Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ Issue 1 ~ February 22, 2012 ~ Pages 9-15
Objective: To describe the correction of an upper cervical subluxation in a patient with atrial fibrillation and hypertension.
Clinical Features: A 68-year-old female presented with fatigue, weakness, dyspnea, tachycardia and hypertension. Her cardiologist previously diagnosed her with atrial fibrillation.
Intervention & Outcomes: High velocity, low amplitude adjustments were delivered in the knee-chest position to the atlanto-occipital area on 4 separate visits. Upon receiving a second adjustment, the patient’s heart rate variability readings showed signs of improvement suggesting autonomic balance. Her blood pressure returned to normal and was able to discontinue her medication.
Conclusion: This case reviews the use of upper cervical in the resolution of signs and symptoms in a patient with atrial fibrillation.
Keywords: Chiropractic, Upper Cervical, Knee-Chest, Atrial Fibrillation, Subluxation, HRV, Arrhythmia