New Research on Tremors & How Chiropractic May Help

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New Research on Tremors & How Chiropractic May Help

Chiropractic Helps End Man’s Suffering

Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on a man suffering with tremors, reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing others with such disorders. The literature included supports the role of chiropractic in those suffering from this health challenge and calls for more research in this area. Research has shown not only that the developing brain relies on normal spinal structural integrity, balance and joint movement, but that complex neurochemical communication and pathways involved in helping people adapt to their environment are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways.

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“It makes perfect sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “The brain constantly needs and wants to know where our body is in space and what is going on relative to all functions of the body. If there is obstruction to the neurological communication between the spine and the brain all sorts of malfunctions can occur and this can lead to symptoms such as tremors and other neurological disorders.” 

Researchers studying the connection between chiropractic, nerve obstruction and neurological disorders believe that these types of functional disorders can be caused by even slight misalignments of the bones in the spine.  

“There are very important functional relationships between the spine and the brain that if disturbed can result in a host of problems with how the body functions” remarked McCoy. He added “If there is abnormal position or movement of the spinal vertebra this can lead to nerve obstruction. It is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxation, that chiropractors correct.” 

The patient reported on in the study was a 75-year-old male with a history of essential tremors which had been getting worse over four years.  He described the tremors as painful pounding spasms that were dull and crawling.  Other symptoms included fatigue, irritability, and a past history of muscle cramps and depression.  Consuming alcohol was the only means of relief for him.  

The chiropractor examined him and found structural shifts in his neck, midback, low back, and pelvis.  He had postural changes, decreased range of motion, and tenderness in his neck, mid back, lower back, and lower extremity muscles.  X-rays confirmed these findings.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic care, his tremors improved, he was able to write more efficiently, able to eat using utensils more easily and his posture and range of motion improved as well.  

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic care of those with essential tremors.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
McCoy Press