It is estimated that annually, doctors of chiropractic (DCs) treat more than 35 million Americans (adults and children).
Current research studies show that services provided by chiropractic physicians are both safe and effective. The evidence strongly supports the natural, whole-body and cost-effective approach of chiropractic services for a variety of conditions.
Chiropractic’s primary focus is on the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system and their impact to over overall health. Common complaints by patients are headaches, neck pain, low back pain, leg pain and upset stomach (dyspepsia). These two systems work together to stimulate optimal responses by our immune system to better adapt and heal.
Misalignments of our spine (subluxations) cause compression and resulting irritation of our neural pathways. Where these subluxations are not found and corrected, ill health and disease can result. A 1992 study showed that when a thoracic (mid-back) chiropractic adjustment was applied to that area, the white blood cell count collected rose significantly.
Some of the more interesting cases I have treated are listed below:
1. Middle aged female patient with frequent grand mal seizures that were the result of a grapefruit sized benign brain tumor. After treating her for approximately 1 year, a re-examination at Stanford showed that the tumor had shrunk down to the size of a walnut. Simultaneously the frequent grand mals became occasional petite mals and she is now a practicing chiropractor in Washington state.
2. Fifteen-month-old male that could not stand and put weight on his right leg thus could not learn to walk and had to crawl across a room to get somewhere. Doctors had recommended a body cast for six months to one year.
Upon examination I found a severely rotated pelvis and with a prominent fixation at his right ilium (hip bone). After six weeks of adjustments to his pelvis he was able to stand and began to learn to walk.
3. A current patient that came in with chronic gastric distress diagnosed as Gerds. She currently receives regular chiropractic care that helps her maintain much less pain.
4. A recent adult male that came in complaining of left arm pain, tingling and numbness that he had suffered with for the past 15 years and was unable to get any help. I examined his cervical spine (neck) x-rays and determined he had chronic injury to his C-5 vertebra. The vertebra had displaced posteriorly (backwards) quite severely causing impingement to the nerve in his lower neck that innervated his arm. After two to three months of treatment, his arm cleared.
As you can see, chiropractic is very powerful and has many applications to help facilitate our optimum health.
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