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Crohn’s Dis­ease Helped with Chi­ro­prac­tic; Study Says

Research, pub­lished in the Novem­ber 2002 issue of the Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research (JVSR) demon­strates that chi­ro­prac­tic care may be effec­tive in help­ing patients with aller­gies and Crohn’s Dis­ease. The results of those stud­ied showed long term remis­sion and alle­vi­a­tion of symp­toms in both allergy and Crohn’s Disease.

Crohn’s dis­ease causes inflam­ma­tion in the small intes­tine. Crohn’s dis­ease usu­ally occurs in the lower part of the small intes­tine, called the ileum, but it can affect any part of the diges­tive tract, from the mouth to the anus. The inflam­ma­tion extends deep into the lin­ing of the affected organ. The inflam­ma­tion can cause pain and can make the intestines empty fre­quently, result­ing in diar­rhea. Crohn’s dis­ease is an inflam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease (IBD), the gen­eral name for dis­eases that cause inflam­ma­tion in the intestines. Crohn’s dis­ease affects men and women equally and seems to run in some fam­i­lies. About 20 per­cent of peo­ple with Crohn’s dis­ease have a blood rel­a­tive with some form of IBD, most often a brother or sis­ter and some­times a par­ent or child. Crohn’s dis­ease may also be called ileitis or enteritis.

In the research 57 patients were divided into two groups. One group was a con­trol group that received only stan­dard med­ical care for their con­di­tion. The sec­ond group con­sisted of 17 patients who also received their stan­dard med­ical care but addi­tion­ally received chi­ro­prac­tic care. This group of 17 patients received spinal adjust­ments in order to reduce the ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tions in the tho­racic and lum­bar regions of their spine. The con­trol group did not receive spinal adjustments.

The researchers found that ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tions were a com­mon and char­ac­ter­is­tic find­ing in patients with aller­gies and Crohn’s dis­ease. The results showed that 12 of the 17 patients who received spinal adjust­ments, showed long-​term and sta­ble remis­sion of their symp­toms while 9 expe­ri­enced an alle­vi­a­tion effect. The researchers con­cluded, “Accord­ing to the results of this study the pos­si­bil­ity may be con­sid­ered that chronic nerve com­pres­sion sec­ondary to ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tion in the tho­racic and lum­bar regions had a sig­nif­i­cant effect on the immune func­tion of these allergy and Crohn’s dis­ease patients.”

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