Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral Palsy less of a handicap with chiropractic. Rubinstein H. The Chiropractic Journal July 1992.

cerebralpalsyDr. Henry Rubinstein began adjusting 96 severely handicapped persons in United Cerebral Palsy-operated cluster homes. “He (Dr. Henry) comes to adjust them and stimulate their immune system to function better, and it works. My kids are happier and healthier. Even their skin color and tone is better”- nurse guardian of a foster home with CP and handicapped children.

Case study: Treatment of a cerebral palsy patient. Sweat R, Ammons D Todayʼs Chirpractic Nov/Dec 1988. P.51-52.

The author reviews the literature and questions the traditional treatment approaches, which focus on treating inflammation and breaking adhesions. The concept of adhesive capsulitis as the only cause of “frozen shoulder” is challenged. The author proposes an alternative treatment protocol that addresses specific patterns of joint dysfunction and myofascial disorder.

Comment: Dr. Ferguson utilized spinal adjustments and shoulder adjustments. A 40 year old woman who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 2 was placed under chiropractic care. She had been in severe pain her whole life. M.D.s told her she would have to “learn to live with it.”

From the article: “The patient began to respond to treatment almost immediately, and improvement continued gradually over about the first 2-3 weeks.” Within two months of beginning care, “The patient...stated that this is the first time in her life that she has ever been free of pain.”

The efficacy of upper cervical chiropractic care on children and adults with cerebral palsy: a preliminary report. Collins, KF et al. Chiropractic Pediatrics 1994; 1 (1):13-15 Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most prevalent lifelong development disability in the United States.

Seven patients were tested – two children and five adults. All patients in this study had improvements in many areas which would be considered as subjective; muscle spasticity decreased, sleep patterns improved, decreased irritability, decreased pain, and decreased incidence of respiratory and other infections. One child had four unsuccessful surgeries to correct strabismus – after two adjustments, the strabismus was no longer apparent. The children were able to hold their heads up for longer periods and are making more at-tempts at crawling or standing with support. There is also improved clarity and volume of speech in patients with speech and hearing problems. With chiropractic care, there is overall decrease in muscle activity at all levels and balance improved with eyes closed.

Cortical blindness, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and recurring otitis media: A case study in chiropractic management. Amalu WC, Todayʼs Chiropractic May/June 1998 pp.16-25. A 5-year-old boy with recurring middle-ear infections at one-month intervals, cortical blindness, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and severe brain damage, secondary to possible aborted crib death or viral encephalitis. His mother reported he had been a very healthy child. “Two days following a well-child checkup with an inoculation,” became “colicky” and developed a mild upper respiratory infection with fever. After putting him to sleep, he became cyanotic, gasping for air and nonresponsive. In the emergency room, he was cyanotic, in shock and unresponsive. Child remained on Phenobarbital for over 1½ years then placed on Dilanton. Multiple specialists said he would never walk, speak, regain his vision or progress in school. At the time of his first chiropractic visit, he was having 30 grand mal and complex seizures a day and otitis media once per month. “Upon presentation, the patient was non-ambulatory, uncommunicative and nonresponsive with a constant loud vocal drone and almost constant writhing torsocephalic motions. His gross motor coordination included reaching out with his hands and rolling over onto all fours.”

Chiropractic Management: “Correction of the atlanto-occipital subluxation was chosen as the first to be adjusted.” Knee-chest posture adjustment on posterior arch of atlas. After the first adjustment, the mother noted that he had his first good-night sleep in weeks. After the 2 nd adjustment seizures reduced to only 10 a day, vocal drone became a quiet intermittent moan and he began to clap his hands. During the next week patient had become more alert, sitting up and looking around, responded to sounds, seizures decreased to 5 per day. Pupillary reflexes returned to normal, almost all writhing motions had ceased, ears were clear of effusion. By the 3 rd week seizures were 5 per day grand mal seizures had stopped. He was sleeping through the nights. For the first time in his life he vocalized “dada” and began vowel sounds. Overall, spasticity had deceased in all extremities. He began showing find motor skills. He had his first month free from otitis media in 9 months. By end of fifth week was seen by an ophthalmologist who noted a drastic improvement with recovery of central field vision. Seizures reduced to 3 per day. Saying more words and improved fine motor coordination. By the 7-12 weeks, seizures reduced to staring spells which saying his name brought him out of. Over the next 10 months improvement continued. All epileptic medication was removed and neurologist declared him non-epileptic. He remained free from ear infections. His vision improved to the point where he was prescribed glasses. Vocabulary continued to increase. He was learning to feed himself and was potty training. He was able to walk slowly with the assistance.

Comment (tk): This appears to be a vaccine related injury, especially since cerebral edema is a sign of vaccine damage. Also encephalopthy has been noticed in the medical literature as a possible reaction to the DTP inoculation. Upon discussion with the author of this paper it was learned that the medical personnel did not tell the parents their child was possibly vaccine injured.