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ADHD: A Patient’s Perspective - Page 4

Written by Greg Buchanan   
Friday, 01 September 2006 00:00
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Erin Elster reports in a case study about a 9-year-old boy suffering from Tourette’s syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, asthma, insomnia, and headaches. He had been born via forceps delivery and was taking various medications for his conditions. Chiropractic examination revealed evidence of an upper cervical subluxation and he began care with an upper cervical chiropractic technique. After 6 weeks of adjustments all 6 conditions were absent and all medications, except a small amount of one, were discontinued. Five months post, all symptoms remained absent. Elster suggests a link between the patient’s traumatic birth, the upper cervical subluxation, and his neurological dysfunction. Further research is suggested.

In another case, Giesen, Center and Leach discuss 4 of 7 children who showed statistically significant improvement in their ADHD condition following specific chiropractic care and although not conclusive the authors suggest that chiropractic manipulation has the potential to become an important nondrug approach for children with hyperactivity.

Interestingly, a newspaper article suggests “Head injuries could be responsible for some behaviour disorders in children and adolescents, a study has found. As many as 20 percent of children who have suffered mild head injuries through sport or playground falls may develop symptoms years later. These symptoms, according to University of New England lecturer Dr. James Donnelly, may be misdiagnosed as ADD or attitude or motivational problems. ‘Blows to the head that cause changes in the child’s ability to think clearly, especially those that cause a loss of consciousness, may have jarred the brain in the skull,’ Dr. Donnelly said.”

A well known Sydney neurosurgeon once told me that the results of brain injuries are usually evident immediately and do not become evident years later. Many conditions are caused by head and/or neck trauma, with the injury possibly leading to an upper cervical subluxation. Daniel G. Amen the author of Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD runs a clinic for ADD in California. When someone goes to his clinic, they will be asked no less than 5 times whether or not they have sustained a head injury. In addition, many people on discussion forums question whether or not a head injury was the initial event prior to the onset of their symptoms. Many people do recall a head injury prior to the onset of symptoms.

In a case study, Bastecki et al report that a medical practitioner diagnosed a 5-year-old patient with ADHD. Ritalin treatment for 3 years was not effective. The patient exhibited reversed neck curve and underwent multiple chiropractic adjustments. During the course of chiropractic care, the child’s facial tics and behavior vastly improved and the child’s pediatrician stated that the child no longer exhibited signs of ADHD. The reduction in symptoms was significant enough to discontinue medication. The authors suggest a possible correlation between cervical kyphosis and ADHD symptoms.

A 1995 study by Lahat et al of 114 children with ADD concluded that they have brainstem dysfunction as measured using BAEP (brainstem auditory evoked potentials) and that BAEP dysfunction may contribute to the diagnosis of ADD. In their SIDS book, Wehrenberg and Mulhall-Wehrenberg discuss how an upper cervical (atlas) subluxation can affect the brainstem area in SIDS kids.