A recent article in "Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research" reported on a case study that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on a 67-year-old female with Parkinson's disease.
The female presented to a private chiropractic practice with an atlas subluxations complex as well as signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including weakness, tremors, scoliosis and rigidity.
"Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease," said Dr. Tyler Roy of Superior Family Chiropractic in Chassell, who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications. "It is estimated that 1 million Americans live with Parkinson's and approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson's disease."
The patient stated symptoms began five years prior to starting care and was diagnosed with Parkinson's shortly after the symptoms began. The patient also state she had a history of migraine headaches, nervousness, right shoulder pain, vertigo, constipation and osteoporosis. She also noted that since her diagnosis, she fell almost every day due to issues with vertigo and balance. The severity of her symptoms contributed to her missing work and reducing her ability to perform activities of daily living.
"A full chiropractic physical examination was performed and recommendation for care was made based on these findings," Roy said.
The care took place over six months and 19 visits were made. Following one month of care, the patient reported a 60 percent improvement in weakness and a 50 percent improvement in tremors. During the third month of care, another progressive reassessment was performed and the patient reported a further 40 percent improvement in weakness, a 60 percent improvement in tremors and a 30 percent improvement in rigidity. Over a six-month period, the patient reported a 70 percent improvement in mobility and a significant decrease in the number of falls. The patient also stated improved ability to perform activities of daily living, including work.
"This is just one study," Roy said. "But the role of chiropractic and its beneficial effects on the nervous system and Parkinson's disease merit further investigation."
Anyone wishing for more information may contact Superior Family Chiropractic, the office of which is located at 45070 U.S. 41, Chassell, MI, at 482-2400.
Editor's note: This article was submitted by Superior Family Chiropractic of Chassell.