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Matthew Pappicco, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ March 22, 2018 ~ Pages 7-12



Objective: To report on the positive health outcomes in a child with Autism following chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxations.

Clinical Features: A 10-year-old female child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who originally presented with complaints of neck pain, low back pain, head banging, insomnia and uncontrolled behaviors was examined and found to have vertebral subluxations.

Intervention and Outcomes: Chiropractic adjustments were given at each visit using the Torque Release Technique® (TRT) protocol. The patient received 12 adjustments in the areas of dural attachment, occiput, C1, C2, sacrum, and coccyx over an eight-week period. The patient would present to the clinic in a protective position, taut and rigid. After adjustment the child was more relaxed. Her outburst ceased and had a calmer demeanor. Her sleep improved.

Conclusions: This case study shows improved health outcomes, behavior and quality of life, subjectively and objectively, following chiropractic care in a child with ASD. Previous chiropractic care has shown similar responses. More research is needed on chiropractic and the management of children with Autism.

Key Words: Autism Spectrum Disorder, chiropractic, pediatric, Torque Release Technique, Integratorâ„¢, vertebral subluxation, adjustment, quality of life

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