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ADHD Updates

Lovett L, Blum CL: Behavioral and learning changes secondary to chiropractic care to reduce subluxations in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A case study.  J Vertebral Subluxation Res Oct. 4, 2006.

    – A case history is presented of an 8-year-old child with:

    – many learning and behavioral disorders that are associated with ADHD

    – and temporally related to a fall incurred 18 months prior to being seen at this office

    – physical examination revealed:

    – limited cervical ranges of motion,

    -radiological examination noted a cervical base angle of 23 degrees

    – sacro occipital technique examination had findings consistent with a sacroiliac hypermobility syndrome (category 2).

    – Outcome:

    – following two months of care his mother noted:

    –  positive changes in behavior

    – reduction in his complaints of headaches and neck pain symptoms

    – during the two month period of treatment reports from his teachers at school remarked no:

    – positive changes in his behavior

    – improvements in academic performance.

There are many causes to ADHD as well as other learning and behavioral disorders; therefore conclusions cannot be conclusively drawn by a single case study. A possible conclusion that can be drawn in this case is that adjusting spinal lesions (e.g., subluxations) appeared to reduce the child’s pain and discomfort, which allowed him the ability to concentrate, learn and “sit still.” Further studies with controls need to be conducted in this area to determine the effectiveness of chiropractic care in aiding the symptoms of children who are classified as ADHD.