was also suffering with chronic, long-term migraine headaches, which was his primary reason for seeking chiropractic.

The current episode of severe neck pain he was suffering from began after he was drying his hair. He was using heat on his neck as well as taking over the counter pain medications, but neither of those reduced his pain. His neck pain was so severe that he reported he was unable to go to the gym or get out of bed without help. He felt this was having an adverse effect on the psychosocial aspects of his life.

The man reported some past trauma to his neck in the past from playing rugby in his teenage years, and football until about a year ago. He also reported that he was a victim of a physical assault approximately five years ago. The man also reported a significant injury five years prior in which he fractured his right clavicle.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural analysis, spinal palpation, a spinal range of motion analysis and several orthopedic tests. In addition, specific spinal x-rays were taken to determine vertebral positioning and overall curvatures and biomechanics of the spine. It was noted that the man had a reversal of neck curve instead of the normal forward curvature.

As a result of the examination and x-rays, specific forms of chiropractic procedures were started. The patient was given regular update evaluations to determine the changes in his spine as well as his symptomatic improvement. On his first re-evaluation four weeks into his care, it was reported that the man had symptomatically improved about 80 percent from when he started care. His self-reported disability had also greatly improved with all of his pain issues.

In follow-up examinations and x-rays, the patient showed measurable changes in the objective findings. At the three month follow-up, the man reported a total resolution of all of his symptoms including not having any more migraine headaches.

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Anxiety and Panic Attacks Helped with Chiropractic

A research case study distributed on April 9, 2019, documented chiropractic helping a woman with anxiety, panic attacks, low back pain and neck pain. The study was originally published in the Volume 2, 2019, edition of the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic.

Anxiety and Panic Attaches Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor CBD Oil Hemp NaturalThe study begins by noting how common a problem lower back and neck pain are. “Low back and neck pain are a significant public health problem affecting increasing numbers of people. In 2015, low back and neck pain were the 4th leading cause of disability-adjusted life years after ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and lower respiratory infection.”

The study also reports that, according to the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study of 2015, mental disorders were among the highest-ranking causes of nonfatal burdens worldwide. Anxiety which they defined as the “fear or nervousness about what might happen” is the 9th leading cause of nonfatal disability.

In this case, a 38-year-old woman suffering with low back discomfort for 2 years, plus neck pain for the past 6 months and a 3-month history of anxiety and panic attacks, presented herself for a chiropractic evaluation. She stated that her back pain was constant for the past two years but got worse when she was under stress. The woman rated her neck pain as 6 out of 10, and it was made worse when sitting at a desk and leaning forward. These problems affected her ability to get a good night’s sleep.

For the prior three months, the woman had also been suffering with anxiety and panic attacks. Her general physician diagnosed her with mild anxiety, but she was not given any medication or referred out for therapy of any kind.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural analysis, range of motion evaluation, spinal palpation, a surface EMG study, and a thermography heat study. In addition, a PHQ-4 instrument was used to access the woman’s anxiety and depression. The PHQ-4 instrument is a commonly used self-reported assessment short-form that accurately measures depression and anxiety. It has been shown to be reliable and accurate. The woman’s initial PHQ-4 score was indicative of mild depression and anxiety.

Based on the presence of subluxations, specific forms of chiropractic care were started. By the 6th visit the woman reported that her neck pain was only present occasionally and had gone from what she rated as a 6 out of 10 down to a 1 or 2 out of 10. She also noted that her back pain had also gone away causing her to comment that she “rarely noticed back and neck pain.”

The PHQ-4 screening instrument showed that her anxiety and depression had reduced to almost not being present at all. In addition, the woman showed improvements in her ability to manage stress, as well as her physical functioning and mental and emotional wellbeing.

The study authors summed up the finding in this case by reporting that chiropractic care “…for the assessment and correction of vertebral subluxation, was associated with resolution of subjectively reported musculoskeletal discomfort, improvement in measured mental health and physical function in a 38-year-old female.” They explained how chiropractic was able to help this patient by stating, “One approach to chiropractic care aims to optimize health and wellbeing through enhancing nervous system function by correction or reduction of vertebral subluxation, typically by manual adjustments.”

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Pelvic Pain Resolved in Pregnant Woman Under Chiropractic

On April 18, 2019, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study showing chiropractic helping a pregnant woman who was suffering with pelvic pain. Pelvic pain is not uncommon in pregnant women, with many women seeking chiropractic care for help.

Pelvic Pain Resolved in Pregnant Woman Under Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Pregnancy Back Leg Sacral SciaticThe study begins by noting that, as the uterus grows during pregnancy, there is a change in the biomechanics and positioning of a pregnant woman’s pelvis. In addition to this, changes in hormones along with fluid retention can contribute added stress to the pelvis resulting in pain and discomfort.

Many women avoid typical medical care for this type of problem due to fears that medication could negatively affect the developing fetus. For this reason, many pregnant women suffering with pelvic pain seek non-medical forms of care. The most common non-medical care pregnant women utilize for these issues is chiropractic.

The study reports that between 3% and 8% of women who suffer pregnancy related pelvic pain have a specific form of pain known as pubic symphysis dysfunction. Pubic symphysis dysfunction is when the front bones of the pelvis, known as the pubic symphysis, experience excessive movement with possible misalignment and creates pain. According to this study, during pregnancy, this pain can be debilitating and can result in significant physical, psychological, and socioeconomic consequences.

In this case, a 28-year-old woman in her 20th week of pregnancy presented herself for chiropractic care for the first time. This was her second pregnancy and she was now suffering from painful symphysis pubic dysfunction for the past three weeks. She characterized the pain as aching, dull, stabbing and sharp, that she reported was progressively getting worse. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the woman rated her pain at 5-7 noting that it was present about 60% of the time. Her past history showed that she had suffered a fall during her previous pregnancy which also initiated pubic symphysis pain to a much lesser degree than her current pain.

A chiropractic examination was performed and it was determined that subluxations were present. Specific chiropractic adjustments, appropriate for pregnancy, were started. The study recorded that after three chiropractic adjustments, the woman’s pain had completely resolved and she once again had full mobility. After the third chiropractic adjustment, the woman continued care and did not experience any additional symphysis pubic dysfunction during the rest of her pregnancy. She went on to deliver a healthy baby boy. After her pregnancy, the woman also reported that she had greater comfort while walking.

In their conclusion, the authors of the study stated, “This case report provides supporting evidence on the benefits of chiropractic care for the pregnant woman with pelvic bowl dysfunction.”

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Quality of Life Improved with Chiropractic for Child Suffering with Asperger’s Syndrome

On April 8, 2019, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study documenting the improvement in the quality of life of a young boy who was suffering with the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome as well as neck pain, mid-back and lower back pain, stomach aches and anxiety.

Quality of Life Improved with Chiropractic for Child Suffering with Asperger's Syndrome - Austin TX Chiropractor Kids Care HealthAccording to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Asperger syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder. It is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one of a distinct group of neurological conditions characterized by a greater or lesser degree of impairment in language and communication skills, as well as repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavior.” They go on to describe the signs of this condition by noting, “The most distinguishing symptom of AS is a child’s obsessive interest in a single object or topic to the exclusion of any other. Children with AS want to know everything about their topic of interest and their conversations with others will be about little else.”

In this study, the authors point out that the rate of ASD has significantly increased over recent years and is estimated to be 1 in 68 for children at age 8. They also note that the condition is 3 times more prevalent in boys than in girls. They point out that an increasing number of parents are turning to chiropractic for children with some form of ASD to avoid medication treatment and the side effects that accompany the medications used to treat ASD.

In this case, a nine-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractor by his mother for an evaluation and possible care. At that time, the boy was suffering with neck pain on the right side, midback and low back pain, stomach aches and anxiety. His mother stated that she believed that her son was born with torticollis and still had a slight head tilt.

The boy’s neck pain was constant, aching and throbbing and got worse with movement or prolonged sitting. His midback pain was a constant ache that also was made worse with movement or prolonged sitting. The boy’s low back pain was characterized as frequent tightness made worse by prolonged sitting. On a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the boy’s neck pain was rated as a 4, his mid back pain was rated as a 5, and his lower back pain was a 6 out of 10.

Due to a long history of problems with irritability since birth, the boy was being treated by medical professionals and therapists. Eventually, when the boy was in the first grade, he was tested and demonstrated traits of Asperger’s Syndrome and determined to have anxiety disorder. Since that point, he has been receiving counseling therapy on and off.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural inspection, static and motion palpation, thermographic heat studies, and spinal x-rays. The conclusion reached from these procedures was that subluxations were present. At that point, specific chiropractic adjustments were started on a weekly basis.

The study reports that one month after the boy started chiropractic care he said, “I had a GREAT day at school.” His mother commented that her son had many less tantrums and meltdowns and had better days at school. She noted how unusual that was for her son by saying, “this never happens.” The study also documented the improvement of his neck, mid-back and lower back pains.

The study reported that despite good results, marital problems in the boy’s family created a situation where he was unable to continue long-term chiropractic care. In their conclusion the authors took these factors into account and stated, “This study provided supporting evidence on the benefits of chiropractic care in patients with ASD, document the burden of raising a child with ASD and parental satisfaction with their child’s chiropractic care.”

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Ultrasound Confirmed Resolution of Breech Presentation & Low Back Pain Following Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a study on April 25, 2019, documenting the case of a woman with a breech pregnancy being resolved under chiropractic care. The woman initially sought chiropractic due to lower back pain during her pregnancy.

Ultrasound Confirmed Resolution of Breech Presentation & Low Back Pain Following Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Pregnancy WebsterA high percentage of the general population will suffer back pain at some point in their lives. Pregnancy is a common factor in the development of lower back pain. The study reports that “Pregnancy-related low back pain has been defined as pain between the 12th rib and the gluteal fold that is present throughout the course of pregnancy. Studies have shown that between 50% and 80% of pregnant women will suffer from low back pain during their pregnancy.”

Breech pregnancy is when the fetus is not turned in the normal head down position as the time of birth gets closer. The study reports that between 25% to 30% of all fetuses present as breech before 28 weeks of gestation. By the 34th week, the number of breech pregnancies has decreased down to between 3% and 4% prior to birth.

There is a financial aspect to breech pregnancies as well. Breech pregnancies can increase the cost of a birth by increasing the need for interventions and by increasing the possibilities of complications. The study cited the increased expenses by noting, “The cost of a natural birth in a birthing center averages at $2,277. The cost of a hospital vaginal birth without complication averages $10,657. The cost of a hospital vaginal birth with complications averages $13,749. The cost of a hospital cesarean section without complication averages $17,859. The cost of a hospital cesarean section with complication averages $23,923.”

In this case, a 31-year-old woman with complaints of low back pain presented herself for chiropractic evaluation. The woman was 25 weeks pregnant with her second pregnancy. She stated that her lower back pain had started two weeks earlier while holding her 1-year-old child on her hip. The next morning, she was unable to stand. She described the pain as constant and sharp which was aggravated with all types of movement.

A chiropractic examination showed multiple postural distortions such as a right head tilt, right high shoulder, right high hip and increased midback and lower back curvatures. Her spinal ranges of motions were decreased in many areas. A rolling thermal scan and surface electromyography were both positive for the presence of subluxation. Specific chiropractic adjustments were started to address the subluxations.

At the time of the woman’s seventh visit, she reported that an ultrasound showed that her pregnancy was breech. She also reported a significant improvement in her lower back pain. With further analysis, a chiropractic technique known as “Webster technique” was started to address subluxations and intrauterine constraint. It has been reported that intrauterine constraint can prevent the fetus from moving into a normal head-down birth position. The Webster technique was specifically designed to address this issue.

Two visits later, on the woman’s ninth chiropractic visit, it was confirmed by her midwife after another ultrasound that the fetus had turned head down into the normal vertex position. The fetus remained in the proper position, and the woman continued to report a decrease in lower back discomfort.

In their study conclusion, the authors wrote, “This case describes the outcome of a 31-year-old pregnant woman with low back pain and intrauterine constraint under subluxation-based chiropractic care.” They further explained, “The necessity for restoration of proper biomechanical function before, during and after delivery is a strong argument for why all pregnant women should be under chiropractic care regardless of the fetal position or onset of low back pain.”

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Resolution of Severe Vertigo, Weakness & Headaches in a Patient Undergoing Chiropractic

On April 11, 2019, a case study and review was published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, documenting chiropractic helping a patient with severe vertigo, headaches, and left sided weakness.

Resolution of Severe Vertigo, Weakness & Headaches in a Patient Undergoing Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Auto Accident PI InjuryWikipedia defines vertigo as “… a symptom where a person feels as if they or the objects around them are moving when they are not. Often it feels like a spinning or swaying movement. This may be associated with nausea, vomiting, sweating, or difficulties walking. It is typically worse when the head is moved. Vertigo is the most common type of dizziness.

This study reports that vertigo is a very common occurrence. They report that in any given year, 5% of the adult population will suffer some form of vertigo, with 1.4% having vertigo as an ongoing issue. This condition becomes more common with age with up to 30% of the elderly population being afflicted. Women are two to three times more likely to suffer from vertigo than are men. Although vertigo is rarely life-threatening, it does have a significant impact on the quality of life.

In this case study, a 41-year-old woman suffering from severe vertigo went to a chiropractor in hopes of getting help. She also was suffering from left-sided weakness and involuntary swaying from side to side. The woman reported that her problems had been occurring on and off for years, with the most recent episode happening one month before seeking chiropractic.

The vertigo was severely impacting her quality of life as she had difficulty walking without assistance and could not focus visually. Upon further questioning, the woman said that she was suffering from headaches and the entire left side of her body was weak which affected her balance. Her previous medical care from her general practitioner and three different neurologists included the use of corticosteroids, but was ultimately not successful.

A chiropractic examination was performed with great care as the woman needed assistance to prevent her from falling over. The procedures that could be performed noted the presence of subluxations. After consent from the woman, specific chiropractic adjustments were started at the frequency of three visits per week.

The results of the chiropractic care were immediate and profound. The study reported, “Immediately following the patient’s first set of chiropractic adjustment, she stopped swaying and could immediately stand up and walk normally without assistance.” The researchers continued to document the progress by noting, “Furthermore, the patient did not experience vertigo. There have since been approximately 10 follow-up chiropractic treatments over about a 1-month time frame without any returning of vertigo symptoms.”

In the study’s discussion and conclusion the authors stated, “The impact of the chiropractic care should be examined beyond symptom resolution and from a holistic perspective, examine the impact of chiropractic care on this patient’s quality of life.” They continued, “This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in the patients presenting with vertigo of unknown origin.”

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Bell’s Palsy Resolved Under Chiropractic – A Case Study

On April 15, 2019, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a case study documenting the resolution of Bell’s Palsy in a patient undergoing chiropractic care. WebMD defines this condition by stating, “Bell’s palsy is a condition in which the muscles on one side of your face become weak or paralyzed. It affects only one side of the face at a time, causing it to droop or become stiff on that side.”

Bell’s Palsy Resolved Under Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Health Wellness Preventive CareThis study begins by noting that Bell’s Palsy was named after the Scottish anatomist, Sir Charles Bell, who lived in the late 1700s and early 1800s. This condition accounts for about half of all cases of facial paralysis, affecting between 11.5 and 53.3 per every 100,000 people. This condition can cause difficulty in eating and an inability to close an eyelid, which can lead to serious eye problems. Typical medical treatment is not overly successful and usually involves steroids and antivirals, sometimes in combination with surgical decompression.

In this case, a 68-year-old man went to the chiropractor to see if he could be helped with his drooping and paralysis of the left side of his face. The man stated that his facial paralysis started two weeks earlier, and mentioned that there was no pain with his paralysis. From this problem, the man was unable to close his left eyelid and because of this, he was suffering from dry eye. He also reported that he was having difficulty eating, drinking and speaking. His medical physician prescribed steroids and eye drops, both of which were ineffective. His history revealed that he had been involved in a serious car accident several months earlier.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included an inspection, postural analysis, range of motion, palpation, cranial nerve testing, a heart rate variability study and surface electromyogram (SEMG). In addition, spinal x-rays were taken of the upper portion of the man’s neck. From these procedures, it was determined that the man had subluxations in the uppermost portion of his spine and specific chiropractic adjustments were begun.

Upon returning to the chiropractor’s office after his initial chiropractic adjustment, it was recorded that the man’s face was 80-90% improved in mobility. Two visits later, the study records that the man’s facial paralysis was completely resolved.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report provides supporting evidence that patient’s presenting with symptoms consistent with Bell’s Palsy may benefit from chiropractic care…” They added, “We encourage continued documentation of chiropractic care of similar patients to inform practice and research.”

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