A case study published in the April 27, 2010 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, reported on a case of a fifty-one year old female with history of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and several other conditions who was helped by chiropractic.
In the opening of the study, the authors explained Multiple Sclerosis by noting that MS is a debilitating disease characterized by recurrent or chronically progressive neurological dysfunction. According to the authors, the prevalence of MS has been estimated at 100 cases per 100,000 people.
In this case, a fifty-one year old female came to a chiropractor with a history of being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma, osteoarthritis, and scoliosis. She also had complaints of neck pain, back pain and jaw pain. She was being treated medically by her family medical doctor, a neurologist, an allergist, a rheumatologist, a gastrointestinal specialist, a cardiologist, and a dermatologist.
The chiropractic examination showed postural abnormalities, asymmetry and muscular imbalance. With the addition of spinal x-rays, the presence of vertebral subluxations was noted, and a course of specific adjustments was initiated. Chiropractic care started with 3 times per week for 4 months and 2 times per week for 4 months, followed by 1 time per week thereafter.
The results in this case documented that after approximately 12 visits, the woman reported improvement in pain levels throughout her body, as well as better mobility, increased lung capacity, and she was able to increase her activities as well.
Follow up examinations also showed improvement in all measurements compared to the initial examination and x-ray findings. As care continued, the woman was able to drastically reduce her asthma medication and eventually she was able to discontinue her gastroesophageal reflux medication.
In their conclusion the authors wrote, "The case of an adult female with past history of multiple sclerosis and other conditions is presented. Dramatic improvement in symptoms related to multiple sclerosis is noted following the introduction of chiropractic care concomitant with a reduction in vertebral subluxation."