Improvement in Physical Resilience and Management of ADHD in a 12-year-old Male under Chiropractic Care: A Case Report
A ChiroSecure Research Update
Abstract: A 12-year-old male presented for chiropractic care with the primary concerns of ADHD, a mood disorder, and growing pains in his legs that had started a month prior. The patient had stopped taking Methylphenidate ER 30mg two weeks prior to presenting. Nerve function tests were performed (including paraspinal thermography, surface EMG and heart rate variability analysis). A prone leg check revealed a short right leg of one half an inch.
The right C1 was taut and tender, and the patient was positive for right cervical syndrome. Cervical spine x-rays were performed (including AP, lateral and AP open mouth). Relevant EMG and thermography findings included significant mid spine hypotonicity and significant imbalance in neural regulation confirming dysautonomia.
Discussion: The patient was seen twice a week for twelve weeks. During this time, Torque Release Technique (TRT) and analysis was used. After the 12 weeks, the patient was reassessed. The parents reported a decrease in leg pain, and a complete resolution of allergies and strep infection. The patient was less confrontational and generally has a more positive demeanor. The mid spine hypotonicity was returning to normal and there was a significant change seen in the thoraco-lumbar junction.
Conclusion: Chiropractic care for the reduction of vertebral subluxations may result in an improvement in physical resilience and the severity of ADHD related symptomatology. Further research is required.
Reference: Steinberg B, Postlethwaite R, McIvor C. Improvement in Physical Resilience and Management of ADHD in a 12-year-old Male under Chiropractic Care: A case report. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2022;2.6. URL apcj.net/papers-issue-2-6/#SteinbergResilience