Cerebral Palsy Helped With Chiropractic Care, Four Case Studies
Four documented case studies
were published in the June 21, 2006 issue of the scientific periodical, the
Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. In each of these case studies the
children were previously diagnosed with cerebral palsy secondary to birth
trauma. Additionally each of these children were found to have the presence
of vertebral subluxations as detected by objective testing.
Chiropractic care was
given to each of the children with the objective of correcting or reducing
the detected vertebral subluxations. The mothers and or care providers
of each of these children monitored changes in activities of daily living
and observed their quality of life. They noted that after one month of
chiropractic care, all four children showed improvement in activities of
daily living including mobility, feeding, and postural control.
The first case study was of
an 8 year old female presenting with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy
secondary to birth trauma who was also prone to seizures. She also
suffered from tremors of her arms and legs, frequent urination and had
visual problems as well as poor posture. Her previous medical treatment
consisted of physical therapy procedures including massage and acupuncture.
Over a 9 week period this
child received a total of 22 chiropractic adjustments. Following
chiropractic care, the parents reported that she could sit better and
was able to walk upright without anyone's help. She also gained the ability
to walk up stairs on her own. She was able to use her left arm and hand
when feeding herself. She was able to walk steadier and more
confident, and was less "limp." Her parents also noted that her
overall coordination improved and they reported an increase in energy and
that her emotional state improved. They also noted that she was less
fatigued and needed less sleep, and the tremors lessened in severity.
Similarly each of the
children also showed improvements. One 7 year old boy who was diagnosed with
cerebral palsy also suffered from seizures. His parents reported that as an
infant he did not move much and that he seemed to lack any emotion.
He also did not start to crawl until he was 11 months old and did not walk
until he was almost 5 years old. Additionally, this unfortunate child
suffered from frequent colds, numbness and pain in the arms and legs,
seizures, nasal bleeding, throat pain, hoarseness of the voice, pain in the
gums and teeth, rhinitis, extremity tremors, pain in the feet, and anemia.
He had trouble sleeping, difficulty communicating, concentrating and working
After the initiation of
chiropractic care, his parents reported that he became more stable while
standing and walking, had greater mobility and better balance of the upper
part of the body. Additionally, he was able to walk longer distances
before tiring. His abilities in school improved and his sleeping problems
resolved. They reported that his appetite, communication and emotional state
The other two children in
this study also showed improvements that included improved changes in their
coordination, gait improvements, better sleeping and appetite.
Additionally, changes in posture and mental attitude were also noted.
The authors note that all of
these improvements correlated with objective findings of reductions of
subluxations during chiropractic care. In their conclusions they state,
"These reports are consistent with widespread anecdotal reports of similar
types of improvements and are consistent with other case reports in the
literature. Given the significance of such types of improvements in the
lives of these children the authors call for more extensive investigation of
the effects of subluxation analysis and correction in children suffering
from cerebral palsy."