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Clinical Case Study: Chiropractic Care of a Patient with Vertebral Subluxation and Bells

From the May 2003 publication of the peer reviewed scientific publication, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, is a research study report of a patient with Bells Palsy and the response with chiropractic care. Bell's palsy is a very common condition that leads to weakness or total paralysis of one half of the face. Bell's palsy affects males and females equally and could occur at all ages as well as any time of the year. Symptoms start to occur spanning a short time and full weakness of the face usually occurs after two to 5 days. Early symptoms can include pain in or behind the ear. This can be accompanied by a rapidly worsening weakness of one half of the face. It will become hard to close one eye completely, and one corner of the mouth on the same side starts to droop. The situation report involved a 49-year-old woman which has a medical diagnosis of Bell's palsy. Her symptoms included right facial paralysis, extreme sensitivity to sound, pain in the right TMJ joint, and neck pain. This patient hadn't responded to previous Dental or Medical care. She then chose to initiate chiropractic care. The research noted that chiropractic adjustments were initiated. The analysis also noted that after 20 visits, the individual started to show substantial improvement, such that her facial pain abated and she could close her right eye lightly, smile, move her eyebrows, and puff her cheeks.
The articles conclusions were, "There are indications that patients struggling with Bell's palsy may benefit from a holistic chiropractic approach that does not only incorporates focus of examination and care of the primary regional areas of complaint (eg, face, TMJ) but also potentially from significant vertebral subluxation concomitants."

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