A recent article in Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a case study that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on 67 year-old female with Parkinson’s disease.

A 67 year-old female presented to a private chiropractic practice with an atlas subluxation complex as well as signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including weakness, tremors, scoliosis and rigidity.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease and it is estimated that one million Americans live with Parkinson’s and approximately sixty thousand new cases are diagnosed each year.  Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease.”  The patient reported symptoms began 5 years prior to starting care and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s shortly after the symptoms began.

The patient also stated that she had a history of migraine headaches, nervousness, right shoulder pain, vertigo, constipation, and osteoporosis. She also noted that since her diagnosis, she fell almost every day due to issues with vertigo and balance. The severity
of her symptoms contributed to her missing work and reducing her ability to perform activities of daily living.

The care took place over 6 months and 19 visits were made.  The patient was adjusted following the protocol of the National Upper Cervical Association (NUCCA) and following one month of care, the patient reported a 60% improvement in weakness and a 50% improvement in tremors.  During the third month of care, another progressive reassessment was performed and the patient reported a further 40% improvement in weakness, a 60% improvement in tremors and a 30% improvement in rigidity.  Over a 6 month period the patient reported a 70% improvement in mobility and a significant decrease in the number of falls.   The patient also stated improved ability to perform activities of daily living, including work. This is just one study, but the role of chiropractic and its beneficial effects on the nervous system and Parkinson’s Disease merit further investigation.  I believe that this condition has many contributing factors.  Therefore, a holistic approach is more likely to bring a solution.  Holistic means taking the whole person into account.

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