Researching Chiropractic: Increased telomere length
Telomere length? Telomeres are parts of our genes that shorten with each cell division; at a critical length, the cell stops dividing or dies. Increasing telomere length can indicate reversal of aging and increase of life span.
Increased telomere length, neck and mid-back pain, and quality of life
A 35-year-old woman, an elementary school teacher, had been suffering from chronic neck and mid-back pain for 5 years following a motor vehicle collision. She also suffered from nocturnal polyuria (frequent urination at night).
Chiropractic examination revealed a forward head posture and loss of normal neck curve consistent with subluxations. Quality of life measures were determined by the Short-Form 36 health survey, and heart rate variability was measured.
After 36 visits, she reported improvement in her nocturnal polyuria, neck and mid-back pain and quality of life. X-rays showed correction of her neck curve (cervical lordosis) and forward head posture. A blood test showed significant improvement in patient telomere length and heart rate variability improved from a health risk to within normal limits.
Fedorchuk C, Lightstone D, McCoy M, Harrison DE. Increased telomere length & improvements in dysautonomia, quality of life, neck & back pain following correction of sagittal cervical alignment using Chiropractic BioPhysics® Technique: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 18, 2018:114-120.
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