Old Case Studies Chiropractic in New Zealand Report
The Case of Mrs. D’s Daughter
Mrs. D told us of chiropractic relief which had been given to her young daughter.
Her daughter suffered from impaired hearing. Mrs. D and her husband took her to an ear nose, and throat specialist. The specialist thoroughly examined her and recommended surgeiy Mrs. D was reluctant to agree to this course, and thought that chiropractic should at least be tried. Mrs. D had been to a chiropractor for a back complaint. She and her husband took the child to the chiropractor who examined her and adjusted her spine in the area of the neck.
Much to Mr. and Mrs. D’s surprise, the child was able to hear a whisper from across the room the following day. In Mrs. D’s words, recalling the child’s previous condition, “that to me was miraculous.”
They took the child back to the ear, nose, and throat specialist. The specialist tested the child. He found, to his surprise, that her hearing had improved to a level of 100/98. That was a remarkable change. Her hearing had become normal. He asked what the parents had been doing. They told him they had taken the child to the chiropractor and his response, according to Mrs. D was “Of course if you are going to do this sort of thing you might get temporary relief but you will have her back here within 6 months.”
Mrs. D told us the prediction had fortunately proved incorrect. Mrs. D went on to say that her daughter “is now trained as a nurse and she has no problem. In fact, her hearing is a little bit too good sometimes.”
This case provides an interesting modem parallel with the first recorded chiropractic adjustment by Daniel David Palmer which is said to have affected a cure of deafness. It is unfortunate it was not possible to inquire into this particular case further by inviting the specialist and the chiropractor to give evidence before us. However, we have no reason to think from seeing and hearing Mrs. D on the witness stand, that she was giving us other than an accurate and unemotional report.