Health Watch/Superior Chiropractic

A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a study put in place to record changes in health-related quality of life of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients, before and after a National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) Atlas correction.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS). It is a disease of unknown origin affecting all racial-ethnic groups across all socioeconomic levels. The condition affects young adults between 20 to 40 years of age with a ratio of 6:1, female to male.

“Treatment is centered on the alleviation of symptoms while attempting to improve a patient’s quality of life,” said Dr. Kemmy Taylor, Your Chassell-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “as there is a lack of diagnostic testing or reliable objective outcomes to determine progress.”

Nineteen subjects diagnosed as having CFS according to the 1994 Center of Disease Control (CDC) diagnostic criteria were studied. Patients were evaluated using standardized NUCCA protocol and were seen weekly the first month, biweekly for two months, then monthly to confirm Atlas alignment was maintained. Patients were monitored for a period of six months to ensure Atlas alignment was maintained and then retested with the outcome measures.

“The study concluded that this chiropractic procedure may contribute to improved quality of life in some subject with CFS as demonstrated by improved scores in the SF 36-Item Health Survey,” explained Dr. Taylor, “This is just one study, but it appears that correction of Atlas misalignment in clinically diagnosed CFS patients could be the single variable that appears responsible for self-reported improvement of functional and mental health status. Further study is warranted to determine the utility of this intervention in patient care.”

Anyone wishing for more information may contact Superior Family Chiropractic, located at 45070 US Highway 41, Chassell (482-2400).