While digging through the annals of vertebral subluxation research (as one is wont to do), I found an article that really struck my interest. As someone who has family members galore with issues like IBS and Crohn’s Disease, I was interested to read that someone had conducted a study about how the action of a spinal adjustment may affect those with these types of disorders and it was a relatively large study as chiropractic ones go. Here are the extremely highlighted and shortened particulars of the text.
A group of fifty seven patients all suffering from Crohn’s Disease were separated into two groups. There was a control group with thirty four patients and a treatment group with seventeen. Six had to be excluded from the study due to different issues, however this still left a relatively large sized group. The seventeen patients who were in the treatment group were given spinal adjustments in the thoracic and lumbar regions. This was then compared to the control group of thirty four who kept everything the same. All patients were told to stay on their medication and the only change they were to make was the chiropractic treatment.
Out of these seventeen patients who were given chiropractic care, twelve of them showed long term, stable remission of their symptoms. Out of these twelve, nine of them experienced alleviation. During this study, it was found that vertebral subluxation is common in patients with Crohn’s Disease. A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment in the spinal column. This meant that by addressing the misalignment, the Crohn’s Disease was helped. This suggests that there may be a certain compression which occurs due to the misalignment which triggers or causes a flair in the chronic digestion disorders.
I don’t know about you, but having grown up with at least one parent with a similar disorder has made me extremely sympathetic to those who also suffer from it. It is truly a life altering disease, especially if medication cannot be found to help control the symptoms. If there is a chance that chiropractic care can help to treat these issues, then I think it is more than worth an attempt. If you are interested in seeing if it works for you, come into DiBella Chiropractic and see what we can do for you.