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Chiropractic Care For A Nine-Year-Old Boy With Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit

From the July 12, 2003 publication of the "Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, comes a study of a very ill nine year old boy. Based on the study, this child had been struggling with numerous difficulties such as, asthma and upper respiratory infections since infancy; headaches since age 6; Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression and insomnia since age 7; and neck pain since age 8. It had been noted in this child's background he was delivered by forceps delivery. His mother explained her son has been "constantly sick since birth."

There is much debate about forceps delivery leading to a number of health issues in children. In the December 2nd, 1999 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, was a report that indicated that the forceps delivery death rate was greater than twice that for vaginal delivery. This, and also other trauma the young boy had experienced provided some likely explanation for the findings of subluxations in this child. In the patient's preliminary examination, proof of a subluxation stemming from the upper cervical spine was discovered. Chiropractic care was then administered to correct and stabilize the patient's upper neck subluxations.

Following 6 weeks of chiropractic care, all six conditions were absent and continued to be absent five months later following care. In a follow up seven months later, no asthma attacks, headaches, neck pain, insomnia, behavioral trouble, or tics had occurred. He had not suffered any infections, nor had he used any medications other than his half-dose of Wellbutrin. His mother reported that her son's only "problem" was becoming accustomed to being a "normal" child who was required to complete chores, walk home from school by himself, or complete school work during allotted time.

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