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Chi­ro­prac­tic Care May Help Adult ADHD

The above is the head­line from a Sep­tem­ber 6, 2007 News­Max arti­cle report­ing on a pilot study, pub­lished in the August 23, 2007 Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research. The pre­lim­i­nary study showed that chi­ro­prac­tic care helped test sub­jects with adult ADHD.

In this study 9 patients rang­ing in age from 22 58 years were eval­u­ated using a spe­cific test known as the “Test of Vari­able of Atten­tion” (TOVA). The TOVA com­pany who intro­duced the test describe the test on their web­site as “The T.O.V.A. is an objec­tive, neu­ro­phys­i­o­log­i­cal mea­sure of atten­tion, not a sub­jec­tive rat­ing of behav­ior. It is a 21.6 minute long, very sim­ple “com­puter game” that mea­sures your responses to either visual or audi­tory stim­uli. These mea­sure­ments are then com­pared to the mea­sure­ments of a group of peo­ple with­out atten­tion disorders.”

The News­Max arti­cle noted that In the United States, some­where between 310 per­cent of chil­dren, and 16 per­cent of adults suf­fer from ADHD.

The study was per­formed in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land by Yan­nick Pauli, DC, who is a chi­ro­prac­tor and the direc­tor of the “Cen­tre Well­ness Neu­roFit”, spe­cial­iz­ing in well­ness neu­rol­ogy. He described the study by stat­ing, “In this pilot study, we used objec­tive out­come mea­sures to eval­u­ate atten­tion in nine adult patients before and after two months of well­ness chi­ro­prac­tic care.”

The results of the study showed that after 2 months of chi­ro­prac­tic care, all patients had a sig­nif­i­cant change in ADHD score and 88% com­pletely nor­mal­ized their ADHD score. All 9 patients expe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in con­cen­tra­tion and addi­tion­ally, 77% and 66% of patients expe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant change in reac­tion time and vari­abil­ity score, respectively.

Matthew McCoy, DC, edi­tor of the Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research, added his com­ments in the News­Max arti­cle, “This pre­lim­i­nary study is excit­ing. It is part of an increas­ing amount of research sug­gest­ing that chi­ro­prac­tic care may be an effec­tive nat­ural choice for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from ADD/​ADHD. It offers the pos­si­bil­ity of a new option for mil­lions of chil­dren and adults that are seek­ing to man­age their con­di­tions naturally.”

Dr. Pauli con­cluded, “Although the results are pre­lim­i­nary and more research is needed, the out­come of the study sug­gests that patients suf­fer­ing from atten­tion deficit ben­e­fited from chi­ro­prac­tic care.”

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