Chiropractic Care's Advancement via Case Studies


When Sandra Taylor Wiggan became sick, a general practitioner advised that she seek out chiropractic treatment based on her own successful recovery with chiropractic therapy. Sandra’s specific complaints included neck pain and chronic lower back pain that sent agonizing sensations down into her knee which would twitch in irritation all night, adding sleeplessness to Sandra’s list of health problems.

Sandra reported that spinal manipulation therapy brought nearly instantaneous relief and found herself able to walk again without needing support after just  five sessions of chiropractic care. This was a significant improvement for someone who began therapy by being wheeled into the chiropractic clinic in a wheelchair, but walked away without assistance after a final visit.

Dr Rakesh F Thomas had similar problems with chronic lower back pain, which plagued him for more than 15 years. Because he was a physician, Dr Thomas had access to a number of medications and painkillers which he took for temporary relief, knowing all the while that the pain was merely being masked and not cured. Upon receiving chiropractic treatment, Dr. Thomas was surprised to find himself not only pain free, but also feeling stronger and more limber. His daily regimen of pain killers has been eliminated and he continues to get chiropractic adjustments which leave him feeling “more in tune.” Dr. Thomas also reports elevated levels of energy.

Chiropractic care works from the perspective that musculoskeletal pain is caused by misaligned bones putting pressure on nerves. A 47 year old woman named Anetta suffers from the pain caused by two prolapsed discs in the lower portion of her spine. Annetta cannot even recall what the original cause of her condition was, it was something that just slowly happened over the years. The pain in her back occurs whenever she walks or stands for too long and sleeping at night is compromised by constantly trying to find a position comfortable enough that she can stay in it for long periods. For a long time Anetta just bore this pain but came to a point where either surgery or chiropractic care is necessary for relief. 

A chiropractor looking at Anetta’s case told her that chiropractic therapy doesn’t treat symptoms of pain or try to heal anything. What it does is fix distortions in the musculoskeletal system so that the energy in the nerves of the body can flow correctly, and when this happens, the body is able to heal itself. 

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