Crohn's Disease Helped with Chiropractic; Study Says

Research published from the November 2002 publication of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR) shows that chiropractic care could be effective in assisting patients with allergies and Crohn's Disease. The final results of those studied showed long lasting remission and alleviation of symptoms in both allergy and Crohn's Disease.

Crohn's disease causes inflammation inside the small intestine. Crohn's disease usually happens in the bottom area of the small intestine, known as the ileum, however it could affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation extends deep within the lining with the affected organ. The inflammation may cause pain and may make the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea. Crohn's disease is surely an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the typical term for diseases that create inflammation in the intestines. Crohn's disease affects males and females equally and appears to run in certain families. About 20 % of individuals with Crohn's disease possess a blood relative with some form of IBD, usually a brother or sister and often a parent or child. Crohn's disease can also be called ileitis or enteritis. In the research 57 patients were split into two groups. One group was a control group that received only standard medical care for their condition. The 2nd group was comprised of 17 patients who also received their standard medical care but in addition received chiropractic care. This gang of 17 patients received spinal adjustments in an effort to decrease the vertebral subluxations within the thoracic and lumbar regions of their spine. The control group failed to receive spinal adjustments. The researchers discovered that vertebral subluxations were a typical and characteristic finding in patients with allergies and Crohn's disease. The results demonstrated that 12 of the 17 patients who received spinal adjustments, showed long-term and stable remission of their symptoms while 9 experienced an alleviation effect. The researchers concluded, "According to the results of this study the possibility may be considered that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral subluxation in the thoracic and lumbar regions had a significant effect on the immune function of these allergy and Crohn's disease patients."

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