Research reveals that structural abnormalities of the spine such as forward head posture and loss of the normal spinal curves can result in many health issues, including headaches and migraines, but can be improved following chiropractic care.
Research literature shows that a normal upright spine has four curves on a lateral view, including a cervical lordosis, a thoracic kyphosis, a lumbar lordosis and a sacral kyphosis. On frontal view the adult spine should be vertically straight.
Abnormal spinal alignment and posture are associated with poor general health, physical function, emotional function, social function, and pain. Normal spinal curves provide shock absorption and leverage, which protect the spinal cord and nerve tissue from the forces of gravity and other daily traumas one may encounter.
Research has shown that abnormal spinal alignment and posture also increase stress and strain to the nerve and blood supply of the spinal cord. This can seriously affect the nervous system. It is a rare phenomenon for resolution of spinal structural abnormalities in the absence of intervention.
Loss of the spinal curves has been associated with a variety of clinical outcomes. A few of these outcomes include ADHD, otitis media, respiratory conditions, neck and upper back pain, low back pain, sinus infections, vertigo, nausea as well as vascular, migraine and tension headaches.
These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. There is research that shows the effectiveness of chiropractic to restore a healthy spinal alignment and posture according to established normal values, thereby lowering the risk of degeneration and poor health.
The patient reported on in this study was a 13-year-old teenager with chronic headaches neck pain, dizziness and difficulty sleeping following a car accident one year earlier.
He was examined by the chiropractor who found loss of the normal spinal range of motion. X-rays were taken that revealed anterior head syndrome, loss of the normal neck curve and structural spinal shifts.
Abnormal position or movement of the spinal vertebra can develop from structural spinal shifts. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic care his neck pain, headaches and dizziness improved, his anteriod head syndrome decreased and the curve in his neck improved.
The authors call for more research into health outcomes of injured patients undergoing chiropractic care after car accidents.
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Improved Cervical Lordosis Following Chiropractic in an Adolescent with Chronic Cervicogenic Symptoms from a Motor Vehicle Collision: A Case Report & Review of the Literature. Michael L. Underhill, DC, Paul A. Oakley, DC, MSc & Deed E. Harrison, DC. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ September 10, 2018 ~ Pages 99-108