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Clin­i­cal Case Study: Chi­ro­prac­tic Care of a Patient with Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion and Bell’s

In the May 2003 issue of the peer reviewed sci­en­tific pub­li­ca­tion, Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics, is a case study report of a patient with Bells Palsy and the response with chi­ro­prac­tic care. Bell’s palsy is a com­mon con­di­tion that results in weak­ness or total paral­y­sis of one half of the face. Bell’s palsy affects men and women equally and may occur at any age and at any time of year. Symp­toms begin to occur over a short period of time and full weak­ness of the face usu­ally occurs after two to five days. Early symp­toms may include pain in or behind the ear. This is fol­lowed by a rapidly wors­en­ing weak­ness of one half of the face. It becomes dif­fi­cult to close one eye com­pletely, and one cor­ner of the mouth on the same side begins to droop.

The case report involved a 49-​year-​old woman with a med­ical diag­no­sis of Bell’s palsy. Her symp­toms included right facial paral­y­sis, extreme sen­si­tiv­ity to sound, pain in the right TMJ joint, and neck pain. This patient had not responded to pre­vi­ous Den­tal or Med­ical care. She then decided to ini­ti­ate chi­ro­prac­tic care. The study noted that chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments were ini­ti­ated. The study also noted that after 20 vis­its, the patient began to show sub­stan­tial improve­ment, such that her facial pain abated and she could close her right eye lightly, smile, move her eye­brows, and puff her cheeks.

The arti­cles con­clu­sions were, “There are indi­ca­tions that patients suf­fer­ing from Bell’s palsy may ben­e­fit from a holis­tic chi­ro­prac­tic approach that not only includes a focus of exam­i­na­tion and care of the pri­mary regional areas of com­plaint (eg, face, TMJ) but also poten­tially from sig­nif­i­cant ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tion concomitants.”

Ran­dom Article

The above is the head­line from a Novem­ber 17, 2007, EMe­di­aWire release from the Con­necti­cut Chi­ro­prac­tic Coun­cil and the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion (ICA).

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