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Improvement in a Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Kyphotic Cervical Curve and Vertebral Subluxation Undergoing Chiropractic Care

Gerard Cassista DC 

Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ April 20, 2009 ~ Pages 1-5



Objective: To report on the response of a child with with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using specific chiropractic spinal adjustments.


Clinical Features: A four-year old boy presented with a kyphotic cervical curve demonstrated by x-ray as well as an abnormal paraspinal surface electromyography (SEMG) and infra-red thermal scans. He had sleep disturbances and was diagnosed by his pediatrician with ADHD.


Intervention and Outcome: Specific chiropractic spinal adjustments were administered in each of 50 office visits over an eight month span. Care consisted of Pettibon negative Z, toggle recoil and Thompson techniques. There was a dramatic improvement in overall behavior, sleep times and patterns and marked improvement of SEMG, thermal scans and radiographs.


Conclusion: Conservative specific chiropractic spinal adjustments were found to be a safe and effective alternative form of care to for this child with ADHD.


Key Words: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), ADD, asthma, chiropractic, spinal adjustments, SEMG, thermography, Pettibon technique, Thompson technique, subluxation, toggle recoil.

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