Well­ness Arti­cles

ADHD Helped With Chi­ro­prac­tic, A Case Study

In the Octo­ber 2004 issue of the peer-​reviewed research pub­li­ca­tion, the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics (JMPT), comes a case study of a child with ADHD (Attention-​Deficit/​Hyperactivity Dis­or­der), who was helped with chiropractic.

The case was of a 5 year old boy who had been diag­nosed with ADHD at age 2. The childs pedi­a­tri­cian pre­scribed methylphenidate (Ritalin), Adder­all, and Hal­dol for the next 3 years. The com­bi­na­tion of drugs was unsuc­cess­ful in help­ing the child.

At age 5 the child was brought to a chi­ro­prac­tor to see if chi­ro­prac­tic care would help. The his­tory taken at that time noted that dur­ing the childs birth, there were com­pli­ca­tions dur­ing his deliv­ery process. The results of this trauma and com­pli­ca­tions resulted in a 4-​day stay in the neona­tal inten­sive care unit. The childs mother reported no other inci­dence of trauma.

The chi­ro­prac­tic exam­i­na­tion and x-​rays showed notice­able spinal dis­tor­tion includ­ing a rever­sal of the nor­mal neck curve indica­tive of sub­lux­a­tions. Chi­ro­prac­tic care was begun and the childs progress was monitored.

Accord­ing to his mother, pos­i­tive changes in her son’s gen­eral behav­ior were noticed around the twelfth visit. By the 27th visit the patient had expe­ri­enced con­sid­er­able improvement.

The child was brought by the mother to the med­ical doc­tor for a fol­low up visit and ques­tioned the usage of the Ritalin. The med­ical doc­tor reviewed and exam­ined the child and based on that assess­ment and his clin­i­cal expe­ri­ence, the MD felt that the young boy was no longer exhibit­ing symp­toms asso­ci­ated with ADHD. He then took the boy off the med­ica­tions that he had been tak­ing for 3 years.

The con­clu­sion of the author of the JMPT case study noted, The patient expe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant reduc­tion in symp­toms. Addi­tion­ally, the med­ical doc­tor con­cluded that the reduc­tion in symp­toms was sig­nif­i­cant enough to dis­con­tinue the medication.

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