Unlocking Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis Through Chiropractic Care: A Landmark Case Study

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Unlocking Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis Through Chiropractic Care: A Landmark Case Study

How Subluxation-Based Corrective Chiropractic Care Transformed the Life of a 28-Year-Old Woman Suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis

The objective of this groundbreaking case study published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research by Dale Brown, DC & Joshua Korten, DC is to spotlight the transformative health outcomes witnessed in a 28-year-old female diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The patient received corrective chiropractic care that applied the Pettibon Technique.

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that wreaks havoc on the joints and can cause systemic inflammation affecting various parts of the body. A 28-year-old woman came into a private chiropractic practice, beleaguered by RA's debilitating effects. Her health history also included symptoms like fatigue, headaches, dizziness, joint pain, toe pain, and even occasional double vision.

The Chiropractic Connection

The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body, and structural shifts in the spine can obstruct the nerves, thereby interfering with their function. This obstruction, known as vertebral subluxations, is what chiropractors aim to correct. By removing these structural shifts, chiropractic improves nerve supply and function, offering a new avenue for managing conditions like RA.

Interventions and Outcomes

The patient underwent corrective chiropractic adjustments for three months, specifically utilizing the Pettibon Spinal Model (Pettibon Technique). Initial digital x-rays were compared with those taken at the time of re-assessment. The results were astounding. Not only did the radiographs show significant improvement in spinal alignment and structural integrity, but the patient also reported a dramatic improvement in her quality of life.

The Role of Homecare

Alongside the chiropractic adjustments, the patient was given case-specific homecare designed to fortify the spine's structural and functional integrity. This comprehensive approach allows the central nervous system to function at its highest potential, which is essential for managing an autoimmune disorder like RA.


This case study adds valuable insight into the burgeoning field of chiropractic care in the management of rheumatoid arthritis. By targeting vertebral subluxations, chiropractic care allows the nervous system to operate at its peak, potentially alleviating symptoms and enhancing quality of life for those grappling with RA.

If you or someone you know is struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, it might be time to explore the benefits of chiropractic care. With its potential to improve nerve function and provide symptomatic relief, chiropractic care could be the missing piece in your comprehensive health strategy.

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