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Improvement in Quality of Life, Sleep & Attention in a Patient with Attention Deficit Disorder Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Report

Marshall Dickholtz Sr., D.C. Bio & Evan White D.C. Bio


Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ August 27, 2012 ~ Pages 71-76 



Objective: To report an improvement in quality of life, sleep and attention following reduction of an upper cervical vertebral subluxation in a patient with Attention Deficit Disorder.


Clinical Features: A 19-year-old male presented for chiropractic care with complaints of Attention Deficit Disorder and chronic dorsal and lumbar pain.


Intervention and Outcomes: National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) technique was utilized to evaluate the appropriateness of chiropractic care.  Several objective clinical findings were noted.  The atlas misalignment was corrected with an upper cervical adjustment and immediate improvement was observed. Visual evoked responses revealed normalization of a previously abnormal steady-state visual evoked response.  Outcome assessment tools showed significant improvements in overall health.


Conclusion: The reduction of the upper cervical vertebral subluxation was concomitant with improved quality of life, sleep and visual evoked responses.


Key Words: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), adjustment, subluxation, Magnetoencephalography (MEG), National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA), Dysafferentation, Atlas