Reduction of Cervical Kyphosis Following Subluxation Correction Utilizing the Pierce Results System of Chiropractic in 51 Patients: A Retrospective Analysis
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ January 19, 2012 ~ Pages 1-7
Objective: This paper aims to report on a consistent and reliable change in cervical spinal structure following protocols of the Pierce Results chiropractic technique.
Methods: Fifty-one subjects were included in this retrospective study. Inclusion was based solely upon the patient presenting with a cervical kyphosis. All were patients in a private clinic where only the protocol of the Pierce Results system was followed in the evaluation and analysis of each patient. Curve measurements were performed using the Acu-Arc curve ruler. All 51 patients underwent chiropractic care in the office with follow up cervical x-rays at different intervals based upon clinical presentation.
Results: The study involved 51 cases, 30 female and 21 male with an average age of 45. One hundred percent had some degree of positive change towards lordosis or a decrease in kyphosis. The average change in cervical kyphosis towards an established normal lordosis was a 56% correction. The average period of re-evaluation of lordosis was 12 weeks after onset of care consisting of 10 office visits. Results were statistically significant.
Conclusion: This analysis revealed changes in the structure of all 51 of the presenting cases. There are some variables in the time between the initial x-ray evaluation and the follow up x-ray where post measurements were taken. The time span ranged from 1 day to 35 weeks. More research in this area is needed.
Keywords: Subluxation, Pierce Results System, Kyphosis, Cervical Correction, Chiropractic