Researching Chiropractic: Studies in helping people

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?

Probably most of them.

Chiropractic Care and Breech Birthchiropractic care

A 35-year-old woman was 34 weeks pregnant when she came in for chiropractic care. She had a history of breech births and cesarean sections. This time she wanted a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). She had heard chiropractic care can help a baby turn from a breech presentation to a more natural position.
Over the course of two weeks of care she had four chiropractic adjustments. The baby turned in a normal vertex position for a vaginal delivery and the patient went on to have a successful, natural, vaginal birth process with no reported complications. (1)

Chiropractic Care and Stroke

A 58-year-old male presented to a chiropractic office complaining of left hip pain. He had suffered a stroke 18 years earlier (at age 40!) and still had been experiencing residual paralysis in both hands and widespread muscle spasticity. His right hand was involuntarily contracted in a complete fist. The patient’s medical doctor told him that these problems were permanent.chirorpactic care

After 13 months of chiropractic care addressing his vertebral subluxations, the patient had improved control of fine motor skills, decreased muscle spasticity and was able to turn pages of a book with his right hand and lay his hand flat on a table with no assistance. The patient was also able to move well enough to put on his own jacket, button and zip it, with no assistance. He can now exercise on his Pilates machine, which he had been unable to do since before his stroke. Incidentally, the patient has not had to increase his eyewear prescription since beginning chiropractic care. (2)

Chiropractic Care and Seizures in a four-year-old

A four-year-old boy was brought in for chiropractic care with the following symptoms: eye rolling, pursing of the lips, loss of balance, delayed speech and up to three seizures per day. chiropractic care

His neurologist diagnosed him with intractable frontal lobe epilepsy at the age of eighteen-months. He had been on antiepileptic drugs without improvement. The neurologist recommended that a frontal lobectomy be performed.

Chiropractic analysis revealed a subluxation of the C1 (atlas) vertebra that was corrected on his first visit.

At his second visit three days later the mother stated that he had not experienced any seizures since the first adjustment.

He has been under care for seven months and his parents report significant improvements in their son’s balance, speech and a significant decrease in eye rolling as well as significant improvement in coordination and overall quality of life. His seizures have decreased to about three a week so far. (3)


  1. Drobbin D, McClain B.Resolution of breech presentation and successful VBAC in a patient undergoing Webster Technique: a case study & selective review of the literature. J Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2017;2:44-53.
  2. Dunton T, Pallis RJ. Improvement in major residual effects of stroke followingchiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxation. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research.April 17, 2017:64-71.
  3. Lieberman B, Hapner-Petron S.Reduction of seizures in a four-year-old male with intractable frontal lobe epilepsy following upper cervical chiropractic care: a case study. J Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2017;2:57-64.

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