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Improvement in Autism in a Child Coupled with Reduction in Vertebral Subluxations:  A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature


Nicholas SC Marini, B.S., D.C. Bio & Stephen C Marini, M.S., D.C., PhD Bio


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2010 ~ Issue 3 ~ Pages 107 -115


Objective: To describe and discuss the objective and subjective changes in a 6 year old male child following chiropractic care over a period of 16 weeks who was originally diagnosed with Autism.


Clinical Features:  A 6 year old boy presents with reduced social interaction, altered behavioral patterns, language deficits, and learning difficulties. The child was previously diagnosed with Autism by a neurologist after brain pathology was ruled out. The child was up to date with all vaccinations per the recommended medical schedule.


Interventions and Outcomes:  Objective data, such as static palpation, motion palpation, and leg checks were used to determine the presence of vertebral subluxations in the child. The Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) was also used.  A chiropractic adjustment schedule along with dietary and supplementation recommendations were advised at the initial visit. Diversified, Thompson Drop Assisted techniques, and trigger point therapies were used to reduce the subluxations that were found. Over the 16 week period, where adjustments were given regularly, a reduction in vertebral subluxation patterns and an improved ATEC score were noted. Improvements in learning abilities, social interactions, language skills, and behavioral patterns were also noted. 


Conclusion:  In this case, a possible link between chiropractic care and the reduction of autistic signs and symptomatology is indicated due to the improvements in subjective and objective findings. Studies of a similar nature have been conducted previously with similar outcomes. However, more research needs to be conducted in order to evaluate the precise connection between vertebral subluxation, chiropractic care, Autism, and other Autistic-like Disorders.



Key Words: Autism, Chiropractic, Subluxation, Pediatric, ATEC, Diversified technique, Thompson technique


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