At Foundation Chiropractic in The Woodlands, TX, our focus is looking for structural shifts (subluxation) of the spine that can alter health. This case study looks at a man with rheumatoid arthritis undergoing structural chiropractic care. We were not surprised to see that he reported a 90% relief following care, which is common in our office! If you or someone you know are suffering with arthritis, rheumatoid or other, please consider a Complimentary Consultation in our office to see if we are a good fit for you.
Dr. Evan Pulver
New Research on Rheumatoid Arthritis & Chronic Pain– Chiropractic Alleviates Suffering
ATLANTA GEORGIA – March 18, 2019
Recent research reporting on a 59 year old man who was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in caring for people with these conditions. The research, reported in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research includes a review of the literature on chiropractic and the care of these types of conditions.
“Research is revealing that structural shifts of the spine secondary to vertebral subluxation can be improved following chiropractic care” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. McCoy continued “This case adds to the body of scientific literature suggesting that chiropractic should play an important role in managing people with structural spinal distortions.”
Abnormal spinal alignment and posture are associated with poor general health, physical function, emotional function, social function, and bodily pain. Normal spinal alignment and movement provides shock absorption and leverage, which protect the spinal cord and nerves from the forces of gravity and other daily traumas one may encounter.
McCoy stated “Abnormal spinal alignment and posture also increase stress and strain to the nerve and blood supply of the spinal cord. This can seriously affect the nervous system.” It is a rare phenomenon for resolution of these abnormalities in the absence of intervention. However, there is literature that supports the effectiveness of chiropractic to restore a healthy spinal alignment and motion according to the research, thereby lowering the risk of chronic pain, degeneration and poor health.
The 59 year old man reported on in this study was diagnosed by his medical doctors with rheumatoid arthritis. He suffered from neck pain, headaches, ringing in his ears, foot pain, low back pain, and pain in his elbows, hands, hips, knees, legs, and feet bilaterally in addition to swollen joints. His history showed he was hit from the side in a motor vehicle accident 15 years prior, which is when the headaches and neck pain started and the joint pain in the rest of the body intensified. In the last 15 years that he has been under the care of his rheumatologist for his RA he has been treated with anti-inflammatory medications, prednisone shots, prescription pain killers, and muscle relaxers. He also had epidural steroid injections in his back two different times for pain.
The man was examined by the chiropractor who took x-rays and found structural shifts in his upper neck. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic care the patient stated his headaches and neck pain were gone, his posture was better, he was able to stop taking his medication and he rated his percentage of relief to be 90% and classified his improvement as “Excellent.”
Did you know that Foundation Chiropractic in The Woodlands serves women in all stages of pregnancy? If you are experiencing low back pain, sciatica, tension, or have trouble sleeping due to aches and pains, please give our office a call to set up your complimentary consultation. I've been honored to serve several women throughout their pregnancy in our office located at FM 1488 and Kuykendahl. I am also Webster Certified, which is a pregnancy specific approach to addressing the structural problems that go along with pregnancy. I'd love the opportunity to meet you if you live in The Woodlands, Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Woodforest, or the surrounding areas. Thanks!
-Dr. Evan Pulver
PRESS RELEASE: New Research on Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy – Chiropractic Plays an Important Role
ATLANTA GEORGIA – April 18, 2019
Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic on a pregnant woman reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping pregnant women with pelvic pain.
“Research is revealing that chiropractic care can play a crucial role during pregnancy, labor and delivery” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.
“It makes a lot of sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “Increased mobility and/or asymmetry of the pelvic joints make the pelvic area vulnerable to pain during pregnancy. Alterations in the skeletal biomechanics result in mechanical stress leading to vertebral subluxations. Chiropractors find and correct these subluxations. We need to take advantage of this.”
As pointed out in the paper, chiropractic can play a beneficial role during pregnancy and in cases where the mother is experiencing some type of obstruction of her pelvis and related musculature that is interfering with how the pelvis accommodates the growing uterus.
“The goal is for the mother to be checked prior to the time of delivery so that these problems can be corrected beforehand” remarked Dr. McCoy adding “While this is a single case study, coupled with numerous other case studies and some larger clinical studies that have shown similar outcomes, it’s time that health care providers started taking it seriously.”
The patient reported on in this study was a 28-year-old female presenting to the chiropractor at 20 weeks gestation with pelvic pain. She experienced the same symptom during her first pregnancy after suffering a fall. The pain was getting worse and she was having difficulty with standing and walking.
The woman was examined by the chiropractor who found structural shifts in her neck and pelvis. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. Tests were also performed to verify that her nervous system function had decreased.
After the third visit, she reported complete resolution and full mobility for the duration of the rest of her pregnancy. The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic during pregnancy in women with pelvic pain.
New Research Sheds Light on Hearing & Ear Infections – Research Shows Chiropractic Can Help
ATLANTA GEORGIA – September 21, 2018
Recent research reporting on improvement in a young boy undergoing chiropractic care reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing children with hearing loss and ear infections. The research, reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic, includes a review of the literature supporting the role of chiropractic in children suffering from ear infections and hearing loss and calls for more research in this area. The boy in the study had already undergone several rounds of antibiotics, three rounds of surgery and had his adenoids removed. All of those interventions had failed to help him.
“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between structural shifts in the spine, the nervous system and the various problems related to infections and hearing loss” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. “These types of structural problems in the neck obstruct the nervous system and by removing the obstruction chiropractic helps improve nerve supply.”
With everything we know about the spine and nervous system, chiropractic intervention makes perfect sense in the case of a child who has chronic ear infections along with hearing loss.
“In fact, chiropractic is the management of choice for dealing with the structural and neurological aspects of these types of problems” remarked McCoy, adding “This child was experiencing significant disruption in quality of life as a result of his chronic infections and hearing loss and the medical interventions did not help. It wasn’t until the chiropractic intervention that the child improved dramatically and in a very short time.”
The patient reported on in the study was a 9½-year-old boy with chronic ear infections since the age of two. His lymph nodes were swollen and he had frequent fevers and difficulty sleeping. Traditional medical interventions were not helping. In the 7 years prior to chiropractic care he had been treated repeatedly with antibiotics, butterfly tube surgery three times and his adenoids were removed. Despite these failures his otolaryngologist recommended a fourth surgery on his ears. He could not concentrate on his schoolwork and had frequent absences from school.
The chiropractor examined the child and found forward head syndrome, decreased spinal range of motion, spinal pain, and muscle spasm. Most significantly he had structural spinal shifts in his upper neck. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic care the subluxations reduced, his hearing improved, his ear infections and fevers stopped and the fluid in his ears was gone. He no longer needed tubes inserted in his ears, his sleep improved and school absences decreased.
The authors call for more research on the chiropractic care of children suffering from ear infections.
New Research on Hypothyroidism – Research Reveals Chiropractic May Help
Dr. Evan Pulver