total of 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson's Disease, more than are afflicted
with multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy combined. Parkinsons, a degenerative
disorder of the brain, results from the destruction of substantia nigra cells
that produce dopamine. Typical Parkinsons symptoms include rigid muscles, tremor,
bradykinesia (slow movement), gait disturbance, and postural instability.
IUCCA UPPER CERVICAL CARE RELATES TO PARKINSON'S
medical science has not determined the exact cause
of Parkinsons , recent research is pointing towards
a possible trauma-induced origin for Parkinson's
Evidence supports that trauma
(in particular mild concussive injury to the head,
neck or upper back) increases the risk of Parkinson's
Following the trauma, symptoms of Parkinson's
Disease can take months or years to develop.
purpose of IUCCA upper cervical care is to reverse
the trauma-induced upper neck injury; thereby
eliminating adverse effects upon the brain.While
many Parkinsons sufferers recall specific traumas
such as head injuries, auto accidents or falls,
some do not. An upper cervical examination utilizing
Radiography and Digital
Infrared Imaging is
necessary in each individual's case to assess
whether an upper cervical injury is present and
whether benefit from upper cervical care can be
Elster completed a preliminary study of 10 Parkinson's
patients in 1999 (see research articles below).
By 2007, approximately 60 patients have been examined
and treated by Dr. Elster using specific IUCCA
upper cervical care. All patients showed evidence
of trauma-induced upper cervical injuries during
examination (upper cervical radiographs and digital
infrared imaging). Many patients recalled specific
incidences of trauma (auto accidents, falls, concussions,
whiplashes) while some did not. Some traumas had
occurred more than 10 years (even as many as 40
years) prior to the onset of Parkinson's symptoms.
Even if a patient did not recall experiencing
an accident or trauma to his or her neck, upper
cervical injuries were found in 100% of cases
Disease Case Studies
Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's
Disease Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Retrospective
Analysis" by Erin L. Elster,
DC. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.
Cervical Chiropractic Management of 10 Parkinson's
Disease Patients" by Erin Elster, DC.
Today's Chiropractic. July 2000.
Cervical Chiropractic Management of a Patient
with Parkinson's Disease: A Case Report"
by Erin L. Elster, DC. Journal of Manipulative
and Physiological Therapeutics. October 2000.
WCA Hit Two More Publicity Home Runs"
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Parkinson's Research Published"
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Elster Awarded 2001 Chiropractic Researcher of
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Interview with Dr. Erin Elster: 2001 WCA Researcher
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Study Shows Positive Results for Parkinson's Disease"
by Erin L. Elster, D.C. Women's Magazine. October
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