Muscular Dystrophy and Chiropractic Care

What is Muscular Dystrophy?
Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a disease in which the muscles that control movement progressively weaken. In some forms of this disease, the heart and other organs are also affected.

What factors can affect Muscular Dystrophy?
Muscular Dystrophy is an inherited disease, it is caused by defects in certain genes. The abnormal gene determines what form of MD a person will have. The various types of MD affect more than 50,000 Americans.

Symptoms
•Frequent falls
•Difficulty getting up from a lying or sitting position
•Trouble running and jumping
•Waddling gait
•Large calf muscles
•Learning disabilities

Chiropractic Care
Curtis Fedorchuk, DC and Chad Frisch, DC published their studies on Improved Health Outcomes in a Patient with Muscular Dystrophy

Introduction: The patient is a 76 year old female was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and was on several medications prior to her visit. She had extreme muscle weakness in her lower extremities and was not able to get around without significant assistance.

Clinical Features: After a thorough examination was done, it was determined that the patient had an upper cervical subluxation of C1. This was determined by cervical radiographs, paraspinal thermography, prone leg length analysis, and postural assessment. After 2 months of care the patient had increased muscle strength and after 4 months of care the patient reported a near complete absence of symptoms.

Conclusions: Her care was designed for the reduction of subluxation, which also manifested in the reduction in pain symptoms. The patient experienced a complete absence of all neurological symptoms following 4 months of chiropractic care. This suggests a link between subluxation, poor posture, and abnormal neurological conditions. Further investigation into subluxation and deviations from the normal spinal model as a contributing factor to neurological disease should be pursued.

Can Chiropracitc Care Influence Infertility in Women?

What is Infertility?
If getting pregnant has been a challenge for you and your partner, you’re not alone. Ten to 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most people and six months in certain circumstances.

What Causes Infertility?
Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that may prevent a pregnancy from occurring or continuing. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. These treatments significantly improve the chances of becoming pregnant.

When to see a doctor?
-You’re age 35 to 40 and have been trying to conceive for six months or longer
-You’re over age 40, so you should begin testing or treatment right away
-You’ve had more than one miscarriage
-You menstruate irregularly, not at all, or are very painful

Chiropractic Care
Ari Cohn, D.C. & Joseph Minnich, D.C. did a case study on the Successful Conception Following Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation in a 31 Year Old Woman and published their findings in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health

Clinical Features: A 31-year-old woman presented to the office with the intent of improving overall health.  Her health history included headaches, digestive complaints and SI joint pain with bending. She also had been unable to conceive after nine months of attempting to do so.

Intervention and Outcome: An initial examination of the nervous system showed poor function of the autonomic and motor nervous systems.  The woman was recommended a course of care.  After thirteen weeks of chiropractic care the patient reported two pregnancies – the first after five weeks of care, which was nonviable and the second at thirteen weeks of care, which was a successful conception.  The second pregnancy was carried to term with no complications.

Conclusion: This is a case of one woman who underwent a series of chiropractic adjustments for the purpose of reducing subluxations.  While under care the woman’s thermographic showed improvement and the woman was also able to conceive while under chiropractic care.

 

 

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder used to be known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, from mania to depression. Between these mood episodes, a person with bipolar disorder may experience normal moods.

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
Doctors don’t completely understand the causes of bipolar disorder. Experts do believe that bipolar disorder often runs in families, and there is a genetic part to this mood disorder. There is also growing evidence that environment and lifestyle issues have an effect on the disorder’s severity. Stressful life events or alcohol or drug abuse can make bipolar disorder more difficult to treat.

Symptoms
Dramatic and unpredictable mood swings including the highs of manic to the lows of major depression, along with various mood states between these two extremes.

Chiropractic Care
Matthew T. Wolfertz DC  and Valerie L. Dahlberg DC did a research case on Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Sixteen-Year-Old Male with Bipolar Disorder and published their findings in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research

Clinical Features:  A sixteen-year-old boy suffered with symptoms of Bipolar Disorder since six months of age. His mother reported that he was born with the umbilical cord around his neck and forceps were used to assist delivery.  The child experienced frequent accidents and multiple medications.
Intervention: 
Upon examination, a subluxation was found in the upper cervical region of the spine.  An Upper Cervical adjustment was made. The patient’s condition was evaluated by the doctor’s observation, his mother’s subjective descriptions of the symptoms. Conclusion:  After seven weeks of care the patient’s symptoms were eliminated or greatly diminished.  He no longer required any medications. More research is warranted on the upper cervical subluxation contributing to Bipolar Disorder.

 

 

Did You Know that up to 15% of Couples in the United States are Infertile?

What is Infertility?
If getting pregnant has been a challenge for you and your partner, you’re not alone. 10 to 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most people and six months in certain circumstances.

What Causes Infertility?
Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that may prevent a pregnancy from occurring or continuing. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. These treatments significantly improve the chances of becoming pregnant.

When to see a doctor?
-You’re age 35 to 40 and have been trying to conceive for six months or longer
-You’re over age 40, so you should begin testing or treatment right away
-You’ve had more than one miscarriage
-You menstruate irregularly, not at all, or are very painful

Chiropractic Care
Ari Cohn, D.C. amd Joseph Minnich, D.C. did a case study on how a Successful Conception Following Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation in a 31 Year Old Woman and published their findings in the  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic

Clinical Features: A 31-year-old woman presented to the office with the intent of improving overall health.  Her health history included headaches, digestive complaints and SI joint pain with bending. She also had been unable to conceive after nine months of attempting to do so.

Intervention and Outcome: An initial examination of the nervous system showed poor function of the autonomic and motor nervous systems.  The woman was recommended a course of care.  After thirteen weeks of chiropractic care the patient reported two pregnancies – the first after five weeks of care, which was nonviable and the second at thirteen weeks of care, which was a successful conception.  The second pregnancy was carried to term with no complications.

Conclusion: This is a case of one woman who underwent a series of chiropractic adjustments for the purpose of reducing subluxations.  While under care the woman’s thermographic showed improvement and the woman was also able to conceive while under chiropractic care.

 

 

 

Can You Smell That?

What is Anosmia?
Anosmia is the loss of smell. This can be partial or complete, although a complete loss of smell is fairly rare. Loss of smell can also be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause.

What causes Anosmia?
The common cold and chronic sinus infection also may result in a loss of smell. Other obstructions in the nasal passages, such as polyps, also may cause at least a partial loss of smell. Normal aging is often the cause of a progressive, complete, and permanent loss of smell. Anosmia can be caused by temporary or permanent irritation, or destruction of the mucous membranes lining the inside of your nose.

This can be caused by:

  • Acute Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Common Cold
  • Hay Fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Nonallergic Rhinitis (chronic congestion or sneezing not related to allergies)

Diagnosis
If you experience a loss of smell that you can’t attribute to a cold or allergy or which doesn’t get better after a week or two, tell your doctor.

Chiropractic Care
Grayson Blöm, B.Sc., DC published their findings on the Resolution of Anosmia Following Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic Care in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
Clinical Features: A 64 year old women with a history of head and neck trauma and the subsequent loss of smell and taste. Intervention and Outcomes:  The patient received upper cervical spinal correction following protocol. There was improvement of symptoms within 48 hours of the first upper cervical correction with complete restoration of smell and taste within 3 months.
Conclusions: This case study suggests that there may be a role for the use of precise upper cervical chiropractic care in the management of patients with smell and taste disorders in patients with a history of head and neck trauma. Controlled studies are necessary to further our understanding of these findings.

What is Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia?

What is Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia?
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is a condition in which there are repeated episodes of severe pain in the tongue, throat, ear, and tonsils, which can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. The pain occurs in episodes and is usually on one side and it feels like a jabbing.

What causes Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia?
It’s believed to be caused by irritation of the ninth cranial nerve, called the glossopharyngeal nerve. Symptoms usually begin to show in people over 40. There are several ways to irritate a nerve including; blood vessels pressing on the nerve, growths at the base of the skull pressing on the nerve and a tumor or infection of the throat and mouth putting pressure on the nerve.

Triggers:
Chewing
Coughing
Laughing
Speaking

Symptoms
Severe pain of the:
Back of the nose and throat
Back of the tongue
Ear
Throat
Tonsil area
Voice box

Chiropractic Care
Michael Burcon B.Ph, DC and Jennifer Pero DC did a case study on Resolution of Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia Following Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic and published their findings in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.


Clinical Features: An 82 year old female presented with right-sided Glossopharyngeal neuralgia of ten years duration. Pain was helped by medication and exacerbated by talking, swallowing, coughing, quick head movements and air conditioning. Patient had a case history of a prior head injury.  Patient had constant stabbing pain with tremor in right temple, face, tongue and throat. She could only manage to whisper a few words at a time.  Posture analysis, leg length equality, thermography, and cervical x-rays supported evidence of vertebral subluxation.

Intervention and Outcomes:  Immediately after specific adjustments, pain diminished from 10 to 1. Tremor was eliminated. Head tilt, eye clarity and facial color returned to normal. She could talk normally. Two days later pain was zero. Under her neurologist’s supervision, she started reducing her Gabapentin. Six weeks later, patient presented with straight thermograph, balanced legs, and was pain-free without medication.
Conclusions: This case demonstrates the effectiveness of upper cervical specific care as an alternative to medication or surgery for the control of pain associated with Glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

 

 

 

 

Only 3 Days Left to SAVE over $500 in our Food Drive!

Everyday we hear people complain about headaches, neck and lower back pain. You can help them! Tell your friends, co-workers and family members about our food drive. They have 3 days left to get under care for only the donation of two bag of non-perishable food. Call the office nearest to you to set up an appointment.

We Have a Solution for Ear Infections

What is an Ear Infection?
An ear infection (acute otitis media) is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections. Ear infections frequently are painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.

What Causes an Ear Infection?
When swelling from an upper respiratory infection or allergy blocks the eustachian tube, air can’t reach the middle ear. This creates a vacuum and suction, which pulls fluid and germs from the nose and throat into the middle ear. The swollen tube prevents this fluid from draining. An ear infection begins when bacteria or viruses in the trapped fluid grow into an infection.

Symptoms

  • Ear Pain (mild to severe)
  • Fever
  • Drainage from the ear that is thick and yellow or bloody. If this occurs, the eardrum has probably burst (ruptured). The hole in the eardrum often heals by itself in a few weeks.
  • Loss of appetite, vomiting, and grumpy behavior
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble hearing

Chiropractic Care
Pamela Stone-McCoy, B.S., D.C., CACCP, Alissa Boutilier, B.A., D.C., Paige Black, D.C. did a case study on Resolution of Ear Infection in a Nine Month Old Undergoing Chiropractic Care and published their findings in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic
Objective: To describe the chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with otitis media and vertebral subluxations.
Clinical Features:  A nine-month-old boy, with a history of recurring ear infections, was presented by his mother for chiropractic evaluation and possible care.  The mother reported that antibiotic therapy was unsuccessful.  Myringotomy and insertion of tympanostomy ventilating tubes were recommended by the patient’s ear nose and throat doctor (ENT).
Interventions and Outcomes:  Care was initiated during an episode of otitis media.  The patient was most commonly cared for using the Webster toggle headpiece and the Activator instrument.  Cranial adjusting and sinus work was also utilized when necessary.  Paraspinal thermal scans were performed to assess asymmetries due to vertebral subluxations. Both ears were reported clear within a week of initiating chiropractic adjustments and no ear infections have been reported since.
Conclusion: Chiropractic care in this case resulted in a reduction of the symptoms associated with otitis media and eliminated the need for myringotomy, tympanostomy tubes and antibiotics.

 

 

 

 

 

Drug Free Alternative to Treating ADD

What is Attention Deficit Disorder?
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a psychological term currently applied to anyone who meets the DSM IV diagnostic criteria for impulsivity, hyperactivity and/or inattention. ADD is one of the three subtypes of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHA).

What Causes Attention Deficit Disorder?
ADHD is one of the most common childhood psychiatric conditions, affecting 9.5% of school-aged children in the United States. Boys are about five times more likely to have ADD than girls. ADD isn’t caused by bad parenting or bad teachers, or anything a child has done. The exact origin of ADHD is unknown, but researchers think the disorder may be caused by one or more of the following factors; brain chemistry, genetics and/or environment.

Types of ADHA
1. ADHD, Combined Type: Both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms
2. ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: Inattention, but not enough (at least 6 out of 9) hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms
3. ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: Hyperactivity-impulsivity, but not enough (at least 6 out of 9) inattention symptoms

Symptoms

  • Easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli
  • Difficulty paying attention to details
  • Inability to sustain attention on tasks or activities
  • Difficulty finishing or performing tasks that require concentration
  • Frequent shifts from one uncompleted activity to another
  • Procrastination
  • Disorganized work habits
  • Forgetfulness in daily activities

Chiropractic Care
Antoinette Young, DC did a case study on Chiropractic Management of a Child with ADD and published his findings in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation.
Objective: To present features of a case of a 4-year-old boy who had been diagnosed as suffering from ADHD, displayed other symptoms of developmental delay and presented for chiropractic treatment.
Clinical Features: The child suffered from speech delay, frequent temper tantrums, was easily distracted, had poor short-term memory, was aggressive, suffered from dyspraxia, and had a tendency to be obsessive.
Intervention and Outcome: Treatment consisted of a combination of chiropractic adjustments, proprioceptive exercises, dietary changes and supplementation. Over the course of chiropractic care, all aspects of the child’s condition improved, most particularly his language skills, as reported by the mother, his teachers and his speech therapist.
Conclusion: This case study suggests that chiropractic care may have a positive effect on ADD/ADHD symptomatology. Further investigation on the long term effects of treatment is needed.

 

 

23rd Annual Food Drive, Nov. 17th-26th

Bring in two bags of non-perishable food to the office and receive your initial exam, consultation and x-rays! We will donate all food to our much appreciated local food banks. This is a great opportunity to check out Health First Chiropractic and see if you would like us to help you. Appointments are necessary so give our office a call! Savings of up to $390!

If you are currently a patient at Health First you get to join in the fun as well. Donate one bag of non-perishable food and you will receive a visit on us on Saturday, November 22. Appointments are necessary so give our office a call!

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