July 2009


Child with ADHD Helped with Chiropractic - A Case Study

A case study from the June 2009 issue of the scientific periodical the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics documents the case of a six year old boy who was helped with ADHD through chiropractic care. In this case a young boy six years and 10 months old was previously diagnosed with ADHD by his pediatrician. As a result he was prescribed 30 mg of Ritalin per day.

The child was brought to a chiropractic facility for consultation and examination. The history from his mother noted that the her son's main issues were excessive talking, inability to remain seated, and impulsivity as displayed by constantly interrupting other students in school. As reported by his mother, the case study also noted that the the child often displayed impulsive behavior, but that he was also considered to have above average intelligence. The case noted that he received good grades and his reading was at an advanced level. His mother attempted to enroll him into a behavioral program offered at his school while still in the 1st grade but was unable to do so.

The young boy began receiving chiropractic adjustments twice a week for two weeks and then once a week for four weeks. After six weeks of care a re-evaluation was performed at which time the boy's mother reported that her son showed improved focus and compliance with directives. Shortly after the initial 6-week revaluation school started. The case report documented that the boy's teachers and bus drivers noted marked improvement in behavior and his report card showed he was receiving good grades at the follow up visits. The results also stated, "Through this course of treatment, the child was able to discontinue use of the medication previously prescribed to control the symptoms of ADHD."

In conclusion, the authors wrote, "This case study shows the positive improvements of one child’s symptoms of ADHD under the care of a chiropractor. As pharmaceutical research continues to be undertaken, so should the study of alternative, non pharmaceutical recourses such as chiropractic adjustments based on practice-based information of positive outcomes with few side effects."


Sudden Death and Use of Stimulant Medications in Youths

The above is from the title of an article published in the June 15, 2009 issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry. The study was also reported on in the June 19, 2009 issue of Medical News Today and on June 15, 2009, on WebMD. The results of this study suggest that children and teens who take stimulants like Ritalin for ADHD have a 4 time greater risk of sudden cardiac death.

The study compared sudden cardiac deaths in hundreds of children to the same number of children who had died in auto accidents and then looked at the percentage of those using stimulant medications. The results showed a 4 fold higher rate of sudden death for those taking the stimulant medication.

The study was initiated by the US Food and Drug Administration who asked a researcher, Dr.  Gould, a professor of clinical epidemiology in psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City, to investigate the safety of ADHD drugs after a handful of deaths were reported in children, starting in the 1990s. This study represents the first rigorous attempt to figure out whether there's a real risk.

The New York Daily News also carried the story on June 18th 2009, but added the perspective of Dr. Gerry Clum, a chiropractor and president of Life Chiropractic College West in California. Dr. Clum commented that many young people with ADHD can benefit from chiropractic care. He stated, "A number of case reports have been published with chiropractic care and there has been a positive resolution in the severity of symptoms."


Jonas Brothers Make Sure to Get Spines Adjusted Regularly

The above headline comes from the June 30, 2009 edition of MyCentralJersey.com.  The article, written by staff writer Jeff Webber, reports that the pop stars are regular chiropractic patients. The author writes, "One of the most popular music groups right now, at least among the younger generation, is the Jonas Brothers. Since forming in 2005, the three brothers from Wyckoff have become a pop-music phenomenon, releasing four albums, touring all over the world and taking over The Disney Channel."

The article notes that their success is attributed to natural talent as well as good health practices. Part of the good health practices has meant regularly obtaining the services of their hometown chiropractor. Dr. Albert Wolyniec of New Jersey has been the family chiropractor for some time.

Dr. Wolyniec wrote in the Spring 2009 edition of The New Jersey Chiropractor, "They make sure they get their spines adjusted regularly, even if they have to fly me somewhere in the country just for the day. I have even done a coast-to-coast house call solely to maintain their spines free of nerve interference." The article notes that when playing at a local event in New Jersey, the Jonas Brothers and as many as 20 of their traveling party will receive chiropractic adjustments.

Dr. Wolyniec added, "They use chiropractic care not for pain, but to stay healthy.  By keeping the nerve pathways open between the brain and the body, it keeps the pressure off the big heavy spinal nerves. When the vertebrae are kept in alignment, it translates into better health and better performance. They recognize this."


Chiropractic Care Helps Patient with Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Pain - Case Study

From the June 2009 issue of the scientific periodical the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics comes a case study that documents the improvement of pelvic pain in a pregnant woman with chiropractic care. In this case a 28-year-old female, 32 weeks pregnant, came into a chiropractic office with the chief complaint of sharp, stabbing pain starting at the left sacroiliac joint and radiating into her left thigh.

In this case the woman was in her third pregnancy and did not have pain problems with her previous two pregnancies. However, in this pregnancy her pain was so severe that it was affecting her daily life. A chiropractic examination was performed and due to her pregnancy, no x-rays were taken. A diagnosis of pelvic subluxation was made and a plan of correction was determined.

The initial chiropractic care consisted of two visits a week for 4 weeks, one visit a week for 4 weeks and one visit every two weeks for a month. The results documented in this case study showed that the woman felt little or no change during the first week of care. However, during the second week of care she experienced a 50% reduction in her pain.

Unfortunately during the fourth week of care, the woman reported that she had fallen backwards over a chair and felt the pelvic and leg pain return almost immediately with the same intensity as before. However, with an increase in frequency of her adjustments she was feeling 90% improvement by the 6th week. After the 8th week of care, she delivered a health baby boy.

There was no return of her pelvic pain after her delivery. She occasionally experienced some dull lower back pain as her body returned to a normal state, but these episodes were mild and helped with chiropractic. The study noted that 4 months after delivery, the woman remains pain free.


Child with Transient Motor Tics Benefits from Chiropractic - A Case Study

A case study involving a 6-year-old girl suffering with a medical diagnosis of “transient motor tic disorder” for the previous six months was helped with chiropractic and documented in the June 29, 2009 issue of the scientific  periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health.

In this case the young girl suffered with constant repetitive eye blinking and rolling of the eyes in multiple directions every 3 to 5 seconds. She also exhibited bilateral shoulder shrugging and arching back of the head and neck with an open mouth. The history as reported by the child's mother was that she had suffered two separate accidents just prior to the onset of her problems. One trauma was a fall off her bicycle and the other was when the girl fell out of her bed. Neither of these accidents were deemed serious by the mother as there were no apparent physical injuries at that time.

A chiropractic examination was performed and a determination of the presence of subluxations was made. A course of specific chiropractic adjustments was initiated to address these findings. After the first adjustment, on the subsequent visit, the young girl and her mother reported that the patient’s eye tic movements were 5 minutes apart as opposed to every 3 to 5 seconds on the initial visit.

By the 3rd visit, the young girl's tic symptoms were significantly diminished. Her parents reported that their daughter’s eye blinking and eye rolling would occur only twice over a one hour period. The young girl continued to receive adjustments weekly for the next four weeks at which time a re-evaluation was performed. By this time the case study documents that the girl's symptoms associated with a diagnosis of “transient motor tic” disorder had completely resolved.

The girl showed only one re-occurrence of symptoms several months later after she fell again and hit her head. These symptoms were quickly resolved after another chiropractic adjustment. In their conclusion, the authors summed up this case by stating, "This case report provides evidence-based support that children with motor tic disorders may benefit from chiropractic care vis-à-vis the detection and removal of spinal subluxation."


Resolution of Earaches, Neck Pain, and Headaches in Child With Chiropractic - Case Study

In the June 17, 2009 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health is a case study of an 8-year old girl who was helped by chiropractic after suffering with complaints of severe, debilitating otitis media (earaches) with constant headaches and sinus pressure for the previous 3 years.

The young girl had previous medical treatment that included 2 tympanectomy surgeries bilaterally (tube in ears), as well as several rounds of antibiotics, and sinus surgery. Due to the continuous headaches, the neck pain, ongoing earaches, and the sinus infections, and the lack of help from her medical care, the little girl's parents sought chiropractic care for their child.

A chiropractic examination and x-rays were performed. X-rays of the cervical spine (neck) showed a kyphosis, which is reversal of the normal forward curve that necks are supposed to have. The determination was made that subluxations were present and a course of chiropractic care was initiated.

Over the next three months the child received a total of 29 chiropractic adjustments. After 1 month of chiropractic care, the child no longer had headaches, sinus, and ear pain. Due to the child's improvement a third ear surgery that was previously scheduled was cancelled. The girls pediatrician confirmed that in addition to her headaches and neck pain, her ear and sinus infections were completely resolved.


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