Irritable Bowel Syndrome Helped with Chiropractic – A Case Study

In the research periodical, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, a case study was published on April 18, 2013 documenting the improvement of a case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with chiropractic care.

The author of the study notes that in the Unites States Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) will affect between 12% and 30% of the population.  It is interesting to note that the rest of the world only reports this issue in between 5% and 10% of their populations. In the US IBS accounts for 12-14% of primary care physician visits and 28% of referrals to gastroenterologists. The authors note that standard medical care is aimed at reducing symptoms like pain, diarrhea, and constipation.

In this case a 32 year old woman, who was an optometrist, went to the chiropractors with complaints of loose, painful, runny stools upon waking with abdominal pain and bloating that began ten years earlier. The woman also suffered from mild depression which began three years earlier, and anxiety that began 10 years prior to her visit to the chiropractor. Her history included being in two car accidents, one at the age of 10, where she was struck as a pedestrian leaving her in a coma for three days, and the second at age twenty where she suffered a fractured pelvis.

A chiropractic examination showed abnormal spinal postural positioning and a decrease in the range of motion in her neck. Thermal (heat-reading) scans were performed which also showed irregularities in the neck area. Spinal x-rays were taken of the neck which showed malpositioning of the first and second bones in her neck. From these findings a determination of subluxations in the upper neck was made. Specific cervical (neck) adjustments were performed to correct the subluxations in the upper neck.

The results showed that on her second visit she reported that she had a pain free, solid bowel movement the morning after her first adjustment which has continued. She also reported that her mood was better and less frequency of anxiety when faced with issues that would normally trigger anxiety in the past.  The study notes that the woman was reassessed three months later in care and she continued to show documented measurable  improvement in her physical and mental issues.

In his conclusion, the author explains that a subluxation in the upper neck can cause nerve system dysfunction that can result in a problem with the bowels. He writes, “Correcting the misalignment at this level restores proper neurological function and thereby proper function of the gastro-intestinal track.”

Migraines, Tension Headaches, and Arm Pain Resolved with Chiropractic

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The Chiropractic Journal of Australia published a case study in their June 2016 edition documenting the resolution of long term migraine headaches, tension headaches, and arm pain through chiropractic.

According to the study authors, headaches are the most common neurological problem affecting people. According the World Health Organization, about 47 percent of the population will suffer at least one headache in any given year. Headaches can affect any age group. The study reports that there have been numerous studies showing chiropractic being effective for patients suffering from headaches. However, they note that few studies are available on chiropractic helping the elderly with headaches.

In this study, an 89-year-old man presented himself to the chiropractor for care. The man was suffering from chronic daily tension-type headaches in the front of his head. His headaches had developed into incapacitating migraine headaches every 2 to 3 weeks over the past several years. He also reported suffering from years of chronic right arm and neck pain.

The man’s history included significant trauma, including multiple motor vehicle accidents in 1957 and 1962 in which he suffered fractures in his right arm and spine respectively. The man was a World War II veteran and had suffered a blast injury during an artillery bombardment.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included spinal palpation, a postural and balance assessment, range of motion (ROM), orthopedic and neurological tests, muscle strength and stretch reflexes tests, and sensory and cranial nerve testing. Spinal x-rays were also performed.

Based on the examination findings and x-rays, the diagnosis given was “…chronic daily tension-type headaches, episodic migraines without aura, musculoskeletal neck and arm pain, and concomitant vertebral subluxations.” Chiropractic care was started using a specific adjusting protocol to address the subluxations found.

The study reports that following the first adjustment the patient almost immediately noticed a considerable decrease in the intensity and frequency of his headaches, and arm and neck pain. After six weeks of care, the patient reported that he was continuing to improve and that his headaches were no longer daily and were much less in severity. He also noted that he had not gotten any migraine headaches.

After 12 weeks of care, the patient reported a complete cessation of all headaches and migraines, and also that his arm pain had completely subsided. He commented that he felt a lot more comfortable walking and he had more energy for daily activities. In a one-year follow up, the man reported no further headaches, neck pain, or arm pain.

In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “This case study describes the presentation, chiropractic care provided, and outcomes of care of an 89-year-old male experiencing medically diagnosed chronic daily tension-type headaches, episodic migraines and co-existing musculoskeletal neck and arm pain. The patient reported a cessation of longstanding headaches and musculoskeletal complaints after 12 weeks of – chiropractic care.”

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Infertility Helped With Chiropractic

Infertility Helped With Chiropractic

In the scientific periodical the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (JCCP), comes a study that involved the literature review of 10 different papers of the cases of 11 women who were suffering from infertility. The review, published in the bi-yearly JCCP March 2008 issue, reviewed the case studies of 11 women ages 22 to 42 who were diagnosed as suffering from Infertility.

According to the article, Infertility is defined as an inability to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse or to carry a pregnancy to term.”  The author of the review Stacy Bula D.C., notes that in the US infertility impacts six million women between the ages of 15 and 54.  According to the study the US Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2004 there were 127,977 artificial reproductive procedures performed to try to help women get pregnant. The study notes that although only 34% of the medical procedures attempted will result in a live birth, the costs can range up to $30,000 per menstrual cycle attempt.

In the cases reported in this literature review study, the cases of eleven female patients were reviewed from 10 separate documented case studies. Their histories included one natural childbirth, two miscarriages, two failed in-vitro fertilizations, and three failed artificial inseminations. In some of these cases the women sought chiropractic care for a variety of other problems in addition to infertility.  Some of the additional problems that brought the women to a chiropractor included, ulcerative colitis, lower back pain, neck pain, menstrual cycle problems, diabetes and joint pains.

The average age of the women in the various studies was 32.  In 10 of the 11 cases the women were actively trying to become pregnant and were unsuccessful.  Several had unsuccessfully tried more expensive and risky procedures.  The author noted that the standard medical care for infertility, “..can have serious health problems for both the mother and child.”

The results from these various case studies showed that all 11 women got pregnant shortly after the start of chiropractic care.  The author of the review noted that 9 of the 11 did not receive any further medical care to become pregnant.  The care rendered in all of these cases was specific correction of vertebral subluxations using a variety of chiropractic analyses and techniques.  The author noted that correction of vertebral subluxations caused an improvement in function which allowed the women of these studies to become pregnant.

In her conclusion, Dr. Bula  stated, “The ten case studies examined in this paper suggest that regardless of the type of chiropractic technique used, when subluxations of the vertebral spine were adjusted there was a simultaneous improvement in function of the reproductive organs and related endocrine system.”

Hockey Player Scores with Chiropractic

Hockey Player Scores with Chiropractic

The above is the headline from an article which appeared on September 6, 2013, on the Toronto Star news website. The article features former NHL hockey player Gary Roberts who explains how chiropractic saved his professional hockey career.

When Roberts was 30 years old and a left winger for the Calgary Flames, he suffered a neck injury that left him with severe nerve damage and numbness in his arms. Even after repeated surgeries and rehab he was no better. “I couldn’t hold a steak knife to cut my food,” he recalls. “My career was over. I was a pretty lost soul.”

Then in 1996, Roberts decided to see a chiropractor. The end result was not only did he recover from his injury, but he continued to play professional hockey for another 13 years.

Roberts stated in the article how he felt when describing his recovery with chiropractic, “It saved my life.” He went on in the article to explain, “[Whether] you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, the results are the same – your body gets beaten up. Chiropractors have taken sports to a new level.”

Dr. John Theodoropoulos, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, was also quoted in the article talking about athletes’ affinity for chiropractic care, “Everyone is high-level, everyone takes sports seriously now.” He continued, “When athletes refer to their doctor, their doctor is usually a doctor of chiropractic.”

Other sports and athletes have also recognized the value of chiropractic for high level performance. It was reported on September 3, 2013, in Chiropractic Economics that Logan College of Chiropractic has been named the official chiropractic college of the NFL Rams.

“The St. Louis Rams are proud to partner with Logan University, one of the nation’s leaders in chiropractic education,” said Bob Reif, executive vice president of the St. Louis Rams. “Chiropractic treatments are essential to the health and wellness of our Rams players and Logan alumnus, Dr. Mike Murphy, has been treating our world-class athletes for several years. With this partnership, we are pleased to deepen our relationship with one of the most prestigious schools in chiropractic education.”

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Chiropractic Helps Child with Headaches, Neck Pain, Asthma, and Reading Disabilities

The September 2010 issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, from the National University of Health Sciences, documented a case study showing how chiropractic helped a 10-year-old boy who was suffering from a variety of health problems including headaches, neck pain, asthma, and reading disabilities.

In this case the 10 year old boy was brought to a chiropractor with a history of suffering with headaches and neck pain for 3 years. The history taken revealed that the boy had been injured 3 years earlier while wrestling, and had neck problems for three weeks after that injury. It was noted that the headaches also began at that time. Unfortunately, because the young boy was also suffering from a number of other chronic health problems, these new problems were viewed as part of a poor health pattern.

Some of the other health issues the boy was experiencing included asthma, associated with nasal allergies and sinusitis. As a result the boy was taking a variety of drugs for his health problems, and had been through a battery of medical testing.

A chiropractic kinesiology examination of this boy was conducted, positive findings were noted and care was initiated. After only three weeks of care the study documents that the boy’s symptoms were gone. This included his headaches and neck pain. Additionally, The boy was able to discontinue his asthma medications with no return of respiratory symptoms. The authors also documented how this young boy’s schoolwork also dramatically improved. The authors wrote, “His performance in school was dramatically improved; and his mother, teachers, school nurse, and pediatrician reported how his scholastic performance, comprehension in reading, and physical endurance had gone from low average to above average.”

The conclusions written in this study, although plainly stated do not do justice to how dramatically the young boy’s life was changed. They simply stated, “After 3 years of neck pain and headaches and 4 years of asthma, reading difficulty, and learning disability, this patient’s symptoms resolved. The patient has remained free of symptoms in these areas of difficulty for 2 years since his initial treatments.”

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Chiropractic is Best Option for Neck Pain

A study from the prestigious medical journal The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that chiropractic is more effective for neck pain than medication.

Chiropractic best for neck pain

In the study, 272 patients with acute or subacute neck pain were given one of three treatments: medication, exercise with the advice of a health practitioner, or chiropractic care. After 12 weeks of treatment, patients in the chiropractic and exercise groups experienced the most pain reduction. When compared to the medication group, both exercise and chiropractic had more than doubled the likelihood that participants experienced complete relief of their pain. For chiropractic patients, these benefits lasted for at least a year, demonstrating that chiropractic can provide long-term relief.

The strong success of chiropractic and exercise is likely due to the fact that both treatments address the cause of neck pain, rather than just masking the symptoms. Whether your neck pain is a result of an injury or sitting at a desk for long hours, chiropractic care can restore your normal health free of pain, without the adverse effects of drugs.

Bronfort, Gert, Roni Evans, Alfred Anderson, Kenneth Svendsen, Yiscah Bracha, and Richard Grimm. Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain: A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012, January; 156 (1): 1-10.

Resolution of Morton’s Neuroma in Foot with Chiropractic Care

Resolution of Morton's Neuroma in Foot with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor central best yelp google reviews 5 starsIn describing this condition, the Mayo Clinic website states, “Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes.”

The authors of this case study note that chiropractic care is not the treatment of feet. The goal of chiropractic is to allow the body to heal itself. They describe, “The goal of chiropractic care is to optimize the body’s function by restoring nerve system integrity through the correction of vertebral subluxation. Vertebral subluxation can be defined as ‘a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health’.”

In this case, a 63-year-old woman went to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Clinic with a variety of symptoms. She noted that she had been suffering from right foot numbness and tingling for ten years, as well as neck and low back pain for as long as she could remember. Additionally, she reported headaches for the past three years.

A chiropractic examination was performed for the presence of subluxations. Care was started for correction of her subluxations at the rate of three visits per week for a month. The results of the study showed that by the second visit the patient was noticing an increased overall range of body motion. She also reported that her posture had improved by about visit 5 or 6.

By the 10th visit, the woman reported that the numbness in her toes had been corrected. This was followed by complete resolution of the toes tingling by the next visit. At the one month point of care, she reported improvements in walking, standing, sitting, lying, sleeping, digestion, and exercise.

In their discussion, the authors of the study summed up this case by saying, “This case study reports on the positive improvement in a 63-year-old woman with Morton’s neuroma receiving chiropractic care. This case study adds to the growing body of evidence that chiropractic care can positively influence the physical health and function of individuals with Morton’s neuroma.”

 

Disc Herniation with Extruded Fragment Helped With Chiropractic Care

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a study on November 19, 2015, documenting the case of a patient suffering from left-sided low back pain that radiated down the left leg being helped by chiropractic.

The authors of the study report that lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common health issues in society. It is estimated that between 6.3% and 15.4% of the general population suffers from low back pain for the first time each year. The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015 reports that LBP is the most common condition seen in a chiropractor’s office accounting for 23.6% of new patients.

In this case, a 43-year-old man went to the chiropractor complaining of severe pain in his lower back that radiated down his left leg to his ankle and foot. The man had received an MRI and was diagnosed with a left L4-L5 focal disc protrusion with an extruded fragment. The man rated the pain on a 1 to 10 scale (10 worst) as being between 8 and 10. The pain was worse upon sitting and lying down.

The medical care the man received consisted of prescription drugs including 200 mg. of Advil, 5 mg-325 mg of Percocet , 5 mg. of Valium, and Tramadol. The drugs only provided minor help for short periods of time. Due to the lack of progress, a friend told the man to see a chiropractor.

Upon entering the chiropractor’s office, a history and examination were performed. It was noticed that the patient had an antalgic lean due to the pain. He also had muscle spasms and swelling in the lower back area. Motion of his lower back was reduced and painful.

Based on the results of the chiropractic examination and the severity of his condition, chiropractic care was initiated daily for the first week followed by three times per week for the next three weeks, after which a reassessment was performed.

At the time of the reassessment, the patient had improved to the point where he was able to work 12-hour days feeling slightly stiff and was able to sleep through the night without pain. He also reported that he was able to sit and lay down without any pain. His slight remaining pain at the one month point of care was rated as only a 2 out of 10, and his muscle strength and movement were greatly improved.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report described the successful chiropractic care of a patient with a chief complaint of low back pain associated disc protrusion at the L5-S1 functional spinal unit.”

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Chiropractic could be the “Hidden Cure” you need for your Migraines.

5 Migraine Treatments to AvoidThe cause of migraines is still somewhat a mystery. Scientists have found a number of neurological and even genetic factors at play in regard to these often life-altering headaches, but haven’t yet identified a primary cause. Unfortunately, since the research is constantly changing, this essentially forces patients to accept treatments that temporarily ease their pain, but don’t offer any long-term solutions.

However, the first step to preventing migraines is discovering the triggers that bring them on. And beyond wine, stress, and chocolate, there’s an extremely common migraine trigger that may just surprise you. It involves tiny knots of muscles in your neck, called myofascial trigger points.

In a study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, researchers found that migraine sufferers had increased muscle stiffness and myofascial trigger points in their right sternocleidomastoid and right trapezius neck muscles when compared to headache-free patients.

Myofascial trigger points create a “cycle of pain” in which your migraine headache causes you tense your neck muscles, which leads to knots, which further forces you to constrict your muscles, leading to even more headaches. How can you break this cycle? Through regular spinal manipulations, a chiropractor may be able to provide you migraine relief, if not take your head pain away entirely.

For instance, a recent case study involved a 15-year old male who had a migraine for over a month, along with suffering from a whole other host of issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette syndrome. He engaged in chiropractic care over the course of 19 weeks and, not only did his migraine go away, but his other conditions improved as well.

Beyond this case study, studies involving larger sample sizes show that patients with migraine can expect to experience a 68-90 percent decrease in headache severity by using chiropractic care.

If you suffer from migraines, make an appointment with Dr. Jeff Swanson at Cedar Park Chiropractic today. It may be just the treatment you need to become pain-free!

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References

Tali D, et al. Upper cervical mobility, posture and myofascial trigger points in subjects with episodic migraine: Case control study. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2014.

Jahangiri JN, Vatankhah N, and Baradaran HR. Reduction of Current Migraine Headache Pain Following Neck Massage and Spinal Manipulation. Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork 2012; 5(1): 5–13.

Kuhn K and Cambron J. Chiropractic management using a brain-based model of care for a 15-year-old adolescent boy with migraine headaches and behavioral and learning difficulties: a case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2013) 12, 274-280.

Tuchin P, Pollard H, Bonello R. A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000; 23 (2) 91-95.

This article was written by Chironexus.net

Gallup Poll: Majority in U.S. Say Chiropractic Works for Neck and Back Pain

A new Gallup Poll released on September 8, 2015, showed that a large number of people in the United States have used chiropractic and believe it to be of help for a number of conditions. The poll, commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, was based on the results from a Gallup Panel study of 5,442 adults, aged 18 and older, conducted February 16 through May 6, 2015.

Some of the highlights of the Gallup Poll reveal:

  • Two-thirds say chiropractic is effective for neck and back pain.
  • Many adults say chiropractors think of a patient’s best interest.
  • More than 33 million U.S. adults saw a chiropractor last year.

Overall, about half of U.S. adults have seen a chiropractor sometime in their lives. Each year about 14% of the adult population goes to a chiropractor. Additionally, most people think chiropractors have their patient’s best interest in mind and are trustworthy.

In spite of decades of organized opposition from the medical society, only a small percentage of the population had a negative view of chiropractic or chiropractors thinking they did not have their patient’s best interests in mind (8%), or were not trustworthy (9%). People who went to chiropractors were more likely to have a positive opinion of chiropractic than those who did not.

The poll also showed that there were no specific groups of people more likely to go to a chiropractor. Income level and education was not a significant factor in who utilized chiropractic care. The poll did show that people aged 35 and older (56%) are more likely than younger adults (37%) to go to a chiropractor. Also, the poll reported that blacks are less likely than whites or Hispanics to use chiropractic care. Additionally, women are slightly more likely to see a chiropractor than men.

The poll did point out that the public had two areas where their knowledge related to chiropractic was failing. The first area was in relation to the rigorous education needed to become a chiropractor, and the second was the extent to which their insurance covered chiropractic services. The poll researchers estimated that chiropractic utilization would be even higher if the public were aware of the level of education a chiropractor is required to have, and if information on insurance coverage for chiropractic were more readily available.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “Adults younger than 50 represent a unique opportunity for the future of chiropractic because this group is more likely than older respondents to say a chiropractor would be their first choice to see about neck or back pain. However, adults aged 18 to 34 are more sensitive to chiropractic costs than are older adults.”

A copy of the full Gallup poll can be found at http://www.palmer.edu/uploadedfiles/pages/alumni/gallop-report-palmer-college.pdf

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