Publications 2016 2018-01-18T21:39:05+00:00

Publications 2016

Resolution of Erb-Duchenne Palsy in a 5-month-old Female Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care

Francesco Ferrero, Max Gregor Smith B.A., Joel Alcantara, D.C. and David Russell, D.C. (2016)

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2016 ~ Issue 1

Objective: To chronicle a case of infantile Erb’s-Duchenne Palsy that resolved during chiropractic care.

Clinical features: A 5-month-old girl medically diagnosed with right-sided Erb’s-Duchenne Palsy and previous physiotherapy presented for care. The infant’s right elbow on flexion/extension, pronation/supination and right shoulder abduction demonstrated decreased passive and active range of motion (ROM). Deep tendon reflexes in both upper extremities were within normal limits. During Moro and ATNR reflex testing, the involved arm did not move.

Intervention and outcome: The patient received care using Modified Diversified Technique characterised as a sustained contact “touch and hold” appropriate for the infant’s age. In addition, adjustments to the elbow were performed along with meningeal stretching. The infant’s clinical presentation resolved with postural improvements full ROM in the affected extremity within two months of initiating care.

Conclusion: This case report suggests that infants suffering from obstetrics palsy may benefit from chiropractic care.

Key Words: Erb-Duchenne Palsy, shoulder dystocia, birth trauma, vertebral subluxation, chiropractic, chiropractic adjustment

Influence of subclinical neck pain of the ability to perform a mental rotation task: A 4-week longitudinal study with a healthy control group comparison

Julianne K. Baarbé, Michael W.R. Holmes, Heather E. Murphy, Heidi Haavik, and Bernadette A. Murphy (2016)

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2016 ~ Issue 1

Objective: Mental rotation of objects and the frame of reference of those objects are critical for executing correct and skillful movements and are important for object recognition, spatial navigation, and movement planning. The purpose of this longitudinal study was to compare the mental rotation ability of those with subclinical neck pain (SCNP) to healthy controls at baseline and after 4 weeks.

Methods: Twenty-six volunteers (13 SCNP and 12 healthy controls) were recruited from a university student population. Subclinical neck pain participants had scores of mild to moderate on the Chronic Pain Grade Scale, and controls had minimal or no pain. For the mental rotation task, participants were presented with an object (letter “R”) on a computer screen presented randomly in either normal or backwards parity at various orientations (0°, 45°, 90°, 135°, 180°, 225°, 270°, and 315°). Participants indicated the object’s parity by pressing “N” for normal or “B” for backwards. Each orientation for normal and backward parities was presented 5 times, and the average response time for all letter presentations was calculated for each participant, at baseline and 4 weeks later.

Results: Both groups had overall improved response times from baseline to 4 weeks. Healthy participants had significantly improved response times compared to SCNP, both at baseline (P b .05) and 4 weeks (P b .05).

Conclusions: Healthy participants performed better than the SCNP group at both time points. Subclinical neck pain may impair the ability to perform a complex mental rotation task involving cerebellar connections, possibly due to altered body schema. (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016;39:23-30)

Key Indexing Terms: Cerebellum; Adult; Body Schema; Humans; Neuropsychological Tests; Space Perception; Visual Perception; Mental Processes

Pelvic floor functional changes with spinal manipulation in pregnant and non-pregnant women: A pilot study

Haavik H, Kruger J & Murphy B (2016)

Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Resolution of Morton’s Neuroma in an Elderly Patient Receiving Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to Correct Subluxation: A Case Study

Brian Lanoue, BHSc, Thea Treahy-Geofreda, BHSc, David Russell, BSc (Psych.), BSc (Chiro.)

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ January 4, 2016 ~ Pages 1-5

Objective: To report on a female patient who presented for chiropractic care with Morton’s neuroma.

Clinical Features: A 63-year old female who presented with a 10 year history of Morton’s neuroma in her right foot.

Intervention and Outcome: Over a one month period, specific chiropractic care using the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique was provided to the patient for the correction of vertebral subluxation. Over this period, the patient experienced a resolution in presenting symptomatology as well as improvements with digestion, sleep and mobility. Patient subjective change was measured using a subjective outcomes survey. Improvements were noted in the subjective and objective outcome measures over the one month period.

Conclusions: Subjective and objective improvements in physical wellbeing were documented in a patient with resolution of Morton’s neuroma following chiropractic care for vertebral subluxation.

Keywords: Chiropractic, manipulation, metatarsalgia, Morton’s Neuroma, Neuralgia, subluxation, adjustment, Activator

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