Objective: To report on the outcomes experienced by a child diagnosed as immune-deficient undergoing chiropractic care for the management of vertebral subluxations.
Clinical Features: A 5-year-old female child diagnosed as immuno-deficient with recurrent respiratory illnesses presented for chiropractic care with evidence of vertebral subluxation and loss of the normal cervical curve. The patient had a history of a premature birth, birth trauma, torticollis, constipation, frequent ear infections, tympanostomy tubes, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.
Intervention & Outcomes: Vertebral subluxations were addressed using the Activator Method and manual Full Spine adjustments. Radiographic analysis of the cervical spine was used to determine the specific characteristics of misalignment in the cervical spine. Through the course of care, the patient’s mother reported a decrease in the frequency of respiratory illnesses and related symptoms with an increased ability to respond to infections more efficiently. The patient was able to stop all medication with only occasional use of an inhaler at night.
Conclusions: The clinical progress documented in this case reveals that chiropractic care may benefit children considered to be immuno-deficient. Further research on the benefits of addressing vertebral subluxation in those with a weakened immune system is warranted.
Author keywords: Chiropractic, Immuno-deficient, respiratory illness, subluxation, adjustment, pediatric, birth trauma, cervical spine, spinal manipulation, premature birth, birth trauma, torticollis, constipation, ear infections, tympanostomy tubes, tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy
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