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.”

Chiropractor serves as chief medical officer for Team USA at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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July 18, 2016—The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), the voice of the chiropractic profession, highlights the role of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in the care of amateur and professional athletes, citing the continued leadership of William Moreau, DC, DACBSP as managing director of sports medicine for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and chief medical officer for Team USA at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

With chiropractic care now established as a key component of the health services available to Olympic and Paralympic athletes, experts at the F4CP note that the care provided by a DC helps to maximize overall health and maintain peak performance among athletes.


“Olympic and Paralympic athletes access care from a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals, including DCs who hold additional ACBSP certifications in sports chiropractic (an active Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP) or Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician certification is necessary), as well as advanced techniques in soft tissue cares, joint mobility, active care and others,” said Moreau. “Chiropractic plays an important role in preventive, maintenance or injury specific care, and contributes to enhanced clinical outcomes and high patient satisfaction levels among all athletes.”


Doctors of chiropractic – who receive a minimum of seven years of higher level education – are primary care professionals for spinal health and well-being, and are qualified to diagnose, treat and manage a broad spectrum of health conditions.


For athletes, chiropractic care can help to reduce the risk of injuries, accelerate recovery time and improve health and performance through enhancements in range of motion, flexibility, balance, muscle strength and other key factors.


Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP, states, “It is gratifying to witness the demand for and growing utilization of chiropractic care among professional athletes. The evidence-based, hands-on chiropractic approach utilizes a variety of techniques, including spinal manipulation, to help restore functionality of the spine and nervous system to ensure optimal well-being, and inevitably fuel competitive athletic performance.”

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Chiropractic now a focus in concussion treatment

Trainers and doctors told him to find a quiet place, sit still and just wait. No outside activity, no exercise, no television. Merely rest and wait for the symptoms to subside.

Well, times have changed.

This AHL season, Rallo, a veteran forward for the Texas Stars, missed nearly two months with a concussion. It was a lengthy, frustrating process that included a headache that lingered for six weeks, but instead of sitting quietly in a dark room, Rallo tackled his symptoms head-on.

“It’s very different than it was last time,” Rallo said. “That was four years ago, and the rule was to sit still. Don’t watch TV, don’t do anything, until your symptoms are gone. This time I was working on eye exercises and improving throughout (my recovery).”

Rallo was injured Jan. 29, when Lake Erie’s Jamie Sifers took out his legs after Rallo scored a goal in a 3-2 loss. Rallo slammed his head on the ice and didn’t return to the Stars’ lineup until March 23.

After suffering his first concussion in four years as a result of Sifers’ hit, Rallo started down the road to recovery by working with a chiropractic neurologist. Through simple exercises — one called for him to put his hands straight out, close his eyes and march in place — Rallo worked to improve the tracking of his eyes, his heart rate and his cognition.

“Early on, I would open my eyes and I would be facing the complete opposite direction, having no idea I had moved,” Rallo said. “They would also do this thing were they would spin me in a chair real slow, and my heart rate would go up to 170, just for a slow spin. Eventually it was worked back to where I could spin in the chair and my heart rate would stay normal, even for a fast spin.”

The exercises helped him return to the ice, said Rallo, whose club will try to even its first-round playoff series against San Diego when the teams play Saturday night at the newly renamed H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

During the AHL regular season, Stars coach Derek Laxdal became quite accustomed to dealing with players who had concussions.

Rallo and Travis Morin each missed more than a month with concussion symptoms, and Mattias Backman missed a couple of weeks earlier in the season. And just last week, Laxdal said forward Branden Troock’s season had come to an end after he suffered a concussion in a fight against San Jose defenseman Gus Young.

“It’s all about the health of the player now,” Laxdal said. “This is a game, and it’s their job, but you have to make sure a guy has a life after hockey. It’s changed how we treat it. When I played, you could get (hit) pretty hard and no one would think about it. Today, we know it’s important to protect your brain.”

During his playing career, which stretched from 1982 to 2001, Laxdal said he hardly ever heard the word “concussion” mentioned.

“I remember during a game in junior (hockey), I got hit at center ice, had my head down and had to be taken off on a stretcher,” the coach recalled. “I spent the night in the hospital but still played two nights later. Think about that: I ran into a 6-foot-6-inch brick wall on skates with my head down and still played two days later.”

While the recognition of concussions and the treatment of them might have changed in hockey, the public transparency about head injuries in the sport remains cloudy.

The AHL doesn’t track concussions, and the league’s teams aren’t required to publicly disclose injuries. The teams that do disclose injuries often describe the ailments simply as “upper-body” or “lower-body” injuries.

While there aren’t hard numbers across the AHL, NHL officials claim the number of concussions suffered by players is declining.

According to league records, 2011 saw the largest number of concussions in NHL history. Among the players stricken was Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, the game’s marquee name, who missed 15 months while recovering.

Crosby’s injury raised awareness of the concussion issue in hockey circles, and the subject remains a hot-button topic. Former NHL enforcers Bob Probert, Derek Boogard and Steve Montador all died before age 50, and autopsies found that all three were suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease of the brain found in those with a history of repetitive brain trauma.

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the NHL, with more than 100 players alleging that the league failed to protect them from the long-term effects of head trauma.

“The biggest thing is people want change, and they want to be safer and know a player will be all there when they retire,” said a former NHL player from the mid-1990s who didn’t want to be identified. “I think this is bringing (the issue) the attention it deserves, and hopefully it continues to improve.”

The NHL and AHL have worked to reduce the occurrence of concussions by slowly weeding fighting out of the sport. This season, Texas had a league-low 16 fights, and this season was just the second time since 2000 that the AHL didn’t have a team with 100 major penalties for fighting.

“The age of two donkeys going out and swinging at each other is over,” Texas Stars defenseman Brennan Evans said. “Fighting is declining. It’s still part of the game, but not what it used to be by a long shot.”

In the AHL, if a player engages in two fights during a game, he’s ejected. Approved before the 2014-15 season, the rule change has been positive for the league, said AHL President and CEO Dave Andrews.“The number of players fighting multiple times has gone down, and that’s good,” Andrews said in a phone interview. “It’s always been part of the game, but I don’t think any of our teams market fighting to sell tickets. It’s a very good product on the ice. People don’t need a fight to enjoy it.”

There also are concussion spotters in each NHL press box who watch for players who take hits to the head, and players recovering from concussions face stricter standards before being cleared to return to the ice.Add all these changes together, a number of AHL and NHL players said, and they feel more comfortable reporting concussion like symptoms to a team trainer or a doctor.

“I’m not a doctor, and I can’t say exactly what happens in each case, but across our league players are treated with the best possible care,” Andrews said. “There are a few slight modifications, just from the number of personnel we have in the league, but overall if a player has a head injury, it’s treated just as seriously, if not more (in the AHL).”

The Texas Stars follow the same concussion protocol used in the NHL. If a player suffers a significant hit to the head or reports concussion like symptoms, his symptoms are assessed. If diagnosed with a concussion, the player must complete a six-step process before returning to game action. Twenty-four hours must pass after the completion of each step in the process, so any player recovering from a concussion is sidelined for at least a week.Before resuming full-contact practice — the fifth step in the process — the injured player’s results on his latest cognitive assessment must at least equal the baseline score he recorded before training camp opened.

Shay McGlynn, head athletic trainer for the Texas Stars, said 90 percent of players dealing with concussions see them subside within two weeks. If the symptoms linger longer, players are referred to a neurologist or neuropsychologist for additional treatment. That was the case for both Rallo and Morin, who was injured against Lake Erie on Feb. 14 and didn’t return to action until March 26.

“You understand why you wait,” Rallo said. “At least now it’s a better process.”

If you have questions regarding concussion treatment and how chiropractic plays an important roll, please contact Dr. Jeff Swanson, DC, CSCS, at 512-335-0641 or online at  Dr. Swanson is the official team chiropractor for the Texas Stars Hockey Team.





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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8 Reasons Why Chiropractic is the Best Treatment for Auto Injuries

Millions of people are injured in car crashes each year in the US, and many of these “minor” collisions result in long-term symptoms and disability. In fact, research shows that a significant number of people have pain from a crash even 10-15 years later.

Chiropractic is one of the best ways to treat and heal from these types of injuries. Chiropractic works by restoring the normal function of your spine, allowing the tissues to heal and become pain-free.

If you’ve been in a car crash, here’s how chiropractic can help you:

1. Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation

During an auto collision, the ligaments and muscles that make up your spine can be stretched or experience micro-tears. X-rays or MRI scans usually aren’t sophisticated enough to diagnose these kinds of injuries, but this tissue damage causes the area to become inflamed. Many times, an auto injury patient won’t feel much discomfort immediately after the crash, but they wake up the next morning to a stiff and painful neck. This is caused by the body’s inflammation response to these micro-lesions.

A 2010 study found that chiropractic adjustments actually helps the body release anti-inflammatory Interleukin 6 (IL-6), an important substance created by your body that’s used to help heal acute injuries.

2. Chiropractic Restores Motion

Another problem with inflammation is that the tissues become immobile, which can slow healing to the area. Ligaments of the spine don’t get many nutrients or blood supply normally, and this becomes even more difficult when inflamed and injured.

During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of your spine are mobilized, which helps increase blood flow and healing nutrients to the area.

3. Chiropractic Reduces Scar Tissue

Your body heals ligament, tendon, and muscle injuries by creating scar tissue. Scar tissue in an injured area is made up of the same kind of cells as the original tissue, but it’s laid down rapidly and randomly as a temporary “patch” on top of the damaged area.

If you get scar tissue in a large muscle, it can be uncomfortable for a while until you stretch it out, but it most likely won’t cause any long-term problems. Scar tissue in the ligaments of your neck or back, however, can be much more debilitating, since we can’t stretch it out ourselves. Your chiropractor focuses the adjustments on these specific vertebral joints that are fixated, effectively stretching them and breaking up the scar tissue in the joint.

4. Chiropractic Relieves Localized Pain

Over the last 20 years, countless studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective way to reduce pain. In fact, a 2013 study found that 94% of patients experienced neck pain relief with manipulation!

5. Chiropractic Reduces Pain in Your Whole Body

Many auto injury patients develop more widespread pain after a crash, especially if the original injury wasn’t treated promptly. A 2014 study reported that people who received a chiropractic adjustment had increased levels of pain-reducing hormones in their bloodstream.

6. Chiropractic Relieves Stress

A car crash is a very stressful life event, especially if you’re in pain. When your body is exposed to trauma, it goes into a flight or fight response, which can result in anxiety, depression, and stress. A 2011 study used PET scans to look at the brains of people who received chiropractic adjustments for neck pain. They found that those patients had reduced brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly lower levels of cortisol, indicating reduced stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment. Reducing your overall level of stress is important, because, left untreated, stress can also slow recovery time and increase your risk of developing chronic pain.

7. Chiropractic Works!

Researchers have recognized that chiropractic is a great way to help people recover from auto injuries for many decades. In 1996, British researchers found that 93% of auto injury patients with neck pain experienced dramatic improvement with chiropractic care.

In 2015, an Ontario, Canada government group agreed that spinal manipulation, combined with staying active and continuing to work, are the most important factors in recovering quickly from car crash injuries.

8. Early Chiropractic Care Prevents Chronic Pain

Research from 2000 and 2003 found that auto injury patients who got early treatment focused on mobilizing the injured area recovered faster and had fewer residual symptoms from the crash. Chiropractic does this: a chiropractic adjustment gets the joints in your spine moving the way they’re supposed to, helping to prevent chronic pain.

If you’ve been injured in a car crash, you don’t have to suffer from chronic pain. Chiropractic is a great way to help your body heal from all kinds of injuries.

Contact Dr. Jeff Swanson at or 512-335-0641.


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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.


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2015 British Open Victor, Zach Johnson, relies on chiropractic care

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The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, congratulates professional golfer, Zach Johnson, on his recent victory at the 2015 British Open.

According to experts at the F4CP, the good health and impressive athletic performance displayed by Johnson can, in part, be attributed to the care he receives from doctors of chiropractic, including his father, David Johnson, DC, and PGA Tour chiropractor, Troy Van Biezen, DC.

“Zach has been receiving chiropractic care his entire life,” said David Johnson, a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, who notes that his son continues to receive regular adjustments while on and off the PGA Tour. “Throughout his professional career, Zach has relied on chiropractic to help prevent, manage, and treat the wide array of injuries that athletes are susceptible to, and to help keep his body functioning at its best.”

Doctors of chiropractic are specifically trained to provide hands-on care that helps to improve range of motion, flexibility, muscle strength, and other key performance factors, as well as counsel on nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle choices. Today, Van Biezen travels with Zach Johnson and several other professional golfers, including 2015 Masters Tournament and U.S. Open winner, Jordan Spieth.

“Over the years, chiropractic care has become a foundational healthcare element offered to amateur and professional athletes, including golfers, to help alleviate pain and prepare the body for peak athletic performance,” said Van Biezen, a graduate of Parker University. “Regular chiropractic care helps to maintain proper postural balance, reduce the risk of injury, and improve recovery time and overall health.”

To help raise public perception of the profession, Zach Johnson and Jordan Spieth have individually agreed to participate in the F4CP’s targeted ad campaign, “Champions of Chiropractic,” which showcases high-profile celebrities and their DCs endorsing chiropractic care. With growing evidence of the dangers of short and long-term pain medication, the chiropractic profession is the largest health provider group offering nonpharmaceutical care with a record of cost savings and high patient satisfaction scores.

Kent Greenawalt, chairman, F4CP, is extremely pleased to witness well-received public figures, including Zach Johnson and Jordan Spieth, speak out on behalf of chiropractic care, stating, “The public must be informed of the countless health benefits associated with chiropractic.” He continues, “This tremendous level of positive exposure is exactly what the profession needs to advance to the next level and help individuals of all ages receive the care they deserve.”

Source: Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

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.”

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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.