A case series was published on June 24, 2019, in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research which documented the resolution of two cases of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) in patients who underwent chiropractic care. This study involved two cases of women who had PVCs and were helped by chiropractic care solely, and did not include any other therapies or treatments.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are extra heartbeats that begin in one of your heart’s two lower pumping chambers (ventricles). These extra beats disrupt your regular heart rhythm, sometimes causing you to feel a fluttering or a skipped beat in your chest.”
This study describes the symptoms of PVCs by stating, “Some common symptoms include: chest fluttering, feeling of “skipped” or “extra” heartbeat, dizziness, pulsing sensation in the neck, and an overall awareness of the heartbeat.” They go on to note that PVCs are usually diagnosed during an electrocardiography, or ECG.
The first of the two cases involved a 26-year-old woman who presented herself for chiropractic care with complaints of daily headaches, TMJ, neck pain, midback pain, bilateral wrist pain, shortness of breath with rib pain, irregular heartbeats, lower back pain, hip and knee pain. The woman had been suffering with these issues for the past two years.
In addition to a normal chiropractic examination, the woman’s exam included infrared thermography, as well as both static and motion spinal x-rays (videofluoroscopy). The results of the examination revealed the presence of multiple areas of vertebral subluxations. Based upon this finding, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started. The study records that, “There were no nutritional, exercise, physiotherapy, or lifestyle modifications incorporated; she only received chiropractic care.”
The results in the first case documented that after her first adjustment, the woman felt quite a bit better and noticed an improvement in the irregular heartbeats as well as her other complaints. Five days after her first adjustment, the woman stated that she no longer was dealing with the irregular heart beats that she had been experiencing daily for the prior two years. The study recorded that after the woman’s ninth visit, “Her headaches were 90% better; TMJ had improved to 80% and no longer requiring the use of a splint; neck pain 95%, mid back pain 70%, bilateral wrist pain 99%, shortness of breath with rib component 75%, lower back pain 100%, hip pain 95%, and knee pain 90% better.”
In the second case, a 72-year-old woman, after having suffered a stroke, was experiencing PVCs for 15 months. The woman also was suffering with headaches, neck pain, and lower back pain. In this case, similar examination and x-rays procedures were used resulting in the determination that subluxations were present in her spine. As a result, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were performed to address the subluxations.
In this woman’s case, the study noted that after her first visit, she was no longer experiencing any PVCs. Additionally, after the woman’s ninth visit, she reported a complete resolution of her headaches, neck pain, and lower back pain, and went on to state, “I am feeling much better and can enjoy life to the fullest again.”
In their conclusion, the authors of this study stated, “This case series demonstrated improvement in the autonomic nervous system of two female patients while undergoing chiropractic care, therefore resulting in improvement and/or resolution of the PVC’s and other symptomatology.”