Chiropractic treatment of Low Back and Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy

The results of this randomized controlled study showed that patients that were seen by a chiropractor showed clinically significant reductions in both pain and disability.  Dr. Jeff Swanson has over 18 years experience working with expecting moms and their OB/GYN.  If you have further questions on how we can help you throughout and after your pregnancy, feel free to contact us at 512-335-0641.

Improvement of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) with Chiropractic

A case study published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics documents the recovery of a infant suffering with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) under chiropractic care. According to the Mayo Clinic GERD “…occurs when food backs up (refluxes) from a baby’s stomach, causing the baby to spit up.”

Improvement of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) with Chiropractic

The author of the study begins by noting that medical care for gastroesophageal reflux disease has not been shown to be effective. One study showed that the most common type of medication used for GERD has been shown to be no more effective that a placebo. Because of this, alternative care such as chiropractic is in great need for babies with this condition.

In this case, a four-month-old baby girl suffering from recurrent regurgitation after feeding was brought to the chiropractor. The baby was exclusively breastfed. The baby did not like being carried and often regurgitated after feeding. She also suffered with frequent crying, belching, interrupted sleep, choking, wheezing while sleeping, fussiness, distended stomach, and excessive intestinal gas.

The girl’s mother reported that she noticed these problems from about the second day after birth. In order to better sleep, the baby’s mother would place her on an incline mattress. The baby would also regurgitate almost every time her legs were raised to change her diapers.

A chiropractic examination was performed that included visual inspection, testing of reflexes, neurological testing, range of motion of the spine, palpation of the abdomen, and dynamic palpation of all spinal segments. Most of the test were normal. However, the abdomen was distended and areas of restriction were found in the spine. Subluxations were determined to be present and care was initiated.

The result of the care was the complete resolution of the baby’s GERD. The baby’s distended stomach returned to normal and the wheezing while sleeping stopped.

In the conclusion the author wrote, “Since current evidence fails to support traditional medicinal methods to treat GERD in infants, chiropractic care merits investigation as a safe alternative that might prove more efficient than medication and with fewer side effects.”

Improvement in Multiple Sclerosis(MS) Symptoms With Chiropractic Care

The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a study on August 24, 2015, documenting the case of a woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) showing a decrease in symptoms and an increase in her quality of life with chiropractic care. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system.

Improvement in Multiple Sclerosis Symptomatology in a Patient Undergoing Chiropractic Care - Austin TX ChiropractorThe study reports that MS is the most common disabling autoimmune disease in young adults affecting approximately 250,000 people in the U.S. primarily between the ages of 20 and 50. MS affects the central nervous system and creates a variety of symptoms and problems. Problems can include in-coordination, optic neuritis, mild sensory or motor symptoms, numbness, handwriting difficulties, headaches, and depression.

In this case, a 49-year-old woman suffering from MS went to the chiropractor. She had been diagnosed with MS years earlier in 1996. This diagnosis was confirmed by MRI studies. The first symptom she noticed was an uncontrollable shaking feeling in her body that was relieved by exercise.

Upon going to the chiropractor, she was suffering with neck pain, difficultly writing, fatigue, head instability, severe neck and upper back pain and stiffness, loss of grip strength in her hands, cold hands/feet, ringing in the ears, vertigo, blurred vision, photo-phobia, and allergies. Her MS was causing difficulty in talking and affecting her ability to drive a car.

A chiropractic examination showed a reduced range of motion in both the neck and lower back along with postural abnormalities. A thermal scan was performed which showed abnormal temperature variations in the neck area. X-rays were taken of the cervical spine which showed misalignments in the upper neck area.

It was determined that the woman had vertebral subluxations present in her neck. Chiropractic care was begun using specific adjustments designed to address the subluxations found in the woman’s neck.

After care was ongoing, the patient was given a questionnaire to record her progress of her adjustments. She recorded a marked improvement in her driving ability, allergies, cold hands/feet, vertigo, blurry vision, ringing in ears, fatigue, neck pain, and upper back pain. She also reported that her prior complaints had not returned since she began chiropractic care. She even showed moderate improvement in her writing ability and her head instability.

The study authors note that MS is considered an immune system problem that causes the neurological issues. To help explain how chiropractic can have a positive effect on MS, the authors wrote, “Studies have shown that when the nervous system is not working properly it will impair the immune system because of the numerous connections between the two. Chiropractic adjustments aim to remove subluxations interference in the nervous system. This will help restore the body’s ability to be in a state of homeostasis and respond to both changes in the internal and external environment, improving overall health, and allowing the body to heal.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-335-0641 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson.

 

Reduction in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

The above is the title of a research case study published on April 11, 2013 in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health.  The author of the study describes Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) as,  “a spinal curvature that presents from the age of 10 until skeletal maturity.”  It is more common in girls than in boys. 

In this case a fourteen year old girl came to the chiropractor concerned about her right hip being higher than her left. She was not experiencing any pain. An initial chiropractic examination showed that her range of motion was within normal limits. A postural analysis showed that her head was rotated to the left and tilted to the right.  She also had a right high shoulder and hip and her left foot was rotated outward.

Palpation of the girl’s spine showed multiple areas of increased sensitivity as well as muscle spasm along her spine. X-rays of the girls spine were taken which confirmed the presence of a scoliosis. Using a standard measuring system called the “Cobb” it was determined that the girl had a scoliosis with a Cobb angle that measured 17.2 degrees in the mid back area of her spine.

A series of specific chiropractic adjustments were given over the next 13 weeks. The girl was also given home spinal exercises to aid in the corrections.  Assessments were done twice during the course of the 13 week period and improvements were noted each time.

The author noted that the first reassessment showed obvious postural improvements with the head and neck. There was still muscle spasm noted, but it had decreased. Her head rotation had improved and the head tilt had totally corrected. The author notes that the girl was pleased with the changes she was able to notice.

On the second assessment, further improvement was noted in posture and positioning.  A second set of x-rays was taken that documented an improvement in the spinal curvature from a Cobb angle of 17.2 degrees down to 13.5 degrees. This improvement represents only the 13 week time frame of the study as published.

In her discussion the author comments, “Conservative methods of treatment for scoliosis should continue to focus on the prevention of the progression of scoliosis until the etiology is known.” She continues and elaborates on the chiropractic approach by noting, “Regardless of the technique used, the majority of chiropractors are focused on detecting and removing vertebral subluxations to reinstate normality to function.”

Contact us at www.CedarParkChiro.com or at 512-335-0641 for more information.

Medical Research Journal Publishes Study Showing Benefits fo Chiropractic for Back Pain

The medical research journal Spine, published a report on April 15, 2013 titled, “Adding Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy to Standard Medical Care for Patients With Acute Low Back Pain: Results of a Pragmatic Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Study.”  The study was conducted on military personnel.

This study did not compare chiropractic care to medical care for patients with back problems. This study looked at the difference between patients who received only medical care versus those who received both chiropractic and medical care for acute lower back pain. 

This study looked at patient responses relative to pain and  physical functioning for the both the group receiving  only medical care and the group that also received chiropractic.  The 91 subjects in this study were active-duty US military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 years. The study was conducted from February 2008 to June 2009 at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC), Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. 

Lead author,  Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., vice chancellor for research and health policy for Palmer College of Chiropractic, explained the reasoning behind the study by saying,  “While a number of studies have shown spinal manipulation to be effective in treating low back pain in research settings, the appropriate role of chiropractic care in treating low back pain within the health care delivery system, including the military, has not been clearly established.”

The results showed that those who received the chiropractic care in addition to the medical care did significantly better both with pain reduction and functional ability, than those who received only medical care. Col. Richard Petri, Chief of the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center (IPMC) at WBAMC commented, “This is a significant step for recognizing the value of chiropractic care in the military,” he said. “Continued research in this area will ultimately result in better healthcare delivery systems as well as the improved health of our beneficiaries.”

Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., President and CEO of Samueli Institute who funded the study noted, “It is critical that we explore drug-less approaches to reduce pain.” He added, “Chiropractic manipulation is an important option to consider for musculoskeletal disorders, which is the most prevalent pain complaint in the military.”

The study authors concluded, “The results of this trial suggest that CMT (Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy) in conjunction with SMC (Standard Medical care) offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard (medical) care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute LBP.

Motion X-rays Verify Spinal Changes


A study published  on February 2, 2015, in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research was designed to see if chiropractic adjustments could cause verifiable changes to the  way spinal segments move.  Motion x-ray, known as video fluoroscopy, was used to document any changes in motion of the spine after chiropractic adjustments.

The authors begin by saying, “The goal of many chiropractic techniques or systems is to restore the proper structure of the spine in order to restore proper function to the nervous system.” They note that many chiropractic facilities use x-ray to determine the spinal condition and changes due to chiropractic care. They point out that static pictures lack the aspect of motion in determining if individual spinal segments are locked or suffer from some abnormal motion. In this case series, four patients, suffering from a variety of symptoms, came in for chiropractic care. The subjects included three women and a man, ages 17 to 38 years. Three had symptoms of neck pain and one had lower back pain. Each participant agreed to be part of the study and to stay in the study long enough to have a follow up examination and motion x-ray.

Each of the patients were evaluated for vertebral subluxation utilizing examination, thermography, static x-rays, and video fluoroscopy. In each of the four patients, a “locking” of a vertebral segment was observed on the video fluoroscopy in either the neck or upper back region. Specific chiropractic adjustments were rendered to correct the subluxations found based upon the findings for each case.

A second follow-up video fluoroscopy study was done at some point after the adjustments. With all four of the patients, the follow-up studies documented visible positive changes in the motion of individual spinal vertebrae from the chiropractic adjustments.  The study also recorded that all four of the patients got relief from their original symptoms that brought them in for chiropractic care.

The authors wrote in their outcome section, “All four subjects in the study had a significant degree of positive and measurable change with intersegmental motion following chiropractic intervention.”

Dr. Swanson provides vertebral subluxation correction out of his Cedar Park chiropractic office and serves the greater Austin, TX community including the cities of Cedar Park, Bee Cave and Round Rock.