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Chiropractic Helps Improve Balance & Coordination

The parents of the 9-year-old boy reported on in this study were concerned that he had scoliosis as his previous x-rays and MRI showed several malformations.  His medical care team had recommended surgery. He was developmentally delayed and had Klippel-Feil syndrome.  He had trouble reaching his developmental milestones. Even at age nine he still could not hop on one leg.  His inability to perform coordinated functions impacted his daily activities at home and school ultimately impacting his self-confidence.

The chiropractor examined him and found structural shifts in his head, neck, upper back, and low back.  Restrictions and muscle tightness were also noted in his neck and low back.  Balance assessments and other testing showed abnormalities.  X-rays also showed several malformations consistent with Klippel-Feil syndrome.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

Following chiropractic care, he experienced improvement in balance and coordination especially in his daily activities at home and school.  This also led to improvement in his self-confidence and social skills.

Reference

Measured Balance Improvement Following Chiropractic Subluxation Correction in a 9-Year-Old Child with Klippel-Feil Syndrome:  A Case Report.  Robet J Rectenwald, DC, BCAO.  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ Volume 2021

Balance & Coordination – FACTS

Awareness of body orientation and the preservation of balance in the upright stance are crucial for performance of daily activities.

There are near endless configurations of posture that are encountered during daily experiences.  With each new and changing posture, there are responses in the neuromuscular system to maintain balance. The act of maintaining an upright stance requires the integration of continually regulated and complex neurological inputs within the nervous system.

The upright two foot stance in humans is intrinsically unstable due to gravity persistently acting on the body. Gravity causes a forward fall of the body and thus the body is constantly fine-tuning human posture by applying a counter that results in a swaying motion to counteract the forces of gravity.

It has been established that these complex and endless reactions depend on a persistent flow of sensory information from three body systems; the brain, eyes and ears.

Problems with maintaining balance and posture can happen when there is a disturbance such as abnormal structural shifts in the spine. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body and structural shifts in the spine can occur that obstruct the nerves and interfere with their function. Chiropractic care aims to remove the structural shifts to improve function.  Studies demonstrate that chiropractic adjustments to reduce vertebral subluxations result in improved balance and coordination. 

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Chiropractic Helps Hearing Difficulties

The 10-year-old girl reported on in the study had a history of hearing difficulties and ear infections. She failed several hearing tests, had surgeries and tried medications which did not help her as her problems would resurface. 

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck and low back.  Restrictions and areas of pain were also noted in those regions of the spine.  X-rays and other testing confirmed these findings.

These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

Following chiropractic care, she experienced relief as her hearing was restored, which was confirmed by a hearing test. The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.

Reference

Improved Hearing in a 10-Year-Old Child with a History of Otitis Media Following Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care:  A Case Study.  Parker Adams, DC & Erica Kiela, DC.  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ Volume, 2021

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Improvement in Eczema, Allergies, Insomnia and Quality of Life in a Four Year Old Child Following Chiropractic

A Case Report & Review of the Literature • Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, Volume 2021

Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic on a child reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing eczema in this population. The literature included in the study supports the role of chiropractic in children suffering from the related health challenges and calls for more research in this area.

“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and the various health challenges that infants may experience” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.

McCoy added “In the case report presented, the child was suffering from eczema and several other symptoms that resolved under chiropractic care because of the nature of the nervous system and its relationship to the spine.”

According to researchers the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body and structural shifts in the spine can occur that obstruct the nerves and interfere with their function. By removing the structural shifts, chiropractic improves nerve supply and function.

The 4-year-old child reported on in the study was suffering from eczema, allergies, and insomnia.  His eczema covered his entire body and had gone on for over a year and a half.  His allergy flare ups would leave him with itchy skin and difficulty sleeping.  He used steroid cream and medication to help alleviate his symptoms for short periods of time. 

The chiropractor examined him and found structural shifts in his neck, midback, low back, and sacrum.  He had tight muscles, decreased range of motion, and posture abnormalities.  Additional testing confirmed these findings.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

Following chiropractic adjustments, his symptoms improved, his eczema cleared and his flare up episodes were less frequent and less severe.  He became more interested in playing and began sleeping better.

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.

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Chiropractic Helps Hearing Loss

The 9-year-old girl reported on in the study had bronchitis, upper back pain, headaches, and hearing loss.  She had experienced sharp upper back pain for several days and was diagnosed with bronchitis.  She had also been diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, in which she had to begin wearing a hearing aid.

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck, upper back, and low back.  Restrictions and tender areas were also noted throughout all her spinal muscles.  X-rays confirmed the structural shifts.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

Following chiropractic care, she experienced immediate relief as her hearing was restored.  She did not need to use her hearing aid the next day in school and she also began to be able to hear whispers from her mother.

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.

Reference

Resolution of Sensorineural Hearing Loss in a 9-Year-Old Child Following Chiropractic Case:  A Case Report.  Lou Briegel, DC & Laurie Briegel, DC.  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ Volume, 2021 ~ Pages

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Chiropractic Treatment for Infant Suffering from Effects of Birth Trauma

An 8-month-old male who experienced birth trauma was suffering from vertebral subluxations, GERD, constipation, torticollis, plagiocephaly, developmental delays, and abnormal sleeping patterns after a traumatic delivery. Medical interventions and physical therapy had failed to help.

Interventions and Outcomes: Sustained contacts, high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) adjustments (Diversified Technique) were applied to various spinal segments where vertebral subluxations were present. The patient’s mother reported complete resolution of his GERD, which resulted in him being able to discontinue the use of his prescription medications (Zantac and Prilosec). His sleep dysfunction and constipation resolved and he also had complete resolution of his torticollis achieving full range of motion throughout his cervical spine.  Upon continued chiropractic care the patient began to reach his developmental milestones. 

Conclusions: The chiropractic care of a patient with severe gastrointestinal disorders, torticollis, developmental delays, and abnormal sleeping patterns is presented.  Significant improvements and resolutions of the patient’s multiple conditions and symptoms were seen after only two chiropractic visits with complete resolution of his GERD after four visits.  The results of this case study attest to the usefulness and benefits of chiropractic care. Further research is warranted.

Complete article can be found and referenced HERE at vertebralsubluxationresearch.com.

Resolution of Severe Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Chronic Constipation, Sleep Disturbance & Developmental Delays Following Chiropractic in an Infant with Birth Trauma: A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, Volume 2020 Chris Boman, DC& Jessica Allen, DC  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ July 14, 2020 ~ Pages 18-25

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Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Asthma, Allergies, Chronic Colds & Vertebral Subluxation

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, Volume 2009

Objective: To provide supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in relieving asthma and allergies and overall improvement in a pediatric patient’s immune system and health.

Clinical Features: A 7-year-old male was presented by his parents for chiropractic evaluation and possible care. The 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.

Interventions and Outcomes: 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.

Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence that chiropractic care can help balance immune system functioning and relieve asthma symptoms as well as colds and allergies. It is recommended that further research be done on this subject to support the findings of this case study.


Joel Alcantara, BSc, D.C.; Laura Van Roo, D.C. and Rosemary E. Oman, Msc, FASBE, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2009 ~ Issue 3 ~ Pages 1-7. August 17, 2009