What is Constipation? It is defined when bowel movements become difficult or less frequent. The normal length of time between bowel movements ranges widely from person to person. Some people have bowel movements three times a day; others, only one or two times a week. Going longer than three days without a bowel movement is too long. After three days, the stool becomes harder and more difficult to pass.
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic published by Ian Ryan, DC & Denise Rollette, DC
At least one out of every five Americans suffers from allergies, making allergies the most common disorders among people. Allergy is any exaggerated immune response to a foreign substance from the environment.
A 7-year-old male was presented by his parents for chiropractic evaluation and possible care. He suffered from chronic colds, allergies, and asthma since the age of 5 months. At the time of initial evaluation, the patient was on a 1x/day dose of prescription Alavert for allergies and Albuterol for asthma. The patient’s illness caused him to miss approximately 1–2 days a month of school due to colds and symptoms of asthma. His parents also indicated that his health problems resulted in monthly visits to his medical doctor.
The patient was cared for using specific, low-force adjustments with the Activator Instrument to address areas of vertebral subluxation in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. Within two weeks of initiating chiropractic care, the patient was able to discontinue his allergy and asthma medications (as decided upon by his parents) and the use of his nebulizer. In the first 5 months after beginning chiropractic care, he has had only wellness checkups at the medical doctor. In the past school year, the patient has not missed any days of school due to illness.
Joel Alcantara, BSc, D.C.; Laura Van Roo, D.C. and Rosemary E. Oman, Msc, FASBE, DC published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is when there interference in the communication between your brain, spinal cord and other areas of your body. The immune system destroys the protective layer that covers the nervous. This condition may result in deterioration of the nerves themselves, a process that’s not reversible.
A female patient with Multiple Sclerosis presented to the office with neck pain, numbness, ringing in the ears, fatigue, balance problems, and dizziness. She was adjusted using an upper cervical technique.
At the patient’s 30th visit she reported having a 90% improvement in her neck pain, 90% improvement in her numbness, 70% improvement in her fatigue, and a 90% improvement in her balance since her initial visit. The positive response observed in the case suggests that atlas subluxation may have a positive effect on the symptoms of patients with Multiple Sclerosis.
Justin Brown DC, Jonathon Chung DC, Belinda McCullen DC, Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
Meniere’s disease is a disorder in the inner ear that cause a whole host of problems. The most common symptom is vertigo. It is more common for people in their 40s and 50s to develop this disease, but it can occur in anyone including children.
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.
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.
-Mark A. Jones DC & Bryan J. Salminen DC,
Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
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.
A 76-year-old female suffering from post concussion seizures for a ten year duration. After testing it was declared the patient did have an upper cervical misalignment. Precise adjustments were applied to the atlas. The patient was managed for a duration of two months and reported a complete recovery from seizures. 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. This research was done by Roy Sweat DC and Trena Adams DC, and published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve. This nerve carries sensation from the face to the brain.
A 14-year old female presented with excruciating, intermittent left facial pain below the eye radiating into the jaw. Patient reported previous diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia.
A subluxation of C1 was confirmed with upper cervical radiographs, x-rays, and a Grostic leg check analysis. The patient demonstrated a complete remission of symptoms after one adjustment. One year later, the patient remains asymptomatic.
The chiropractic care of a patient suffering with trigeminal neuralgia is presented. Complete alleviation of symptoms was achieved. It is feasible that chiropractic care can affect trigeminal neuralgia. Further study is recommended.
This research was done by Robert Kessinger D.C. & Alicia Matthews D.C. Their work was published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.
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.
- Frequent falls
- Difficulty getting up from a lying or sitting position
- Trouble running and jumping
- Waddling gait
- Large calf muscles
- Learning disabilities
Curtis Fedorchuk, DC & Chad Frisch, DC did a case study on “Improved Health Outcomes in a Patient with Muscular Dystrophy.”
Objective: To review outcomes of upper cervical chiropractic care on 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.
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 Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s Palsy is a sudden and temporary weakness and paralysis on one side of the face. The damage to the nerve causes swelling which puts extra pressure on the nerve. This extra pressure leads to paralysis of a part of the face.
What factors can affect Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s palsy is caused by damage to a nerve of the face. The exact cause of this damage is unknown. Bell’s palsy can occur in anyone but is most common in people with diabetes or those with a recent cold or flu infection.
• Facial weakness or paralysis (look for smooth forehead and problems smiling)—most often on one side
• Numbness just before the weakness starts
• Drooping corner of the mouth
• Decreased tearing
• Inability to close an eye
Shara Kansas did a case study in the Chiropractic Association Journal about a patient with Bell’s Palsy
A five year old boy fell from his bike and within one week had symptoms of Bell’s Palsy. He was unable to close his right eye or wrinkle his brow. He was brought to a neurologist who told the parents it would be 4 or 5 months recovery time. After determining the patient did have an upper cervical misalignment, 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%.
Conclusions cannot be drawn from a single case study, but this case does show a decrease in patient’s symptoms with Bell’s Palsy. This study warrants larger studies with control groups to further understand the benefits of upper cervical specific chiropractic care for Bell’s Palsy.