Chiropractic Research

This section offers a comprehensive collection of research studies, chiropractic case studies and other published papers which show the efficacy of chiropractic care.

It is important to realize that chiropractic is not the treatment of any condition. The purpose of chiropractic is to find and reduce stress and interference to the nerve system, allowing the person to experience greater function and an overall improved quality of life. 

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Resolution of Fibromyalgia Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care:  A Case Study


Nimira Alibhoy DC 


Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ June 20, 2011 ~ Pages 39-44



Objective: The purpose of the paper is to describe the care of a patient with fibromyalgia and an upper cervical subluxation.  


Clinical Features: A 45 year old female presented for chiropractic care.  Her history included two major traumas and 10 car accidents leading to complaints of an 11 year history of fibromyalgia.   Other complaints included migraine headaches, chronic neck pain, upper and lower back pain, numbness in fingers, sciatica, right knee pain, depression, and duodenal ulcer.


Intervention and Outcomes: Upon examination the patient had an upper cervical subluxation determined by x-ray and pattern analysis. Upon correction of the upper cervical subluxation utilizing a specific knee chest technique, the patient experienced resolution of fibromyalgia as well as most of the concurrent complaints.


Conclusions: This paper described successful upper cervical chiropractic care in the case of a patient with fibromyalgia.  More research is warranted on upper cervical chiropractic management of those with fibromyalgia.



Symptomatic Improvement in a Patient with Parkinson’s Disease Subsequent to Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study


Robert Bello DC Bio 


Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ June 13, 2011 ~ Pages 31-38



Objective: The purpose of this case study is to report the symptomatic improvement of a patient with Parkinson’s undergoing specific upper cervical chiropractic care.


Clinical Features:  A 66-year-old female that had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) one-and-a-half years prior, entered a National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) clinic for chiropractic care.  She had symptomatic complaints since three years prior, following an unbraced fall in which she landed directly on her face while doing the Cha-Cha during an evening of ballroom dancing.  Her symptoms, which had been getting progressively worse, included a resting tremor in her left hand, fatigue, depression and rigidity throughout her extremities, especially in the third toe of both feet.


Interventions and Outcomes:  The various analytical techniques employed by the NUCCA doctor are discussed in detail, including postural analysis, thermography, static surface electromyography, functional leg length analysis and a series of precision pre and post orthogonal-based cervical x-rays.  After receiving a specific, light force NUCCA adjustment, the patient reported immediate symptomatic relief, which has persisted through the time this paper was written.


Conclusions:  Although this case demonstrates the far-reaching possibilities of specific upper cervical care in a non-musculoskeletal case, there is a serious need for additional research.