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Monday, April 25, 2005

Babies and chiropractic 

A recent review of a 1992 study [1] revealed important points regarding upper neck strains in newborns and manual adjustments. The condition called suboccipital strain is generally due to birth trauma involving multiple fetuses, prolonged labor or use of extraction aids.

Symptoms include scoliosis, torticollis ( twisted neck), facial asymmetry, motor problems, excessive crying, extreme sensitivity in the neck, bent posture that does not correct with sleep, fever and loss of appetite. Early symptoms are fussiness, waking every hour , sensitive neck and loss of appetite. If left unchecked, at age 5 or 6 common symptoms might include restlessness, concentration problems, inability to absorb stress, headache and postural sleep problems.

The study involved 600 children under the age of two. Postural correction helped the symptoms and it was found that treatment can be shortened by including manual adjustments.

The author presents three case studies where manipulation ( manual adjustment) improved the symptoms and the baby was able to sleep and eat better.

The reason for injuries is that the upper cervical (neck) spine is a weak spot. Due to the fact that many nerve cells are in the upper neck, motor problems occur from problems in this area.

Dr. Jay has dealt with a number of these cases including torticollis and failure to thrive (incessant crying) with good effect. Christopher Reeves was a good example of how important the upper neck alignment is to nerve function. It is also interesting to note that 5 or 6 year old children with this problem had trouble concentrating.

Dr. Jay states he has seen hundreds of children with spinal misalignment due to the birth process. He doe not recall any having poor results from the adjustments.

Note: The amount of pressure necessary to adjust a child is about that to check a tomato for ripeness.

1. Biederman, H, Kinematic Imbalances Due to Suboccipital Strain in Newborns, Journal of Manual Medicine, June (No. 6) 1992, pp151-156.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Chiropractic can affect DNA? 

Chiropractic Influence on Oxidative Stress and DNA Repair
07 Mar 2005

There is a growing body of evidence that wellness care provided by doctors of chiropractic may reduce health care costs, improve health behaviors, and enhance patient perceived quality of life. Until recently, however, little was known about how chiropractic adjustments affected the chemistry of biological processes on a cellular level. In a landmark study published this week in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR; http://www.jvsr.com), chiropractors collaborating with researchers at the University of Lund found that chiropractic care could influence basic physiological processes affecting oxidative stress and DNA repair.

These findings offer a scientific explanation for the positive health benefits reported by patients receiving chiropractic care. The researchers measured serum thiol levels in 21 patients under short-term chiropractic care and 25 patients under long-term chiropractic care. The results were compared to those of a non-chiropractic treated control group of 30 subjects. Long-term chiropractic care of two or more years was shown to re-establish a normal physiological state independent of age, sex, or nutritional supplements. Symptom-free or primary wellness subjects under chiropractic care demonstrated higher mean serum thiol levels than patients with active disease, and produced some values that were higher than normal wellness values. Serum thiols are primary antioxidants, and serve as a measure of human health status.

The test provides a surrogate estimate of DNA repair enzyme activity, which has been shown to correlate with lifespan and aging. Dr. Christopher Kent, one of the authors explained, “Going through life, we experience physical, chemical, and emotional stress. These stresses affect the function of the nervous system. We hypothesized that these disturbances in nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level.” “Oxidative stress, metabolically generating free radicals, is now a broadly accepted theory of how we age and develop disease,” Kent continued. “Oxidative stress results in DNA damage, and inhibits DNA repair. DNA repair is the mechanism which fixes the damage caused by environmental impact.”

Chiropractors apply spinal adjustments to correct disturbances of nerve function. “Chiropractic care appears to improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress,” continued Kent. “Further research is needed to gain additional insights that will ultimately lead to improved clinical outcomes,” he said.

The study was a collaborative involving Camgen, Inc. of Victoria, B.C. Canada; Chiropractic Leadership Alliance in Mahwah, NJ; Biomedical Diagnostic Research, LLC in Chesterland, Ohio; and Department of Cell and Molecular Biology of Tumor Immunology, University of Lund, Sweden.

JVSR is a peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to subluxation-based chiropractic research affiliated with the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA), an international organization representing doctors of chiropractic. WCA promotes the traditional, drug-free and non-invasive form of chiropractic as a means of correcting vertebral subluxations that cause nerve interference. World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA) Chandler, AZ 85224United States Phone 800-347-1011 http://www.worldchiropracticalliance.org

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Shocking Chiropractic Studies 

People often ask or wonder if there is any research to back up chiropractic claims to wellness care. The concept appears to make sense, but does chiropractic really do anything for your long term health and life.

Blanks, Schuster and Dobson [1] compiled a study of 2818 chiropractic patients from 156 offices. There was self reported improvement in health, wellness and quality of life. 95 % said care met their expectations and 99% said they will continue care. I believe this study was over the course of a year.

Coulter et. al. [2] reviewed insurance files of seniors over 75. Those receiving chiropractic care had better overall health, fewer days in the hospital and nursing homes, took fewer prescription drugs and were more active.

Rupert, Manello, and Sandefu [3] surveyed 311 chiropractic patients over 65 years old. They spent only 31% of the national average on health care and 50% reduction in visits to medical providers. There was also a decrease in prescription drug use.

1. Blanks RHI, Schuster TL, Dobson M: "A retrospective assessment of Network care using a survey of self-reported health, wellness and quality of life." Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 1997;1(4):15.
2. Coulter ID, Hurwitz EL, Aronow HU, et al: "Chiropractic patients in a comprehensive home-based geriatric assessment, follow-up and health promotion program." Topics in Clinical Chiropractic 1996;3(2):46.
3. Rupert RL, Manello D, Sandefur R: "Maintenance care: health promotion services administered to US chiropractic patients aged 65 or older, Part II." Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000;23(1):10.

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