Tourette’s Syndrome

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care For A Nine-Year-Old Male With Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Asthma, Insomnia, and Headaches: A Case Report July 12, 2003, p 1-11 J VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION RESEARCH Erin L. Elster, D.C.

Upper cervical care was used for a nine-year old male with Tourette Syndrome (TS), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, asthma, insomnia, and headaches since age 6. Forceps were used during his delivery. His medications included Albuterol™, Depakote™, Wellbutrin™, and Adderall™.

Chiropractic care using an upper cervical technique corrected and stabilized the patient’s subluxation. After 6 weeks of care, all 6 conditions were no longer present and all medications were discontinued with the exception of a half-dose of Wellbutrin™. At the conclusion of his case at 5 months, all symptoms remained absent. The response to care suggests a link between the patient’s traumatic birth, the upper cervical subluxation, and his neurological conditions.

The response of an adult Tourette patient to Life upper cervical adjustments. Trotta N. Chiropractic Research Journal, 1989; 1(3): 43-48.

Author’s Abstract:

Tourette’s Syndrome is a chronic familial neuropsychiatric disorder of unknown etiology accompanied by chemical imbalances in the brain. It is characterized by motor tics and uncontrolled vocalizations that wax and wane in severity. Although there have been anecdotal reports of total remission of symptoms in the patients while under chiropractic care, there are no known documented controlled studies existing in the current literature. The present study covers three months of care for a single patient; the results suggest that chiropractic care may have been useful in the management of this disorder. However, since no long-term follow-up data exist, the results must be preliminary.

A 31 year old male was originally diagnosed at age 4 with Tourette’s. By middle age, symptoms included uncontrolled sniffings and grunting which were most severe at night and when under stress. Psychomotor symptoms were also present. All symptoms had been worsening during the 6 years prior to chiropractic. Symptom reduction was seen immediately post adjustment (C-1 ASLP and C-2 R) with an increase occurring before the next visit. The patient was seen 12 times but not adjusted on four of those visits.

Tourette Syndrome, case study. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Newsletter March/April 1998.

A 6-year-old boy diagnosed with Tourette syndrome whose presentation included eye-blinking, head shaking, mouth stretching, lateral eye movements and some vocalizations occurring at a frequency of several times per minute. History revealed a head injury one month before he was diagnosed.

“Chiropractic evaluation including x-rays and heat pattern analysis revealed subluxation of occiput (AS), atlas (AS++LA) and Axis (PLI). There was an extremely high atlas angle of +20 degrees. Chiropractic care included upper cervical adjustments of C1 and C2. The boy was adjusted on a knee-chest table. He was adjusted 2 times per week for 9 weeks and then 1 time per week.

“There was a noticeable change within 3 weeks of care. Symptoms continued to steadily improve. Within 4 months, the patient was asymptomatic a majority of the time.”

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