Objective: The purpose of this study is to report on the structural improvements made in a pediatric patient following reduction of vertebral subluxation.
Clinical Features: An asymptomatic 9-year-old male presented for chiropractic care with no history of trauma or disease. The parents were concerned about their child’s posture. A postural evaluation revealed a flexed lumbar posture. Static and motion palpation revealed hypertonicity of the lumbar paraspinal musculature and reduced active and passive ranges of motion of the lumbar spine. Lateral lumbar x-ray revealed misalignments consistent with vertebral subluxations.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received chiropractic care 20 times over 2 months using a combination of Mirror Image® adjustments, traction, and exercises per Chiropractic BioPhysics® technique protocols. Follow-up examination revealed an improved lumbar posture with extension, decrease in lumbar paraspinal muscle hypertonicity, and increase in active and passive ranges of motion of the lumbar spine. A post-treatment lateral lumbar x-ray revealed significant improvements and reductions in misalignments related to vertebral subluxation.
Conclusion: The results of this case study indicate that chiropractic management utilizing Chiropractic BioPhysics® protocol may be effective in correcting vertebral subluxations, abnormal pediatric sagittal lumbar spinal alignment and posture. More research is needed to determine the role and efficacy of Chiropractic BioPhysics® protocol in the correction of sagittal lumbar spinal alignment and posture in pediatric patients.
Author keywords: asymptomatic, pediatric, chiropractic, Chiropractic BioPhysics®, CBP®, Mirror Image®, adjustment, posture, lumbar, lordosis, sagittal alignment, spine, vertebral subluxation
Author affiliations: CF, DL: Private Practice of Chiropractic, Cumming, Georgia, United States; JB: Private Practice of Chiropractic, Denver, Colorado, United States
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