STUDIES: ADD/ ADHD/ Sensory Integration Disorder
note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses
to care are intended for educational purposes
only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit.
Individual results may vary, depending upon several
factors including age of the patient, severity
of the condition, severity of the spinal injury,
and duration of time the condition has been present.
Age 11, Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, ADHD, Headaches
11-year-old male suffered with Fibromyalgia, Chronic
Fatigue, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,
and Headaches for many years. He experienced constant
muscular pain throughout his body and had trouble
participating in sports or exercise due to pain
and muscle spasms. He couldn't even wear a watch
due to pain around his wrists. He frequently took
hot baths or used a heating pad to relax his muscles.
In addition, he was home-schooled due to frustration
and difficulty in school. Headaches occurred twice
per week, sometimes severe. His sleep was extremely
irregular-- he usually awakened every few hours.
Frequently he would be in bed for 13 hours and
still wake up fatigued.
this 11-year-old's upper cervical chiropractic
exam, an upper neck injury was found. When questioning
his mother about the boy's medical history, she
recalled that he fell out of a grocery cart at
age 3 months. After only 1 month of upper cervical
care, all symptoms were greatly improved. He was
able to participate in sports without pain; he
no longer had muscle spasms; all headaches were
gone; school work improved in that he had less
frustration and better attention span; he slept
through the night and had energy upon awakening;
and all fatigue was gone.
Age 8, Sensory Integration Disorder, Fatigue,
Trouble Sleeping, Headaches
8-year-old female was diagnosed with sensory integration
disorder at age 7. Her mother described her sensitivity
to noises (especially outside noise) and lights
since birth. Her mother also remarked her slowness
to develop normal muscle tone as an infant. She
had been undergoing occupational therapy for the
past year prior to seeking help from upper cervical
care. This child also suffered from headaches
and severe fatigue. The fatigue was attributed
to her inability to sleep. Almost every night,
she awakened in the middle of the night and went
to her parents' room (which was also exhausting
for her parents). This child's health history
also included chronic ear infections (8 per year
for her first 3 years of life, which were eventually
lessened through homeopathic treatment). Because
of the sensory integration issues and fatigue,
this child had difficulty making friends or participating
in social situations and preferred to be home
alone in her room. Her mother described her as
"being unhappy" most of the time.
this child's initial upper cervical evaluation,
an upper neck injury was found. When questioned
as to past traumatic events, her mother described
the birth itself as seemingly normal, except it
occurred 5 weeks premature. She also remember
that her daughter fell off of a counter at 6 month's
old and had several falls while learning to walk.
the first month of upper cervical care, this child
began to sleep through the night without awakening.
Her mother reported a gradual improvement in her
energy level and mood. By the second month, all
headaches were absent and her mother stated that
her daughter's behavior was improving, along with
her energy and mood. Six months later, her mother
reported that her daughter was consistently happy
and energetic, which was the first time in 8 years.
One year later, during a reexamination by her
occupational therapist, her therapist no longer
found evidence of sensory integration issues and
released her from occupational therapy.
Age 9, Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, Depression, Insomnia,
9-year-old boy began having health problems soon
after his birth (a forceps birth). He also fell
down the stairs at age 1. He had many infections
including ear infections and pneumonia every year
for the first several years of his life. He was
diagnosed with asthma at age 2 and prescribed
inhalers. The asthma attacks occurred during weather
changes, humidity, and physical activity. By age
7, he was diagnosed with ADHD and Tourette Syndrome.
The Tourette's tics occurred head to toe and involved
his eyes, neck, voice, rolling of his toes, flinching
of his side, and lifting of his arms overhead.
He was not prescribed Ritalin for ADHD due to
an increased risk of tics. In addition, he was
diagnosed with insomnia and depression at age
8 and was prescribed 2 different anti-depressant
medications. He also experienced neck pain and
headaches 3 times per week since age 8.
this boy's upper cervical exam, a neck injury
was found, which possibly stemmed from either
his birth or fall down the stairs.
his first upper cervical adjustment, his mother
reported only 2 days later: 1) his attitude and
personality were happier, 2) no headaches, 3)
no neck pain, 4) no wheezing, 5) tics were cut
in half, 6) slept through the night. One month
later, no headaches or neck pain occurred over
the month; no asthma or wheezing occurred over
the month and no asthma medications were used;
all motor tics were completely gone and only an
occasional verbal tic occurred; sleeping had been
consistently improved; personality and behavior
had been consistently improved and anti-depressants
had been cut in half; attention in school to school
work and interaction with other kids in school
was also greatly improved.
Six weeks after the first adjustment, all symptoms
were absent. All family members remarked that
by having his neck injury corrected, the boy had
become a completely different, happy, and healthy
Age 8, Attention Deficit Disorder, Bedwetting,
Headaches, Neck Pain
8-year-old female sustained a head injury by falling
off of her bike. After the fall, she began suffering
from neck pain, headaches, and bedwetting. Her
behavior also became irritable and hyper (she
had difficulty concentrating in school and sitting
still) and was diagnosed with Attention Deficit
upper cervical care, her headaches and neck pain
went absent; her behavior returned to an agreeable
and relaxed state; and the bedwetting decreased
Age 14, Asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder
14-year-old male suffered from severe asthma since
he was a small child. By age 14, the asthma was
severe enough to require 4 different daily asthma
medications (2 different inhalers and 2 oral medications).
At age 8, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit
Disorder and was prescribed Dexedrine.
6 weeks of upper cervical care, his breathing
improved to the point that he was able to substantially
reduce his asthma medications. His reported that
he required only 1/2 the number of inhaler puffs
that he needed originally. His oral medications
were also reduced to 1/4 of their original dose.
In addition, his attention span and concentration
improved to the point that he noticed in himself
an improved ability to pay attention in school
and concentrate on homework and reading assignments.
Age 8, Sensory Integration Disorder, Neck Pain
8-year-old male suffered from sensory integration
issues; low muscle tone; visual processing problems;
hypersensitivity to touch, smell, taste; and headaches.
His visual problems included lack of eye tracking;
no depth perception; and stabismus. He also noticed
pain in his neck, especially when he looked down
for extended periods (during reading).
his initial chiropractic examination, an upper
neck injury was discovered. When questioned as
to past traumatic events, the child's mother reported
that he had a difficult birth requiring forceps
the first months of upper cervical care, progress
was noted in the child's coordination, depth perception,
and ability to perform athletic movements like
catching and kicking balls and jumping rope. He
reported absence of neck pain. His therapists
and teachers all commented on positive changes.
When his vision was reevaluated, it was reported
that his vision had improved so his prescription
was lessened. In addition, his headaches lessened
and occurred infrequently. Overall, his mother
reported noticing less hypersensitivity in him
and that he responded normally to touch, smell,
and taste stimuli.