A case study published on June 13, 2011, in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research documented the dramatic improvement of a patient with chiropractic who had been suffering with Parkinson's disease. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.
According to this study's author, there are thought to be over a million cases of Parkinson's disease in the US with 100,000 new cases being diagnosed annually. The study also reports that a European study comprising France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain estimated that an average of 1.6 people per 100 in their countries are inflicted with Parkinson's disease. In the US, the annual cost of caring for people with Parkinson's disease was estimated to be $24 billion as of 1997.
In this case, a 66-year-old woman came to the chiropractor with a variety of symptoms and the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Her history revealed that all of her symptoms had started the day after a fall she experienced while ballroom dancing. Apparently, the heel of her shoe got caught in a gap in the floor causing her to fall straight onto her face without being able to brace herself. Although she was shaken, no immediate medical care was needed and she went home to rest.
The next day, symptoms started to appear as she began limping with the left leg coupled with an inability to swing her left arm. From that point, her symptoms continued to get worse. The woman and her husband began an extensive 2 year medical search until, finally, tests revealed that she had Parkinson's disease.
A chiropractic examination was performed which included x-rays, palpation and thermography. A determination was made that subluxations were present causing nervous system interference. Because of these findings, care was initiated involving specific forms of chiropractic adjustments.
After her first specific adjustment, immediate positive changes were noted. As of the completion of the study, it is reported that the woman stated from this point on that the vast majority of her symptoms have completely gone away. She stated that her depression was totally gone and her energy came back. Her constant tremor was gone, all the tightness in her muscles had ceased and she now had regained all use of her left arm and leg. The author of the study quoted the woman as saying, "I have my life back."