Local Doctor Points to Hopeful Case Study Result
(August, Phoenixville). Chiropractic care is often thought of only in terms of relief from back and neck pain, but the plain truth is that individuals with many different health problems have been shown to respond to a regular program of chiropractic care, including blood pressure, fertility issues, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and now, according to a recent case study, a 7-year old boy’s problems with asthma, allergies, and chronic colds.
“There are certainly no guarantees with any course of care,” said Dr. Jeff Snyder, an Phoenixville-based chiropractor who strives to keep current with the latest research and developments in health and wellness. “And every case depends on the specific factors associated with that case. But we see, from time to time, individual case studies that give rise to hope for many.”
The 7-year old male in this particular case, as reported in a recent issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, had a history of chronic colds, asthma, and allergies since infancy. He took prescription Alavert once a day for his allergies and Albuterol for asthma. He typically missed school one to two days a month because of his illness and had to see his medical doctor at least once a month. The boy underwent a thorough chiropractic exam, and his doctor observed postural deviations and restricted range of motion. Subluxations were also diagnosed as a result of the examination.
“A subluxation is a misalignment of the spine that disturbs normal nervous system function,” said Dr. Snyder. “Many chiropractors, including myself, have non-intrusive technology that allows them to conduct thermal and surface Electromyography (sEMG) tests to assist in locating where such conditions exist.”
According to the published report,
the patient was cared for using specific, low force adjustments . . . to address areas of vertebral subluxation in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. Within two weeks of initiating chiropractic care, the patient was able to discontinue his allergy and asthma medications (as decided upon by his parents) and the use of his nebulizer. In the first five months after beginning chiropractic care, he had only wellness checkups at the medical doctor. In the past school year, the patient has not missed any days of school due to illness.
“This is just one case study,” Dr. Snyder emphasized, “and more studies are needed before any absolute conclusions can be drawn. But as doctors of chiropractic, we know that the nervous system is the master-controller of the systems and functions of the human body. It stands to reason, then, that improvement in nervous system function, which is what we do as chiropractors, can have a beneficial effect on overall health.”
Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Snyder, whose office is located at 1003 Egypt Rd. Phoenixville PA 19460, (telephone 610-935-5900).