Hongkong, China, Feb. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Covid-19 pandemic restricted millions of working professionals to their homes, making work from home a common, widespread practice. While the arrangement offers the comfort of home, it also poses several health risks including neck pain (1-13), headache (14-20), back pain (21-29), and scoliosis (30-33). A new study from chiropractors at Chiropractic Doctors Association of Hong Kong (CDAHK) shows a notable link between chiropractic and headache in neurofibromatosis (34),
In the study published February 8 in Chiropractic Journal of Australia, the official journal of the Australian Chiropractic Association, investigator provides evidence and highlights the value of chiropractic intervention in improving neuromuscular functions and resolving cervicogenic headache in a patient with neurofibromatosis, especially when the problems cannot be effectively solved by pharmacological or other conservative means.The study also found chiropractic may be a viable option as conservative management of musculoskeletal dysfunction resulting from neurofibromatosis.
“This study emphasizes the importance of chiropractic and neuromuscular skeletal dysfunction in neurofibromatosis,” says lead investigator Dr Benjamin Cheong, member of CDAHK and clinical researcher at New York Medical Group (NYMG). “Chiropractic treatment aimed to reduce pain, muscle hypertonicity and restore spinal mobility.”
Neurofibromatosis Type 1 affects 1 in 3000 people worldwide and causes tumours to form around nerves including in the brain and spinal cord. The tumours can also grow inside the body which can lead to cancer, blindness, deafness and chronic pain. Without a cure, most patients relied on constant medical procedures to remove the tumours which continue to grow and press up against nerves. But the chronic pain may not resolve after surgery.
“This case study is a reminder that, if we want to deal with chronic musculoskeletal pain, we can’t ignore the role of comservative treatments like chiropractic care,” says Dr. Eric Chun-Pu Chu, Chairman of CDAHK. “Sometimes, the best way to take care of ourselves and the people we love is simply to regularly reach a chiropractic physician’s examination”
Researchers concluded that the chiropractic treatment reduced headache score from 8 to 0 on a scale of 10. The patients’ disability indexes also reduced from 84 % to 8%. Additional x ray findings showed that the neck curve was restored from 3° to 20°.
With the increased demand of patients’ need (35-39), chiropractors focus on the underlying cause of headache and neck pain which can be either in the soft tissues or neurologic in nature. The treatments address the root cause of headache rather than just masking the short-term symptoms.
1) Chu EC. Preventing the progression of text neck in a young man: A case report. Radiol Case Rep. 2022 Mar;17(3):978-982.
2) Chu EC, Leung K, Ng LL, Lam A. Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: A Case Report. J Contemp Chiropr. 2021 December; 4(1):142–145.
3) Chu ECP, Lee LYK. Cervicogenic dysphagia associated with cervical spondylosis: A case report and brief review. J Family Med Prim Care. 2021 Sep;10(9):3490-3493.
4) Chu EC, Butler KR. Resolution of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Following Correction for Upper Cross Syndrome-A Case Study and Brief Review. Clin Pract. 2021 May 21;11(2):322-326.
5) Chu EC, Wong AY, Lee LY. Craniocervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis: a case report and brief review. AME Case Rep. 2021;5:12.
6) Chu EC, Wong AY, Lin AF. Isolated Neck Extensor Myopathy Associated With Cervical Spondylosis: A Case Report and Brief Review. Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord. 2020;13:1179544120977844.
7) Chu ECP, Chakkaravarthy DM, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Atlantoaxial Rotatory Subluxation in a 10-Year-Old Boy. Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord. 2020;13:1179544120939069.
9) Chu ECP, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Plausible impact of forward head posture on upper cervical spine stability. J Family Med Prim Care. 2020 May;9(5):2517-2520.
10) Chu EC, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Secondary atlantoaxial subluxation in isolated cervical dystonia-a case report. AME Case Rep. 2020;4:9.
11) Chu ECP, Shum JSF, Lin AFC. Unusual Cause of Dysphagia in a Patient With Cervical Spondylosis. Clin Med Insights Case Rep. 2019;12:1179547619882707.
12) Chu ECP, Bellin D. Remission of myasthenia gravis following cervical adjustment. AME Case Rep. 2019;3:9.
13) Chu EC, Yip AS. A rare presentation of benign acute childhood myositis. Clin Case Rep. 2019 Mar;7(3):461-464.
14) Chu EC, Wong AY. Cervicogenic Dizziness in an 11-Year-Old Girl: A Case Report. Adolesc Health Med Ther. 2021;12:111-116.
15) Chu EC, Zoubi FA, Yang J. Cervicogenic Dizziness Associated With Craniocervical Instability: A Case Report. J Med Cases. 2021 Nov;12(11):451-454.
16) Chu ECP, Chin WL, Bhaumik A. Cervicogenic dizziness. Oxf Med Case Reports. 2019 Nov;2019(11):476-478. doi: 10.1093/omcr/omz115. eCollection 2019 Nov.
17) Chu EC, Chu V, Lin AF. Cervicogenic Headache Alleviating by Spinal Adjustment in Combination with Extension-Compression Traction. Arch Clin Med Case Rep 2019; 3 (5): 269-273. 2019; 3(5):269-273.
18) Chu ECP, Lin AFC. Neck-tongue syndrome. BMJ Case Rep. 2018 Dec 4;11(1).
19) Chu C. Cervical Radiculopathy Alleviating by Manipulative Correction of Cervical Hypolordosis. Journal of Medical Cases. 2018 May; 9:139-141.
20) Chu ECP, Ng M. Long-term relief from tension-type headache and major depression following chiropractic treatment. J Family Med Prim Care. 2018 May-Jun;7(3):629-631.
21) Chu ECP, Wong AYL, Lee LYK. Chiropractic care for low back pain, gait and posture in a patient with Parkinson’s disease: a case report and brief review. AME Case Rep. 2021;5:34.
22) Chu ECP, Wong AYL. Chronic Orchialgia Stemming From Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Case Report and Brief Review. Am J Mens Health. 2021 May-Jun;15(3):15579883211018431.
23) Chu E. Thoracolumbar disc herniation: a hidden cause of monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis. European Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine. 2021 April; 8(3):2834-2840.
24) Chu ECP. Taming of the Testicular Pain Complicating Lumbar Disc Herniation With Spinal Manipulation. Am J Mens Health. 2020 Jul-Aug;14(4):1557988320949358.
25) Chu EC. Regression of Lumbar Disc Herniation Following Non-surgical Treatment. European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine. 2020 July; 7(1):27-79. doi: 10.5334/ejmcm.275.
26) Chu ECP, Lam KKW. Post-poliomyelitis syndrome. Int Med Case Rep J. 2019;12:261-264. doi: 10.2147/IMCRJ.S219481. eCollection 2019.
27) Chu ECP, Chan AKC, Lin AFC. Pitting oedema in a polio survivor with lumbar radiculopathy complicated disc herniation. J Family Med Prim Care. 2019 May;8(5):1765-1768. doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_254_19.
28) Chu C. Subsiding of Dependent Oedema Following Chiropractic Adjustment for Discogenic Sciatica. European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine. 2018 March; 5(1):1-4.
29) Chu C. Chiropractic Care for Postlaminectomy Syndrome. International Journal of Medical and Health Science. 2017 July; 6(3):185-187.
30) Leung K, Huang K, Chu EC. Chiropractic management as conservative care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A cases report. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2021 September; 2(2).
31) Pu Chu EC, Chakkaravarthy DM, Huang KHK, Ho VWK, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Changes in radiographic parameters following chiropractic treatment in 10 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A retrospective chart review. Clin Pract. 2020 Sep 4;10(3):1258.
32) Chu EC. Lumbosacral transitional vertebra as a potential contributing factor to scoliosis: a report of two cases. Asia Pacific Chiropractic Journal. 2020 July; 1.
33) Chu EC, Kai Huang KH. Bridging the gap between observation and brace treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. J Family Med Prim Care. 2017 Apr-Jun;6(2):447-449.
34) Chu EC. Remission of Headache and Neck Pain Following Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis. Chiro J of Australia. 2022 49(1):8-11.
35) Chu EC, Yau K, Ho V, Yun S. The scalable approach to the Chiropractic patient journey. Asia Pacific Chiropractic Journal. 2022 February; 2(5):2-8.
36) Leung K, Chu EC. Hong Kong Chiropractic Survey: Analysis of Data. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2021 November; 2(3).
37) Chu EC. Chiropractic and Future of Healthcare in Asia. J Contemp Chiropr. 2021 November; 4(1):138-141.
38) Chu EC. Hong Kong poised for rapid healthcare change. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2021 September; 2(2).
39) Chu E. Smart Rehabilitation Clinic. Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic. 2022; 5(1):7-12.
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