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Chiropractic Management of a Child with ADD/ADHD

Objective: To present features of a case of a 4-year-old boy who had been diagnosed as suffering from ADHD, displayed other symptoms of developmental delay and presented for chiropractic treatment.

Clinical Features: The child suffered from speech delay, frequent temper tantrums, was easily distracted, had poor short-term memory, was aggressive, suffered from dyspraxia, and had a tendency to be obsessive.

Intervention and Outcome: Treatment consisted of a combination of chiropractic adjustments, proprioceptive exercises, dietary changes and supplementation. Over the course of chiropractic care, all aspects of the child’s condition improved, most particularly his language skills, as reported by the mother, his teachers and his speech therapist.

Conclusion: This case study suggests that chiropractic care may have a positive effect on ADD/ADHD symptomatology. Further investigation on the long term effects of treatment is needed.

Antoinette Young, DC. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ September 6, 2007 ~ Pages 1-4. Abstract