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An Epidemiological Approach to the Effects of Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care on the Management of ADHD, Depression and Learning Disabilities in an 8-Year Old: A Case Study

Eric Zielinski, BA, DC (c), MPH (c), BA Bio & Kahlid  Mankal, DC Bio


Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ September 15, 2014 ~ Pages 153-160



Objective: To present the findings in which an eight-year boy diagnosed with ADHD and learning disability experienced marked improvement in response to subluxation-based chiropractic management.


Clinical Features:  Eight-year male presented into the office with a chief complaint of ADHD (inattentive type) and learning disability regarding working memory and processing speed. Seven months prior he was diagnosed via private psycho-educational testing validating these conditions. The patient’s mother brought him into for chiropractic care for an alternative treatment plan to managing these concerns. His mother reported that his medications appeared to be ineffective, causing nausea, heart palpitations and low appetite.


Intervention and Outcomes: Subluxation-based chiropractic was initiated utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) and Turner Cranial techniques, which resulted in significant improvements in the following areas: irritability, mood swings, social interaction, temper, energy, memory and immune function. After eight months of care he continues to progress as evidenced by positive reports from his school teachers and parents.


Conclusions: The improved outcomes of a child with ADHD, learning disability, and social behavior disturbance undergoing chiropractic management to reduce vertebral subluxation are described. We suggest that clinical trials formally testing the efficacy of these findings in a controlled setting be conducted to confirm whether or not chiropractic care should be part of the multidisciplinary management of these conditions.


Key Words: Chiropractic, subluxation, adjustment, CBP, ADHD, learning disability, SHINE 

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