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Jeffrey Cole, DC & Nathaniel Lewis, DC

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ July 9, 2020 ~ Pages 109-125



Objective: To review the outcomes of chiropractic care and its effect on heart rate variability and associated autonomic function in a 38-year-old male.

Clinical Feature: A 38-year-old male patient presented for chiropractic evaluation with a chief complaint of intermittent low back pain. Dysautonomia was noted using multiple instruments, including thermography and heart rate variability.

Intervention and Outcomes: Diversified technique was used to evaluate and adjust the patient to reduce subluxations. Dietary and exercise coaching was rendered. Re-assessments indicate continued improvement in autonomic function over the course of thirteen months of chiropractic care and a total of 61 pounds lost and 9. 5 percent decrease in fat mass.

Conclusion: This paper reviews the results of a patient undergoing chiropractic care with symptoms of low back pain and objective measures of autonomic dysfunction. The patient’s compliance with chiropractic care and supervised wellness coaching led to significant improvement in autonomic function and reduction in overall weight and fat mass. Further research is suggested to ascertain the autonomic response to the chiropractic adjustment and concomitant lifestyle modifications as a key area for improved health.

Key Words: Chiropractic, adjustment, vertebral subluxation, diversified technique, sympathetic nervous system, parasympathetic nervous system, autonomic nervous system, heart rate variability

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