The case of a patient being helped with one sided weakness and numbness through chiropractic care was published on June 11, 2012 in the scientific periodical, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. The authors of the study report that the collection of symptoms related to the nervous system, such as in this case, are termed myelopathy.
In this case, a 51-year-old woman went to a chiropractor with weakness and numbness of the left arm and hand with difficulty grasping and holding objects. Additionally, she was experiencing weakness and numbness in her left leg and occasional right leg numbness. The woman had been suffering with these problems for about 4 months prior to seeking chiropractic care. The day before her entry into chiropractic, she had been pushing a lawnmower which made her problems much worse to the point where she had difficulty getting around.
The woman's MD had run a series of tests, including a CAT scan of the brain, that did not result in any conclusive findings, and the only medical diagnosis given to the woman was neuropathy.
Upon arriving at the chiropractic office, a neurological and chiropractic assessment was performed documenting the variety of neurological issues related to the woman's problems. Chiropractic postural spinal x-rays were also taken. The results of the chiropractic analysis determined the presence of vertebral subluxations. The study reports that, "Chiropractors have a defining role that includes detecting subluxations and removing them so that the body can function to its optimal potential."
Chiropractic care was initiated for reduction of the vertebral subluxations. The study authors report that after just 2 weeks of care the woman had improved enough that she was no longer having problems getting around. By the third week of care, the woman indicated that her left arm was 50% improved and her left leg had improved 70%.
After 5 months of care a re-examination was performed noting dramatic improvements in all of her symptoms and test results. The study authors summed up the results by stating, "It is postulated that the resolution of the patientís symptoms are due to reduction in subluxations at several levels within the spinal column."