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A CASE OF CORRECTION OF SCOLIOSIS BY BJ PALMER (1951)
I have selected an interesting case from the Green Books which demonstrates
correction of a scoliotic curve by manipulation of the upper cervical
spine in a patient suffering from low back pain and sciactic trouble.
In this Case #1131 B.J. Palmer uses spinographs (X-rays) and the neurocalograph
(NC), an instrument for the measurement of nerve interference, to manage
The re-drawing of the X-ray and NC output are shown in this diagram
opposite. In those days they didn't have scanners, therefore I assume
Dr Palmer traced over the X-rays to obtain the drawings. The NC shows
definite nerve interference to be in the lower back, which corresponds
with the patient's pain. Further the upper cervical NC shows some nerve
interference in the upper cervical region. Palmer focussed on the upper
cervical spine as the area of adjustment. Specific cervical pictures
revealed axis (C2) subluxated posterior and right.
Throughout this case Palmer gathers feedback from the patient and with
the spinographs and NC is able to show marked improvement in both scoliotic
curve and nerve interference.
The glow feelings are common amongst patients I have been involved with.
Many of my friends as well as my wife and I experienced a warm feeling
down to our feet immediately following our very first upper cervical
adjustment. Following are some of the chronological events described
by the patient and Palmer during the treatment process. The point of
this is that changes to the body, especially one which has been racked
with pain for years takes time. However, the body is a wonderful piece
of engineering and if in the right state can keep itself well maintained.
The patient continued to improve with Palmer using the NC to monitor
changes in both the upper cervical spine and lower spine. The final spinographs
(left diagram) reveal improved scoliotic curve and the final NC (above
left) reveals complete reduction in signal and nerve interference. Remember
the only chiropractic adjustment being done by Palmer was the upper cervical
adjustment to axis (C2). Upper cervical subluxations can and do cause
scoliosis. Toftness www.toftness.org has one of the largest collections
of pre and post scoliosis correction X-rays available today. I refer
you to the book "Chiropractic Spinal Correction", I.N. Toftness,
Also I refer you to Appendix D of Kirk Eriksen's recently published book
 "Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex: A Review of the Chiropractic
and Medical Literature" for some excellent pre and post adjustment
X-rays of scoliosis.