Objective: To report on the response of a pediatric patient with cerebellar ataxia undergoing chiropractic care.
Clinical Features: A seven-year-old female presented for chiropractic care and cerebellar ataxia was noted. A thorough examination was performed and isolated the location of trans-neuronal dysfunction to the right cerebellum.
Interventions and Outcomes: Chiropractic analysis of static and motion palpation were used to examine the spine for subluxations. High velocity-low amplitude chiropractic adjustments were delivered to the area of subluxation in either the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and/or pelvic region as needed. Neuro-rehabilitative exercises were given either at home and/or during the office visit. Within four visits there was marked improvement of gait patterns and resolution of the ataxia.
Conclusion: Understanding and applying foundational neurological principles via a patient specific, individually tailored, chiropractic management plan is essential. Assessing and optimizing asymmetrical neurological indicators should be part of screening and management procedures. In this case, addressing the dysfunction concerning the central integrative state of the cerebellum was necessary for optimum functioning of this seven-year-old female.
Key Words: Chiropractic, ataxia, cerebellum, trans-neuronal degeneration, chiropractic neurology, pediatrics, vertebral subluxation