BENEFITING: BLAIR UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC SOCIETY INC
JAISON clinical pilot study is about children having idiopathic scoliosis, a disease from which the origin still remains unknown, and resulting into a progressive permanent curving of the spine of children and adolescents. As of today, there is no cure for scoliosis, although some orthopaedics believe, and some don’t, that wearing a brace 23 hours per day for years may help to reduce the worsening of the curve. Surgery of advanced level of curvature is the only option, by fixing permanently with metal rods and screws the vertebrae that thereafter will no longer be able to move.
Our observation of scoliotic children that experienced important regression of their curves after a Blair manual treatment for cervical vertebrae subluxation PUCA (Precise Upper Cervical Adjustment-a branch of chiropractic very specialized into neck problems), raised a great interest for a medical pilot study. The JAISON study is about the treatment of 16 scoliotic children aged 5 to 14, over a one year follow up period each (including 7 follow up visits), for a total study period of 3 years. Some children may improve and some don’t. JAISON aims to assess for which target sub-group of scoliotic children a PUCA can help. The treatment involves no medication, no brace nor surgery, and there is no pain. It is a brief and soft procedure, without any bone cracking or twisting, and may demonstrate observable changes within a few weeks. The treatment is performed only by an experienced certified Blair specialist. Here are 3 examples of children aged 5, 7 and 14 respectively, before and after the treatment (2, 6 and 4 months follow up respectively). Their treatment was done by the same doctor than that of the JAISON study, before the JAISON research project. Red dots indicate the spine trajectory.
The JAISON study conducted by Drs Brunette and Gélinas, is under the supervision of the McGill University in Montreal, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University Health Center (MUHC), with participation of a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Montreal Children Hospital and the Montreal Shriners Hospital. After 6 years of hard voluntary work, JAISON has now received all scientific and Ethic approvals to start. However, the study is still looking for some funding to be realized. Whereas maybe more than one half a billion dollars is currently spent every year for scoliosis in North America, without offering any treatment to reduce scoliosis, the JAISON study is still unable to demonstrate the efficacy of the PUCA treatment for idiopathic scoliosis because of the lack of funding. Too many children with idiopathic scoliosis are still unable to benefit from this Blair PUCA treatment, that is currently available since decades to the public for treating other back problems among adults, because of the lack of scientific medical validation and therefore recommendation from their medical doctors.
On the behalf of the JAISON crew and all scoliotic children, many thanks for contributing to our yearly objective of $37,000 over a 3 years period that is necessary to realize this promising JAISON Scoliosis research project and the treatment of 16 scoliotic children.