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Resolution of a Motor Tic Disorder in a 7-year-old Female Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Report


Danielle Drobbin, DC Bio & Shawna Woodruff, DC Bio


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2013 ~ Issue 3 ~ Pages 54-59 



Objective: To describe the clinical changes that occurred following subluxation-based chiropractic care in a 7-year-old child medically diagnosed with a motor tic disorder of unknown etiology. 


Clinical Features: The patient was a 7-year-old girl who presented to a chiropractic office after being diagnosed by her pediatrician with a motor tic disorder. The patient’s history revealed that she was diagnosed with torticollis at 6 weeks of age. Her tics began at the age of 5 and progressively worsened over time. Upon observation and examination, the patient had a notable motor tic and signs of vertebral subluxation.


Intervention/Outcome: The treatment plan for the patient utilized the Thompson technique to locate vertebral subluxation, and Diversified technique to deliver a high velocity, low-amplitude adjustment applied to the areas of vertebral subluxation as indicated by chiropractic analysis. The management resulted in complete resolution of the patient’s tics following 3 chiropractic adjustments.


Conclusion: This study describes complete resolution of motor tics in a 7-year-old female following subluxation based chiropractic care. More evidence with larger sample sizes following a specific chiropractic technique is recommended to further highlight chiropractic treatment and its effectiveness for the resolution of neurological tic disorders, as well as the comorbid behaviors that are commonly associated with its diagnosis.


Key Indexing Terms: Neurological tics, chiropractic, motor tics, subluxation, tic disorder, neurological tic disorder, Diversified Chiropractic Technique, Thompson Chiropractic Technique, motor tic disorder


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