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CASE STUDIES: ADD/ ADHD/ Sensory Integration Disorder

Please 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.

Male, Age 11, Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, ADHD, Headaches

This 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.

During 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.

Female, Age 8, Sensory Integration Disorder, Fatigue, Trouble Sleeping, Headaches

This 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.

During 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.

Within 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.

Male, Age 9, Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, Depression, Insomnia, Headaches, Asthma

This 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.

During this boy's upper cervical exam, a neck injury was found, which possibly stemmed from either his birth or fall down the stairs.

After 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 child.

Female, Age 8, Attention Deficit Disorder, Bedwetting, Headaches, Neck Pain

This 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 Disorder.

After upper cervical care, her headaches and neck pain went absent; her behavior returned to an agreeable and relaxed state; and the bedwetting decreased in frequency.

Male, Age 14, Asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder

This 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.

After 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.

Male, Age 8, Sensory Integration Disorder, Neck Pain

This 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).

During 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 and suction.

During 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.

 
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