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Chiropractic Polio Treatment May Have Wider Uses

By Chris Brown

Poliomyelitis (better known as polio) is a brutal musculoskeletal and spinal disease usually contracted in childhood. Thanks to a vaccine developed through the 1950s and '60s, it is no longer a scourge of the Western World. However, study of its treatments may benefit care for similar illnesses. A 2019 case study in the International Medical Case Reports journal followed one post-poliomyelitis chiropractic case for such a purpose. While polio has been all but eradicated worldwide (by 99 percent since 1988), chiropractic successes may provide insight into treating similar conditions of musculoskeletal impairment.

Polio's Musculoskeletal Impacts

Paralytic poliomyelitis (polio) is a virus which affects musculoskeletal strength throughout the body and can impact the spinal column. It tends to infect children and is highly contagious. At its worst, polio causes paralysis or death (when the lung muscles weaken to the point of failure). For others, it causes highly weakened muscles, particularly in the legs, back, shoulders, and arms, and can remain or reappear throughout someone's life. Only prevention, through vaccine, has been able to stop this horrible disease, as there are no known cures. Polio is, happily, now only a reference in history books for the Western World, as a widespread vaccination initiative in the '80s practically eradicated it from those countries. However, looking at successful treatments can influence the management of current or future viruses that affect the spinal column or musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractic's Management of Musculoskeletal Diseases

A case study of a 59-year-old woman with post-poliomyelitis syndrome (the reoccurrence of polio symptoms in later life) provides evidence of chiropractic as an effective treatment for musculoskeletal and spinal diseases. In addition to her permanent left upper limb weakness, painful weakness reappeared in her left leg and back. Her primary care doctor only could offer medication for pain management. Following three months of chiropractic treatment, doctors discovered a reduced hyperactivity of spinal segments which improved neuromuscular function. After six months of treatment, the patient reported significant improvements in physical, psychological, environmental, and relationship health. Perhaps the most surprising side effect of chiropractic was its psychological benefits. In a self-reported scoring system, she went from an estimated 44 percent psychological health to 88 percent after six months of treatment. These findings show chiropractic as a holistic treatment option for both physical problems and psychological stressors surrounding these types of injuries.

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