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CASE STUDY

 

Improvement in Subjective, Academic and TOVA Measures in a Child with ADHD Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Management
 

Nick Bagnaro, DC Bio 

 

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ July 10, 2014 ~ Pages 42-46

 

Abstract



Purpose of study:  The case study is to report the improvement of an 11 year old boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and neck pain utilizing the NUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique, neurological exercises and nutritional support.

 

Clinical Features: An 11 year old male presented with primary health concerns of ADHD with noted difficulties in concentration, completion of schoolwork, preparation for tests and reading comprehension.  The patient also presented with daily neck pain for 3 years since having his head physically twisted by a teacher attempting to get him to pay attention in class. 

 

Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was managed for 3 months with the NUCCA upper cervical technique being monitored with 2 office visits per week for 3 months. Daily nutritional supplementation, dietary changes and chiropractic neurological exercises were also utilized. ADHD symptoms reduced, Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA) and academic performance improved.

 

Conclusion: In this case study NUCCA chiropractic care, dietary changes, and neurological exercises improved the parameters of attention and quality of life for this child suffering with ADHD. 

 

Key Words: ADHD, NUCCA, upper cervical chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, TOVA, nutritional supplementation, chiropractic neurology