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ADHD: A Patient’s Perspective - Page 5

Written by Greg Buchanan   
Friday, 01 September 2006 00:00
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Hospers presents case studies of 5 children, two with petit mal (absent seizures), two with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder, and one rendered hemiplegic (one-sided paralysis) following a car accident. Following upper cervical adjustment in the seizure patients, a reduction in the frequency of seizures resulted, for the ADHD symptoms, increased attention span and improvement of social behaviour were reported and in the hemiplegia case the child was able to utilize his arm and leg without assistance.

McPhillips et al, as discussed in Kirk Eriksen’s book, studied 60 children with “persistent primary reflexes (relating to the balance system) and reading difficulties.” In a number of studies, a correlation between movement disorders or problems and reading difficulties has been seen. The McPhillips et al study also found such a link and the authors suggest a “new approach to the treatment of reading difficulties involving assessment and remediation of the underlying neurological functioning.”

Robert Goodman presents a case history of a 9-year-old female diagnosed with ADD “with signs of hyperactivity, short attention span and poor impulse control.” Examination revealed postural distortions consistent with upper cervical insult and x-rays revealed atlas subluxation complex and hypolordotic cervical curve. A NUCCA upper cervical adjustment was delivered (see www.nucca.org) and follow-up results indicated a complete remission of the symptoms associated with ADD. (Case study available at: www.nucca.org/articles/attention_deficit_disorder.htm).

There are two further references in Kirk Eriksen’s book. One is a case from Peet of a 4-year-old child whose ADHD and asthmatic symptoms improved following upper cervical adjustment. The second is from Hospers et al and details a case of a 15-year-old with a history of head injury and concussion. His EEG showed “lack of synchronization of alpha and beta frequencies between left and right hemispheres” and he exhibited restlessness and “compulsively handled objects around him.” Following upper cervical adjustment, the restlessness and compulsiveness resolved and his social communication improved. A follow-up EEG revealed synchronisation between alpha and beta frequencies.


Summary

It seems quite plausible that sub-occipital strain caused by upper cervical subluxations can cause problems for young children. It also makes complete sense that following a well administered precision upper cervical adjustment that their symptoms improve or disappear. The explanation can only be that these skull base subluxations do occur and do interfere with the body’s normal control mechanisms and blood flow to and from the brain. Let’s get serious and put at least a fairer portion of available research funds toward ‘correction utilizing upper cervical chiropractic methodologies and techniques.’ We owe it to our kids to open up every avenue and analyze every possible option for the eradication of the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.


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