Researching Chiropractic: Reflux, Morton’s neuroma, Hypothyroidism
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.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
A 4-month-old baby girl with GERD was brought by her mother for chiropractic care. The mother reported the child had multiple episodes of reflux and vomiting per day. She received chiropractic and cranial care and her mother reported a large bowel movement and a longer than normal sleep the day after the 1st visit. The baby continued care 2x/week for 2 weeks and 1x/week for the next 4 weeks. By the second visit, her mother reported that the vomiting and reflux had decreased. Within 3 weeks she had no more reflux or vomiting. (1)
Improved behavior, a reduction in violent outbreaks in a 10-year-old boy.
This is the case of a 10-year-old boy with behavioral issues, including dramatic changes from a calm manner to suddenly violent actions. He was also reported to have difficulty sleeping due to emotional detachment disorder and frequently suffered from panic attacks.
His mother also reported that he had difficulty noticing when he was sufficiently full following eating. His behavioral volatility caused him to be suspended from school. Upper cervical, thoracic and lumbopelvic subluxations were discovered in this case. He received spinal adjustments. His changes were recorded through the Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) questionnaires over the course of his treatment. A reduction in an MYMOP score of 6/6 to 16/6 for behavior and violent outbreaks was measured after 8 adjustments. Further improvements were noticed with sleep and anxiety, as well as a dramatically improved awareness of feeling full after eating. (2)
Reflux, irritability, and more in 7-month-old boys.
This is the case of two seven-month-old premature fraternal twin boys with chronic reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, general irritability, excessive crying, plagiocephaly, and scaphocephaly who were presented by their mother for chiropractic care. The children received spinal and cranial adjustments and after 8 weeks of care, the mother reported a decrease in the severity of the twins’ reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, and irritability. At 16 weeks of chiropractic care, the twins’ reflux had ceased and their cranial symmetry had markedly improved. (3)
Morton’s neuroma is a nerve tumor in the foot. It is a painful condition that people describe as “walking on a marble.” It usually affects the ball of the foot, often between the 3rd and 4th toes, and feels like a sharp, burning pain. The toes also may sting, burn, or feel numb. The medical or podiatric approach is to give corticosteroid (cortisone) injections or perform surgery to cut out the tumor.
This is the case of a 63-year-old woman who suffered from Morton’s neuroma in her right foot for ten years. She sought chiropractic care for a variety of health complaints. For one month her vertebral subluxations were addressed and reduced using specific chiropractic care. During this period her Morton’s neuroma symptoms completely disappeared and in addition, she reported improvement in her digestion, sleep, and ability to move without pain. (4)
Failure to thrive, oral thrush, and inconsolable crying in a 4-month-old.
The baby was medically diagnosed with “Failure to thrive” (FTT) because her weight or size was significantly below that of other children of similar age and gender. She was reported to have had birth trauma from a nuchal cord-the umbilical cord was completely wrapped around her neck (360 degrees). The child was 4-months-old when she was brought to the chiropractor. She was suffering from inconsolable crying, oral thrush (an overgrowth of the fungus candida Albicans in the mouth and throat), chronic diarrhea and she was dangerously
Chiropractic examination detected vertebral subluxations at C1-C4 (upper neck) and T3-T4 (upper back). The child received chiropractic adjustments from the first visit and afterward was checked for vertebral subluxations that were corrected when indicated for seven weeks.
Her FTT symptoms began to resolve after the first visit and completely resolved by the seventh week of care. (5)
Hypothyroidism reduction under chiropractic care.
A 44-year-old woman was complaining of upper shoulder pain and pain between her shoulder blades after a motor vehicle accident. The accident had occurred 23 years earlier! She had also been taking Armour® Thyroid in order to treat symptoms of low thyroid function (hypothyroidism). Her spinal X-rays revealed an 80.7% loss of normal neck curve (hyperlordosis) in addition to vertebral subluxations.
She received spinal adjustments over a seven-month period to reduce her subluxations and to improve her spinal and postural alignment.
Thirty days into care she began exhibiting symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Her chiropractor suggested that she have her thyroid function checked by her endocrinologist to see if her prescribed thyroid medication should be re-evaluated. After evaluation, the patient’s endocrinologist instructed her to significantly reduce the taking of her thyroid medication. (6)
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1. Chuang A. Chiropractic treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease in a pediatric patient: A case
report. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 2014;14(2):1139-1141.
2. Cook JR. A case report of improved behavior and a reduction in violent outbreaks in a 10-year-old boy
with chiropractic care. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 2014;14(3).
3. Collins K, Alcantara J, Holt K. Resolution of breastfeeding and gastrointestinal complaints in infant
twins with plagiocephaly & scaphocephaly following birth trauma: a case series. Journal of Pediatric,
Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2015;1:34-41.
4. Lanoue B, Treahy-Geofreda T, Russell D. Resolution of Morton's Neuroma in an elderly patient
receiving Activator Methods chiropractic technique to correct subluxation: a case study. Annals of
Vertebral Subluxation Research. January 4, 2016:1-5.
5. Neally R, Alcantara J. Resolution of failure to thrive in a 4-month-old infant following adjustment of
subluxation: case study & selective review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health
– Chiropractic. 2015;4:149-153.
6 . Bak AD, Engelhardt PR. Improvement in cervical curve and hypothyroidism following reduction of
subluxation utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics: a case study & selective review of the literature. Annals of
Vertebral Subluxation Research. December 10, 2015:226-237.
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