Objective: The purpose of this study is to report on the structural and symptomatic improvements made in a patient with a 22-year history of multiple sclerosis using Chiropractic BioPhysics® technique.
Clinical Features: A 58-year-old female confined to a wheel chair presented for chiropractic care with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. An anteriorposterior lower cervical x-ray displayed 16.2mm left head translation (ideal is 0mm). Paraspinal thermography revealed a significant asymmetry in the cervical region with moderate asymmetry at C1 and C5 and severe asymmetry at C2-C4. Spirometry revealed a peak expiratory lung flow volume of 200 L/min and a forced expiratory lung volume of 1.48 L. Grip strength assessment revealed a maximum left-hand grip strength of 2.8 lbs and a maximum right-hand grip strength of 3.0 lbs.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received Chiropractic BioPhysics® technique protocols. Follow-up examination revealed that the patient achieved a correction of left head translation of 17.0mm from 16.2mm to -0.8mm; an improvement in peak expiratory flow volume of 27 L/min from 200 L/min to 227 L/min; an improvement in forced expiratory lung volume of 0.18 L from 1.48 L to 1.66 L; an improvement in left-hand grip strength of 9.2 lbs from 2.8 lbs to 12 lbs and in right-hand grip strength of 5 lbs from 3.0 lbs to 8.0 lbs.
Conclusions: Reduced vertebral subluxations, improved posture and a concomitant improvement in respiratory function, dysautonomia, and grip strength were achieved.
Author keywords: Chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, multiple sclerosis, lung function, pulmonary function, forced expiratory volume, FEV, peak expiratory flow, PEF, spirometry, grip strength, posture, Chiropractic BioPhysics®, Mirror Image®, adjustment, traction
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