Resolution of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in a 67 Year Old Female Patient Following Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

Dan Yachter DC & Michael Jarry DC

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ May 11, 2015 ~ Pages 119-124

 

Abstract
Objective: To present a case study of conservative chiropractic care of a female that presented with multiple health issues and following chiropractic care experienced improvement or resolution of several of these issues, most notably her type 2 diabetes.

 

Clinical Features: A 67 year old female presented with several complaints which included type 2 diabetes mellitus that had been diagnosed by a medical physician when she was 40 years of age. The patient was also found to have several vertebral subluxations throughout her spine, along with postural alterations. She had sought care from several providers with no resolution in any of her complaints.

 

Interventions and Outcomes: The patient received specific chiropractic adjustments according to Diversified technique in the regions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine and also pelvis. Physical rehabilitation exercises were given to address the patient’s postural alterations found on her initial exam. After receiving chiropractic care the patient obtained several positive results. After four visits, the patient returned to her medical doctor and was able to stop taking insulin for her diabetes. Her blood sugar levels remained within normal limits throughout the rest of her care.

 

Conclusion: The use of conservative chiropractic care was shown in this case to be an effective alternative management for a patient with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Further research is required to understand the efficacy of chiropractic in management of this condition.

 

Key Words: Chiropractic, diabetes, type 2 diabetes, diabetes mellitus, adjustment, spinal manipulation, vertebral subluxation

2015 Masters Tournament Winner, Jordan Spieth, Credits Chiropractic Care for Good Health and Peak Performance

On April 12, 2015, Jordan Spieth became the second youngest golfer to ever win the Masters Tournament. Spieth did it by tying the Masters record with 18 under par.  After his win, Spieth thanked several people including his chiropractor.

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress issued a release on May 4, 2015, with the headline above and and stated, “Following a record-breaking win at the 2015 Masters Tournament, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth recognized those who significantly contributed to his victory, including his doctor of chiropractic Troy Van Biezen, Dallas, Texas. Since the age of 14, Spieth has relied upon chiropractic care to prevent injuries as well as optimize overall health and athletic performance.”

The Star Tribune reported in an  article on April 13, 2015, that Spieth made a home video when he was just 14-years-old, stating that he would one day win the Masters. His boyhood proclamation would have to wait until he was 21 to become a reality.

In thanking his chiropractor, Spieth commented, “Dr. Van Biezen is an important member of my team and, thanks to his care, my all-time dream of winning the Masters Tournament has now become a reality.” Dr. Van Biezen currently travels full-time with Spieth and several other professional golfers, providing chiropractic care as regularly as once or twice per day. 

Dr. Van Biezen noted that 4 out of 5 golfers will experience some form of back pain from the repeated motion of the sport. Van Biezen commented on Spieth’s determination to win the Masters, “Since a very young age, Jordan has aspired to win the Masters and has since applied great discipline to achieve this goal. Many athletes, and especially golfers, understand the significance to spinal and pelvic motion to functional performance.” 

“Jordan finds that an individualized chiropractic care plan including prevention and recovery-focused techniques is essential for maintaining good health and a competitive edge,” stated Dr. Van Biezen. “Regular chiropractic care helps to alleviate back pain and greatly improve an athlete’s game.” Dr. Van Biezen, goes on to say “Back pain is the most common complaint among golfers, but isn’t the only pain experienced. Neck, shoulder, elbow and hip pain are also common complaints among golfers of all ages. Regular chiropractic care offers an effective non-pharmacologic solution for golfers seeking to rid themselves of pain and properly prepare for a successful and enjoyable game.”


Chiropractic Care of a Down’s Syndrome Patient with Vertebral Subluxation and Strabismus

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Robert Sinnott, DC & Elzaan Truter, BS, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2015 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 46-50

Abstract

Objective: The chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with Down’s syndrome and bilateral convergent strabismus is described. The purpose of this case report is to demonstrate the effects of vertebral subluxation reduction on aberrant ocular presentation and to propose vertebral subluxation mechanisms responsible for these effects.

Clinical Features: The patient is a 4-year old male with Down’s syndrome who was born with convergent strabismus of approximately 15 degrees bilaterally. After surgical intervention, the left eye was corrected to its neutral position. The patient presented with an internally rotated right eye of approximately 15 degrees and no other health concerns in the interest of checking for vertebral subluxation.

Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received a series of contact specific, high- velocity, low-amplitude adjustments to the first cervical vertebra utilizing Gonstead’s cervical chair method. After 2 months of care, both eyes abducted 15 degrees, which meant that the right eye corrected and was now in a central position, whereas the surgically repaired left eye was now divergent 15 degrees.

Conclusion: The results suggest that chiropractic care, specifically atlas subluxation reduction, might be responsible for the correction of convergent strabismus, without surgical alteration, in this case.

Key words: Strabismus, esotropia, Down’s syndrome, pediatric, chiropractic, Gonstead, vertebral subluxation, adjustment

Improvement Following Chiropractic Care in a Pediatric Patient Suffering from Priapism

 

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Robert Sinnott, DC & Peter J. Jenema, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2015 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 42-45

Abstract

Objective: This case study describes the chiropractic care of a 3 year old male child with painful priapism who experienced improvement following specific chiropractic adjustment of vertebral subluxation.

Clinical Features:  The patient’s mother brought him in to receive chiropractic care in hopes of improving his physical condition. Treatment through the child’s pediatrician included the use of ice and antihistamine, with the next step being surgical options.  At the time chiropractic treatment began, the patient had been experiencing near constant, painful erections for a three and a half week period.

Interventions and Outcomes: The chiropractic care consisted of Gonstead methodology of analysis and adjustment aimed at reducing vertebral subluxation. Adjustments were made using a high velocity, low amplitude, specific thrust at C1 and S2.   The mother reported a significant decrease in episodes following treatment with frequency of erections decreasing steadily as care progressed.

Conclusions: Priapism is a rare condition in the pediatric population but it can affect a patient both physically and emotionally.  There are no examples of chiropractic helping this type of condition in the literature and more research needs to be performed in order for any evidence of a beneficial relationship to be established.

Key words: Priapism, Chiropractic, Gonstead, Subluxation, Pediatric

Utilization of Videofluoroscopy to Demonstrate Kinematic Changes to the Spine Following Chiropractic Care

 

Fitzwilliam Health Clinic

Casey N. D’Arcy, DC & Nathan Berner, DC

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 2, 2015 ~ Pages 9-13

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate changes in intersegmental motion of the spine following chiropractic care with the utilization of video fluoroscopic studies.

Clinical Features: Four subjects were included in this study.  All patients presented to the chiropractic clinic seeking care for relief of symptoms.  The protocol used consisted of a combination of video fluoroscopy, plain film x-ray photographs, and infrared thermography scans.  Each of the four patients’ videofluoroscopy tapes were evaluated in order to identify the existence and location of vertebral locking within the spine.  Based upon the patient’s clinical presentation they were adjusted as indicated and underwent follow up videofluoroscopy analysis following chiropractic care.

Outcomes: All four subjects in the study had a significant degree of positive and measurable change with intersegmental motion following chiropractic intervention.  Three females and one male participated and each had immediate and positive reports on relief of symptoms.   Images were taken from the videos in maximal extension before and after chiropractic adjustment(s) were delivered to the segment(s) determined to have vertebral subluxation present.  On average, there were two adjustments to the segment(s) showing vertebral locking on the video fluoroscopy motion study and all demonstrated decreased vertebral locking on the post motion study.

 

Conclusion: With the utilization of video fluoroscopy the chiropractic profession is able to reliably demonstrate kinematic changes of the spine following chiropractic care.

 

Keywords: Subluxation, Pierce Results System, Chiropractic, Videofluoroscopy

Impact of Chiropractic Services at an On-Site Health Center

 

 

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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
September 2014; Volume 56; No. 9; pp. 990–992

Sylvia L. Kindermann, MPH; Qingjiang Hou, MS; Ross M. Miller, MD, MPH
The objective of this study was to compare the influence of employer-sponsored,
on-site chiropractic care against community-obtained care on health care utilization.
It was a retrospective claims analysis study, using 876 on-site and 759 off-site
participants.
KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE:
1) Musculoskeletal conditions are the primary cause of physical disability in the
United States.
2) About 50% of US adults have back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, or bodily
injury in excess of 3 months’ duration annually.
3) 17% of US workers have absenteeism as a result of musculoskeletal
conditions yearly.
4) Neck pain inhibits about 14% of workers from successfully completing their
jobs.
5) In 2006, the average direct cost of treatment for musculoskeletal conditions
was $576 billion, and indirect costs added an additional $373 billion, primarily in
wage losses. [total = $949 billion]
6) “Doctors of chiropractic promote wellness and injury prevention.”
7) “Chiropractic care has been demonstrated to deliver effective treatment for
the symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions.”
8) “On-site chiropractic care has been shown to deliver substantial value through convenience of access, high quality of care and delivery, and lowered overall costs.”
9) On-site chiropractic care has “demonstrated significant improvements in
headache, neck pain, and low back pain functional status in patients utilizing on-site
services over a short time frame while still showing lower utilization and cost
outcomes than community-based care.”
10) Employer-sponsored worksite clinics could control costs and increase
workplace productivity while providing high quality and convenient care to their
employees.
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11) “This study demonstrates that users of on-site chiropractic services have
lower health care utilization than those who obtain their care at off-site community
care centers.”
12) “Patients receiving chiropractic care on-site were significantly less likely to
have radiology [diagnostic imaging, including MRI, ultrasound, and x-rays] testing.”
13) The off-site group received more radiology services overall (55.5% vs 38.2%)
including magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and radiograph; had higher
outpatient and emergency department utilization; and demonstrated greater use of
chiropractic care and physical therapy.
14) “The mean number of chiropractic services and physical therapy visits per
member were both significantly higher in the off-site group.”
15) “The results of this study support the value of chiropractic services offered at
on-site health centers in comparison with chiropractic services provided off-site.
Future research into potential indirect and direct cost savings would supplement
this study and further demonstrate the advantages of on-site chiropractic care.”

16) “Compared with off-site care, on-site chiropractic services are associated with
lower health care utilization. These results support the value of chiropractic services
offered at on-site health centers.”
[numbers rounded] On-Site Chiropractic
Care
Off-site Chiropractic
Care
Diagnostic Imaging
(X-ray, MRI,
Ultrasound)
38% 56%
(X-ray) 27% 46%
(MRI) 12% 15%
(Ultrasound) 11% 16%
Repeated Diagnostic
Imaging
19% 30%
Outpatient Utilization 30% 47%
Emergency Department
Visits
13% 19%

The #1 Organ That Causes High Blood Pressure (and nobody talks about it)

An adult woman was found to be missing her cerebellum

by: Christian Goodman

Anybody diagnosed with high blood pressure will find a volley of ideas and thoughts on what factors and organs are responsible for the spike.

But there is one organ that nobody ever talks about, not even mentions, when discussing high blood pressure. This organ secretly narrows your arteries and raises your blood pressure.

The good news is, when you shed the light on this organ, it’s very easy to tackle it and permanently cure high blood pressure – without medications.

A study conducted by researchers from The School of Medicine at University of Maryland, and Ottawa Heart Institute, found an interesting link between our brains and high blood pressure.

 

In this study, the researchers identified a steroid compound called ouabain, which the brain releases to constrict or dilate the diameter of the arteries throughout the body.

The researchers performed certain experiments on animal models to find this

definite link between the release of ouabain in the bloodstream and constriction of arteries.

Obviously, if the brain releases more ouabain, which narrows the arteries, the blood pressure rises. Just like there is more pressure drinking milkshake through a narrow straw than wide straw.

The most interesting part of this finding is that now we can see our brain has almost complete control over our blood pressure. If we have high blood pressure, it’s because our brain has consciously decided to release ouabain to raise our blood pressure.

So why does the brain make that decision?

The answer is any kind of stress. It can be sensory (traffic noise), emotional (divorce), mental (work task), or physical (workout, disease).

Most of the time this is temporary stress and your brain raises your blood pressure to deal with an immediate threat or condition (this is healthy).

But at some point it becomes chronic. It’s like some neural path gets stuck in this stress circle and can’t get out of it.

Obviously, then, the solution for high blood pressure must be to get us out of this circle. Tell the brain to chill out and stop overdosing on ouabain.