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Cere­bral Palsy Helped With Chi­ro­prac­tic Care, Four Case Stud­ies

Four doc­u­mented case stud­ies were pub­lished in the June 21, 2006 issue of the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal, the Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research. In each of these case stud­ies the chil­dren were pre­vi­ously diag­nosed with cere­bral palsy sec­ondary to birth trauma. Addi­tion­ally each of these chil­dren were found to have the pres­ence of ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tions as detected by objec­tive testing.

Chi­ro­prac­tic care was given to each of the chil­dren with the objec­tive of cor­rect­ing or reduc­ing the detected ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tions. The moth­ers and or care providers of each of these chil­dren mon­i­tored changes in activ­i­ties of daily liv­ing and observed their qual­ity of life. They noted that after one month of chi­ro­prac­tic care, all four chil­dren showed improve­ment in activ­i­ties of daily liv­ing includ­ing mobil­ity, feed­ing, and pos­tural control.

The first case study was of an 8 year old female pre­sent­ing with a diag­no­sis of cere­bral palsy sec­ondary to birth trauma who was also prone to seizures. She also suf­fered from tremors of her arms and legs, fre­quent uri­na­tion and had visual prob­lems as well as poor pos­ture. Her pre­vi­ous med­ical treat­ment con­sisted of phys­i­cal ther­apy pro­ce­dures includ­ing mas­sage and acupuncture.

Over a 9 week period this child received a total of 22 chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments. Fol­low­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care, the par­ents reported that she could sit bet­ter and was able to walk upright with­out anyone’s help. She also gained the abil­ity to walk up stairs on her own. She was able to use her left arm and hand bet­ter, espe­cially when feed­ing her­self. She was able to walk stead­ier and more con­fi­dent, and was less “limp.” Her par­ents also noted that her over­all coor­di­na­tion improved and they reported an increase in energy and that her emo­tional state improved. They also noted that she was less fatigued and needed less sleep, and the tremors less­ened in severity.

Sim­i­larly each of the chil­dren also showed improve­ments. One 7 year old boy who was diag­nosed with cere­bral palsy also suf­fered from seizures. His par­ents reported that as an infant he did not move much and that he seemed to lack any emo­tion. He also did not start to crawl until he was 11 months old and did not walk until he was almost 5 years old. Addi­tion­ally, this unfor­tu­nate child suf­fered from fre­quent colds, numb­ness and pain in the arms and legs, seizures, nasal bleed­ing, throat pain, hoarse­ness of the voice, pain in the gums and teeth, rhini­tis, extrem­ity tremors, pain in the feet, and ane­mia. He had trou­ble sleep­ing, dif­fi­culty com­mu­ni­cat­ing, con­cen­trat­ing and work­ing in school.

After the ini­ti­a­tion of chi­ro­prac­tic care, his par­ents reported that he became more sta­ble while stand­ing and walk­ing, had greater mobil­ity and bet­ter bal­ance of the upper part of the body. Addi­tion­ally, he was able to walk longer dis­tances before tir­ing. His abil­i­ties in school improved and his sleep­ing prob­lems resolved. They reported that his appetite, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and emo­tional state improved.

The other two chil­dren in this study also showed improve­ments that included improved changes in their coor­di­na­tion, gait improve­ments, bet­ter sleep­ing and appetite. Addi­tion­ally, changes in pos­ture and men­tal atti­tude were also noted.

The authors note that all of these improve­ments cor­re­lated with objec­tive find­ings of reduc­tions of sub­lux­a­tions dur­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care. In their con­clu­sions they state, “These reports are con­sis­tent with wide­spread anec­do­tal reports of sim­i­lar types of improve­ments and are con­sis­tent with other case reports in the lit­er­a­ture. Given the sig­nif­i­cance of such types of improve­ments in the lives of these chil­dren the authors call for more exten­sive inves­ti­ga­tion of the effects of sub­lux­a­tion analy­sis and cor­rec­tion in chil­dren suf­fer­ing from cere­bral palsy.”

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