This case study abstract came across my desk this morning and it’s worth sharing. If your idea of chiropractic is still only for back pain, this might surprise you; but that’s my job… to give you the whole story so that you can make the best decisions possible regarding your health (and your family’s).
Here is the abstract. This case study is found in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2017 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 169-177.
Objective: To report on the positive health outcomes of a toddler with Lissenencephaly and seizures undergoing chiropractic care.
Clinical Features: A two-year-old female patient presented with a chief complaint of daily seizures stemming from lissencephaly. Positive pediatric orthopedic and neurological findings were noted along with subluxations.
Intervention and Outcome: Vertebral subluxations were located and reduced using a combination of Logan Basic, Diversified Full Spine, and Cranial-Sacral Chiropractic Techniques. The toddler’s seizures reduced along with improved motor control and coordination following chiropractic care.
Conclusion: Two months of chiropractic care assisted in the reduction of seizures, improved motor control and coordination in a two-year-old patient with a diagnosis of lissencephaly. Further research is encouraged to evaluate the effectiveness of chiropractic care in the management of patients with seizure disorders.
Dr. Mills’ thoughts: The unique anatomy of the upper cervical spine makes it prone to misalignments that can have serious neurological consequences. The blood supply to the brain runs right up through the bones of the neck. Then those arteries bend backwards and up to enter the skull through the same hole from which the spinal cord descends. A misalignment, or vertebral subluxation, of the neck can decrease the blood flow to the brain as well as disrupt nervous system signals. Restoring normal position of those bones will normalize blood flow and nervous system signals. In children having seizures, this is can result in tremendous improvements in their quality of life!