Success Story Documented
Appearing in the March 2004 issue of the peer-reviewed
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics,
was a documented case study of a life changing case. The
subject of the study was a previously healthy 17 year
old who was involved in high school sports.
On one particular occasion he was competing as a pole
vaulter in a high school track meet when he had an
accident in which he landed on his head from a height of
Immediately following the accident, the young man
noticed the onset of neck pain focused at the base of
his skull. In addition he started suffering from back
pain, daily headaches, and migraine headaches
approximately 3 times per week. He described his pain as
an “unbearable everyday occurrence.” Additionally,
several days after the accident he began experiencing
“blackouts,” which were later diagnosed as petit mal
seizures. These seizures continued to increase until he
was experiencing them 4 times per day.
Things continued to get worse for the young man as
during the first 6 months following the accident, he
started experiencing the onset of depression. He
described a complete loss of appetite, extreme lethargy,
a lack of concern for himself, and an extremely erratic
sleep cycle that often left him awake for several days
followed by periods of 14 to 18 hours of sleep.
The patient and his mother reported that he consulted
with approximately 24 practitioners during this time.
Prescribed medications and therapies did not alleviate
or reduce symptoms. To alleviate his pain and
depression, he started using illegal drugs in an attempt
to “make himself feel better.” After becoming addicted,
his parents checked him into a drug rehabilitation
program, which he completed.
It was after this long and horrifying 6 year period,
that this young man sought chiropractic care from the
chiropractor who authored the published study. An
examination was performed and it was determined that the
young man was suffering due to a subluxation in the
upper neck. A course of corrective adjustments was begun
to correct the subluxation and reduce nerve pressure.
The results as reported in the Journal was nothing short
of life changing for the young man. After 1 month of
care, the patient reported an absence of seizures and
manic episodes and improved sleep patterns. After 4
months of care, seizures and manic episodes remained
absent and migraine headaches were reduced from 3 per
week to 2 per month. After 7 months of care, the patient
reported the complete absence of symptoms. And eighteen
months later, the patient remains asymptomatic. Needless
to say, his life was changed!