Dr. Croxford invites you and your guests to a FREE Dinner! This dinner is to introduce Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to friends and family member, who you think could benefit from our care.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Michael Lenarz will be our guest speaker and will be speaking on Chiropractic and Vitalism!
Dinner will be held at RAM Restaurant & Brewery (South Hill)
Reservations are requested, give Tina a call at the office at 253.256.4818
What is Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s disease is a disorder in the inner ear that cause a whole host of problems. The most common symptom is vertigo.
What factors can affect Meniere’s Disease?
It is more common for people in their 40s and 50s to develop this disease, but it can occur in anyone including children.
- Temporary hearing loss
- Ringing in the ear
- Pressure in the ear
Mark A. Jones DC and Bryan J. Salminen DC did a case study on Meniere’s Disease Symptomatology Resolution with Specific Upper Cervical Care and published their findings in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
Clinical Features: A 52 year old male presented with a previous diagnosis of Meniere’s disease and associated symptoms of tinnitus, sensations of fullness in the left ear, vertigo, tension headaches, right mid-back and scapular pain along with other musculoskeletal complaints.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received specific upper cervical chiropractic care after determining there was an misalignment. After the first adjustment, the patient noted a minor reduction in tinnitus. After 4 adjustments and 5 weeks of care the subjective demonstrated an improvement of about 60% on tinnitus, vertigo, auricular pressure, migraine tension headaches and a significant reduction of musculoskeletal complaints.
Conclusion: The positive response observed in this case suggests that tinnitus, vertigo, auricular pressure, migraine tension headaches and Meniere’s may be linked to atlas subluxation. The need for further investigation is indicated.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is the occurrence of sporadic electrical storms in the brain commonly called seizures. These storms cause behavioral manifestations (such as staring) and/or involuntary movements (such as grand mal seizures). There is several types of epilepsy, each with different causes, symptoms, and treatments.
What Causes Epilepsy?
Epilepsy occurs as a result of abnormal electrical activity originating in the brain. Brain cells communicate by sending electrical signals in an orderly pattern. In epilepsy, these electrical signals become abnormal, giving rise to an “electrical storm” that produces seizures. These storms may be within a specific part of the brain or be generalized, depending on the type of epilepsy. In the United States, about 2.5 million people have epilepsy.
Because epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in brain cells, seizures can
affect any process your brain coordinates. A seizure can produce symptoms
- Temporary confusion
- A staring spell
- Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
- Loss of consciousness or awareness
- Psychic symptoms
Susan Hooper PhD, DC & Allison Manis DC did a case study on Upper Cervical Care in a Nine-Year-Old Female with Epilepsy and published it in Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.
Clinical Features: A nine-year-old girl presented with previously diagnosed by a neurologist as occipital lobe epilepsy, her symptoms were uncontrollable blinking of the left eye and fainting spells.
Intervention: Blair adjustments were applied to the first cervical vertebra on three separate occasions. Other low force adjustments (Activator) were administered to various levels of the spinal column where vertebral subluxations existed. The patient’s uncontrolled eye twitching decreased immediately following the first upper cervical adjustment and ceased completely 3 weeks following the final adjustment. The twitching has not resurfaced in approximately 2 years.
Conclusions: This case report demonstrated resolution of signs and symptoms associated with occipital lobe epilepsy in a child following the reduction of an upper cervical subluxation.
What is Depression?
Depressive disorders are characterized by sadness severe enough or persistent enough to interfere with function and sometimes by decreased interest or pleasure in activities. Exact cause is unknown but probably involves heredity, changes in neurotransmitter levels, altered neuroendocrine function, and psychosocial factors. Diagnosis is based on history.
What Causes Depression?
Depressive disorders occur at any age but typically develop during the mid-teens, 20s, or 30s. In primary care settings, as many as 30% of patients report depressive symptoms, but less than 10% have major depression. Women experience depression about twice as often as men.
-Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
-Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
-Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
-Reduced sex drive
-Insomnia or excessive sleeping, fatigue and loss of energy
- Changes in appetite
-Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
-Indecisiveness, distractibility and decrease concentration
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care as a Complementary Strategy for Depression
Lauren Roth PsyD, Diane Zelman PhD, Lauren Clum DC, Justin Roth DC
Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
Clinical Features: This case study of 6 adults with mild to moderate depression symptoms based on pre-treatment and presence of upper cervical subluxation. Participants received upper cervical specific chiropractic care. Participants completed the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised pre- and post-treatment, and completed depression measures weekly throughout treatment. A numeric chiropractic care outcome measure tracked stability and effectiveness of weekly chiropractic visits. A post-treatment interview conducted by a psychology researcher evaluated subjective effectiveness and effects.
Intervention and Outcome: Five of six patients completed all 12 recommended chiropractic visits. Four of five study completers expressed satisfaction with the outcome and that they would recommend similar care to others with depression. Participants also reported decrease in muscle tension and pain, increase in mental clarity and physical energy.
Conclusion: The results provide tentative support for the effectiveness of upper cervical chiropractic care for depression symptoms. Follow-up research should use randomized controlled blind study.
What are Seizures?
Seizures accrue when there is a malfunction in the electrical system in the brain. The brain keeps firing electrical energy which can cause unconsciousness and contractions of the muscles.
What cause Seizures?
In about seven out of ten people with epilepsy, no cause can be found. Among the rest, the cause may be any one of a number of things that can make a difference in the way the brain works. Head injuries or lack of oxygen during birth, brain tumors, genetic conditions, lead poisoning, and infections
- Cloud awareness
- Block normal communication
- Produce a variety of undirected, uncontrolled and unorganized movements
Roy Sweat DC and Trena Adams DC did research on Resolution of Post-Concussion Seizures Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic and published their results in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
A 76-year-old female suffering from post concussion seizures for a ten year duration, fluctuating blood pressure, visual disturbances, decreased hearing, wide gait, and an abnormal walking pattern.
Intervention and Outcomes:
After testing it was declared the patient did have an upper cervical misalignment. Precision adjustments were applied to the atlas. Immediately after the first adjustment the patient experienced a more normal gait and resolution of her altered walking pattern. The patient was managed for a duration of two months and reported a complete recovery from seizures, altered walking pattern, blood pressure stability and improved hearing.
Improvement in seizures and related symptoms followed the introduction of specific chiropractic care to reduce upper cervical subluxation. More research in this area is necessary.
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.
•Difficulty getting up from a lying or sitting position
•Trouble running and jumping
•Large calf muscles
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.
What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine that can also affect other joints.
What factors can affect Ankylosing Spondylitis?
The exact cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis is unknown, we do know that genetics play a key role in AS.
Pain and stiffness:
- small joints of the hands and feet.
A 52 year old male presented with postural stiffness in multiple joints, mid-back pain, neck pain, bilateral shoulder pain, bilateral leg and hip pain. Past history included three motor vehicle accidents prior to the diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Other health concerns included high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, and ulcerative colitis.
Intervention and Outcomes:
Subluxations were confirmed with upper cervical radiographs, x-rays, and a Grostic leg check analysis. Blair and Knee Chest techniques were utilized over a 4 month period with improvements in pain, range of motion and blood pressure.
This case report exhibits the need for further study of both the Knee Chest and Blair corrections of an upper cervical vertebral subluxation in a patient with AS.
Fibromyalgia is long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. The cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown. Possible causes or triggers included physical or emotional trauma, abnormal pain response, sleep disturbances, and infection, such as a virus. Fibromyalgia is most common among women aged 20 to 50.
- Painful areas found in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, and knees. The pain then spreads out from these areas. (The pain may feel like a deep ache, or a shooting, burning pain.
- Waking up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and gets worse at night and for others they have pain all day long. Pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress.
- Fatigue, depressed mood, and sleep problems are seen in almost all patients with fibromyalgia. Many say that they can’t get to sleep or stay asleep, and they feel tired when they wake up.
Dr. Bennett and Dr. Tedder did a case study on Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic Improvement in a Patient with Fibromyalgia. The objective is to review outcomes of upper cervical chiropractic care on a patient with fibromyalgia.
The patient was a 64 year old woman with the chief complaint of fibromyalgia diagnosed 6 years before presentation. After a thorough examination was done, it was determined that the patient had an upper cervical subluxation of C1. The patient received an upper cervical adjustment once a week for three weeks. After three weeks of care the patient’s symptoms improved by 90%. Although no definite conclusions can be drawn from one single case study, this study does show improvement of a patient presenting with fibromyalgia syndrome.
What is Bipolar?
Bipolar disorder used to be known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, from manic to depression. Between these mood episodes, a person with bipolar disorder may experience normal moods.
What Causes Bipolar?
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.
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.
Can Chiropractic Help?
Clinical Features: A sixteen-year-old boy suffered with symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity 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 medications included antipsychotics, as well as slow release stimulants for ADHD and depression.
Intervention: Upon examination, a subluxation was found in the upper cervical region of the spine using thermography and radiographic analysis. Upper Cervical Specific protocol was used to correct the cervical subluxation. The patient’s condition was evaluated by the doctor’s observation, his mother’s subjective descriptions of the symptoms, and thermographic scans. After seven weeks of care the patient’s symptoms were eliminated or greatly diminished. He no longer required any medications.
Conclusion: Successful chiropractic care is described in the case of a sixteen-year-old diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). More research is warranted on the upper cervical subluxation contributing to BD and ADHD.
Research was done by Matthew T. Wolfertz DC & Valerie L. Dahlberg DC and was published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research; Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Sixteen-Year-Old Male with Bipolar Disorder.
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
-You menstruate irregularly, not at all, or are very painful
-You have known fertility problems
-You’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory
disease or prior cancer treatment
-You’ve had more than one miscarriage
Can Chiropractic Help?
Successful Conception Following Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation in a
31 Year Old Woman
Ari Cohn, D.C. & Joseph Minnich, D.C. 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.