Improvement in Vision in a Patient with Diabetic Retinopathy Following Network Spinal Analysis Care
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 16, 2012 ~ Pages 25-30
Objective: To describe the reorganization and reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) in a chiropractic patient with diabetic retinopathy and concurrent loss of vision undergoing Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) care.
Clinical Features: A 46-year-old male with type I insulin dependent diabetes presented for chiropractic care. His complaints included numbness in both arms and fingers of the left hand, and diabetic retinopathy with total loss of vision for the past five years.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received NSA care 221 times over three years. After 8 months of care, he reported seeing shapes and colors through his left eye only for the first time in 5 years. He also reported a drop in intraocular pressure from an initial 50 mm Hg down to 18 mm Hg.
Conclusion: The patient in this case experienced improved intraocular pressure and vision following Network Spinal Analysis care. More research is warranted to better understand this link between Network Spinal Analysis care, chiropractic and the diabetic patient.
Key words: Network Spinal Analysis Care, Intraocular Eye Pressure, Systemic Blood Pressure, Diabetic Retinopathy, Vision, Chiropractic, Vertebral Subluxation
Resolution of Depression & Quality of Life Improvements in a Patient with Major Depressive Disorder after Hemisphere Specific Stimulation: A Case Study
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 13, 2012 ~ Pages 18-24
Objective: To discuss the effects of chiropractic care utilizing a functional neurological approach for a patient with an eleven year history of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
Clinical Features: A 28-year-old male presented with an eleven-year history of depressive symptoms including: loss of interest in pleasure in almost all activities, a lack of reactivity to usually pleasurable stimuli, and significant weight loss. The patient was diagnosed with MDD at the age of twenty and subsequently treated medically through the use of multiple anti-psychotic medications and multiple rounds of Electroconvulsive Therapy.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was treated over a period of one year and three months at a rate of 2-3 visits per week utilizing a combination of chiropractic techniques including Activator instrument as well as high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) spinal adjustments, most consistent with Diversified Technique. Adjustments were constantly varied in relation to patient positioning (prone, supine, seated, and standing) to promote a variety of cortical stimulations.
The patient was also adjusted utilizing hemisphere specific intervention designed to improve hemispheric coordination and sensory integration. Additional optokinetic home exercises were given as an adjunct to care. The patient reported a complete resolution of all depressive symptoms, termination of all related medications, and cessation of smoking while under chiropractic care.
Conclusions: We presented a case of a patient with MDD utilizing hemisphericity based chiropractic and rehabilitation which resulted in marked resolution of the patient’s depressive symptoms over the course of one year and three months.
Keywords: Major Depressive Disorder, chiropractic, spinal manipulation, chiropractic adjustment, hemisphericity, polypharmacy, dysafferentation
Resolution of Chronic Constipation in an Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Report & Selective Review of Literature
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 22-25
Objective: To report on successful chiropractic care in the case of an infant with constipation.
Clinical Features: A nine month old infant was presented for chiropractic care. She developed constipation after her mother stopped breastfeeding. Upon examination, subluxations were revealed at atlas and sacrum.
Interventions & Outcomes: Diversified full spine protocol was utilized and adjustments were administered when warranted. She was seen one time per week. After the first adjustment, her mother reported an increased frequency of bowel movements. By the third week her mother reported only occasional constipation. After five months of care the constipation had resolved.
Conclusion: The patient in our case showed improvement in the symptoms of chronic constipation after one chiropractic adjustment. After five months of care the constipation resolved. The results in this case suggest that chiropractic adjustments might have a positive effect in the management of chronic constipation in children, however more research is warranted.
Key Words: Constipation, chiropractic, diversified technique, subluxation, pediatrics
Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care in the Management of Cocaine Addiction: A Case Report
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 2, 2012 ~ Pages 8-17
Objective: This is a case study of a 63 year old male free base and crack cocaine addict who was court mandated to the Exodus Addiction Treatment Center for residential addiction treatment following a conviction for cocaine possession along with a record of multiple felony arrests over a 40 year period.
Clinical Features: The failed to retain recovery or successfully complete eleven previous medical model/disease concept residential addiction treatment programs for free base and crack cocaine addiction. A comprehensive case history, psychosocial, neurological and addiction assessments, along with chiropractic examinations were performed. Vertebral subluxations were detected after chiropractic examination.
Intervention and Outcomes: Torque Release Technique (a non-linear tonal model), P300 Wave testing, EMG, thermography and residential addiction treatment were combined for evaluation and application of care. Adjustments were performed with the Integrator adjusting instrument and were limited to Primary Subluxation. P300 Wave testing was performed with the Enigma P300.
Conclusions: Although subluxation based chiropractic care is not recognized as the main course of treatment for addiction, it is postulated that improvement of spinal neural integrity and neural dopaminergic pathway efficiency through chiropractic adjustments may contribute to improved homeostasis, Brain Reward Cascade and Reward Deficiency Syndrome thus allowing the body to express a greater state of well-being and human potential as an outcome. Additional outcomes such as increased addiction treatment retention rates and decreases in relapse are also postulated after combining non-linear tonal chiropractic care with standard addiction treatment and behavior modification.
Key Words: Torque Release Technique (TRT), Integrator, Enigma P300, P300 Wave, Chiropractic, Primary Subluxation, Vertebral Subluxation, Brain Reward Cascade (BRC), Addiction Treatment, Cocaine Addiction, EMG, Thermography, Cranio-spinal Meningeal Functional Unit, Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS).
Improvement in a 6 year-old Child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Nocturnal Enuresis under Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ Issue 1 ~ January 30, 2012 ~ Pages 1-8
Objectives: To report on the improvement of a pediatric patient with nocturnal enuresis and Autistic Syndrome Disorder (ASD), after undergoing upper cervical specific chiropractic care.
Clinical Features: A 6 year-old boy who presented for chiropractic care with a history of nocturnal enuresis and ASD. The child experienced a traumatic birth and at the time of chiropractic care was following the Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Protocol.
Intervention and Outcomes: An atlas subluxation complex was determined based on clinical data collected at the first visit. Objective clinical evaluation included: static palpation, motion palpation, radiographs, paraspinal thermography, supine leg length inequality, as well as measurements of hip leveling, and bilateral weight distribution. National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) upper cervical specific adjustments were administered over a 15-week period. There was an overall reduction in the patient’s pattern of atlas subluxation, in addition to successful resolution of nocturnal enuresis and marked improvement in both his social interactions and learning difficulties at school.
Conclusions: The case presentation of a 6 year-old boy with nocturnal enuresis and Autistic Spectrum Disorder who underwent upper cervical chiropractic care is described. The reduction of vertebral subluxation was related in time with the resolution of nocturnal enuresis and significant improvements in behavioral patterns. Further research in both subject areas is advocated.
Key Words: nocturnal enuresis, chiropractic, subluxation, upper cervical, children, autism
The Webster Technique: Results From a Practice-Based Research Network Study
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 16-21
Objective: To contribute to evidence-based practice, the use of Webster Technique is characterized in a chiropractic practice-based research network.
Methods: In an exploratory study, we sought data from pregnant subjects under chiropractic care that included their sociodemographic information, previous prenatal care and abnormal fetal positioning prior to after care with the Webster Technique.
Results: A convenience sample of 81 pregnant women receiving chiropractic care comprised the study subjects. The average age of the patients was 32.4 years. Previous or concurrent care included external cephalic version, slant board, acupuncture, moxabustion, homeopathy and various forms of exercises. Based on 63 of the 81 subjects, we found 70% of the subjects with abnormal fetal pregnancies reporting a correction to the vertex position.
Conclusion: The preliminary results of our study contributes to evidence-based practice that pregnant women with abnormal fetal positions may derive benefits from chiropractic care using the Webster Technique.
Key Words: Webster Technique, chiropractic, pregnancy, fetal malposition, fetal malpresentation, subluxation, practice-based research network