A recent article in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research reported on findings in which a 54-year-old male experienced lipid panel normalization following subluxation-based chiropractic care.
A 54-year-old male first presented into a chiropractic office with a chief complaint of dyslipidemia. He had a past history of myocardial infarction and angioplasty. One month prior to care the patient had a lipid panel drawn indicating that his total cholesterol levels were 124, LDL levels were 63, HDL levels were 38, and triglycerides were 116. Other complaints included anxiety, constipation, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, neck pain, and stiff neck. He also reported occupational and personal stress as well as depression.
The patient’s care plan included thirty-one patient visits over a five month period before blood draw confirmed that his cholesterol levels decreased. No reported lifestyle changes occurred besides chiropractic care. In response to the positive blood work results, the patient’s cardiologist reduced his medications.
A review of the literature reveals that the "cholesterol is harmful" hypothesis is not ubiquitously supported and there appears to be a growing paradigm shift that subscribes to the theory that stress-related inflammatory and hormonal responses are key components to atherosclerotic plaque build-up and subsequent cardiovascular disease. A review of the literature indicates that subluxation-based chiropractic care may be effective in managing atherosclerosis and other risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease due to its potential effect on inflammatory markers and psychological and psychological stress.
The results of this case warrant further research to explore these relationships.
Dr. David Zak has a chiropractic office in downtown Lee’s Summit at 208 S.E. 3rd Street.