The Efficacy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care on Children and Adults with Cerebral Palsy: A Preliminary Report
This is an snip from a ICPA article. For those that don’t know ICPA is The International Chiropractic Pediatrician Association.
I had my first experience with cerebral palsy while seeing patients in Saudi Arabia; The patient was a teenage girl with a neuropathic scoliosis and CP since birth. Upon examining her we noted something called “ankle clonus”: This is a clinical sign of lesion in the central nervous system. It is inexhaustible, meaning that it will go on forever, as long as the stimulus is present. This is not something that is thought possible to fix.
With one adjustment to her Atlas, or C1 vertebra, her ankle clonus persisted only for a few seconds. Later in the appointment, it wasn’t present at all. The MD’s present were baffled! It was great! Three months later, when my colleagues returned, she still had no clonus and her scoliosis was dramatically improved. This article tells me that there is a cause that has been overlooked in cerebral palsy, something that won’t be managed by pills or surgery.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most prevalent lifelong development disability in the United States.
Seven patients were tested – two children and five adults. All patients in this study had improvements in many areas which would be considered as subjective; muscle spasticity decreased, sleep patterns improved, decreased irritability, decreased pain, and decreased incidence of respiratory and other infections. One child had four unsuccessful surgeries to correct strabismus – after two adjustments, the strabismus was no longer apparent. The children were able to hold their heads up for longer periods and are making more at-tempts at crawling or standing with support. There is also improved clarity and volume of speech in patients with speech and hearing problems. With chiropractic care, there is overall decrease in muscle activity at all levels and balance improved with eyes closed.
Collins, KF et al. Chiropractic Pediatrics 1994; 1 1:13-15