Breathing and Strength Problems Improved in Multiple Sclerosis Patient with Chiropractic

Can Chiropractic Care Help Multiple Sclerosis? Can Chiropractic Improve Immune Function?

A case study published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on August 18, 2016, showed how chiropractic helped improve the quality of life for a patient with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by showing improvement in breathing and muscle strength.

breathing-and-strength-problems-improved-in-multiple-sclerosis-patient-with-chiropractic-austin-tx-chiropractor-local-best-doctor-reviews-starsThe study begins by defining MS by saying, “Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative disease of the nervous system that is demyelinating and inflammatory in nature and is characterized by patchy sclerosis of the central nervous system (CNS).” They note that MS affects 400,000 people in the United States and over 2 million people worldwide. Half of those with MS also experience depression, and almost all patients with MS have a shortened life expectancy.

Some of the symptoms associated with MS can include numbness in the extremities, fatigue, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, vision loss, blurred vision, loss of coordination, gait alteration, seizures, mood swings, depression, tremors, impaired bladder control, and loss of sphincter control. Medical care for MS is geared around helping patients with the symptoms, as there is no known medical care available for the condition itself.

In this case, a 58-year-old woman presented herself for chiropractic care. She was confined to a wheelchair and had been diagnosed with MS. Her history shows that she was suffering with constant, severe, throbbing pain in her left hip for 6 years. Additionally she reported suffering from neck pain, neck stiffness, wrist pain, irritability, constipation, sinus problems, cold feet, cold hands, tension, dry skin, heat and cold intolerances, tingling sensation in her arms, shoulder pain, shortness of breath, depression, and difficulty urinating.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a visual and postural inspection, spinal x-rays, and thermographic studies to check for heat variations. In addition her respiratory volume levels were checked and her hand grip strength was measured.

Specific chiropractic care was begun to address the subluxations determined to be present in the woman’s spine. Care was rendered over a 10 week period consisting of 30 total visits. After this period, a re-evaluation was performed.

The re-evaluation x-rays showed a notable spinal improvement. Additionally, the woman’s respiratory volume had measurably improved. Her grip strength also improved, with her left-hand grip strength improving from 2.8 lbs to 12 lbs, and her right-hand grip strength improved from 3.0 lbs to 8.0 lbs.

The results of this study were consistent with other studies of MS patients under chiropractic care. The authors cited several other studies showing chiropractic helping patients with MS. In one reported study, researchers found that 90.9% of MS patients in that study showed symptomatic improvement and no further progression in the MS disease process while under chiropractic care.

In explaining a possible mechanism for why MS patients can be helped by chiropractic, the authors stated, “A properly functioning immune system will prevent MS development or can even initiate healing within the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to restore immune system integrity to a normal state.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson. We are located in north central Austin, TX.


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Resolution of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Chiropractic Care

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? Can Chiropractic Help CTS?

Published on December 15, 2014, in the  Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research is a case study documenting the resolution of bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) following chiropractic care.  The study authors note that CTS occurs in about 1 to 5% of the general population and as high as 14.5% among specific occupational groups.

The authors explain the impact this problem has by noting: “Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common peripheral entrapment disorders in the United States. It has been estimated that approximately 5 million workers suffer from the disorder with cost estimates for medical care placed over $2 billion annually.”

Resolution of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Chiropractic Care | Austin TX ChiropractorThe National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines CTS by stating: “Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.”

In this case, a 57-year-old woman went to a chiropractic college clinic with complaints of bilateral hand pain with numbness of her first three fingers that radiated towards her left arm. She had been experiencing numbness and pain in her right hand for the previous ten months, and for eight months in her left hand. She had not seen a medical doctor for her problem prior to going to the chiropractor. Her pain was worse when sleeping and when performing repetitive motions. Anti-inflammatory drugs and ice provided only some temporary relief.

A chiropractic examination was performed that included a posture review, palpation, range of motion, orthopedic and neurological tests. Based on the history and examination findings, the patient was given a diagnosis of right and left wrist carpal tunnel syndrome with vertebral subluxation. Chiropractic care was then begun on this patient. The woman was also given some home exercises to perform on her own.

The case study reports that results were almost immediate. The woman experienced significant pain relief following the first visit. After the fourth visit she said, “I don’t wear my brace anymore and there is no more tingling or pain.”

If you are or someone you know suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson today.

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