Objective: The purpose of this case series is to report the symptomatic and quality of life (QoL) improvements in 4 older adults receiving manual chiropractic care for the correction of vertebral subluxation.
Clinical features: Four older adult patients under chiropractic care with one student intern at a teaching clinic in Auckland, New Zealand. Patients were included if they were 60 years or older, receiving manual chiropractic care and had completed at least two QoL (SF-36) assessments. The patients, aged 61-65 years, initially presented for care for a variety of musculoskeletal complaints.
Intervention & Outcomes: Chiropractic care using Diversified or Gonstead technique systems was provided for the correction of vertebral subluxations. Most patients reported improvements in their presenting complaints. Each patient demonstrated clinical improvements in their RAND 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) results. The average improvement in measured QoL was 7.23 points for the physical and 9.21 points for the mental components.
Conclusion: This case series describes improvement in QoL as measured by the SF-36 as well as subjective reported improvements for 4 older adult patients receiving manual chiropractic care.
Author keywords: Older Adult; Aged; SF-36; Chiropractic; Quality of Life
Author affiliations: DJ: Senior Intern, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand; TG: Operations Manager (Research Department) and Lecturer, New Zealand; TG: College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand; AC: Faculty, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand; MS: Head of Department (Technique), New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand; DR: Private practice, Auckland, New Zealand
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