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Case Study on Chi­ro­prac­tic Care for Chronic Chest Pain

The Feb­ru­ary 2003 issue of the research jour­nal, The Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics, (JMPT), pub­lished a case study of a 49 year old man who suf­fered from chest pain. The patient, a music com­poser, was exer­cis­ing on a tread­mill dur­ing part of his reg­u­lar phys­i­cal work­out rou­tine when he devel­oped a dull and achy chest pain with some dif­fi­culty breath­ing. The patient did not seek imme­di­ate help for the con­di­tion, think­ing that it would resolve on its own.

Over the next two weeks the pain increased and the patient sought med­ical care. A visit to his internist revealed the patient’s blood pres­sure to be 14097. He was diag­nosed with mus­cu­lar chest pain, sec­ondary to tachy­car­dia (rapid heart rate) and hyper­ten­sion (ele­vated blood pres­sure). Treat­ment was a pre­scrip­tion of a com­bi­na­tion of anti-​inflammatory drugs and beta-​blockers. The patient felt that his beta-​blockers made him extremely drowsy, and the anti-​inflammatory drugs did not relieve his chest pain.

In spite of the med­ica­tion, most all of the man’s prob­lems seemed to worsen. After exten­sive test­ing, all find­ings were deemed nor­mal, and the internist declared that the patient’s heart and lungs were healthy. Over time, the patient’s symp­toms had pro­gres­sively wors­ened to the point that the chest pain radi­ated sharply into his upper back as well. The pain was so severe that he was unable to sleep at night or per­form sim­ple activ­i­ties of daily liv­ing with­out increas­ing his pain. Anx­i­ety over the sever­ity of his con­di­tion also began to affect the patient’s emo­tional well-​being, and got to the point of pre­clud­ing the patient’s active employ­ment and most phys­i­cal activity.

Finally the debil­i­tated man sought chi­ro­prac­tic care. His chi­ro­prac­tic exam­i­na­tion showed an increase in many reflexes and the con­clu­sion was that the man had sub­lux­a­tions. Chi­ro­prac­tic care was ini­ti­ated at that time. After only one ses­sion, the man imme­di­ately rose to a stand­ing posi­tion after the chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ment, he then took a deep breath and exclaimed that he could breathe much easier.

The patient was placed on a pro­gram of sus­tain­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care, ini­ti­ated 3 times per week. The study showed that the patient responded favor­ably to chi­ro­prac­tic, obtain­ing prompt relief from his symp­toms. Sus­tained chi­ro­prac­tic care ren­dered over a 14-​week period resulted in com­plete res­o­lu­tion of the patient’s pre­vi­ously chronic con­di­tion, with recov­ery main­tained at 9-​month follow-​up.

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Sep­tem­ber 18th is a sig­nif­i­cant date for all Doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic as this date marks the anniver­sary of the dis­cov­ery of chi­ro­prac­tic. It

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