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Jeffrey Holuszko BS, DC, Phillip Falardeau BS, DC, Cameron Banks, BS, DC, Hailey Coonrad BS, DC, Jerome Lubbe BA, DC, Kenichi Oumi BA, DC, Joseph Ritola BA, DC, Jill Smith BS, DC, Nicole Tukdarian BA, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2015 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 51-70



Objective: To provide a comprehensive analysis of the current body of scientific literature regarding the chiropractic management of a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Methods: A literature search was performed using PubMed, MANTIS, the Index to Chiropractic Literature, McCoy Press, Galileo, and ScienceDirect. Inclusion criteria consisted of full-text peer-reviewed articles written in English as they related to the efficacy of chiropractic management of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Results:  51 articles were selected.  The results were: Three Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT), 7 Reviews of Literature, three Case Series, 34 Case Studies and three Survey/Commentaries.

Conclusion:  The majority of articles dealt specifically with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and were predominantly case studies.  While we believe there is enough evidence to support the use of chiropractic with children who have been previously diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, especially ASD and ADD/ADHD, the chiropractic community should see this as a call to action to provide more research regarding neurodevelopmental disorders.

Key Terms: Chiropractic, subluxation, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), ADD, ADHD, learning disorders, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, developmental, Epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ASD, Bipolar

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