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I had Advanced Orthogonal treatment in 2012 hoping that it would help my lower back pain. I was in very good overall health except for my back pain prior to the treatment. The chiropractor did several initial tests including measuring my heart rate variability (HRV) and it was near perfect. HRV is often used as a measure of overall wellbeing and is impacted by mood, physical health, oxygen levels in the body etc.

I had the normal nausea that people feel after such treatments and some discomfort in my neck and throat following each treatment.

After several treatments, within 2 months, I started having problems with my breathing. I had shortness of breath during the daytime and when I am conducting training I would have to stop to catch my breath - I never had these symptoms before.

The chiropractor performed periodic exams to measure progress. The second exam showed that my HRV has deteriorated and other results were not as good either. He explained that variations happened and it is normal.

My third and fourth tests showed that my HRV was really bad. My breathing issue continued to worsen.

After about 6 months into my treatment the Chiropractor abruptly ended his Advanced Orthogonal treatments and started using mostly manual upper cervical adjustments. His explanation was that he is always looking for better ways to do things and decided that the manual adjustment was better.

After 1 year my breathing problem was not getting any better. I had several exams and now discovered that I have sleep apnea.

I am now wondering if the sound impulses created by the Advanced Orthogonal instrument caused damage in my neck and throat that has caused me the breathing problems and sleep apnea.

Has anyone else experienced similar side effects?

BTW, the treatment did not helped my lower back pain and I had to do other things to help it out.


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