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CASE STUDY

 

Reduction of Idiopathic Scoliosis and Musculoskeletal Complaints & Improved State of Well-Being in a 21-Year-Old Following Chiropractic: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

Michelle Fox, D.C., Jay M. Holder, D.C., DACACD, FICAH & Elisa-Beth Tveitnes, D.C.
 

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ January 25, 2018 ~ Pages 12-22

 

Abstract


Objective:  To describe reduction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), other spinal curves, postural faults, state of well-being and musculoskeletal complaints in a patient using Torque Release Technique® (TRT) protocol.

Clinical Features: 
A 21-year-old female with complaints low back pain with radiating numbness into legs and feet when lying supine and headaches. The patient’s diagnosis of AIS was confirmed via radiographic imaging. Radiographs showed a C-shaped thoracolumbar levoscoliosis of 20˚, thoracic hyperkyphosis of 63˚, lumbar hyperlordosis of 70˚, and postural fault of high right ilium height of 5mm. Exam revealed vertebral subluxations using the TRT protocol, and Dysautonomia via COREscoreTM subluxation analysis by way of thermal scan, surface electromyography, and heart rate variability.

Intervention and Outcomes: 
Post- x-rays taken after five months of care (62 visits) showed reduction of the scoliotic curve from 20˚ to 12.5˚, reduction of thoracic hyperkyphosis from 63˚ to 40˚, reduction of lumbar hyperlordosis from 70˚ to 65˚ and improvement in postural fault of high right ilium from 5mm to 2mm.  Final subluxation analysis after seven months of TRT care showed an overall COREscoreTM improvement of 19% from 66/100 to 85/100. She experienced improvement of over 50% in state of well-being and physical complaints through interpretation of Revised Oswestry Back Pain Disability Index (RODI) which was initially 32% and at the end of care was 14%.

Conclusion: 
The results of this case study suggest that chiropractic adjustments using a non-linear tonal model, Torque Release Technique®, can help reduce the scoliotic curvature of the spine of a female with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, improve other attending or compensatory curves and postural faults, as well as improve state of well-being and musculoskeletal complaints.

Key Words: 
Torque Release Technique®, IntegratorTM, scoliosis, vertebral subluxation, postural faults, COREscoreTM, HRV, sEMG, NCM, headaches, adjustment, chiropractic