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Improvement in Autism Spectrum Disorder Following  Vertebral Subluxation Reduction: A Case Study


 Ari Cohn D.C. Bio  

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2011 ~ Issue 3 ~ Pages 87-91


Objective:  To review and discuss successful chiropractic care in the case of a three year old male with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder.


Clinical Features:  A three year old boy presented with a diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder.  His diagnosis was based upon observed developmental delays in the areas of communication skills and speech, cognitive function, gross and fine motor skills, ambulation, social and emotional development, and adaptive and self-help skills. 


Interventions and Outcomes:  Subjective data was collected from direct interview of the patient’s mother as well as reports provided by the occupational therapists and physical therapists who provided care to the child.  The objective data relating to chiropractic care had been obtained from static palpation of the patient’s spine, surface electromyography and paraspinal thermography performed to determine the presence of components of vertebral subluxations.  Diversified adjustments were used to reduce vertebral subluxations.  Improvements were noted after four months of care. 


Conclusion:  This case demonstrates a link between chiropractic subluxation management and improvement of symptoms of Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder.  More research in this area is warranted.


Key words: Developmental delays, Developmental Delay Syndrome, Pervasive Develomental Delays, PDD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ASD, Chiropractic, Subluxations, Pediatric, Learning disabilities, speech delay, motor skills, neurodevlepmental disorder, diversified technique, thermography, surface electromyography


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