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Researching Chiropractic: More Case Studies

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.

Chiropractors release serious stress (subluxations) from your body. This releases energy for healing, regeneration, and growth.

All people (especially children) need a body free of blockages and stress so they’ll have strong, happy, and healthy lives.

How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?

Probably most of them.

Below are some clinical cases illustrating the potential of chiropractic adjustment to correct subluxations. 

Breech baby turns after chiropractic care. Untitled design - 2021-07-29T163256.628

A 26-year-old female in her 27th week of pregnancy with her second child presented for a chiropractic visit after experiencing low back pain. One week later an ultrasound determined the baby was in a breech position. She had a previous natural birth with no complications and was beginning chiropractic care with hopes of avoiding a cesarean section. 

After a series of chiropractic adjustments, the baby moved from a breech position to a normal vertex (or head down) position confirmed through ultrasound. (1) 

 

Glaucoma, carpal tunnel, hand numbness, and chiropractic care. Untitled design - 2021-07-29T163323.582

A 40-year-old woman suffering from numbness in her arms and hands, and other problems such as neck and shoulder pain, dizziness, headaches, migraines, vertigo, anxiety, low back pain, right hip pain and clicking, numbness in the bottom of her feet, chronic fatigue, and cervical and lumbar intervertebral disc “problems” began chiropractic care. 

Subluxations were located in her sphenoid (cranial bone), occiput (base of the skull), neck (C1, C2, C5, C7), sacrum, and coccyx (tailbone). The patient reported moderate improvement in low back pain and headaches, much improvement in neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain and clicking, and dizziness, and resolved numbness in both her hands and feet. By the 15th visit, she reported a 90% overall improvement and decided to cancel scheduled carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) surgery.

She had also been diagnosed with borderline glaucoma that was steadily worsening. Glaucoma is increased pressure inside the eyeball (intraocular) and is the second leading cause of blindness. By her 15th visit, her intraocular pressure had dropped and her ophthalmologist felt that medical intervention was no longer necessary. (2) 


Arnold-Chiari malformation, headaches, motion sickness, and hearing deterioration. Untitled design - 2021-07-29T163453.580

A six-year-old male diagnosed with vertebral subluxation and Arnold-Chiari malformation suffered from headache, motion sickness, and progressive hearing deterioration. 

The boy’s chiropractic examination consisted of spinal heat reading and X-rays. A subluxation was detected at C1 – the top cervical or neck vertebrae – and the patient was adjusted there. A post adjustment X-ray analysis determined that more care was needed at C2 after which the child received a C2 adjustment. After the first adjustment, the patient reported that his headaches had been eliminated. (3)

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  1. Falk DA, Stinson RA. Resolution of breech presentation confirmed by ultrasound following Webster Technique: a case study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2017;2:74-77.
  2. McClimon ME, McClimon DG, Krotee MW. Improved intraocular pressure in a 40-year-old female following chiropractic care to reduce subluxation. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 1, 2017:101-112.
  3. Drury R, O’Keefe C. Resolution of symptoms from Arnold-Chiari malformation in a 6-year-old male following reduction of vertebral subluxation with knee-chest upper cervical care: case report & selective review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. May 1, 2017:12-21.

CHIROPRACTORS HELP THE WHOLE BODY FUNCTION BETTER

A common misconception is that since chiropractors work on the spine and structural system they are thought of as doctors who “treat” musculoskeletal problems. (Musculoskeletal or neuromusculoskeletal refers to nerves, muscles, and bones).  Well, yes, we chiropractors do work on your bones or structural system but that’s our “portal of entry” – the starting point from which our care affects the entire body. 

 Think of it this way. MDs prescribe drugs you take by mouth or give injections into the skin. But does that mean MDs are mouth and skin doctors? We never hear medical patients asking, “How can taking something in my mouth that goes to my stomach affect my asthma? Aren’t they different parts of my body?” 

Of course, we know that drugs, even if taken by mouth, are the “portal of entry” to affect the entire body. Drugs enter your blood after you (usually) swallow them to change your entire body chemistry. 

So in the same way the spine and structural system is your chiropractor’s “portal of entry” or starting point. Why? 

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Your Spine Connects to Everything

Because it’s a very powerful area – it connects you to your everything. All your body organs – lungs, bronchi, digestive system, heart, immune system organs, brain, eyes, ears, nose, throat; all your muscles, bones, discs, joints, ligaments – your entire you – are affected by the nerves coming out of your spine and structural system. For you to be healthy all of your body parts must work together in a coordinated manner. Your nerves carry messages from your brain to all your body parts so you function at 100%. Your nervous system helps organize your body so can live at your fullest potential.

 Whether you’re regulating your blood pressure, catching a baseball, fighting a cold or the flu (experiencing a cleansing), patrolling your every nook and cranny for germs and cancer cells, keeping your blood chemistry in balance, thinking, reading a wonderful patient newsletter, or doing so many other things you need your nerves to be healthy. 

Energy flows over your nerves. You need an uninterrupted nerve flow to function at 100%. And if you aren’t at 100% anything less is less than optimum is lack of health or dis-ease. 

Chiropractors have discovered a serious distortion in your spine and structural system that partially blocks or alters the nerve flow through your body. This distortion is called a subluxation. No matter where they are we’ll seek them out and fix them. And no matter what condition you are suffering from you will function better without nerve pressure. 

If you have subluxations in your body problems can arise anywhere. Why? Because your nerves interconnect in many complex ways. Therefore a pain or problem here may be related to a subluxation there. 

Life is complicated

Life is complicated and things aren’t always what they seem. The goal of healing is to get to the cause of a person’s problems and correct it, rather than just treat symptoms. That is our goal in this office. No matter what health problems you or your children are suffering from our goal is to locate and correct their subluxations – no matter where they are. 

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Being Healthy Is a Revolutionary Act

By Pilar Gerasimo / Experience Life Magazine (this is an extract)

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Well, hey, that’s wonderful!

This article is designed to help you succeed. It will equip you with a clarifying sense of what you are up against and prepare you for the journey ahead.

And if you’re feeling a little ambivalent about getting started, it will also give you a friendly kick in the pants. That’s important because getting and staying healthy in the current culture isn’t easy. In fact, it’s a big challenge.

But who, you ask, has the time and energy for another big challenge?

Exactly. Most of us are running around on fumes.

We complain that we don’t have time to eat right or exercise or get enough sleep. We don’t have time to cook or relax or goof around. We don’t have time to get outdoors or connect with the people we love. Most of all, we don’t have time to learn how our bodies work and what it takes to keep them healthy.

And that’s a big part of why so many of us are getting sick. And fat. And depressed. And why we see so many friends and loved ones being diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Understandably, faced with the daunting prospect of changing our lives, most of us would just as soon put it off until tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next.

And that’s precisely what about 80 percent of the U.S. population is doing right now. You can join them, watching as the pounds pile on, worrying as the blood pressure climbs, struggling as the energy flags, and fretting as the prescriptions and side effects and medical bills add up. And when things get bad enough, then you can think about changing.

Or, you can spare yourself years of downward spiraling misery and do something about it now.

If you’ve already set out on the path to health, or if you’re already as vital and fit as you want to be, rock on! You deserve a lot of credit — probably far more than you’ve been giving yourself.

And if you’ve been struggling in your attempts to get healthier, don’t beat yourself up about it. Let go of the self-recrimination for a minute. Prepare, instead, to take a clear-eyed look at the uphill battle you’ve been waging, and at why your successes may seem so hard-won.

Researching Chiropractic: Depression, anxiety and chiropractic

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.

Chiropractors release serious stress (subluxations) from your body. This releases energy for healing, regeneration, and growth. 

All people (especially children) need a body free of blockages and stress so they’ll have strong, happy, and healthy lives.

How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care? 

Probably most of them.

Below are some clinical cases illustrating the potential of chiropractic adjustment to correct subluxations. 

Depression, anxiety, and chiropractic

Two groups of men in a residential addiction treatment center were studied for 90 days. One group received chiropractic adjustments three times per week. The non-care (placebo) group received a sham adjustment three times per week. 

Both groups were assessed with the Beck’s Depression Inventory and the Speilberger State-Trait Anxiety Questionnaire at intake and every 30 days.

Depression scores improved by 97%; anxiety scores improved by 36.5% with a 100% retention rate in the chiropractic group. The placebo group showed no improvement with a 0% retention rate (no one continued care). (1)

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Amenorrhea and infertility

A 29-year-old woman received a medical diagnosis of secondary amenorrhea. She and her husband were trying unsuccessfully to conceive for several months. 

She was analyzed for vertebral subluxations. Subluxations were found and adjusted. She was under chiropractic care for 14.5 weeks (33 visits). Her menstrual cycles began again, and she ultimately had a successful conception. (2)

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TMJ pain following an accident

A 36-year-old woman was suffering from chronic temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. The pain began several years prior to the trauma. 

She complained that her TMJ pain increased with movement, sleeping, and straining. A chiropractic examination revealed spinal subluxations and postural distortions. Using chiropractic adjustment procedures, the patient’s subluxations were reduced, her posture was restored and her TMJ pain completely resolved. Months later she remains pain-free. (3)

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Night terrors and headaches

A female adolescent with recurring headaches and night terrors (parasomnia) began chiropractic care. The headaches and sleep disturbances were interfering with her school performance and academics, sports, and her social life.

Upon examination, the chiropractor discovered that she had cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (lower back) subluxations.

With one month of care, her postural abnormalities and associated vertebral (spinal) subluxations were corrected during which time there was a reduction in headaches and complete resolution of night terrors.

Sleep disturbances in children are common and often develop without explanation. To date, there are few interventions that can help alleviate these problems. Vertebral subluxation should always be considered when a child is suffering from health issues. 

Brachioradial pruritis (BRP)

Brachioradial pruritis (BRP) is a condition characterized by non-stop itching on the top of the forearms (overlying the brachioradialis muscle). Scratching seems to make the itching worse.

In this case, a thirty-seven-year-old female with a history of Brachioradial pruritis began chiropractic care. In addition to the itching, she also had complaints of neck stiffness and vertigo (dizziness). Vertebral subluxations were identified using chiropractic analysis which included palpation, heat scanning, and X-ray.

After 2 ½ months of chiropractic care, the symptoms associated with BRP as well as her neck and dizziness had completely resolved.

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  1. Vaden CD, Holder JM, McCoy M et al. P300 wave outcomes in subluxation-based chiropractic in residential addiction treatment: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. December 28, 2020:178-192.
  2. Teets B, Jodon J. Resolution of secondary amenorrhea & infertility with successful conception following chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: a case study & review of mechanisms. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. March 17, 2021:24-28.
  3. Paxton SW, Oppelt M. Resolution of chronic temporomandibular disorder in a 36-year-old female following chiropractic care: a case study. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. October 27, 2020:63-67.

 

Whiplash and Chiropractic

You’re sitting in your car minding your own business, stopped at a light, and WHAM! some idiot slams into you from behind-you are rear-ended. Your head snaps or “whips” backward and forwards. You got a whiplash.

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Hopefully, you don’t have any broken bones or cuts, but something is still not right. Your head isn’t on straight, your body is misaligned, your nerves are “pinched,” your neck is not right, your muscles and joints are crying in pain. 

By the way, it doesn’t have to be a car accident-whiplash injuries can occur from sports collisions and other forms of trauma. Some really bad whiplash accidents are sideways-when a car passenger had turned to look at the driver so they received a sideways or lateral whiplash. 

Because all of our body parts are connected in many complicated ways, a whiplash injury may cause or intensify lower back pain, leg, hip, and pelvic pain.

To make things a little more interesting, whiplash symptoms may not occur immediately after the accident but may take a day or so to show up. When they show up, you’ll know it. 

Symptoms of whiplash commonly include:

  • neck pain
  • headaches
  • muscle pain
  • stiffness
  • loss of range of motion
  • fatigue
  • blurred vision 

If the nerves in your lower neck are “pinched” you may have numbness and tingling in your shoulders, wrists, arms, and hands. Whiplash is not fun.

What to do?

Chiropractic has been a blessing to whiplash sufferers for over 125 years. Many whiplash sufferers have turned to chiropractic after having exhausted muscle relaxers, painkillers, and injections and are looking for an alternative to surgery.

Chiropractors locate subluxations that cause stress, interference, nerve pressure, and other problems in your spine and body structure. Doctors of Chiropractic are able to realign spinal vertebrae that have been “locked or jammed” as a result of trauma using the art and science of chiropractic adjustments. 

Anyone who has experienced a whiplash, or any kind of injury, needs the safe, yet powerful, chiropractic approach.

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A NOTE FROM DR. RAY AND DR. C—–just because there is no “blood and guts” associated with an accident— the mere trauma to the body CAN and DOES lead to an effect on the body. When a body is exposed to forces greater than the body can handle, something has to give and, most of the time, the underlying structure of the body (spine) takes the brunt of the force. Falls down steps, off a curb, off your bike, walked into a door you didn’t see?   These are just some of the things that can “knock your body out of whack” and lead to issues late on in life.

Researching Chiropractic: Case Studies

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.

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A 6-week-old girl was brought in for chiropractic care by her mother. She said her child frequently cried and screamed, slept poorly, favored her right shoulder, and had feeding difficulties. 

After her first adjustment, the baby immediately relaxed; the mother reported her daughter slept for six hours that night. In addition, she fed equally on the left and right sides, no longer cried inconsolably, and was able to lie on her back without extreme discomfort. (1)

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A 33-month-old boy diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) and sensory processing disorder (SPD) had developmental delays in communication, speech, cognitive function, gross and fine motor skills, “fist walking,” and bruxism (grinding teeth). He also lacked social and emotional development as well as self-help skills.

Since medically there is no cure, he was prescribed ADD medications, antidepressants, anti-seizure medication, and antipsychotic medication to treat his symptoms.

Chiropractic care consisted of the location and correction of subluxations. After ten months his language skills had improved greatly and his sensory processing issues had reduced (“he seems much more comfortable in his personal space”). In addition, his bruxism reduced, he was no longer “fist walking” and he had stopped swaying and rocking, His mother reported that he was also beginning to read at a level above his age and his social skills improved. (2) 

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A 77-year-old woman who had been suffering from severe right-sided trigeminal neuralgia (TN) for seven years went to a chiropractor for care. Her TN pain was only initially helped by medication and was made worse by chewing, talking, and smiling. When her symptoms were their worst, she was unable to eat or talk well for 4 days.

Initially, she rated her pain 10 out of 10; describing it as a constant hot, throbbing, burning sensation that progressively gets worse. Subluxations at C1 and other segments were located and adjusted. After six visits the patient saw a significant reduction in pain. After four months she went off her medication and at 6 months was pain-free. (3)

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References

1.Feltz K, Stark D. An infant with disturbed sleeping patterns and excessive, inconsolable crying. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. March 8, 2021:11-18.

2.Cohn C. Improvement in autism spectrum disorder following vertebral subluxation reduction: a case study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2011;3:87-91.

3.Zielinski E, Mankal K, Pirini J. Resolution of trigeminal neuralgia following chiropractic care utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics and diversified techniques: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. November 6, 2014:177-183.

What’s in a Name?

 

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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There are many named diseases – cancer, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure – but they are only names. The fact is that named diseases are an illusion. Collections of symptoms are given names for the convenience of the medical doctor. The patient is put in the same category as all the other people so diagnosed and that makes it easier for the physician to recommend drugs or some other intervention. 

Simply stated, modern (orthodox) medicine lumps people into categories: everyone in that category, diagnosed with this disease, gets that drug.

However, when looked at scientifically, it becomes abundantly clear that no two people ever experience the same disease or have the exact same symptoms. People are unique. This uniqueness of disease has been recognized by traditional healing arts. 

That is why practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and other healing arts say, “There are as many different diseases as there are people.”

Chiropractic, as an Empirical healthcare system, sees every patient as unique. You are not placed into a category nor labeled. The more unique the care, the more successful the care.

By releasing deep stress (subluxations) from your body, chiropractic brings your body into harmony and balance with its internal environment and external environment. When a chiropractor adjusts your body to release subluxations, your immune system works. Chiropractic improves your physical and mental function.

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The Miracle of Chiropractic

Chiropractors don’t put any drugs or chemicals into the body, and they don’t remove body parts-and yet for well over a century millions of people have benefited from chiropractic care. 

We’re not just referring to musculoskeletal pain such as the back, wrist, arm, shoulder, neck, head, leg, hip, and other pains but much, much more.

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Chiropractic has become the largest drug-free healing science, art, and philosophy in the world because of its successes. At a time when organized medicine attacked chiropractic care, the numbers of people visiting chiropractors exploded. Why? Because it works! Chiropractic is drug-free (no side effects or drug reactions), safe (chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those of a medical doctor, especially orthopedists) and effective-as millions of people around the world will testify.

If you’d spend a day sitting in the waiting room of a chiropractor’s office, you’d be impressed with the many different people coming in for care. First of all, consider the ages- from newborns to the elderly, pregnant patients, and those who are literally carried in and walk out.

Second, you’d hear stories such as: “my child doesn’t have any more ear infections,” “he’s not as clumsy and has more self-confidence,” “her asthma seemed to disappear,” “his ability to concentrate has improved,” “his grades are better,’ “his allergies have stopped,” and many, many more.

Athletes especially benefit from regular chiropractic care – students, weekend, amateur, and professional athletes.

The role of the chiropractor is to make sure there are no distortions, blockages, subluxations, and other forms of nerve interference in your spine. 

 

Latest Update from Charmaine – May/June 2021

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Aristotle

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
– George Bernard Shaw

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Well, we tasted a little bit of Summer one day in April…although I feel that was too soon!

Anyhow…we progress slowly through Spring, and while my tulip magnolia took a huge hit with the heavy frost we had in mid-April, I am ecstatic to see that my weeping redbud and apple tree don’t appear to have been affected and are blossoming nicely.

We seem to be edging close to a pre-pandemic “normal” and it is my sincere hope that some of the joys/lessons we may have discovered during varying stages of lockdown are not lost….the joy of cooking from scratch, the joy of family, the joy of a new craft being revealed or a new hobby discovered (or even revisiting old ones like knitting). Or the importance of connection.

Mother Nature has continued on her path thru’ the pandemic and she now offers us a fabulous opportunity to really enjoy her this spring as we plant gardens, plant new stuff, maybe even put a veggie garden in  (or some pots with veggies).

Make this an awesome Spring (you have the power of choice after all).

SEE YOU IN THE OFFICE, ON THE YOGA MAT, UNDER THE BARBELLS!

 

Researching Chiropractic: Gastroesophageal Reflux & Behavioral Issues

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.

Do you know anyone suffering from the following issues? Chiropractic care can help – here’s the proof!

Gastroesophageal reflux diseasehappy baby no colic

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is common during the first year of life, peaking at 4 months of age. In this case, a 4-month-old baby girl with gastro-esophageal reflux disease and plagiocephaly, a flattening of parts of the skull, was brought by her mother for chiropractic care. The mother reported the child had multiple episodes of reflux and vomiting per day. 

Subluxations were found and adjusted in the child’s neck (C2 and C4 vertebrae), lower lumbar (L4) vertebra, and sacroiliac joints. 

The day after the first chiropractic visit that included spinal and cranial care the mother reported that her daughter had a large bowel movement and a longer than normal sleep. The child continued to receive chiropractic care twice a week for two weeks and then once a week for the next four weeks. By the second visit, the mother reported that the vomiting and reflux had decreased. Over the next 3 weeks, both the number of episodes per day and the number of days with vomiting and reflux decreased. By three weeks of care, the child had no more reflux or vomiting. In addition, her skull flattening had disappeared

Improved behavior in a 10-year-old boyChiropractic for Better School Performance

A 10-year-old boy would exhibit dramatic behavioral changes from a calm manner to suddenly becoming violent. He was also reported to have difficulty sleeping due to emotional detachment disorder and frequently suffered from panic attacks. His behavioral instability caused him to be suspended from school.

 He was brought in for chiropractic care. He received adjustments to correct upper cervical, thoracic and lumbopelvic subluxations. His behavior and violent outbursts dramatically improved after 8 chiropractic adjustments. Further improvements were noticed with sleep and anxiety

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This is the case of two seven-month-old premature fraternal twin boys with chronic reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, general irritability, excessive crying, skull distortion, and premature closing of the cranial sutures. 

The children received spinal and cranial adjustments. After 8 weeks of chiropractic care, the mother reported a decrease in the severity of the twins’ reflux, lessened breastfeeding difficulties, and decreased irritability. After 16 weeks of chiropractic care, the twins’ reflux had ceased and their cranial symmetry had markedly improved. 

 

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