Vasovagal Syncope, Fainting and Blackouts Helped with Chiropractic

The February 8, 2018, issue of the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a case study showing chiropractic helping a patient who was suffering with vasovagal syncope, resulting in fainting and blackouts. The authors of this study cite the World Journal of Cardiology to define syncope as “…syncope is defined as a transient and self-terminating loss of consciousness (LOC) with rapid onset, short duration combined with spontaneous, prompt and complete recovery.”

Vasovagal Syncope, Fainting and Blackouts Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Best Reviews MRI PI Car Accident MVA MVC Attorney HelpThe Mayo Clinic website describes this condition by saying, “Vasovagal syncope occurs when you faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress.” They further explain, “The vasovagal syncope trigger causes your heart rate and blood pressure to drop suddenly. That leads to reduced blood flow to your brain, causing you to briefly lose consciousness.”

In this case, a 57-year-old woman sought chiropractic care due to her chief complaint of fainting. She also reported that she was suffering with neck pain on the right side with a loss of normal right neck rotation. She had been diagnosed by her MD with vasovagal syncope (VVS).

The woman reported that her fainting first started in 1996. She reported that turning her head to the left would bring on the fainting episode. It was two years later that she was diagnosed by her cardiologist with vasovagal syncope. An EKG, cardiac Echo, and carotid artery doppler were performed but revealed no abnormal finding and were considered negative studies.

The medical recommendations included medication for low blood pressure and the possibility of surgery for implantation of an electrical pacemaker. The woman declined these options and decided to take a holistic approach for her health issues.

Chiropractic examination procedures, including x-rays, were performed after which specific chiropractic adjustments were started to address her vertebral subluxations. Analysis of the results of the adjustments were performed to determine the changes made from the procedures.

The results of the chiropractic care were immediate and profound in this case. After the first chiropractic adjustment, the woman reported that she did not suffer a single syncope episode or fainting attack. After her fourth visit, she also reported that her neck pain was completely gone. After the initial portion of care, the study noted that the woman remained on chiropractic care on a maintenance basis and that she was “…appreciative for the ability in gaining the quality and function back in her life, via chiropractic.”

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “The chiropractic treatment and complete resolution of a 57-year-old female patient suffering from Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is presented in this case study.” They further noted, “This case supports the evidence of chiropractic care in relieving neurological disorders based on anatomical association and interference.”

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Idiopathic Scoliosis and Musculoskeletal Complaints Improved with Chiropractic

A case study documenting chiropractic helping to improve a patient suffering with idiopathic scoliosis and musculoskeletal complaints was published in the January 25, 2018, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. The patient also experienced an improved state of well-being as a result of the chiropractic care.

Idiopathic Scoliosis and Musculoskeletal Complaints Improved with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Health Wellness Celebrity Best Confidential CareThe word scoliosis comes from the Greek word skolios, which means twisted or crooked. A diagnosis of scoliosis only means that there is an abnormal curvature of the spine from side to side of more than 10 degrees. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a spinal curvature that shows up about the onset of puberty but before maturity.

AIS shows up at a rate of up to 5.2% of the adolescent population with girls having this issue more commonly than boys. Measuring spinal curvature requires a specific procedure that results in a measurement known as the Cobb angle.

The authors of this study also reviewed other studies on scoliosis and chiropractic. These studies also showed improvement of scoliosis with chiropractic as measured using the Cobb angle. In one case, a 15-year-old girl improved from a Cobb angle of 46° to 30° in 18 months, and she was able to avoid a planned surgical intervention. Another case involved an 10-year-old girl whose curve improved from 35° down to 25° as verified by an independent medical radiologist. Overall, in the 12 studies that the authors of this study reviewed, all showed a significant reduction of the Cobb angle after several months of chiropractic care.

In this case, a 21-year-old woman presented herself for chiropractic care. She was complaining of low back pain with radiating numbness into legs and feet when lying on her back, as well as daily headaches. She reported that the problems began four years earlier while she was a cheerleader and doing gymnastics in high school. Standing, sitting, bending, and lifting all seemed to make her problems worse. On a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the worst, she rated her lower back pain as an 8. When she would lie down for over an hour, she would experience numbness in her legs and feet. Her headaches would occur about three times per week. X-rays she had done a year prior showed a scoliosis with a Cobb angle of 20°.

Based upon a chiropractic examination which included palpation, range of motion, thermal studies and a sEMG of the woman’s spine, it was determined that subluxations were present. Regular specific chiropractic adjustments were started to address the findings.

Five months after chiropractic care was started, follow-up x-rays were taken at the same facility as the original studies were done. The x-rays showed a reduction of the curvature from 20° to 12.5°. Additionally, the patient reported much improvement in all of her pain symptoms.

The authors of the study explained how the correction of subluxations can have a positive effect on the body. “Regardless of the technique used, a majority of chiropractors are focused on detecting and correcting vertebral subluxations to improve function.”

In their conclusion, they wrote, “The results of this case study suggest that chiropractic adjustments … can help reduce the scoliotic curvature of the spine of a female with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, improve other attending or compensatory curves and postural faults, as well as improve state of well-being and musculoskeletal complaints.”

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Raynaud’s Disease & Cervical Curve Improved Following Chiropractic

From the January 22, 2018, edition of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research comes a case study documenting the improvement under chiropractic of a patient suffering from Raynaud’s Disease, as well as chronic upper back and lower back pain.

Raynaud's Disease & Cervical Curve Improved Following Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Best Doctor High Reviews Stars Yelp Google Facebook Nextdoor LocalAccording to the Mayo Clinic, Raynaud’s Disease, also known as Raynaud’s syndrome or Raynaud’s phenomenon, is a condition that “…causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud’s disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas.” Typically, during a flair up the fingers turn white, then blue with tingling and a cold feeling. Raynaud’s is more common in woman than men, occurring at between 4-6% of the female population.

In this case, a 29-year-old woman went to the chiropractor for consultation and care. The woman was suffering with cold, stiff, and cramping hand pain along with purple discoloration. She had been experiencing these symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon for over ten years. Additionally, she was now suffering with pain in the upper back, intermittent lower back pain, and dizziness.

After a full case history, a chiropractic examination was performed which included spinal thermographic heat readings and spinal x-rays. The initial x-rays showed a decrease from the normal forward curvature of the neck. As a result of the findings, a determination of the presence of subluxation was made, and specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started.

After 11 weeks of chiropractic care, a re-evaluation was done to access the progress. At that time, it was recorded that the thermal scans had returned to normal and the neck x-rays had shown an improvement in the curvature. The patient reported a resolution of the symptoms of Raynaud’s, including her hands being warm again as well as a decrease in the cramping and stiffness. Additionally, she reported that her upper and lower back pain were gone.

The authors explained the purpose of chiropractic care in these types of cases by saying, “The Gray’s Anatomy textbook states that the role of the nervous system is to control and coordinate every function of the body. Therefore, the main objective of subluxation-based chiropractic care is to achieve optimal functioning of the nervous system. Regardless of the health condition, the role of the chiropractor is to reduce neurological interference within the body by locating, assessing and reducing vertebral subluxation, utilizing specific chiropractic adjustments.”

In the conclusion of the study, the authors further explained their results by saying, “This case report shows improvement in the symptomatic presentation of Raynaud’s Phenomenon in a 29-year-old female after 11 weeks of subluxation-based chiropractic care. The patient had been suffering from symptoms of RP for over 10 years and was seeking an alternative solution. Subluxation-based chiropractic care, used to address neurological disturbances caused by vertebral subluxation, can lead to positive outcomes in chronic symptomatic cases.”

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Neck Pain and Pain Down Arm Helped with Chiropractic

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on January 4, 2018, documenting the improvement in neck pain and arm pain in an elderly patient undergoing chiropractic care. The term used in this study for this condition is radiculopathy.

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The researchers in this study note that, “In younger people cervical radiculopathy is often caused by a disc herniation or some form of trauma which directly impacts on the nerve in the intervertebral foramina (IVF).” The IVFs are the openings between each vertebra where the nerves exit from the spinal column. They report that in older patients, pressure on nerves at the IVF typically occurs from degenerative or arthritic changes with a narrowing of the IVF known as stenosis.

In this case, a 74-year-old woman suffering from the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy presented herself for chiropractic care at a teaching clinic in New Zealand. Her symptoms included pain for several years, with numbness and tingling down her left arm that had gotten worse in the last few weeks. She was also complaining of weakness in her left arm and the inability to grasp heavy objects with her left hand.

One year prior to her chiropractic visit, her MD took neck x-rays which showed calcium buildup and disc degeneration in her neck. At that time, she did not consider her symptoms to be affecting her daily life so no care was rendered.

A chiropractic examination was performed, and it was noted that her cervical range of motion was limited in all directions. Neck rotation did cause an increase in pain and numbness in her left arm and hand. She also exhibited a decrease in the ability to feel sensations along portions of her left arm. Her finger grip strength on her left side was significantly reduced.

The findings were consistent with the presence of vertebral subluxation, and specific chiropractic adjustments were started at the rate of twice per week. By the 11th visit, the woman started noticing a decrease in the frequency of episodes of pain and numbness in her left arm. She reported that her problems were no longer present 24 hours per day and was only exacerbated during lifting her arm for long periods. She also reported an improvement in the quality of her sleep. A progress examination was performed, which included neurological testing, which showed further improvement in sensory ability of the C6 and C7 dermatomes on her left arm.

In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “Cervical foraminal stenosis causing radiculopathy is a problem that affects a large portion of the older population. This case study, and previously reported research, suggests that chiropractic care may benefit some people suffering from radiculopathy.”

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Resolution of Cervicalgia Following Chiropractic Care

The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a case study on December 21, 2017, documenting the correction of cervicalgia, more commonly known as neck pain, under chiropractic. Neck pain is one of the more common pain complaints that people will experience in their lifetime.

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Somewhere between 33% and 65% of musculoskeletal neck pain will self resolve within one year. However, the study reports that relapses are common, with about 25% having neck pain again within a year. Neck pain is more common in women than in men, and it is more common in high income nations and in urban areas. The risk of neck pain increases up untill between 35-49 years of age, after which the prevalence of the problem seems to decrease.

In this case, a 55-year-old woman with a chief complaint of long term neck pain went to the chiropractor. She described her neck pain as a dull and stiff ache that was made worse by long periods of sitting or standing. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, she described her neck pain as a 5.

During a chiropractic examination, it was noted that the woman had difficulty bending her neck to either the right or the left side. A postural analysis also showed deviations from a normal balance posture with one shoulder being higher than the other. Palpation of the woman’s neck showed muscle spasm and tenderness of the paraspinal muscles with restricted motion of the top four bones in her neck.

A thermal study of the woman’s spine showed temperature differences from one side to the other as well as one level of her spine to the other. X-rays of her neck showed a reversal of the normal neck curve along with degeneration in her mid-neck spinal bones.

With a determination of the presence of subluxation, specific chiropractic adjustments were started. In this study, the patient was seen for one month and was reassessed at two-week intervals. At the first two-week assessment, she rated her pain as having been reduced from a 5 out of 10, down to a 3 out of 10. The thermals scans performed at this time showed an improvement as well.

After another two weeks, a second assessment was done. At this time, the woman related a complete resolution of her pain in the neck. This was verified with the thermal scans that also had returned to normal at that time.

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Resolution of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Following Chiropractic Care

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on December 18, 2017, documenting the case of a patent with systemic lupus erythematosus being resolved following chiropractic. The term Lupus is commonly used to mean SLE. However, Lupus actually represents a number of autoimmune diseases. SLE is the most common of the Lupus autoimmune conditions.

Resolution of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Following Chiropractic Care - Best Chiropractor Austin TX Celebrity Professional Athlete HealthcareAccording to the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Medline website, “Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease. In this disease, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs.” SLE can occur at any age and is more common in woman than in men. It most commonly appears between the ages of 15 and 44, and is more common in African Americans and Asians than other races.

In most people, the immune system identifies and fights off dangerous pathogens and infections to help the body stay healthy. An autoimmune disease is when the body gets confused and attacks normal healthy cells such as the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs.

In this case, a 34-year-old woman came to the chiropractor in hopes of getting help from a large variety of health issues. The woman was primarily suffering from constant chronic pain, constant fibromyalgia related symptoms, constant fatigue/anxiety/depression related symptoms, constant Lupus related symptoms, and constant hypothyroid related symptoms.

Additionally, the woman also suffered from stiffness in the neck, menstrual disorders, stomach disorders, mid back pain, irritable bowel, numbness in her feet, low back pain, leg pains, chronic fatigue, Lupus, fibromyalgia, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, nervousness, and nausea. Most of her health issues had been causing problems for over a year, with several conditions being over five years in duration.

The woman had been to a number of medical doctors who diagnosed her with a variety of health issues including systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, nephrolithiasis, and vitamin D deficiency. With these diagnoses, she was given a number of prescriptions including Prednisone, Plaquenil, baby aspirin, Hydrochlorothiazide, Wellbutrin, Xanax, and Hydrocodone.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, paraspinal thermograohy, and both static and motion x-rays of her spine. The results of the chiropractic examination indicated the presence of several subluxations. With this, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were performed.

The results reported in the study showed that the woman’s lower back pain started to improve early in care. Her leg pain completely resolved, as was the numbness in her feet. The woman also reported that her hypothyroid related symptoms were much improved, her menstrual disorder was completely resolved, and her stomach disorder was much improved.

As care continued, the woman noted that her irritable bowel syndrome symptoms were much improved, her systemic lupus erythematosus related symptoms were much improved, and her ADD/ADHD related symptoms were much improved. Her improvement was such that she was able to come off seven of her medications. Her follow-up thermography and motions x-ray examination confirmed spinal improvements due to the chiropractic care.

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Patient with Foot Drop Helped with Chiropractic

On June 19, 2017, a case study was published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documenting the correction of foot drop in a patient receiving chiropractic care. According to the Mayo clinic website, “Foot drop, sometimes called drop foot, is a general term for difficulty lifting the front part of the foot. If you have foot drop, you may drag the front of your foot on the ground when you walk. Foot drop isn’t a disease. Rather, foot drop is a sign of an underlying neurological, muscular or anatomical problem.”

Patient with Foot Drop Helped with Chiropractic-Austin-Chiropractor-Professional-Athlete-Stars-Celebrity-Best-Local-Downtown-MobileThe most common mechanism for foot drop is damage or entrapment of the peroneal nerve. This nerve is a branch that comes off the larger sciatic nerve and innervates the muscles in the front of the lower leg and foot. Damage to this nerve anywhere along the path from the origin at the lumbar spine down to the foot can result in symptoms of foot drop or a loss of sensation in the webbing of the toes.

Medical treatment for foot drop includes lightweight braces to support the foot, shoe inserts (orthotics), physical therapy, or even surgery. Braces or shoe inserts are designed to support the problem but can not help correct the cause. Physical therapy may help strengthen the muscles involved on a temporary basis. If a specific entrapment to the peroneal nerve is identified, surgery may be helpful.

In this case, a 24-year-old male weight lifter went to a college chiropractic clinic after he developed foot drop of unknown origin. He stated that he went to get out of the bed in the morning and had no strength in his lower right leg. He also described a mild tingling feeling on the front portion of his leg below his knee. When he lifted his right leg off the ground, his foot would point as he had no ability to raise the foot up to a normal position.

Upon testing the muscles of the leg, it was observed that the man had no strength in the muscles of the front of his lower leg. This would cause his foot to just fall. The muscles of the front of the leg are controlled by the peroneal nerve.

The patient received chiropractic adjustments to address subluxations of the spine and a misalignment observed in the right knee. The patient reported that after each chiropractic visit there was some improvement in this condition. Initially, the man noticed an increase in sensation to the areas that had a loss of sensation. By the fifth visit, he was able to start to bring his foot up again toward a more normal position. By the twelfth visit, there was complete resolution of his foot drop.

In their conclusion, the study authors summed up the results by saying, “In this particular case of insidious onset of foot drop, chiropractic care was shown to help in the complete resolution of signs and symptoms.”

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Cross-Eyed and Hypersensitivity Helped with Chiropractic: A Case Study

From the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, May 4, 2017, edition comes a case study of a young boy who suffered from two conditions being helped by chiropractic. His first condition was strabismus, sometimes known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed. His second condition was hypersensitivity to touch, such as clothing and other stimulus.

Strabismus is described on the website www.strabismus.org as “…a vision condition in which a person can not align both eyes simultaneously under normal condition.” This study simply states that strabismus is a condition in which the eyes do not point in the same direction. It is estimated that up to 5% of all children have this condition to some degree.

Hypersensitivity to touch and clothing is common among children. This is when a child seems to over-react to small stimulus such as clothing, shoes and other things touching their body. Experts believe that this is due to the brain improperly interpreting input sensory data causing the child to think a normal stimulus is causing discomfort.

In this case, a 10-year-old boy suffering from lateral strabismus in his right eye, fatigue, and hypersensitivity was brought to the chiropractor. His hypersensitivity included touching his skin, heat and bright lights, as well as tightness in his upper chest area. The boy stated that his clothes would make him itch all over. Touching his skin made him feel ticklish all over. He was unable to attend school regularly due to his clothing bothering him, and his fatigue and lack of concentration.

He first started experiencing hypersensitivity after two surgeries to remove a type of tumor known as a teratoma germinoma from his pineal gland in the brain. After the second surgery, there was no further medical treatment needed for his tumor.

During his chiropractic examination, it was noticed that the boy had a hunched posture with right head tilt and left shoulder higher than the right. The one eye deviation was noted but no other anomalies of the eyes were reported. A subluxation assessment was performed, and based upon this assessment, various types of specific chiropractic adjustments for correction of vertebral subluxations were initiated.

On the boy’s fifth chiropractic visit, he reported a reduction in skin irritation from his clothing. On his eighth chiropractic visit, a head and neck exam was performed with neurological testing. The examination showed a more fluid bilateral visual tracking during a visual field test, indicating improvement of the boy’s strabismus. By the 13th visit, the boy’s clothing no longer bothered him. This allowed him to return to school on a regular basis as he was only attending 2 out of 5 days most weeks. By his 19th chiropractic visit, the boy had improved to the point where he no longer had any thoracic tightness, was feeling great, and was no longer getting tired.

In their discussion and conclusion the authors noted, “The case study reports the cessation of hypersensitivity, lateral strabismus and fatigue in a 10-year-old boy following subluxation focused chiropractic care.” They continued by explaining, “Chiropractic care alters sensorimotor integration and this may have resulted in positive symptomatic changes in this child.”

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Resolution of Sleep Apnea Following Chiropractic Care

From the June 12, 2017, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research comes a documented case study showing a patient with sleep apnea being helped with chiropractic. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.”

Resolution of Sleep Apnea Following Chiropractic Care-Austin-Chiropractor-Personal-Injury-PI-Car-Accident-Truck-Cycle-AttorneyThe most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This is when certain throat muscles intermittently relax and block a person’s airway during sleep. One of the more noticeable signs of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring. There are many different treatments for this condition which include oral appliances, vibration devises, sleep therapy systems, as well as some more invasive surgical and medical procedures.

According to this study, obstructive sleep apnea is more common in men than women, affecting 10% of men and only 3% of women. In the general population, the chances of developing obstructive sleep apnea increase until about the age of 50 to 60. After that age, the frequency decreases for both sexes.

In this case, a 51-year-old man went to a chiropractic clinic for multiple health issues. His chief concern was sleeping problems associated with sleep apnea. Additionally, he had been tripped by a dog 6 years prior and landed on his back. He was also involved in a car accident 5 years ago. He reported that he was suffering from recurring throat infections and had a history of motion sickness.

A chiropractic examination recorded multiple postural abnormalities, and abnormal spinal curvatures. Restricted spinal ranges of motion were noted at certain areas of the man’s spine. Additionally, thermographic heat studies were performed along with spinal palpation confirming the presence of subluxations of this man’s spine. Specific chiropractic care was then started to correct the subluxations.

As care progressed, the doctors reported that the postural anomalies first seen on his initial visit started to correct. The improvement in spinal motion also signaled the correction of subluxations.

After three visits, the man reported an improvement in his primary issue of sleep apnea. After 33 visits, he reported complete resolution of his sleep apnea issues. He also noted improvement in the nausea he was having with his motion sickness.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case demonstrates the reduction and improvement of obstructive sleep apnea and associated sleeping problems following consistent subluxation-based chiropractic care in a 51-year-old male. This case provides additional evidence to the literature of the positive effects subluxation-based care can have on the improvement of obstructive sleep apnea.”

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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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