Upper Cervical Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease:


 Steve Landry TRP, DC Bio    

 Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ Issue 3 ~ July 30, 2012 ~ Pages 63-70


Objective: To demonstrate the effectiveness of upper cervical chiropractic care in managing a single patient with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease and to describe the clinical findings.


Clinical Features: A 63-year-old man was diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease after a twitch developed in his right hand at rest. Other findings included loss of energy, anxiety and localized middle back pain.


Intervention and Outcomes: Hole-In-One (HIO) Knee Chest protocol was used over a 4 week period using x-ray procedures, and analysis, skin temperature differential (pattern) analysis and Knee Chest adjusting technique. Contact-specific, low amplitude, high-velocity, moderate-force adjustments were delivered to the Atlas vertebra.  The patient experienced significant improvements in his quality of life using SF-36, PDQ-39 and subjective intake during upper cervical care. The patient also showed considerable improvements in the overall bodily pain, active and passive cervical range of motion, postural correction and better quality of sleep following the cessation of his restless leg syndrome.


Conclusions: We conclude that improvement of the Atlas alignment is associated with reduction of most of his Parkinson’s symptoms. Including decrease in frequency and intensity of his middle back pain, improvement in his quality of life and improvement in his motor functions. 


Keywords:idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, upper cervical care, middle back pain, Subluxation, chiropractic, Knee Chest, HIO


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