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Resolution of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in a Patient Undergoing Corrective Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

David Jockers D.C., M.S., C.S.C.S. Bio & Holly Waite D.C. Bio


Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 3, 2014 ~ Pages 8-15 



Objective: The purpose of this case study is to present the report of corrective chiropractic management for a patient suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 


Clinical Features:  A 34-year-old male patient presented to the chiropractor with OSA which he had been diagnosed with for 5 years and had symptoms many years prior to being diagnosed.  The patient was unable to breathe at night while sleeping without the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.  The patient also suffered from daytime drowsiness, lack of energy, and loud snoring.


Intervention and Outcomes:  The patient was initially evaluated for vertebral subluxations, which were corrected by chiropractic adjustments utilizing Diversified Technique, Full Spine Technique, and Pettibon Technique.  Dietary modifications were also implemented. These interventions make up the Maximized Living protocol.  After being under corrective chiropractic care and dietary modification for 3 months, the patient experienced an increase in energy, decreased daytime drowsiness, and improvement in other health conditions.  He was also able to sleep throughout the night without the use of the CPAP machine.  


Conclusions:  Corrective chiropractic care and dietary modification in this case study resulted in resolution of OSA and overall improvement in health.  Further research is needed.


Keywords:  Chiropractic, obstructive sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure, subluxation, Maximized Living, Pettibon, Diversified technique

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