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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.


Key Words: chiropractic, NUCCA, Parkinson’s disease, upper cervical, subluxation, orthogonal