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A case study published on July 19, 2010 in the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, documents the care of a 25 year old woman who had not yet had her first menstrual cycle without the use of prescription birth control pills.
According to the case study authors, amenorrhea is defined as the "absence of spontaneous menses in a woman of reproductive age". Primary amenorrhea, as was the case of the woman in this study, is where a woman has not experienced any menstrual periods by the age of 16. Most women have their first menstrual period by the age of 15.
In this case, a young woman sought out chiropractic care initially for a primary complaint of headaches. Upon taking her history, the woman revealed that she had never started her menstrual period as a child and that currently she had not experienced a menstrual period in approximately three years. By the age of 18, the woman was put on synthetic progesterone and birth control pills to force a menstrual cycle. She noted that she did not like the side effects and therefore discontinued the medication.
Examination revealed the presence of subluxations and a course of specific chiropractic adjustments was initiated. On her third visit, the woman reported that her tension headaches were much improved, but she still had not yet experienced a menstrual period. On her fourth visit, 19 days after her initial chiropractic evaluation, the woman reported she experienced two days of menstruation for the first time in her lifetime without the use of birth control.
The authors of the study presented a clear rationale for the reasoning behind why a woman with amenorrhea would respond to chiropractic care by stating, "Chiropractics role in this condition is based on the principle that there is a "neurospinal influence" upon the physiology of every organ and system within the body. This would include the reproductive and endocrine systems, which are primarily in control of the menstruation process. The chiropractic profession maintains that spinal misalignments, or "vertebral subluxations," cause interference to this neurospinal system and that in turn the interference affects ones state of health. Based on this premise, by correcting subluxations, chiropractic can reduce nervous system interference and improve nerve function thereby allowing the body, including the reproductive and endocrine systems, to function properly.
A documented case study appeared in the November 7, 2011 issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reporting on the improvement of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) with chiropractic care. Sensory processing disorders are when a person can not properly process sensory input involved in daily activity. Various authorities have different opinions as to what constitutes SPD, however, estimates suggested that 5.3% of kindergarten children may meet the criteria for a SPD.
In this study a four and a half year old boy, described as "well nourished", was brought to the chiropractor with Sensory Processing Disorder and related symptoms. The boy had been diagnosed with SPD by a childhood developmental therapist a year earlier. At 18 months old his parents noticed there was a problem when he started to become very aggressive, substantially increase the amount of food he ate, and was breaking out in unexplainable blotchy rashes.
The study noted that the initial chiropractic exam was very difficult to conduct as every time the doctor tried to examine the child he would throw himself to the floor and start screaming uncontrollably. After 40 minutes of this behavior, the child collapsed crying into his mothers arms, and the initial attempt at examination was postponed.
One week later an examination was performed and it was noted that there was a problem in the upper cervical (neck) spine. Chiropractic adjustments specific to findings of spinal subluxations were initiated. In addition to the adjustments the child was placed on a gluten-free, casein-free, and refined sugar-free diet. The mother followed the care and dietary recommendations carefully, but she did note that occasionally the boy's grandmother would "slip him some treats".
The changes reported in this study were nothing short of life changing for the boy. The author reported, "There were dramatic decreases in sensory stimulating behaviors, physical outbursts, and behavioral outbursts following the introduction of care. There was also a dramatic increase in his attention span and ability to focus on one thing at a time. The patient also started to read for the first time after the 8th adjustment."
From the October 31, 2011 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health comes a case study documenting the correction of autistic symptoms of a child receiving chiropractic care.
The authors of the study start off by reporting some sobering statistics by stating, "Autism is a neurobehavioral disorder that has shown an increase in prevalence in the children of this era. It affects more than 400,000 in the United States and ranks as the third most common developmental disorder of the pediatric population."
In this case a 9-year-old autistic boy was presented to a chiropractic office for care by his mother. She also noted that her son had a history of repeated ear infections and fell frequently due to his hyperactivity. The boy was also suffering from delayed speech at 1-2 years of age and had not spoken by 3-years of age. Finally at the age of 3 and a half, the boy was diagnosed with autism.
A chiropractic examination was performed and it was determined that the boy had subluxations in his pelvis and in the top bone in the neck, the "atlas". A series of specific chiropractic adjustments was begun for correction of the subluxations found. Dietary changes were also made.
The results of the case were partially determined by the mother filling out an Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC), comparing her son's behavior before care, to his behavior at around the 14th visit. The overall scores of the ATEC showed a 16% improvement by the 14th chiropractic adjustment. This included a 17% improvement in the Health / Physical Behavior score.
In addition the child was able to discontinue one of the medications he was taking and at the time of the study, reduce the remaining one. The mother also reported that her son improved to the point where he had an almost complete absence of stereotypical autistic movements, improvements in his ability in sociable situations and improvements in communication, both verbal and physical.
In the October 27, 2011 edition of the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, comes a documented case study of a person with Multiple Sclerosis being significantly helped by chiropractic care.
According to the US National Library of Medicine website, "Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system)." The site goes further to explain that, "MS affects women more than men. The disorder is most commonly diagnosed between ages 20 and 40, but can be seen at any age."
In this case a 28 year old woman went to the chiropractor with a chief complaint of severe neck pain following an accident several years earlier where she slipped on a wet bathroom floor and struck her head on the toilet with her mid-back landing on the bathtub. She also suffered with complaints of headaches, back, shoulder and arm pain, hip and leg pain, and skin problems. Additionally, she had been previously diagnosed with MS.
In a self-help attempt to relieve the pain the woman would try lying down with a rolled-up towel under her neck. This would relieve the pain and lessened the headaches, however, staying in that position for longer than 15 minutes would cause her to lose consciousness for 8-9 hours.
A chiropractic examination and x-rays were performed and a determination was made that subluxations were present in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions. Of the spinal areas involved, it was determined that the upper neck was the primary subluxation in this womans spine. Specific chiropractic adjustments were begun to address her subluxations.
At the initiation of care the patient rated her condition as a 2 out of 10, with 10 being the best and 0 being worst. By the fourth visit she rated herself as a 7 out of 10. Her improvement in all her symptoms including those attributed to her MS remained through the course of this case study.
In his conclusion the author noted that in addition to this case, there had been previous studies that also showed improvement with MS patients. He wrote, "Studies involving larger groups with MS have already been conducted showing favorable response to chiropractic care. Other related chiropractic research has shown similar outcomes with patients experiencing musculoskeletal pain along with associated symptoms of MS."