A large percentage of our population has some form of disturbance in digestive function. Population based studies have estimated that 10-20% of otherwise healthy people report one or more symptoms of chronic constipation alone. A number of well-conducted studies have shown the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for conditions such as infantile colic and pyloric stenosis. (Fallon, 1994)
In several AK-specific reports, treatment of neurolymphatic (Chapman’s) reflexes has been reported to be successful therapy for chronic constipation and associated low back pain; Kharrazian described a patient who resolved her indigestion; Lever reported on a case series of 90 patients (82 with an active enterogastric reflex) with the following results: 48 patients improved 90% of their symptoms; 11 patients improved 70% of their symptoms; 16 patients improved 50% of their symptoms; 3 patients improved 20% or less of their symptoms using AK methods for stomach disorders; Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis responded to AK care as reported by Dr. Duffy; Maykel reported that chronic and severe constipation responded to AK treatment of an IVD syndrome and closed ileocecal valve; Maykel also showed that AK corrected a severe case of hiatal hernia; and Lebowitz presented an AK-analysis of food sensitivities in 100 patients, and a second cohort of patients with candida albicans and chemical sensitivities in 50 patients. (Caso, 2001; Kharrazian, 2008; Lever; 2006; Duffy, 1992; Maykel, 2004; Lebowitz, 1992, 1990)
Examination of the bowel using AK methods was first introduced by Goodheart in 1967. The ICAKs advancement in the understanding and treatment of the enteric nervous system has only improved since that time.
Covered extensively in two new AK Textbooks: