CEREBRAL PALSY HELPED WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE, FOUR CASE STUDIES
BY DR. DAN VAN ROON • SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2009
Four documented case studies were published in the June issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. In each of these case studies the children were previously diagnosed with cerebral palsy secondary to birth trauma. Additionally each of these children were found to have the presence of vertebral subluxations as detected by objective testing.
Chiropractic care was given to each of the children with the objective of correcting or reducing the detected vertebral subluxations. The mothers and or care providers of each of these children monitored changes in activities of daily living and observed their quality of life. They noted that after one month of chiropractic care, all four children showed improvement in activities of daily living including mobility, feeding, and postural control.
The first case study was of an 8 year old female presenting with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy secondary to birth trauma who was also prone to seizures. She also suffered from tremors of her arms and legs, frequent urination and had visual problems as well as poor posture. Her previous medical treatment consisted of physical therapy procedures including massage and acupuncture.
Over a 9 week period this child received a total of 22 chiropractic adjustments. Following chiropractic care, the parents reported that she could sit better and was able to walk upright without anyone’s help. She also gained the ability to walk up stairs on her own. She was able to use her left arm and hand better, especially
when feeding herself. She was able to walk steadier and more confident, and was less “limp.” Her parents also noted that her overall coordination improved and they reported an increase in energy and that her emotional state improved. They also noted that she was less fatigued and needed less sleep, and the tremors lessened in severity.
Similarly each of the children also showed improvements. One 7 year old boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy also suffered from seizures. His parents reported that as an infant he did not move much and that he seemed to lack any emotion. He also did not start to crawl until he was 11 months old and did not walk until he was almost 5 years old. Additionally, this unfortunate child suffered from frequent colds, numbness and pain in the arms and legs, seizures, nasal bleeding, throat pain, hoarseness of the voice, pain in the gums and teeth, rhinitis, extremity tremors, pain in the feet, and anemia. He had trouble sleeping, difficulty communicating, concentrating and working in school.
After the initiation of chiropractic care, his parents reported that he became more stable while standing and walking, had greater mobility and better balance of the upper part of the body. Additionally, he was able to walk longer distances before tiring. His abilities in school improved and his sleeping problems resolved. They reported that his appetite, communication and emotional state improved.
The other two children in this study also showed improvements that included improved changes in their coordination, gait improvements, better sleeping and appetite. Additionally, changes in posture and mental attitude were also noted.
The authors note that all of these improvements correlated with objective findings of reductions of subluxations during chiropractic care. In their conclusions they state, “These reports are consistent with widespread anecdotal reports of similar types of improvements and are consistent with other case reports in the literature. Given the significance of such types of improvements in the lives of these children the authors call for more extensive investigation of the effects of subluxation analysis and correction in children suffering from cerebral palsy.”
“Chiropractic care is gentle for children of all ages. It can help with many of the symptoms related to cerebral palsy, such as muscle spasms, seizures, and leg and arm problems.” – CerebralPalsySource.com
“His mother was amazed at how relaxed his body was for the entire day following his first treatment,” says Dr. Hewitt. “He also had noticeably improved head control after that first visit. And he communicated to his mother that he felt really good all day.” –Mark Crawford
Cerebral palsy affects 1 out of every 500 children. Those with children that have this movement disorder know how emotionally taxing it is to deal with this condition. Many parents will try just about any therapy if it means their child can be helped. Unfortunately, many medical therapies and drugs do not work, and there is no cure for cerebral palsy. However, there is still hope for those suffering from this disability, and that hope may be chiropractic care.
CerebralPalsySource.com says, “Behind the philosophy of chiropractic healing lays the notion that the brain and central nervous system control all aspects of the body’s functioning. The theory of chiropractic care is that by healing the central area around the spine, the extremities and other parts of the body can become normalized.” Chiropractic care is gentle for children of all ages. It can help with many of the symptoms related to cerebral palsy, such as muscle spasms, seizures, and leg and arm problems.
One study was done in 2006 to see if chiropractic care could benefit those diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Four children who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy secondary to birth trauma visited a chiropractor once a month for a year. According to the study, “All four children showed improvement in paraspinal muscle tone (improved symmetry and decreased amplitude) as well as a decrease in the number of levels of abnormal thermography readings. All four children showed improvement in activities of daily living including mobility, feeding, and postural control.”
Another study was done on a two-year old boy who was diagnosed with hypotonic cerebral palsy after his traumatic birth. He went to several chiropractor appointments, averaging a little over one a month. The result is stated as this: “After one visit, the child started pulling himself up on to his riding toys. After the fifth visit, the mother reported that the child began sleeping 9-10 hours a night, a steep improvement over the 3-4 hours per night he had been averaging prior to the start of chiropractic care. Over the seven months of care, the boy gained four pounds and had improved eye contact. Unfortunately, other CP effects persisted, including poor vocal sounds and hyper-reflexes.”
As you can see from both studies done, chiropractic care will not be able to cure cerebral palsy, but it can help an individual with the disability to be the best that they can be. Chiropractic care can heal problems with the spine and nervous system so that the patient can function better, develop more, and experience a fuller life.
If you are a parent with a child that has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, chiropractic care may be the right decision for you. The care is gentle and natural, as well as affordable when compared to other therapies.