The following research literature is presented here because it pertains to improvement in patient health outcomes under corrective chiropractic care. It is in no way definitive and much more research is needed to explore changes in people under spinal corrective care and the link between neurodegenerative changes in the body and the vertebral subluxation. Regardless, it demonstrates potentially life-changing information for people suffering with debilitating neuro-degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and Alzheimer's.
"Each patient was examined and cared for in the author's private practice in an uncontrolled, non-randomized environment over a five-year period. Of the 81 MS and PD patients, 78 recalled that they had experienced at least one head or neck trauma prior to the onset of the disease. In order of frequency, patients reported that they were involved in auto accidents (39 patients); sporting accidents, such as skiing, horseback riding, cycling, and football (29 patients); or falls on icy sidewalks or down stairs (16 patients). The duration between the traumatic event and disease onset varied from two months to 30 years."
"Two diagnostic tests, paraspinal digital infrared imaging and laser-aligned radiography, were performed according to IUCCA protocol. These tests objectively identify trauma-induced upper cervical subluxations (misalignment of the upper cervical spine from the neural canal) and resulting neuropathophysiology. Upper cervical subluxations were found in all 81 cases. After administering treatment to correct their upper cervical injuries, 40 of 44 (91%) MS cases and 34 of 37 (92%) PD cases showed symptomatic improvement and no further disease progression during the care period."
"The UPRIGHT MRI has demonstrated pronounced anatomic pathology of the cervical spine in five of the MS patients studied and definitive cervical pathology in the other three. The pathology was the result of prior head and neck trauma. All eight MS patients entered the study on a first come first serve basis without priority, and all but one were found to have a history of serious prior cervical trauma which resulted in significant cervical pathology. The cervical pathology was visualized by UPRIGHT MRI. Upright cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cinematography and quantitative measurements of CSF velocity, CSF flow and CSF pressure gradients in the upright patient revealed that significant obstructions to CSF flow were present in all MS patients. The obstructions are believed to be responsible for CSF "leakages" of CSF from the ventricles into the surrounding brain parenchyma which "leakages" can be the source of the MS lesions in the brain that give rise to MS symptomatology. The CSF flow obstructions are believed to result in increases in intracranial pressure (ICP) that generate "leakages" of the CSF into the surrounding brain parenchyma. In all but one MS patient, anatomic pathologies were found to be more severe in the upright position than in the recumbent position. Similarly, CSF flow abnormalities were found to be more severe in the upright position than in the recumbent position in all but one MS patient."
"This is the first report on Atlas (C1) misalignment in MS patients with CCVSI. Four patients were evaluated using the Zamboni's criteria using the following: Echo Color Doppler (ECD) MyLab Vinco System Esaote, Upper cervical x-ray examination, Myofunctional Map, and Tytron thermal scanning instrumentation. In this study we found different alterations of C1 alignment in the MS patients versus the control group. Analysis of the x-ray examination permits us to identify a severe rotation and anterior intrusion of C1 in the MS patients with CCVSI."
"We found not only endovenous congenital malformations, but also external venous compression that blocks drainage flow. This confirms the validity of our Mechanical Posture Vascular Compressive Block. We hypothesize that extracranial venous compression is linked to severe misalignment of C1. We can also catalogue misalignments into two types of degrees: moderate and severe. This staging permits us to begin to distinguish paraphysiological misalignments from true pathological misalignments."
"A female patient with Multiple Sclerosis presented to the office with neck pain, numbness, ringing in the ears, fatigue, balance problems, and dizziness. This was the patient's second experience with chiropractic. An atlas subluxation was detected from leg length evaluation, postural analysis, and radiographic measurements. She was adjusted using an upper cervical technique."
"The patient received orthogonal-based, upper cervical low-force (UCLF) chiropractic care based on the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) technique protocol. At the patient's 30th visit she reported having a 90% improvement in her neck pain, 90% improvement in her numbness, 70% improvement in her fatigue, and a 90% improvement in her balance since her initial visit."
"Upon a follow up questionnaire she noted that the following had significant improvement since she started care: driving ability, allergies, cold hands/feet, vertigo, blurry vision, tinnitus, fatigue, neck pain, and upper back pain. She also noted that these complaints had not reoccurred since she started chiropractic care, although the exact dates of improved symptomatology were not noted."
"Patient one is a 63-year-old male who presented to the office diagnosed with PD with a UPDRS rating of 25. Using knee chest upper cervical specific protocol, it was established that the patient had a subluxation with a combination listing of ASL-PL. Patient two is a 65-year-old male who presented with PD and a UPDRS rating of 27. Using knee chest upper cervical specific protocol, it was established that the patient had a subluxation with a combination listing of ASRA-PLI. Patient three is a 66-year-old male who presented with PD and a UPDRS rating of 39. Using knee chest upper cervical specific protocol, it was established that the patient had a subluxation with a listing of PL."
"Using Upper Cervical Specific Protocol, x-rays, bilateral NeuroCaloGraph (NCG) readings, orthopedic, neurological testing, and UPDRS scoring, the patient's outcomes demonstrated significantly reduced UPDRS scores. Orthopedic findings, neurological findings and NCG readings were also improved significantly."
"Upper Cervical Specific chiropractic care utilized on three patients with a diagnosis of PD, rated using the UPDRS test at 2 months, 6 months and 36 months. Results associated with PD included better overall health, improved ambulation, a reduced UPDRS score and a reduction in upper cervical subluxations were all obtained."
"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."
"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."
" A 77 year old man diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2003 with progressive hand tremors, festinating gait, akinesia, and incoordination. Using Kale Upper Cervical Specific Protocol, x-ray, bilateral NeuroCaloGraph readings and neurological testing the patient was monitored and evaluated over a three and a half month period. The patient demonstrated significantly reduced trembling of his extremities and improved speed of ambulation with less exertion. Neurological findings and NeuroCaloGraph readings also improved significantly subsequent to adjusting the patient's second cervical vertebra."
"A 66-year-old female that had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) one-and-a-half years prior, entered a National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) clinic for chiropractic care. She had symptomatic complaints since three years prior, following an unbraced fall in which she landed directly on her face while doing the Cha-Cha during an evening of ballroom dancing. Her symptoms, which had been getting progressively worse, included a resting tremor in her left hand, fatigue, depression and rigidity throughout her extremities, especially in the third toe of both feet."
"The various analytical techniques employed by the NUCCA doctor are discussed in detail, including postural analysis, thermography, static surface electromyography, functional leg length analysis and a series of precision pre and post orthogonal-based cervical x-rays. After receiving a specific, light force NUCCA adjustment, the patient reported immediate symptomatic relief, which has persisted through the time this paper was written."
"A 67 year-old female patient presenting to a private practice with an atlas subluxation complex as well as signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease that include weakness, tremors, scoliosis and rigidity."
"Over a period of 6 months, the patient was seen 19 times and was adjusted 12 times following the NUCCA protocol. Improvements in radiographic measurements, paraspinal thermography, and sEMG were recorded. Patient self-reported improvements in weakness, tremors, rigidity, and overall mobility."
Neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and Alzheimer's are becoming more prevalent as time passes. Could it be that we are subjected to so many more forms of stress than in past generations? Are we breaking down faster and more drastically from the inside out? Stress has profound impacts on the human body, especially upon the spine and the nerves that are primary determinants in the health of each individual. Evidence is beginning to point to the spine-nerve relationship as a primary factor and possibly the longstanding cause of neurodegenerative conditions.
Though we cannot rewind the clock, we can correct the spinal cause of nerve stress to stop the downward spiral of degeneration and begin the upward trend back towards normal health. It is exciting to watch the improvement in our clients in time.
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