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Table 6 Descriptive checklist of five case studies on chiropractic primary or early secondary prevention

From: Effect of chiropractic treatment on primary or early secondary prevention: a systematic review with a pedagogic approach

First Author
(Year)
Journal
Affiliation
Country
Disorder studied Type of treatment Authors’/author’s conclusion in relation to effect/benefit of chiropractic treatment
Blum
(2006)
JVSR
Private Practice
USA
Early onset diabetes mellitus -sacro-occipital technique
-occipital fiber diagnosis and treatment
-bloodless surgery
-chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique
-also: dietary modifications and exercise
“Within one month of treatment his glucose blood and urine levels had normalized and remained stable.”
Fedorchuk
(2011)
AVSR
Private Practice
USA
Cholesterol levels -diversified technique
-active Release technique
-chiropractic biomechanics of posture techniques (CBP)
“The clinical process documented in this report suggests that the combination of Diversified and CBP chiropractic care reduces subluxations and the tensegrity stress on the spinal column and nervous system. As a result of this reduced stress there is reduction of dysponesis which is evidenced by the improved quality of life and blood serum cholesterol levels.”
Zielinski
(2013)
AVSR
Life University College of Chiropractic,
Emory University School of Public Health
USA
Multiple conditions in a patient with dyslipidemia -no life-style changes
-torque release technique
-diversified technique on C1 and sacrum/pelvis
“As care progressed, patient’s subjective stress levels decreased. […] We suspect his lipid levels were normalized as a consequence of decreased stress and subsequent normalizing in cortisol and inflammatory factors.”
Slinger
(2014)
AVSR
Private Practice
USA
Cardiovascular disease risk factors -diversified technique
-lifestyle changes (diet and exercise)
“This retrospective case study reports on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in reducing vertebral and lower extremity subluxation findings as well as lowering the risk factors of cardiovascular disease” (serum cholesterol and lipid panels)
Knowles
(2015)
AVSR
Private Practice
USA
Heart rate variability (as a proxy for a healthy state) Network spinal analysis care “After 6 months of Network care, follow-up examinations were performed: heart rate variability, […]. Surface EMG demonstrated an improvement in all areas of tension exhibited at the initial exam”
EMG = Electromyography
  1. JVSR journal of vertebral subluxation research
  2. AVSR annals of vertebral subluxation research