spina bifida

Chiropractic care in adult spina bifida: a case report. Thomas RJ, Wilkinson RR. Chiropractic Technique, 1990; 2:191-193.

This is the case of a 31-year-old female with spina bifida at T11-L2. She presented with multiple symptoms such as muscle spasms, poor bladder control, recurrent bladder infection, swollen cervical lymph nodes, and possible immunosupression.

Chiropractic adjustments consisted of Logan Basic and other minimal force techniques. After 5 years of chiropractic care, the bladder has been infection free for a period of more than a year; bladder control has improved and leg spasms have decreased in frequency and severity. Menstrual cramping has been reduced. Based on the case history of recurrent infection, the author hypothesized that one effect of the vertebral subluxation complex was immunosupression, which was relieved by chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic care – an alternative approach. Biely L .ACA Journal of Chiropractic/May 1990 Pp. 39-41.

This is the case of a boy born with congenital spina bifida and meningomyelocele.

The opening was in the lower lumbar region and was surgically closed 5 hours after birth with a shunt. His parents were told their son would have minimal muscle tone in his legs, little or no bladder or bowel control and shunt failure which would require emergency surgery. He would need physical therapy and leg braces.

At two months of age, a dislocated hip was discovered and he was given a brace to keep his legs apart to allow the hip to form around the femur head. Child also had urinary tract infections, constipation, vomiting.

Child began chiropractic care at age 1. A day after his first chiropractic adjustment, normal bowel movements began. Within two weeks the vomiting stopped, child’s disposition “greatly” improved, and urinary infections stopped completely.

As of the date of this writing the child is able to walk with a reverse walker, to walk up and down stairs using a railing and to crawl on furniture.

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