Chiropractic Case Studies

The following case studies report findings on how chiropractic care helped people with Breastfeeding, Edema, Low Back Pain, and fibromyalgia.

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Breastfeeding and latching difficulty breastfeeding

A four-week-old baby girl was brought in for chiropractic care by her mother who was concerned about the child’s inability to effectively latch onto her left breast when held in the traditional cradle position or any other position.

Multiple subluxations with spasm, limited motion and tenderness were found at the sacrum, the fifth thoracic vertebrae (T5), the atlas (C1) and right TMJ.

Following a specific adjustment to the upper cervical spine and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) the infant could turn her head better and there was a decrease in spasm of the right TMJ-related musculature and the left neck. Immediately afterwards the baby could breastfeed with success and no further issues remained.

The mother reported the baby was able to latch perfectly and nursed without interruption for 30 minutes. The mother returned the next week and reported total resolution of the infant’s inability to latch onto her left breast. (1)

Edema and lower back pain in pregnancypregnant woman's belly

A 28-year-old mom-to-be, pregnant for 33 weeks, presented at a chiropractic office. Her chief complaint was tingling and numbness in the second through fourth fingers on her right hand. She also reported low back pain and right leg swelling. She also had endometriosis, ovarian cysts and two miscarriages.

She was scheduled for 9 visits of care. Within that period of time she received chiropractic adjustments. Her presenting complaints resolved within the time of care. (2)

Chiropractic & exercise: perfect for fibromyalgiawoman lifting weights

Fifty-five women with fibromyalgia ages 21-59 years old were divided into two groups: some completed resistance training and the others received chiropractic adjustments in addition to resistance training. The patients who received chiropractic care were more likely to follow the exercise program consistently and had more significant improvements in functionality, balance, flexibility and endurance.

This study confirmed the power of exercise and resistance training to ease the pain of fibromyalgia. At the same time, it demonstrates that combining chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy may enhance the benefits of both treatments. (3)


  1. Drobbin D, Stallman J. Resolution of breastfeeding and latching difficulty following subluxation based chiropractic care: case report and review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2015;3:102-108.
  2. Edwards J, Alcantara J. Resolution of peripheral neuropathy, lower extremity edema, and low back pain in a pregnant female undergoing chiropractic care. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2015;3:86-91.
  3. Panton LB, Figueroa A, Kingsley JD et al. Effects of resistance training and chiropractic treatment in women with fibromyalgia. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2009;15(3):321-328.

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