Digestive Problems

According to a new survey, 74% of Americans live with chronic digestive symptoms including diarrhea, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. What many people may not know is that these symptoms could indicate a more serious condition related to the nerves.

The central nervous system controls all the organs in the body, including the stomach, intestines, gallbladder, and other abdominal functions. If an abdominal organ is in trouble, it may send excessive signals back to the brain. This can cause a sensation of discomfort in either the area near the organ or in one of the pain referral areas associated with that organ. A well-known organ that refers pain is gallbladder, and the gallbladder can refer pain to the back and shoulder area when it becomes symptomatic.

According to a recent study by Dr. [name?] Takeda, there is a possible link between misalignments in the spine causing nerve interference (vertebral subluxations) and Crohn’s disease. This research, published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, emerged from a previous study involving more than 3,000 patients diagnosed with allergies and over 1,000 non-allergic patients. It focused on the relationship between immune function, spinal displacements called vertebral subluxations, and how reducing those displacements resulted in improvement – and in some cases complete remission – of symptoms of Crohn’s disease. This is just one of many research studies demonstrating the power of specific chiropractic adjustments and the digestive system.

Also worth noting is that one of the areas chiropractic helps with the most is stress. Many people notice that when they are in periods of stress, their appetites and digestive patterns change. In a sense, the gut – with its extensive neural network – has a mind of its own, though it is still dependent on the brain. Chiropractic adjustments reduce stress on a cellular (including neurological) level, which in turn alleviate digestive issues.

Ear Infections

Every year, 500,000 children have surgical tubes placed in their ears for ‪‎ear infections, and 98% still get reoccurring infections thereafter. However, according to a study on over 400 children with chronic ear infections, 80% showed no recurrence after undergoing regular ‪‎chiropractic care for six months. This is due to the improvement of fluid drainage from the inner ear.

The fluid in a child’s ears does not drain as easy as it does in an adult’s because children’s eustachian tubes are more horizontal than vertical. Due to this anatomical difference, fluid may accumulate and remain in children’s eustachian tubes for longer periods, allowing viruses or bacteria to proliferate, leading to infection. These infections are most often treated with antibiotics, which kill not only pathogenic bacteria but also the healthy tissue cells. If the ear infection is caused by a virus, then the child is taking unnecessary antibiotics, which have no effect against viruses. Statistics now indicate that repeated or inadequate use of antibiotics contributes to future infections by creating drug-resistant strains. If a child continues to get ear infections, he/she may be placed under general anesthesia to have drainage tubes surgically implanted.

The chiropractic treatment for ear infections addresses the top vertebae in the neck, including the atlas, which is in intimate contact with the eustachian tubes. If this bone is slightly out of place, it may put pressure on the tube resulting in a smaller drainage aperture. The longer the fluid remains in the tube, the more likely it is to get infected. Chiropractic adjustments to the atlas are a natural way to reduce blockage, improve fluid drainage, and reduce the risk of infection. For parents whose children suffer from chronic ear infections, this option is safer, more affordable, and less invasive.

Fibromyalgia

The Mayo Clinic defines fibromyalgia as a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, memory impairment, and mood disorders. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way one’s brain processes pain signals. Symptoms sometimes begin after physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

The medical treatment for this condition includes painkillers and antidepressants, as well as anti-seizure medications. In order to be medically diagnosed, a patient needs to feel tender sensations in 11 of 18 predetermined spots on his/her body.

Hiemeyer examined 40 patients with fibromyalgia and concluded, “flexed posture could be an important factor in generalized muscular pain, and posture therefore should be an essential part of the clinical examination of patients with FMS.” Another research study examined 61 patients who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia and found chronic lumbar and cervical problems in over 50% of them.

As you begin to lose the curves in your spine, it can result in significant stress and cause your body to work overtime, leading to taught and tender muscle fibers all over the body. Certain chiropractic techniques are designed to restore these curves into the spine, which reduce physical stress, allowing the body to function normally again. As the curves are restored – especially in the neck – the muscles begin to relax, leading to fewer aches and pains.

Another researcher, Amalu, found: “Upon stabilizing the upper cervical spine, improvement in the symptomatic fibromyalgia patients was 92-100% for all 23 patients. The Torque Release Technique has shown major results in restoration of the cervical curve.”

Headaches

Everyone has headaches at some point in life, and they manifest in four different types: tension, cluster, migraine and trigger point headaches. Each type can present in different ways. Some can be mild, while others are severe enough to cause nausea and vomiting. Because they have become so common, many people consider headaches a normal part of life, but at no point in life are headaches normal. A headache is a warning sign that something in your body has gone awry.

Research study after research study, new findings continue to demonstrate that chiropractic adjustments are among the most effective headache treatments. This is no surprise to chiropractors, as a majority of headaches originate in the neck region, which a majority of chiropractors specialize in. A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications.” These findings support an earlier study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that found spinal manipulative therapy to be effective for treating tension headaches. This study also found that those who stopped chiropractic treatment after four weeks continued to experience a sustained benefit in contrast to those patients who received pain medication.

The following suggestions can significantly reduce or even prevent headaches:

  • If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, at a sewing machine, typing, or even reading, take a break and stretch every 30 to 60 minutes. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
  • Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
  • Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
  • Schedule regular chiropractic adjustments to keep the stress off you neck.

HIV/AIDS

Immune function is one of the most exciting areas of study in chiropractic, as new research provides evidence of improved immunocompetence from spinal adjustments. These studies increasingly reveal the health benefits of addressing misalignments in the spine that cause nerve interference.

were either HIV-positive or had full-blown AIDS and were receiving medical treatment. In addition, five patients started chiropractic care. After 6 months, those not under chiropractic care suffered a decline of 7.96% in CD4 levels (and two deaths) while the group receiving chiropractic adjustments experienced a 48% increase in CD4 cell counts.

This indicates that correction of upper cervical subluxation could improve immunocompetence. The study was originally intended to go on for one year, but after two patients in the control group died of AIDS, Dr. Grostic decided to end the study and put the surviving controls under chiropractic care.

In clinical trials monitored by the Rand Corporation and conducted at Life University, chiropractic showed great potential to boost immune function. Several other preliminary studies have also shown immune system boosting. In 1991 Patricia Brennan, PhD, conducted a study that demonstrated an increased immune function following a thoracic (mid back) adjustment. Dr. Pero stated in his research that “Chiropractic patients in the study had 200 percent greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic, and 400 percent greater immune competence than people with cancer or other serious disease.”

The article also notes that chiropractic can also help with secondary symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS. Secondary symptoms are usually the main reason HIV/AIDS patients seek chiropractic in the first place. According to the article, Craig Martin, DC, notes that eighty percent of HIV/AIDS patients report some degree of neuropathy, which includes symptoms such as numbness, tingling and/or burning. With chiropractic care these patients reported a significant decrease in symptoms. Patrece Frisbee, DC, of Stratogen Health of Miami Beach, a multidisciplinary clinic, reports 80% of her patients are HIV positive, “and they need extensive chiropractic care because of the wide array of side effects that accompany the powerful prescribed medications.”

The article closes with a powerful chiropractic endorsement, concluding, “Chiropractic is an alternative that will work with HIV/AIDS patients. It has broadened the view of chiropractic as a mind/body therapy. Its role in healthcare is increasing every day. If you aren’t under chiropractic, then you are not allowing your body to perform at 100 percent.”

Immune System

Your immune system plays a critical role in keeping you alive. You start developing natural immunity while you are still in your mother’s womb and keep developing it throughout life. Chiropractic is one of the best tools for maximizing your immune system. Many research studies have determined that children with regular chiropractic treatment have fewer doctor’s visits and rarely have to take antibiotics.

In clinical trials monitored by the Rand Corporation and conducted at Life University, chiropractic showed great potential to boost immune function. Several other preliminary studies have also shown immune system boosting. In 1991 Patricia Brennan, PhD, conducted a study that demonstrated an increased immune function following a thoracic (mid back) adjustment. Dr. Pero stated in his research that “Chiropractic patients in the study had 200 percent greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic, and 400 percent greater immune competence than people with cancer or other serious disease.”

The article also notes that chiropractic can also help with secondary symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS. Secondary symptoms are usually the main reason HIV/AIDS patients seek chiropractic in the first place. According to the article, Craig Martin, DC, notes that eighty percent of HIV/AIDS patients report some degree of neuropathy, which includes symptoms such as numbness, tingling and/or burning, With chiropractic care these patients reported a significant decrease in symptoms. Patrece Frisbee, DC, of Stratogen Health of Miami Beach, a multidisciplinary clinic, reports 80% of her patients are HIV positive, “and they need extensive chiropractic care because of the wide array of side effects that accompany the powerful prescribed medications.”

The article closes with a powerful chiropractic endorsement, concluding, “Chiropractic is an alternative that will work with HIV/AIDS patients. It has broadened the view of chiropractic as a mind/body therapy. Its role in healthcare is increasing every day. If you aren’t under chiropractic, then you are not allowing your body to perform at 100 percent.”

In another research study, blood was taken from each of the participants 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the adjustment. The results were compared to 15 other participants who received a placebo adjustment. The immune response from subjects who received the real adjustment was significantly higher than before treatment, and significantly higher than the response from the placebo subjects.

Infertility

Infertility can not only be an emotionally stressful condition, but also an expensive one to treat. In the US, the average in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment costs $12,400. It is estimated that up to 15% of women suffer from some type on fertility problem, and chiropractic techniques like Torque Release have shown outstanding results helping them conceive.

In one situation, two women who’d been declared infertile and were considering IVF. Upon presentation, complete chiropractic evaluations detected spinal subluxations. Torque Release Technique Protocols were utilized for both evaluation and treatment. Adjustments were performed with an instrument, the Integrator, to improve spinal-neural integrity. During the course of chiropractic care both women were able to conceive naturally.

Another 31-year-old woman had her nervous system evaluated at husband’s encouragement. They were under medical treatment for infertility as they had been attempting to become pregnant for over 12 months, and the woman had been taking Clomiphine Citrate (clomid) for 3 months. The initial chiropractic examination revealed increased aberrant autonomic and motor nervous system function, detected on the thermography scans and sEMG scans, respectively. For the first three months (21 visits) of care the practice member received Diversified chiropractic adjustments followed by four months (12 visits) of Torque Release adjustments. The Torque Release Technique (TRT) utilizes the Intergratorô, a torque and recoil release adjusting instrument and three phases comprised the evaluation. After one month of care the practice member chose to stop taking clomid. By the third month of care she reported having normal menses for two months and drug-free ovulation by month four. Nine months after chiropractic wellness care, she conceived and successfully completed a full-term pregnancy.

A 27-year-old female sought chiropactic care to improve her overall health, in the hope that she may ultimately be able to have a child. In the previous year she had suffered two miscarriages, and had not ovulated for nine months. She was under medical treatment for infertility and ulcerative colitis, and followed a restrictive diet. Prior to attempting to become pregnant, she had been using birth control pills for 7 years. Examination protocols of Torque Release Technique (TRT) were utilized to detect vertebral subluxations. Adjustments were applied with the Integrator instrument; the initial visit schedule was twice weekly for 30 days, and then one visit per week for an additional 30 days. After 60 days of care, a normal ovulatory cycle occurred, and she became pregnant after her second normal cycle.

Although chiropractic care is not a treatment for infertility, it is postulated that improvement of spinal-neural integrity through specific chiropractic adjustments may have contributed to improved homeostasis and physiological adaptation, thus allowing the body to express a greater level of health as an outcome. Various effects via the reduction of the vertebral subluxation complex are postulated.

Menstrual Health

Many women who have suffered from a wide variety of pain, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), bladder problems, bowel cramps, and sexual dysfunctions have discovered the natural benefits of chiropractic. The spine protects the nerve bundle that controls the reproductive and endocrine (hormonal) systems. If there is subluxation (nerve interference) affecting the relationship between the spine and nerve bundle, this may impact the function of the organs. Chiropractors remove nerve interference which restores the optimal function to the reproductive system.

A 27-year-old female sought chiropactic care to improve her overall health, in the hope that she may ultimately be able to have a child. In the previous year she had suffered two miscarriages, and had not ovulated for nine months. She was under medical treatment for infertility and ulcerative colitis, and followed a restrictive diet. Prior to attempting to become pregnant, she had been using birth control pills for 7 years. Examination protocols of Torque Release Technique (TRT) were utilized to detect vertebral subluxations. Adjustments were applied with the Integrator instrument; the initial visit schedule was twice weekly for 30 days, and then one visit per week for an additional 30 days. After 60 days of care, a normal ovulatory cycle occurred, and she became pregnant after her second normal cycle.

One study compared 25 women who suffered from PMS. This study estimated that between 10 and 20% of reproductive-aged women have severe symptoms associated with this condition. The study included chiropractic adjustments for a ten-day period prior to the beginning of each patient’s cycle. The women were asked to monitor their symptoms and rate the severity on a scale of 0 (none) to 3 (severe). The results showed a reduction in symptoms ranging between 42% and 32% for the group that received chiropractic for only a short time. These findings encourage the researchers, who conclude, “results support the hypothesis that the symptoms associated with PMS can be reduced by chiropractic.

Neck Pain

Most people will experience neck pain at some time in their lives. In a review of all the research associated with treatments of neck pain, the authors concluded that for those suffering from chronic neck pain, chiropractic adjustments are more effective than any other approach.

Poor posture may contribute considerably to neck pain. Specifically, forward head posture can cause an overload of stress on the neck. For every inch your head moves forwards, it leverages 10 extra pounds to the muscles in your upper back and neck because they have to work that much harder to keep the head from dropping onto your chest. With modern electronics and desk jobs, this kind of stress is becoming more and more common. Chiropractic adjustments are key to maintaining good posture and physical health.

The cervical spine provides structural stability and support for the cranium, as well as a protection for the spinal cord and vertebral arteries. It also enables flexible movement and balance adaptation while allowing for directional orientation of the eyes and ears. Nowhere in the spine is the relationship between the osseous structures and the surrounding neurologic and vascular beds as intimate or susceptible to injury as it is in the cervical region. Whether induced by trauma or not, cervical subluxation syndromes may impact the whole body. IVF insults, and the effects of articular fixations, can manifest throughout the motor, sensory, and autonomic nervous systems. Many peripheral nerve symptoms in the shoulder, arm, and hand originate in the cervical spine, as do some brainstem disorders.

77 patients were divided into three groups. One group received acupuncture, one group received regular NSAID doses, and the last group received chiropractic care. After 30 days of treatment, chiropractic adjustments were the only intervention to achieve a statistically significant improvement. Patients receiving chiropractic care demonstrated a 30.7% reduction in Oswestry scores, a 25% reduction in neck disability index scores, a 50% reduction for low back pain, a 46% reduction for upper back pain, and 33% reduction for neck pain. Neither acupuncture nor NSAIDS provided significant improvement.

Pregnancy

Chiropractic plays a critical role in the pregnancy process. The nervous system is in full control of the reproductive system so it is essential that it is functioning properly without any nerve interference so insure a healthy pregnancy. Chiropractors are extensively trained on locating and removing nerve interference in order to allow the body to function properly.

One of the best reasons to see a chiropractor during your pregnancy is that is a natural drug-free option. Chiropractic care can help maintain pregnancy, control vomiting, produce healthier infants, and deliver the infant in a shorter amount of time. Over 60% of women suffer from some type of low back pain during their pregnancy. One study compared 17 pregnant women with a pain rating of 5.9/10 who received chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy. During chiropractic care their scores dropped to 1.5/10 or below. One of the greatest benefits is that regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy have been proven to decrease labor time by up to 60%. Adjustments can be administered all the way up to – and even during – labor if called for.

One of the most traumatic events any of else will ever go through is the birth process. It can put an enormous amount of stress of the infant’s neck. It is vital to have the infant checked within his/her first few weeks of life to ensure he/she has no nerve interference and a properly functioning nervous system to give that child the best chances of growing up healthy. The mother should continue with care as well as chiropractic has shown great benefits with postpartum depression as well as all the emotional stress associated with having an infant.