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Shawn Labelle, D.C. & Marcus Steiner, D.C.

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ October 4, 2017 ~ Pages 176-188



Objective: To report the results of subluxation-based chiropractic care in a patient complaining of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and cluster headaches while undergoing treatment and recovery from substance abuse.

Clinical features: A 21-year-old male patient presented into a chiropractic office complaining of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and cluster headaches. Patient stated he was also undergoing substance abuse treatment. X-ray radiographs revealed a 21-degree thoracic dextroscoliosis, along with cervical hypolordosis, thoracic hypokyphosis, and lumbar hyperlordosis. 

Intervention and Outcome: Initial postural and radiographic examinations were performed. After being put on an appropriate care plan, the patient was assessed and adjusted when necessary for subluxation using Gonstead Chiropractic Technique (GCT), along with Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) mirror imaging technique. Patient was also prescribed cervical traction and therapeutic exercises. Upon completion of the care plan, the patient had a 10-degree reduction in the thoracic dextroscoliosis measurement and obtained restoration of normal cervical, thoracic, and lumbar curvature. Patient decreased and eventually stopped all medication usage and has not experienced a relapse in 4½ years.  

Subluxation-based chiropractic care played a role in the resolution of the patient’s complaints. The patient was able to stop all medications and leads a productive life symptom free. 

Keywords: cluster headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chiropractic, subluxation, adjustment, Gonstead, Chiropractic Biophysics, substance abuse

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