Improved Health Outcomes in a Patient with Muscular Dystrophy and Hypertension Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ January 31, 2013 ~ Pages 1-11
Objective: To discuss the use of Chiropractic Biophysics Technique (CBP) in the case of a 76-year-old female patient with muscular dystrophy, hypertension, headaches and vertigo.
Clinical Features: Prior to the presenting fall which brought the patient into the office, the patient had been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and was on several medications. She was having trouble breathing as a result of her diagnosed condition. She had extreme muscle weakness in her lower extremities and was not able to get around without significant assistance. She was suffering from vertigo on a weekly basis.
Intervention and Outcome: At initial examination, evidence of subluxation was found through exam, thermography, and SEMG. Radiographs were analyzed prior to patient care. Chiropractic care using CBP analysis, diversified, drop table, and instrument adjusting was implemented. The patient’s overall health status was measured utilizing the SF-36 form. Objective assessments were made using SEMG, thermography, electronic muscle testing, and postural assessment. After 1 month of care, the patient reported an improvement in overall pain levels, as well as a decrease in vertigo. After 6 weeks she was off all blood pressure medication. After 2 months of care the patient had increased muscle strength. After 4 months of care the patient reported a near complete absence of symptoms.
Conclusion: The onset of the pain following a fall at home brought the patient in to the office seeking pain relief. 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.
Key Indexing Terms: Chiropractic, Chiropractic Biophysics, surface EMG, thermography, Muscular Dystrophy, DNA repair, hypertension, migraine, vertigo