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A 1999 study investigated a patient with atopic eczema and assess how they responded to chiropractic care.  This study was run over a 7 week period with chiropractic treatments (diversified chiropractic manipulative technique) on a once weekly schedule.

The effect of treatment, a rating system was developed and the intensity of a range of symptoms was recorded (through a questionnaire) on a twice weekly basis.  The results attained showed there was a marked improvement in the eczema symptoms following the chiropractic care. The patient reported an improvement in eczematous symptoms of excoriation, pruritus, edema and general psychological ease. These findings were also confirmed by photographic evidence which documented the change in the lesions.

The research concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy has a role in the treatment for some people with non neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.  It appears that chiropractic care may have assisted this patient with eczema. However, more research is required to investigate the role that chiropractic has in the treatment of patients with eczema, and the potential mechanisms that could explain the improvement.

Reference: Australas. Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 1999 November; vol8(3): 96–101. PMCID: PMC2051093.  Douglas C. Eldred, B.Sc. and Peter J. Tuchin, B.Sc., Grad.Dip.(Chiro.), Dip.(O.H.S.).
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