David Russell


Objective: To describe the resolution of low-grade sensory polyneuropathy and the improvements in spinal function in a 63-year-old male receiving Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) to correct vertebral subluxation.

Clinical features: A 63-year-old male with a 4-year history of bilateral lower limb sensory polyneuropathy, previously diagnosed by nerve conduction testing. Postural alterations, moderate reduction in cervical and lumbar range of motion (ROM), and positive sensory changes were found in conjunction with vertebral subluxation throughout the spine and moderate lumbar degenerative changes present on x-ray.

Intervention & Outcomes: Chiropractic care using AMCT was provided for the correction of vertebral and extremity subluxations. The patient demonstrated subjective improvements in sensation in the lower limb, and objective improvement in posture, in measured spinal ROM, neurological assessment and a reduction in vertebral subluxation.

Conclusion: A course of chiropractic care using AMCT was associated with resolution of lower limb sensory polyneuropathy, improvement in objective posture, spinal ROM and neurological assessment with reduction in vertebral subluxation. More research is needed to investigate the role chiropractors may play in helping similar patients so as to inform clinical practice and future higher-level research designs. (Chiropr J Australia 2017;45:217-228)