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The Chiropractic Care of an Adolescent with Tourette’s Syndrome Using the Pierce Results System™
Anthony DeMaria, DC Bio, Casen DeMaria, DC Bio, Robert DeMaria, DC, DABCO Bio and Joel Alcantara, DC Bio
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2013 ~ Issue 2 ~ Pages 34-38
Objective: To report the improvement in symptoms in an adolescent suffering from Tourette’s Syndrome under chiropractic care.
Clinical Features: A 14-year old male presented with complaints of motor tics, migraine headaches and severe “fatigue.” The patient was experiencing 1,000 “violent” motor tics a day and was medicated with 6 Ibuprofen pills, 10 mgs of Abilify, and 1mg of ORAP (Pimozide) per day. Physical examination augmented with thermal and infrared thermography and radiological examination demonstrated sites of spinal subluxations.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was cared for with the Pierce Results System. Over the course of 30 patient visits in a period of 5 months, dramatic reductions were reported in the amount of tics experienced daily. The total number tics were reduced from 1,000 a day to 30-35 tics per day. The patient’s dependence on Ibuprofuen was eliminated and his medication dosage (i.e., Abilify and Pimozide) was reduced by his medical provider.
Conclusion: A patient with Tourette’s Syndrome experienced subjective and objective improvements in symptoms under chiropractic care using the Pierce Results System.™ Further research is recommended to examine the effectiveness of this type of chiropractic intervention in similar patients.
Key words: Tourette’s Syndrome, Pierce Results System™, pediatric migraine, vertebral subluxation, chiropractic