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Case Study and Selective Review of Literature show exciting data

Resolution of Otitis Media & Avoidance of Tympanostomy Tubes in a 16-Month-Old with Birth Trauma Following Subluxation Based Care

 

(09/06/2013, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a 16-month-old male with a history of recurrent ear infections who received chiropractic care.

            Following the study, the child showed a reduction of all signs and symptoms and was able to avoid a pediatrician recommended tympanostomy. Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael Berry, D.C., follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications stated, “The ear infections began at the age of fourteen months and since then he has had four medically diagnosed bilateral ear infections all treated with antibiotic therapy without resolution.  The mother sought out chiropractic care in order to avoid the insertion of tympanostomy tubes recommended by the pediatrician.”

In the first three years of life, more two thirds of children are medically diagnosed with one or more episodes of acute otitis media (AOM).  Of those medically diagnosed, 33% have had three or more episodes.  Otitis media has significant effects on children other than physical symptomatic manifestations including decreased attentiveness, irritability, sleep disturbances and behavioral changes. 

“As a result of the child’s physical, mental and behavior changes, otitis media is a common cause for significant school absences in children of elementary age.” Dr. Berry related.  “A complication of AOM is possible hearing loss.”

“Vertebral subluxations were identified and cared for utilizing the Activator instrument and sustained contacts.  The patient showed immediate decrease in symptomatology in the first week of care and during the fourth week of care had an appointment with the pediatrician revealing bilateral ear infections to be resolved,” said Dr. Berry.  “The patient continues under chiropractic care and has not had any recurrence of ear infections.”

“This is just one study,” explained Dr. Berry, “but this case reports that the reduction of vertebral subluxation through chiropractic care resulted in decreased symptomatology associated with otitis media and the patient was able to avoid the insertion of tympanostomy tubes.” 

                                                

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Case series shows promising data

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care as a Complementary Strategy for Depression and Anxiety: A Prospective Case Series Analysis

 

(08/05/2013, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a case series to evaluate a 12-session upper cervical chiropractic intervention for individuals presenting with anxiety and depression symptoms. 

This prospective case study consisted of 6 adults with (1) at least mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression symptoms based on pre-treatment interview and scores on the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) and Patient History Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) and (2) the presence of upper cervical subluxation. Participants completed the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) pre and post-treatment and completed anxiety and depression measures weekly throughout the treatment. Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael Berry, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications stated, “Participants received care as usual at the community practice of a board-certified chiropractor who also had extensive post-graduate training in upper cervical specific chiropractic who was blind to the patient psychological data. ”Five of six patients completed all 12 recommended chiropractic visits. Repeated measures detected significant decreases in both GAD-7 and PHQ-9 scores across treatment. The SCL-90-R General Symptoms Index also significantly decreased pre and post-treatment.  The results provide tentative support for the effectiveness of upper cervical chiropractic care for anxiety and depression symptoms.  “Four of the five study completers expressed satisfaction with the outcome and that they would recommend similar care to others with anxiety or depression,” Dr. Berry related, “and participants also reported a decrease in muscle tension and pain and an increase in mental clarity and physical energy.”

“This is just one case series,” explained Dr. Berry, “but with such promising results, further research is merited to investigate the relationship between chiropractic care and depression and anxiety.”  

                                               

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Case report and selective review of the literature shows promising data

Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Hypertension

 

(07/04/2013,Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a case report that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on a 25- year-old female with hypertension.

A 25-year-old female with medically diagnosed hypertension presented to a chiropractic office for treatment.  The patient also had symptoms of migraine headaches occurring two times per week.  She had been taking Hydrochlorothiazide for her hypertension.

 “A thorough history and examination were performed,” said Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “and her blood pressure was 134/98 mmHg at initial examination.”  Diagnosis of an upper cervical subluxation was made and cervical radiographs supported upper cervical misalignments.  Paraspinal thermography, supine leg length assessment, postural assessment and blood pressure were monitored every visit.

The patient received Knee Chest upper cervical care for twelve weeks.  By the end of care the patient experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure to 114/80 mmHg and also experienced a significant decrease in both frequency and severity of migraine headache symptoms.

 “Definite conclusions cannot be drawn from a single case study,” explained Dr. Berry, “but this case does show a decrease in overall blood pressure in a patient diagnosed with, and pharmaceutically managed for, hypertension.  This study warrants larger studies with control groups to further understand the benefits of upper cervical specific care for the reduction of vertebral subluxation to those suffering from hypertension.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 92009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

 

 

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Case study shows promising data

The Chiropractic Care of an Adolescent with Tourette’s Syndrome Using the Pierce Results System

06/05/2013,Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a 14-year-old male diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome who presented to a chiropractic office for care.

 The male presented with complaints of motor tics, migraine headaches, and severe “fatigue”. Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael Berry, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, stated “The patient was experiencing 1000 “violent” motor tics a day and was medicated with 6 Ibuprofen pills, 10 mgs of Abilify, and 1 mg of ORAP (Pimozide) per day.”

Tourette’s Syndrome is characterized by sudden, brief, repetitive involuntary or semi-voluntary movements or sounds.  

 The patient was cared for with the Pierce Results System over the course of 30 patient visits in a period of 5 months. “Dramatic reductions were reported in the amount of tics experienced daily” Dr. Berry related, “with the total number of tics reduced from 1000 a day to 30-35 tics per day.” The patient’s dependence on Ibuprofen was eliminated and his medication dosage was reduced by his medical provider.

“This patient with Tourette’s Syndrome experienced subjective and objective improvements in symptoms under chiropractic care” said Dr. Berry, “and further research is recommended to examine the effectiveness of this type of chiropractic intervention in similar patients.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 92009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

 

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Case report and selective review of the literature shows promising data

               Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Hypertension

 

 

(05/02/2013, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a case report that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on a 25- year-old female with hypertension.

A 25-year-old female with medically diagnosed hypertension presented to a chiropractic office for treatment.  The patient also had symptoms of migraine headaches occurring two times per week.  She had been taking Hydrochlorothiazide for her hypertension.

“A thorough history and examination were performed,” said Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “and her blood pressure was 134/98 mmHg at initial examination.”  Diagnosis of an upper cervical subluxation was made and cervical radiographs supported upper cervical misalignments.  Paraspinal thermography, supine leg length assessment, postural assessment and blood pressure were monitored every visit.

The patient received Knee Chest upper cervical care for twelve weeks.  By the end of care the patient experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure to 114/80 mmHg and also experienced a significant decrease in both frequency and severity of migraine headache symptoms.

“Definite conclusions cannot be drawn from a single case study,” explained Dr. Berry, “but this case does show a decrease in overall blood pressure in a patient diagnosed with, and pharmaceutically managed for, hypertension.  This study warrants larger studies with control groups to further understand the benefits of upper cervical specific care for the reduction of vertebral subluxation to those suffering from hypertension.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 920009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

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Case study shows promising data

Resolution of Trigeminal Neuralgia Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

 

(04/05/2013, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a study that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on a 58- year-old female with trigeminal neuralgia.

 A 58-year-old female, who had been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia 6 years prior by a neurologist, sought care at a National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) clinic.  She had been taking anticonvulsive mediation to control the painful attacks which occurred above her right eye, but when they were no longer effective, she felt it was time to try something new.

“Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as Tic Doulourex, is characterized by recurrent episodes of unilateral lancinating pain along the trigeminal nerve distribution usually on the right side of the face,” said Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “Pain is intermittent lasting just a few seconds to two minutes.

“Postural analysis, functional leg length analysis and x-ray analysis were performed, “said Dr. Berry, “and during her nine weeks of care, the patient reported improvement in symptomatic complaints and had not experienced an attack of trigeminal neuralgia.”

“This case does demonstrate promise for the successful implementation of upper cervical care in the management of trigeminal neuralgia,” explained Dr. Berry, “however there is certainly a strong need for further research to support this claim.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 92009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

 

     

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Case study reveals exciting data

Resolution of Breastfeeding Difficulty Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care

 

 

(03/05/2013, Carlsbad). The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health recently published a case study involving the response of an 8-week-old female who experienced difficulty breastfeeding and underwent subluxation based chiropractic care.

An 8-week-old female presented to a chiropractic office with the inability to suck properly and had difficulty nursing. She presented with a left head tilt and subluxations were identified at the Occiput, Atlas, Sacrum and the cranium.  The infant received spinal and cranial adjustments and after the third adjustment the patient latched on and breastfed for 20 minutes without any difficulty and she continued to feed normally thereafter.

It is the innate ability of the full-term newborn to engage her mother and to initiate feeding at the breast at the moment of birth.  Failure to do so demonstrates the possible impairment or disorganization of neurological immaturity or a mild to severe neurological/musculoskeletal concern. Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael Berry, D.C., explains that “There are several reasons as to why the newborn’s ability to suckle and breastfeed may be compromised.  It is estimated that 2.6% of births are complicated by some type of birth trauma.  Mechanical forces such as compression, distraction, torsion or a combination of these are sustained during the birth process.  These forces can greatly reduce range of motion in the neck and create neurological deficits.”

“This case describes the management of a newborn with breastfeeding difficulties which resolved following the introduction of chiropractic and cranial work.” Dr. Berry related. “More research is needed to explore this common problem in childhood.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real, ste. F Carlsbad, CA, 92009 Tel :(760) 438-9548

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Study shows promising data

Quality of Life Improvement in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

(02/05/2013,Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a study put in place to record changes in health-related quality of life of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients, before and after a National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) Atlas Correction.

 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS).  It is a disease of unknown origin affecting all racial-ethnic groups across all socioeconomic levels. The condition affects young adults between 20 to 40 years of age with a ratio of 6:1, female to male.

 “Treatment is centered on the alleviation of symptoms while attempting to improve a patient’s quality of life,” said Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “as there is a lack of diagnostic testing or reliable objective outcomes to determine progress.”

Nineteen subjects diagnosed as having CFS according to the 1994 Center of Disease Control (CDC) diagnostic criteria were studied.  Patients were evaluated using standardized NUCCA protocol and were seen weekly the first month, biweekly for two months, then monthly to confirm Atlas alignment was maintained. Patients were monitored for a period of six months to insure Atlas alignment was maintained and then retested with the outcome measures.

 “The study concluded that this chiropractic procedure may contribute to improved quality of life in some subject with CFS as demonstrated by improved scores in the SF 36-Item Health Survey,” explained Dr. Berry, “This is just one study, but it appears that correction of Atlas misalignment in clinically diagnosed CFS patients could be the single variable that appears responsible for self-reported improvement of functional and mental health status.  Further study is warranted to determine the utility of this intervention in patient care.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 920009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

 

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Pragmatic Single-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial Shows promising data:

Efficacy of Chiropractic Manual Therapy on Infant Colic

 

(01/05/2013,Carlsbad). A recent study published in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed the efficacy of chiropractic manual therapy for infants with unexplained crying behavior and sought to demonstrate if there was any effect due to parental reporting bias.

 “Excessive infant crying in otherwise healthy infants, traditionally called infant colic, continues to be an enigmatic condition and no known cure.” stated Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications. “Colic affects between 10 to 30% of all infants and consumes significant health care resources. Infant colic is a problem for parents and clinicians, both of whom try a wide range of therapies with often disappointing results.”

  The findings of this study revealed that chiropractic manual therapy improved crying behavior in infants with colic.  The findings also showed that knowledge of treatment by the parent did not appear to contribute to the observed treatment effects in this study.

 “Chiropractic care is an alternative approach to the care of the child with colic,” explained Dr. Berry, “and that it is unlikely that the observed treatment effect is due to bias on the part of the reporting parent.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 920009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

                                                                   

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Case study and selective review of literature reveal promising results

Female Infertility and Subluxation-Based Gonstead Chiropractic Care

 

(12/05/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a 29-year-old female schoolteacher with an 8-year history of infertility.

 A 29-year-old female schoolteacher with an 8-year history of infertility presented to a chiropractic office for care.  She revealed during the history that her menstrual cycle typically lasted 40-60 days on average. Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael Berry, D.C., who regularly monitors health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, stated, “Infertility is defined as failure to achieve a pregnancy within one year of regular unprotected intercourse.” Dr. Berry went on to say, “In the United States it is estimated that infertility affects 6-7.3 million women.”

 Vertebral subluxation was found at S4 sacral segment, and specific adjustments were given according to Gonstead protocol.  After 4 weeks of care, she reported being pregnant.

 “Chiropractic adjustments, resulting in the reduction of vertebral subluxation, appeared to be beneficial for a woman previously deemed infertile.” explained Dr. Berry, “Research on chiropractic and infertility is limited, and the chiropractic profession is implored to conduct more research in this area.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 92009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

                                                   

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Case report shows promising data

Curve Improvement in a Patient with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Following Chiropractic Care

 

(11/05/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a case report that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on an 11- year-old female with thoracolumbar scoliosis.

An 11-year-old female was presented for chiropractic consultation by her mother who was concerned about postural abnormalities that she had noticed, even though the child had been checked during a routine school screening which revealed no indication of scoliosis.  The child also indicated discomfort in the left trapezius muscle which extended down to the inferior border of the scapula over to the spine.

“The patient reported being thrown from a horse twice,” said Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “and in addition was involved in an auto accident at age 7, with no known residual injuries.”

 To date, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS), which accounts for approximately 80% of the reported cases, is the most common orthopedic deformity affecting children.  In this case, objective findings indicated vertebral subluxation and scoliotic curvature through palpation, leg length inequality, thermal scans and radiographs.  She had a 22 degree thoracolumbar curvature.

“She was treated with diversified chiropractic adjustments and gravity assisted traction on a weekly basis, “said Dr. Berry, “and this took place over a three month period for 31 total visits.”  Subsequent thermal scans revealed a decrease in paraspinal skin temperature and follow-up radiographs revealed a three degree reduction in the scoliosis.

“This case report highlights the possible effectiveness of reducing scoliosis with chiropractic adjustments,” explained Dr. Berry, “and further investigation into the relationship between chiropractic adjustments and traction procedures when applied to scoliosis is warranted.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at: 6986 El Camino Real, Ste F Carlsbad, CA 92009 Tel: (760) 438-9548

 

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Case study shows promising data

Resolution of Trigeminal Neuralgia in a 14 Year Old Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation

(10/05/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a study that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on a 14- year-old female with trigeminal neuralgia.

 A 14-year-old female presented for chiropractic consultation with excruciating, intermittent left facial pain below the eye radiating into the jaw.  The patient reported previous diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia.

 “Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as Tic Doulourex, is classically characterized by episodes of recurrent pain that are described as lancinating, intense, stabbing, excruciating, unilateral, and sudden pain in the distribution of the 5th cranial nerve,” said Dr. Berry, Carlsbad -based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “Pain is intermittent lasting just a few seconds to two minutes.  Typically attacks are triggered by talking, chewing, teeth brushing, shaving, light touch, vibrations from walking, applying makeup, face washing or cool wind.”   Brief attacks can occur a few times or hundreds of times per day. The annual incidence of trigeminal neuralgia is 4.3 per 100,000 with it occurring slightly more often in women.

“Cervical x-rays, paraspinal digital infrared imaging, and pelvic balance leg length inequality were used to confirm upper cervical subluxation, “said Dr. Berry, “and a Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific adjustment was administered to the C1 region of the spine.”

 The patient’s progress was monitored through pattern analysis of the subluxations, pelvic balance, leg length inequality, and observational reports from the mother and child.  The patient demonstrated complete remission of symptoms after one adjustment and one year later, the patient remains asymptomatic.

 “The chiropractic care of a patient suffering with trigeminal neuralgia exhibited complete alleviation of symptoms,” explained Dr. Berry, “so it is feasible that chiropractic care can affect trigeminal neuralgia.  Further study is recommended.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 920009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

 

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Case study shows exciting data

Correction of Subluxation and Alleviation of Asthma Symptoms in a Pediatric Patient

 

(09/05/2012,Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a case study that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on two-year-old male suffering from asthma, chronic colds and respiratory issues.

 A two-year-old male was presented for chiropractic consultation by his mother with the primary complaints being asthma, chronic colds, and respiratory issues since birth for evaluation and possible care.  At the time of the initial examination the patient was taking two medications, Flovent and Singulair, daily.

“Asthma in children is very prevalent in the general population,” said Dr. Berry, Carlsbad -based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “with 9 million U.S. children under 18 being diagnosed with asthma.”

In 2005, an estimated 22.2 million people in the U.S. suffered from asthma.  Asthma is the leading cause of school absence in the United States, with the prevalence rates in children less than 5 years of age increasing 160% from 1980-1994.  Asthma is a respiratory condition that is characterized by inflammation and mucus production which result in decreased airflow.  This is characterized by recurrent episodes of wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and a feeling of chest tightness.  Common symptoms among pediatric asthmatics are wheezing and shortness of breath.

“In the case of this 2-year old suffering from asthma, chronic colds and respiratory issues since birth, there was a resolution of symptoms after receiving four adjustments over the course of three weeks.” stated Dr. Berry.

“Evidence in this case supports chiropractic care in the management of asthma and associated symptoms,” explained Dr. Berry, “and there needs to be further investigation to explore chiropractic as a viable alternative to medical care in the management of asthma related conditions.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 92009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

 

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Review of literature show positive correlation:

The chiropractic care of patients with asthma: a systemic review of the literature to inform clinical practice

 

(08/04/2012,Carlsbad). A systemic review of the literature on the chiropractic care of patients with asthma was performed and published in the journal, Clinical Chiropractic.  The studies found span research designs from non-experimental to true experimental studies consisting of 3 randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs), 10 case reports, 3 case series, 7 cohort studies, 3 survey studies, 5 commentaries and 6 systemic reviews.

Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael Berry, D.C., stated, “Estimates place some 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma, with 180,000 deaths attributed to the disease.  The financial burden from asthma in western countries ranges from $300 to $1300 per patient per year.  In the United States, asthma medication costs between $1 billion and $6.2 billion per annum, with an increasing prevalence of 50% every decade.”

The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among adult asthmatics ranges from 4% to 79% while, in children, it ranges from 33% to 89%.  Of the various practitioner-based CAM therapies, chiropractic stands as the most popular for both children and adults.

 In the United States, approximately 6.7 million children (or 9.1% of the pediatric population) have asthma.  Some 10.6 million office visits to medical physicians are attributed to the symptoms of asthma.

“The review of the literature showed that chiropractic may offer an alternative care approach for asthmatic patients in an integrative healthcare setting.  Future investigations of this conservative care approach for patients with asthma should pave the way for higher-level design studies such as randomized controlled clinical trials.” said Dr. Berry.

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at: 6986 El Camino Real, Ste F Carlsbad, CA 92009 Tel: (760) 438-9548

 

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The Chiropractic Care of Infants with Colic

 

(07/05/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in Explore performed a systemic review of the literature on the chiropractic care of patients with infantile colic.  26 articles were included, which consisted of three clinical trials, two survey studies, six case reports, two case series, four cohort studies, five commentaries and four reviews of the literature.

“A common definition of colic is: crying at least three hours per day on at least three days of at least three weeks.  The occurrence of infantile colic in the population varies and ranges from 10% to 40% depending on the study methodology, the population and the definition of infantile colic used.”  Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “Abuse is a concern in these situations such as slapping, hitting or shaking the baby.  Not surprisingly, marital tension and social disruption within the family and poor sleeping habits and frequent temper tantrums on the part of the child were reported, even well past the course of the child’s colic symptoms.”

The findings of the review revealed that chiropractic care is a viable alternative to the care of infantile colic and congruent with evidence-based practice, particularly when one considers that medical care options are no better than placebo or have associated adverse affects.

“Chiropractic care is an alternative approach to the care of the child with colic,” explained Dr. Berry, “I encourage more research, both quantitative and qualitative, in this area of pediatric care.”

 Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 92009 (telephone 760-438-9548).

 

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care of a Female Patient with Multiple Sclerosis

 

(06/01/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Research reported on an adult female originally diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who received chiropractic care for a period of 44 visits.

Following the study, the female showed a reduction of MS signs and symptomatology as determined by objective and subjective findings. Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael D. Berry, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, was not surprised by these findings.  “Studies of a similar nature have been conducted previously with similar outcomes,” said Dr. Berry, “but more research needs to be conducted in order to evaluate the precise connection between chiropractic care and Multiple Sclerosis.”

Multiple Sclerosis is considered an inflammatory, demyelinating, and neurodegenerative disorder of the Central Nervous System (CNS).  It is characterized by a recurrent or chronically progressive neurological dysfunction.  MS can be found at almost any age, but its peak of onset is between 20 and 40 years of age with an average of 30.

“There were approximately 350,000 people suffering from MS in the United Sates at the end of the 20th century.” Dr. Berry related.  “The economic impact of MS is widespread and occurs over a relatively long period of time.”  The annual cost of MS in the US has been estimated at 2.5 billion dollars and the cost per person for a relapse can be as high as $12,780.

In this study, a middle aged female presented with pain and numbness from her MS, neck pain, ringing in the ears, and right knee pain.  Her history showed that she was in a motor vehicle accident one week prior to her initial visit.  During the accident she was rear ended at approximately 25 mph.  She reported having had another accident previously in 2001 at approximately 40-50 mph and suffered a brain injury.

She began to develop neck pain after her motor vehicle accident in 2001 and saw a chiropractor and massage therapist for it.  She currently had numbness from her MS and stated that she also falls frequently due to her balance issue from her MS.  She struck her head while in the shower two months prior to presentation.  She also had breast cancer in 2003.  She was taking the following medications:  Sertraline, Detrol LA, and Omeprazie.

The patient was adjusted using orthogonal based, upper cervical low-force (UCLF) chiropractic care based on the National Upper Cervical Association (NUCCA) technique protocol.  At the patient’s 30th visit, she reported having a 90% improvement in her neck pain, 90% improvement in her numbness, 70% improvement in her fatigue, and a 90% improvement in her balance since her initial visit.

“The positive response observed in the case suggests that chiropractic adjustments may have a positive effect on the symptoms of patients with Multiple Sclerosis,” explained Dr. Berry, “however, follow up to this case is needed due to the nature of exacerbations and remissions in MS.  The need for further investigation of the connection between chiropractic adjustments, specifically when related to atlas and upper cervical subluxations, and Multiple Sclerosis is indicated.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at: 6986 El Camino Real, Ste F Carlsbad, CA 92009 Tel: (760) 438-9548

                                                            

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Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Arterial Blood Pressure Regulation in 42 Subjects

 

(05/01/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a study investigating the effect of the Atlas /rthogonal (AO) upper cervical adjustment on arterial blood pressure (ABP).

Forty-two patients in a private chiropractic practice met and participated in the study.  Upon x-ray, coordinate values were recorded as per the AO Technique.  Pre and post adjustment ABP measurements were recorded for the following groups:  Hypotensive, Normotensive, Pre-Hypertensive, Stage One Hypertensive, and Stage Two Hypertensive.  Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael D. Berry, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications states, “Atlas (the top vertebra) was adjusted utilizing the AO technique,” said Dr. Berry, “and there were no adverse events recorded.”

Hypotensive readings were those with systolic values equal to or less than 90 mmHg and diastolic values equal to or less than 60 mmHg.  Normotensive readings were those with systolic values between 91 and 120 mmHg and diastolic values between 61 and 80 mmHG. Pre-hypertensive readings were those with systolic values between 121 and 139 mmHG and diastolic values between 81 and 89 mmHg.

Stage one and stage two hypertensive values were those with systolic measurements of 140 mmHg or above and diastolic measurements at or above 90mmHg.  After all of the ABP’s were recorded, there were 12 hypotensive readings, 12 normotensive readings, 10 pre-hypertensive readings, and 8 stage 1 or stage 2 hypertensive readings.

The results of this study found that the Pre-Hypertensive, Stage One Hypertensive and Stage Two Hypertensive groups had a statistically significant decrease in ABP.  There was an increase in ABP in the Hypotensive group.

“These findings suggest realignment of the atlas does not simply lower ABP, but may also be part of a systemic homeostatic mechanism not yet completely understood.” said Dr. Berry.  “The same adjustment that decreased hypertensive ABP measurements also increased hypotensive ABP measurements to more normal levels.”

“This is just one study of many showing how chiropractic can positively affect blood pressure and homeostasis,” explained Dr. Berry, “and further research is recommended to explore the benefits of restoring optimal nervous system function by the correcting of subluxations.”

 Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry  whose office is located at: 6986 El Camino Real, Ste F Carlsbad, CA 92009 Tel: (760) 438-9548

 

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Resolution of Depression & Quality of Life Improvements in a Patient with Major Depressive Disorder after Hemisphere Specific Stimulation

 

(04/02/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research reported on a case study that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on 28 year-old male with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

A 28 year-old male presented to a private chiropractic practice with an eleven-year history of depressive symptoms, including:  loss of interest in pleasure in almost all activities, a lack of reactivity to usually pleasurable stimuli, and significant weight loss.  The patient was diagnosed with MDD at the age of twenty and subsequently treated medically through the use of multiple anti-psychotic medications and multiple rounds of Electroconvulsive Therapy.

“A Major Depressive Episode must include a period of at least 2 weeks during which there is either a loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities or a depressed mood,” said Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “MDD affects anywhere from 10-25% of women and 5-12% of men within a community sample, which equates to 32.6 to 35.1 million adults in the United States.”

The patient was unable to fill out his initial intake form without assistance from his mother due to the severely depressed nature of his disorder.  His first Major Depressive Episode began when the patient was 17-years-old.  His prior treatment included a history of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for his diagnosis of intractable MDD performed in 2004 and 2007.  These treatments were performed three years and six years respectively after his diagnosis.  Each round consisted of 36 treatments.  He reported no change in symptoms after the first round.  After the second round of treatments he reported a temporary decrease in symptoms.

“After the initial exam, the patient was seen regularly 2-3 times per week over the course of one year and three months. The patient was seen for a total of 146 visits until the patient reached maximum chiropractic improvement as measured by consistent score of zero on the linear scale, indicating that all symptoms of depression were resolved.” stated Dr. Berry.

At the end of care the patient regained the ability to interact and communicate, which he was unable to do effectively when he first began care.  He reported termination of all related medications as well as termination of all adjunct medications for associated conditions including elevated blood pressure, neuropathy, gastro esophageal reflux, and hypercholesterolemia.  While under care, he also reported complete cessation of smoking after a ten year history of smoking two packs per day, improvement in his diet and exercise regimen, and an overall sense of well-being.  The patient reported that, “chiropractic care has been really incredible” and that it was a way for him to “gently relieve [his] pain and bring it to the surface.”

 “This is just one study,” explained Dr. Berry, “but the role of chiropractic and its beneficial effects on the nervous system and depression merit further investigation.”

 Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at: 6986 El Camino Real, Ste F Carlsbad, CA 92009  Tel:  (760) 438-9548

                                                                             

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Resolution of Breech Presentation and Successful Vaginal Birth Following Administration of Webster’s Technique

 

(03/05/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a study that documented the resolution of a breech presentation in an expectant mother following a course of subluxation-based chiropractic care and administration of the Webster Technique.

A 33-year old expectant mother presented 8 months pregnant with her second child to a chiropractor’s office.  There were no complications with her first pregnancy.  A breech presentation was noted by her midwife and vertebral subluxations and muscle spasm were observed upon chiropractic evaluation.

 “Optimal fetal position prior to delivery is an extremely important factor in determining the ease of infant delivery,” said Dr. Berry-Carlsbad based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “Vertex, or head down, is the ideal position for delivery because it best allows the fetus to negotiate its way through the birth canal.”   Breech presentation is a condition in which the fetus in inverted with feet or buttocks down, a position which is far less conducive to uncomplicated vaginal delivery.  Breech presentation occurs in 3-4% of all deliveries and can cause serious complications for both the mother and the new baby.

 “Today, 86% of breech babies are delivered via Cesarean section, despite the number of risks involved, including obstetric shock, uterine rupture, cardiac arrest, or hemorrhage leading to either a blood transfusion or hysterectomy.” stated Dr. Berry.  Webster Technique has been shown in the literature to reduce subluxations in the sacrum and pelvis with outcomes demonstrating a malpositioned fetus shifting to the vertex position.

The technique involves light sacral contacts and relief of excess abdominal muscle and ligament tension which facilitates the pelvic structure to balance.

 The patient was managed utilizing Webster’s Technique and progress was monitored, specifically noting changes in the baby’s position as reported by the midwife between adjustments.  The fetus was no longer breech after nine visits and the mother delivered a healthy baby.

“This is just one study,” explained Dr. Berry, “but the role of chiropractic and its beneficial effects on breech presentation and pregnancy merit further investigation.”

 Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at:  6986 El Camino Real, Ste F Carlsbad, CA 92009    Tel:(760) 438-9548

                                                

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Improvements in Developmental Delay, Colic and GERD in a Child Undergoing Chiropractic Care.

 

(2/5/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Maternal & Family Health reported on a 15-month-old female diagnosed with developmental delays, colic and gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) who underwent chiropractic care over the 18 weeks.

 A 15-month-old female presented to a chiropractic office after her mother noticed developmental delays in the child. Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael D. Berry, D.C., who regularly monitors health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, stated, “The developmental delays in this child included not standing, walking or talking for her age level.” Dr. Berry went on to say, “Previous chiropractic care had been sought for complaints of GERD and colic in the child from birth to 5 months of age.  Those complaints had resolved after she received three chiropractic adjustments, once a month for three consecutive months.”

Colic has been traditionally described as crying, in a healthy infant, more than three hours per day, more than three days a week, for more than three weeks.  It is thought to be prevalent in up to 21% of infants.  The continuous crying and irritability of the infant has been shown to affect the baby’s development by causing delays neurologically along with negative behavioral problems up to three years of age.  Children affected tend to have more temper tantrums and sleeping disabilities. Dr. Berry stated, “One study described upper cervical adjustments using knee chest being delivered to 16 infants experiencing colic and GERD, of which 100% of cases responded positively to care.”

Standard medical practice for GERD is prescription medication.  Zantac is the preferred drug of choice, but it is not always successful.  Anti-reflux procedures can also be used, but there is no disease specific quality of life instrument for GERD in children. Colic is usually managed with the prescription of Dicyclomine.

Dicyclomine is commonly given which reduces crying by 63% of the time, but has side effects of apnea, seizures and coma and Dicyclomine usage is a contraindication if the infant is under 6 months of age.

Milestones are used to track a child’s development, for example, the proper age for standing and walking is 9 and 11 months.  In the past decade there has been a 5-20% increase in the number of children who experience developmental delay syndrome (DDS).  Since 1990 the number of prescriptions for Methylphenidate (Ritalin) has increased by 700%.  The children who are treated pharmacologically suffer from subtle or not so subtle cognitive impairments that persist into adulthood and can affect employment status, educational achievements, health care consumption, and criminality.  Fortunately there is some evidence that multimodal chiropractic methods have been efficient in helping children by reducing symptoms in DDS.

In this study, a 15-month-old female presented at a chiropractic office seeking chiropractic care after her mother noticed developmental delays.  These developmental delays included not standing, walking or talking for her age level.  She had not been speaking more than 2 syllables, which was congruent with a 9-month development pattern.  Overall she had a 6-month developmental delay.  If she had met the proper milestones, she would have been walking unassisted by 12 months and speaking at least 2-3 word phrases.

The patient received chiropractic care once a week for a total of 19 visits.  The care consisted of chiropractic adjustments to C-1 using a Toggle Headpiece with alight thrust and a drop.  Her right sacrum was also adjusting using Logan sustained contact. By the third visit, she started walking with assistance.  By the 4th visit she was walking on her toes with assistance.  By the 6th visit she was walking and holding onto the table and had also added more words to her vocabulary.  By the 9th visit, she had taken 6 steps by herself and added three more words to her vocabulary.

By the 18th visit she was standing by herself and had added 3-4 more words to her vocabulary including some she spoke in Greek.  A reassessment was done on her 19th visit, at   which time she was 19 months old.  She was walking at a 12-month level and her speech was at the proper developmental milestone.  In addition she did not show any signs of developmental delay.

 “This is just one study,” explained Dr. Berry, “but it adds to the evidence regarding chiropractic care and DDS.  More research needs to be done in the area of developmental delays and the benefits of chiropractic care for the pediatric population.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real, Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 92009   Tel:(760) 438-9548

                                                                  

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Resolution of Autistic Symptoms in a Child Undergoing Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxations

 

(01/05/2012, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health reported on a case study that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on a 9-year old boy diagnosed with Autism.

 A 9 year-old boy with Autism presented to a private office for chiropractic care by his mother.  She explained her son had frequent ear infections and falls due to hyperactivity.  The boy experienced delayed speech at 1-2 years of age and had not spoken by 3-years of age. He exhibited aloof behavior and displayed signs of decreased recognition.  The child was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD), and at 3 ½-years-old Autism was established as the final diagnosis. He had a history of blurting out sounds and stereotypical rocking behaviors.  His mother reported allergies, asthma, and sinus trouble and that her son had difficulty concentrating along with frequent temper tantrums.

His mother also reported that the child experienced a fever after the administration of his first set of vaccines.  He was taking two prescribed medications, 15 mg/day of Adderrall XR and 5.5 mg/day of Risperdal.

 “Autism is a neurobehavioral disorder that has shown an increase of prevalence in the children of this era,” said Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “and it affects more than 400,000 in the United States and ranks as the third most common developmental disorder of the pediatric population.”  Autism affects more boys than girls with a ration of 4:1.  Signs become present usually by 18 months of age.

The patient was adjusted using diversified and toggle-recoil methods in this case study.  A nutritionist also administered digestive enzymes as part of care.  Signs of improved social skills were apparent after the fourth visit, along with language development acknowledged on the seventh visit.  The parent also reduced use of medication. There was also improvements seen in all four categories of the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) which was given pre and post to chiropractic care.  “ATEC was designed by the Autism Research Institute to assist parents, physicians and researcher to evaluate virtually any treatment for Autism.” stated Dr. Berry.

 “This case study illustrates the improvement in all aspects of the child’s life by applying the chiropractic adjustment to reduce the vertebral subluxation,” explained Dr. Berry, “and further research exploring the relationship between vertebral subluxation and autistic disorders should be encouraged.”

 Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 920009  Tel:(760) 438-9548                                              

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Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Asthma

 

(12/04/2011, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a 23 month old female suffering from asthma, gastrointestinal complaints and frequent colds who received chiropractic care.

 Following the study, the child showed a reduction of 90% of all signs and symptoms and was able to discontinue the use of all medications. Carlsbad-based Dr. Michael Berry, D.C., follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications stated, “Chiropractors are the most common complementary and alternative medicine providers visited by children and adolescents and among the most common reasons for seeking chiropractic care for children are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sleep problems, sinusitis and asthma.”

 Asthma is a common and chronic inflammatory condition affecting the airways.  It is defined as an obstructive pulmonary disease characterized by reversible airway obstruction, airway inflammation and increased mucous production and bronchial smooth muscle hyperactivity. Asthma in children is very prevalent in the general population with nine million U.S. children under 18 being diagnosed with asthma.

 In this study, a 23 month old female presented at a chiropractic office with asthma and was taking a series of different asthma medications and was also under constant monitoring by her pediatric pulmonologist. “Asthma is the leading cause of school absence in the United States.” Dr. Berry related.  “In preschool children it is difficult to diagnose asthma because symptoms are non-specific and conventional lung function tests cannot be carried out, therefore a symptom-based approach is usually applied.”

“The patient was cared for using a combination of both high velocity, low amplitude Diversified adjustments and low-force adjustments with the Activator adjusting instrument to address areas of vertebral subluxation in the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine.” said Dr. Berry.  “Within approximately 11 months, the patient’s parents reported a 90% improvement of their child’s condition.  The patient was able to reduce her care plan frequency and discontinued use of all medications.  The parents also reported a decrease in their child’s asthma, sinus problems and frequency of colds.”

 “This is just one study,” explained Dr. Berry, “but this case reports provides supporting evidence that chiropractic care can have a positive impact on children suffering with asthma and help balance immune system functioning.  It is recommended that further research be conducted on this subject to support the findings of this case study.”

 Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 920009  Tel:(760) 438-9548                                          

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Improvement in Cystic Fibrosis an a Child Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care

 

(11/01/2011, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Maternal & Family Health reported on an 8 year old male child diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth who received chiropractic care over a period of 18 months.

Following the study, the child showed a reduction of cystic fibrosis signs and symptomatology as determined by objective and subjective findings. Carlsbad -based Dr. Michael D. Berry, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, was not surprised by these findings.  “Studies of a similar nature have been conducted previously with similar outcomes,” said Dr. Berry, “but more research needs to be conducted in order to evaluate the precise connection between chiropractic care and cystic fibrosis.”

Cystic fibrosis is defined as a serious autosomal recessive disorder with no cure that occurs frequently in Caucasian populations, with a prevalence of 1 in 3500 live births.  The prognosis for this condition involves a shortened life span, recurrent infections and imposing medical costs. In the United States, the current median predicted age of survival is 37 years.

“The health of the lungs is of particular importance to the CF patients.” Dr. Berry related.  “These individuals produce thick, sticky mucus that can block small airways, leading to acute inflammation, chronic respiratory infections and airway obstructions.”

 In this study, an 8 year old Caucasian male presented at a chiropractic office with his parents interested in improving, “the quality of life” for their son.  The areas of major concern included recurring infections, the lack of ability of the patient to participate in age-related activities, and an inability to sleep.  The patient was diagnosed with CF at birth and was confirmed at 30 days old using the sweat test.

“The patient’s father said his son was hospitalized on an average of 3 times a year due to infections and respiratory distress, totally between 2-8 weeks of hospitalization per year,” said Dr. Berry.  After 1.5 years of continuous care ranging from 1-2 adjustments per week, there was a significant alteration in physical findings and in the patient’s lifestyle.  The patient significantly increased his physical activity, demonstrated by his actively seeking and attaining a black belt in karate.

He was free from hospitalization for over 8 months, had reduced absences from school, and increased in both height and weight.  Long-standing cold symptoms, including respiratory distress, have ceased according to the patient’s care providers and to the attending medical physician’s’ notes of care.  There was also a decrease in the number of hospital visits and improvement in the child’s sleeping ability throughout the course of care.

“This is just one study,” explained Dr. Berry, “but chiropractic care has been previously reported to have a positive response in autonomic function in long-standing diseases, so further research and investigation is merited.”   

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 920009  Tel:(760) 438-9548                                                 

 

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Improvement in Asperger’s Symptoms in a Child Under Chiropractic Care

 

(10/05/2011, Carlsbad). A recent article in the 2010 Proceedings of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) Research Conference reported on a 6 year old boy diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome along with asthma and allergies who received chiropractic care.

Following the study, the child showed a reduction of Asperger’s signs and symptoms as well as a reduction in asthma and allergies as determined by objective and subjective findings. Carlsbad-based Dr. Berry, D.C., follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications.  “This was not a short term case study,” said Dr. Berry, “but actually lasted for 9 years with consistent positive results.”

 Asperger’s syndrome is considered a high-functioning autism, but it differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development.

 In this study, a 6 year old boy presented at a chiropractic office with his parents with Asperger’s Syndrome that resulted in uncontrollable “rocking, jumping and flapping” of his hands; astma triggered by exertion; seasonal allergies and colds or bronchial congestion; and severe allergies to mold, dust, animal dander and seasonal triggers. “Standard medications for Asperger’s made his asthma and allergy symptoms.” Dr.Berry related.  “Therefore at the time of his initial office visit he was only taking asthma medication and a multivitamin.”

“The patient and family reported that the Asperger’s Syndrome symptoms, “settled down within the first week of care.”” said Dr. Berry.  After 3 months of care his Asperger’s symptoms had been stabilizing and he was off medications for asthma and allergies.   The patient is now 15 years old and has not needed any medication during the past 7 years, nor have his Asperger’s symptoms returned.  “This is just one study,” explained Dr.Berry, “but with such promising short and long term results, further research is merited to investigate the relationship between chiropractic care for Asperger’s and other autistic spectrum disorders.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 920009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

 

 

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Study Shows Chiropractic Care Quiets Crybabies

A Simple Adjustment Could Mean No More Tears

 

(09/06/2011, Carlsbad).  Research out of Great Britain offers hope to parents across the globe whose weary morning appearance is caused by a crying infant at home. Baby’s tears not only concern mom and dad about his/her health, they often disrupt the entire family – and in worst case scenarios may impact postnatal depression and lead to Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Where should parents turn? Well, research authored by Joyce Miller of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic at the University of Bournemouth details that an excessively crying baby drives 21% of families in the UK to seek care. She found that pharmaceutical, dietary and behavioral interventions most often provide no comfort to the infants – or anyone in the family.

But, a trip to the chiropractor offers relief to crying babies and those living under the same roof.

Miller’s work, entitled Cry Babies: A Framework for Chiropractic Care, notes that persistently crying infants are traditionally diagnosed with colic – defined in 1954 by Dr. M.A. Wessel as “bouts of crying amounting to more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks.”  A useful description for research, but not very consoling to distressed parents. Furthermore, the diagnosis of colic implies gastro-intestinal disorder. Yet, out of the approximately 5,000 infants brought to the University’s teaching clinic in one year’s time, only 7% presented with digestive issues. 63% of these infants were brought to the clinic due to excessive, unexplained crying.

“Perhaps the term ‘colic’ should be abandoned,” writes Miller.

Why did chiropractic succeed where other options failed to sooth the seemingly inconsolable child?

Chiropractic care is primarily aimed at correcting biomechanical and neurological fault. Miller's writings offer ever-increasing evidence that antenatal and natal factors contribute to irritability in infants.

Chiropractic Eases Babies’ Tears                                                                                          

"Pre-natal constraint – pressure in the womb, trauma during birth, the use of forceps or other extraction devices – may be the underlying cause for the discomfort of the crying infant,” according to Dr. Michael D. Berry, a Carlsbad-based chiropractor whose has seen a sharp increase in his pediatric patients in recent months.

Miller’s research established protocols that many doctors, including Berry, are following.

“After ruling out other diseases and clinical conditions that could cause gastro-intestinal disorders – and after interpreting the baby’s growth chart for consistent development – I have found that manual spinal adjustments bring about a significant reduction in an infant’s crying, followed by better sleeping patterns and an improvement in posture,” continued Berry.

And, while tranquility leads to a happy household, pediatric chiropractic care offers long-term benefits as well.

“Chiropractic provides a maintenance program for one’s nervous system that allows the human body to operate at peak efficiently,” states Berry. “If the body is free of nerve interference, it promotes health. Providing chiropractic to an infant and continuing through adulthood is the true definition of health care – taking steps to ensure health instead of waiting for pain or illness,” added Berry.

“I guess it’s fair to say that if you’re not bringing your baby to a chiropractor, it’s a crying shame,” concluded a smiling Berry.

Reference:

Joyce Miller, Cry Babies: A Framework for Chiropractic Care,” The Clinical Chiropractic (2007) 10, 139-146.

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Randomized control study shows exciting data

The Effect of Add-On Yogic Prana Energization Technique on Healing of Fresh Fractures

 

(08/01/2011, Carlsbad). A recent article in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine reported on a study that documented the positive effects of Yoga Prana Energization Technique (YPET) on the healing of fresh fractures.

“Bone fractures represent a global medical challenge for health care administrators, orthopedic care providers and patients alike, as millions of people across the world are afflicted by these injuries annually.”  Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “In fact, of the estimated 6.2 million fractures occurring annually in the United States, between 5% and 10% exhibit either delayed healing or non-union.  Even those fractures that heal ideally without complications can take months to heal.”

 Thirty patients, 22 men and 8 women, between the ages of 18 and 55 with simple fractures of long and short bones were selected and randomized into yoga and control groups.  Both groups received the conventional plaster of paris immobilization of the fracture site as the primary treatment.  The yoga group, in addition, practiced YPET twice a day (30 minutes/day) for two weeks using taped audio instructions after learning under supervision for one week.  “YPET is an advanced yoga relaxation practice that involves breath regulation, chanting, and visualization, which according to yogic science revitalizes the tissues by activating the subtle energies (prana) within the body.”  Stated Dr. Berry.

Both groups were assessed on the 1st day and the 21st day by the Numerical Pain Rating Scale for pain, tenderness, swelling, fracture line density and the bridging of cortices.  The yoga group, when compared to the control group showed better pain reduction, reduced tenderness and swelling, increased fracture line density and the number of cortices were significantly better.  “This is just one study,” explained Dr. Berry, “but the role of add-on yoga    based YPET and its beneficial effects on the fracture healing merit further investigation.

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at 6986 El Camino Real Ste F, Carlsbad, CA 920009  Tel:(760) 438-9548

 

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A Systemic Review Of The Literature shows promising data:

The Chiropractic Care of Infants with Colic

 

(07/01/ 2011 Carlsbad). A recent article in Explore performed a systemic review of the literature on the chiropractic care of patients with infantile colic.  26 articles were included, which consisted of three clinical trials, two survey studies, six case reports, two case series, four cohort studies, five commentaries and four reviews of the literature.

 “A common definition of colic is: crying at least three hours per day on at least three days of at least three weeks.  The occurrence of infantile colic in the population varies and ranges from 10% to 40% depending on the study methodology, the population and the definition of infantile colic used.”  Dr. Berry, Carlsbad-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “Abuse is a concern in these situations such as slapping, hitting or shaking the baby.  Not surprisingly, marital tension and social disruption within the family and poor sleeping habits and frequent temper tantrums on the part of the child were reported, even well past the course of the child’s colic symptoms.”

The findings of the review revealed that chiropractic care is a viable alternative to the care of infantile colic and congruent with evidence-based practice, particularly when one considers that medical care options are no better than placebo or have associated adverse affects.

“Chiropractic care is an alternative approach to the care of the child with colic,” explained Dr. Berry,“I encourage more research, both quantitative and qualitative, in this area of pediatric care.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Berry, whose office is located at: 6986 El Camino Real, Ste F Carlsbad, CA 92009 Tel: (760) 438-9548