The prevalence of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is 1 in every 3500 infants. This disorder results in a decreased life span, persistent infections and overwhelming medical costs. The lungs become targeted as large amounts of mucus forms and can block airways causing acute inflammation and chronic respiratory infections. Current treatment for CF involves a variety of approaches to be effective.
The patient in this case study was a young male with CF who sought the goal of improving his quality of life. This was mainly due to the repeated infections, inability to participate in sports and lack of sleep he experienced which stemmed from his CF. The 8 year old boy was diagnosed with CF immediately after birth and frequently found himself hospitalized multiple times each year because of the infections.
Lack of range of motion of cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions were identified upon the initial visit with the chiropractor. Surface EMG displayed hypertonic musculature at the regions of the mid-cervical, mid-thoracic as well as the upper lumbar. The patient was scheduled to receive adjustments three times each week to correct these issues.
The first reassessment was done after the 9th visit and the patient noted that his breathing function, as well as the duration and quality of sleep all improved. As the young boy continued chiropractic care considerable positive impacts were seen in his lifestyle a year and a half later. The thermal scan displayed dramatic decreases in the muscle imbalances of the cervical and upper thoracic regions. The patient found himself participating in physical activity more frequently as he was on the verge of attaining a black belt in karate. To add, he had not visited the hospital for 8 months, absences from school had decreased as well as experienced growth in height and weight. Various adjustments were used to target specific areas and improve the function of the immune system.
This case study displays the power of chiropractic care in improving the quality of life for individuals with CF.
Warhurst,C., & Warhurst, R., & Gabai, A. (2010). Improvement in Cystic Fibrosis in a Child Undergoing Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. Journal Of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, pp.