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Resolution of Motor Tics, ADHD and Discontinuation of Medications in a 10 Year Old Male Twin Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Boy ListeningA case report reviews the outcome of chiropractic care in the case of a 10-year old-boy with ADHD and motor tics, as published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.

A 10-year-old boy presented to a chiropractic office with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder along with involuntary motor tics. The patient was a twin, born vaginally with assistance of vacuum extraction.  History revealed prior diagnoses of macrocephaly and underdevelopment of C2 at 4 months of age.  The child was administered slow release stimulant medication for management of ADHD symptoms by a medical doctor since 8 years of age.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity displayed more frequently than typically observed at a comparative level of development.  The prevalence of ADHD has been found to range from 3% to 12% in varying studies of school-aged children.    

The patient was given high velocity, low force adjustments (Toggle Technique) to the first cervical vertebra over 10 months of care along with passive cervical mechanical traction following each adjustment.  After the first adjustment the patient showed improvements in behavior and focus.  The patient was able to cease use of medication after 2 months.  Reduction in ADHD symptoms along with complete resolution of motor tics were also noted over the duration of care.  Cervical curve as seen on x-ray improved 10 months from the start of care.

This case report demonstrates a reduction in signs and symptoms associated with ADHD and involuntary motor tics in a child following upper cervical chiropractic treatment.