Improvement of Migraines in a Child Following Cervical Curve Correction Using the Pierce Results System™
Nathan Berner, DC Bio & Casen DeMaria, DC Bio
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2013 ~ Issue 2 ~ Pages 47-53
Objective: To report the resolution of a cervical kyphosis and an improvement of migraines in a
pediatric patient using the Pierce Results System™.
Clinical Features: A 12-year old girl presented with complaints of severe migraines for the last 6
years. Previous chiropractic care had not helped her. The patient suffered from migraines
3x/wk and had missed over 2 months of school due to the pain. Videofluoroscopic examination
of the cervical spine revealed a -45cm kyphosis. On cervical flexion, a C1 and C6 lock was
noted and upon cervical extension T1 and T2 were locked.
Intervention and Outcomes: Chiropractic care was administered over 6 visits and included
thermal scanning, radiographs, videofluoroscopy, toggle set instrument adjusting and pressure
adjustments based on the Nimmo-Tonus Technique. The patient demonstrated a significant
improvement in her cervical curve upon review of a follow up videofluoroscopic examination and
her migraines were resolved.
Conclusion: The patient experienced subjective and objective improvement from the Pierce
Results System™ during chiropractic care. Further research is recommended.
Key words: Pierce Results System,™ vertebral subluxation, chiropractic, pediatric migraine,
kyphosis, videofluoroscopy, and thermography