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The Efficacy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care on Children and Adults with Cerebral Palsy: A Preliminary Report

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most prevalent lifelong development disability in the United States.

Seven patients were tested - two children and five adults. All patients in this study had improvements in many areas which would be considered as subjective; muscle spasticity decreased, sleep patterns improved, decreased irritability, decreased pain, and decreased incidence of respiratory and other infections. One child had four unsuccessful surgeries to correct strabismus - after two adjustments, the strabismus was no longer apparent. The children were able to hold their heads up for longer periods and are making more at-tempts at crawling or standing with support. There is also improved clarity and volume of speech in patients with speech and hearing problems. With chiropractic care, there is overall decrease in muscle activity at all levels and balance improved with eyes closed.

Collins, KF et al. Chiropractic Pediatrics 1994; 1 (1):13-15