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Dr Gail Cloud St Louis Chiropractor Case Studies

Case Studies

Chiropractic Case Study:


A middle-aged woman came to see me complaining of fibromyalgia-type pains. The areas that bothered her the most were her left hip and her right shoulder. She was teaching school at the time and found the schedule very demanding. She was pretty sensitive to touch, and I found her very sensitive to foods and her surroundings, including the people around her.
She has trouble speaking up and taking care of her needs and focuses much of her time and energy on her family, friends, and those around her. She is also the caretaker of a teenage son with difficulties. Her husband supports the family but doesn’t understand her needs and problems. She constantly feels pulled.
I discovered these things about her within the first couple of visits by asking questions as I worked with her body. Even as I do Chiropractic techniques, I am aware of the whole person in front of me and how the issues in their lives impact their bodies.
I worked with her over several months, usually a weekly visit. I used eclectic techniques and a light touch to moderate her pained areas. She would speak of her pain as we worked, and as she became aware of what she was reacting to and their effects on her body, I would do muscle release techniques, light spinal adjustments, acupuncture, and acupressure; her muscles would ease, and her pains would decrease.
Working together, we discovered she was sensitive to many different foods. The foods she was most sensitive to were the ones she craved the most. I had her significantly decrease her sugar intake, her alcohol, her dairy (including eggs), and wheat. She wasn’t so much gluten intolerant as she was wheat intolerant. We also discovered that she ate more wheat and dairy than she realized. She became more and more interested in being active in her healing and her food choices as she realized how much better she felt when she did restrict these foods.
After a few months, she was much better and excited about taking responsibility for her health. She began to research recipes, different foods and their preparations, and the direct correlation between what she “takes in” through food, the people around her, and her feelings. She lost about 25 pounds and felt much better in most aspects.

BodyPresencing™ Case Study:

A married, middle-aged woman came to see me with weight issues and a sense of being “weighed down” on other levels. She had difficulty putting one foot in front of the other. She also experiences chronic neck pain and sacral discomfort.
I had her think about the different issues going on in her life, one at a time, and through muscle testing, I could see which issue and thought pattern was affecting her body. We began working with her body as I asked her about her issue. We found that several parts of her were talking to her, that she would only listen to one of those voices. She let that voice dictate what and how she did things. This part of her was a four-year-old girl who felt alone and afraid. This girl was happy sitting and doing nothing; there was no risk. As we discussed allowing the other voices and aspects of herself to come into play (rather than allowing her little girl to take the others hostage), her body began to open up and allow more profound muscle work.
The BodyPresencing™ opened her to see what was going on in her life when she was around three or four years old and to the issues between her and her mother. She felt alone and isolated as a little girl, and through our work together, she realized that she recreated part of this feeling in her marriage and life.
As she talked about this and made this discovery, her neck became locked up and rigid. I told her what was happening in her neck and that the neck is where she automatically or reflexively locks up when this old feeling occurs. This enabled her to become aware that when her neck begins to feel locked without movement, this old feeling of aloneness and isolation triggers it. This process also helped her to see that in an attempt to stay close to her deceased mother, she had created a similar marriage to her mother’s.
I then asked her what she liked about her mother. She gave me three things that she likes about her. Meanwhile, I am working on her neck and back, which is relaxing. I asked her to remember those three things and, when she feels herself falling into her old pattern, to remember that she can stay close to her mother more positively and helpfully and that she can have a choice now regarding how she holds her close to her heart. I then successfully adjusted her neck. As she was leaving, I asked how she was feeling, and she told me she felt lighter.

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