Resolution of Headaches in a 13 Year-Old Following Restoration of Cervical Curvature Utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics: A Case Report
Curtis Fedorchuk, D.C. Bio Greg Wheeler, B.B.A., D.C. Bio
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2009 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 1-7
Objective: To report on the chiropractic care of a patient with upper cervical subluxations, a decreased cervical curve and headaches.
Clinical Features: A 13 year-old male presented with daily cervicogenic headaches for a period of 4 years. Lateral flexion of the cervical spine was limited. There was a loss of the normal cervical curve. Motion palpation revealed hypertonicity at C1 to C3 and T1 to T6, with painful palpation bilaterally from C1 to C7 and from T1 to T8.
Intervention and Outcome: Radiographs and surface electromyography were initially taken in preparation for the development of an appropriate care plan. The patient was cared for using Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) technique to include segmental adjustments, mirror-image adjustments, 2-way traction, and therapeutic exercises. Upon completion of the care plan, post radiographs were taken and a radiological comparative report was generated. Restoration of the cervical curve was achieved while the headaches were eliminated.
Conclusion: The patient presenting with a loss of cervical curve and associated cervicogenic headaches received chiropractic care under the standard protocol of Chiropractic Biophysics technique. Post radiographs demonstrated a restoration of the cervical curve while a complete resolution of the headaches was achieved. Chiropractic Biophysics technique appears in this case to have been effective in the treatment of cervicogenic headache by way of restoring the cervical spine to its proper lordotic configuration. Further research is encouraged.
Key Words: Cervical lordosis, Cervicogenic headache, Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), Chiropractic, Subluxations