Objective: To describe the health outcomes experienced by a three-year-old child with autism receiving chiropractic care for the management of vertebral subluxation.
Clinical features: A three–year-old male with autism and a history of chronic constipation, fussy eating, easy gagging and vomiting, poor sleeping habits, poor weight gain and hyper-sensitivity to touch. Postural abnormalities were found in conjunction with indicators of vertebral subluxation throughout the spine.
Intervention & Outcomes: Chiropractic care for vertebral subluxation was provided for 9 visits over 12 weeks. The patient demonstrated improvement in behavior, communication and sociability. Improvement in dysautonomia and posture was concomitant with reduction in vertebral subluxation.
Conclusion: A course of chiropractic care was concomitant with improvements in behavior, communication and sociability in a three-year-old male with autism. More research is needed to investigate the role chiropractors may play in helping similar patients so as to inform clinical practice and future research designs.
Author keywords: Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, chiropractic, pediatric, diversified technique, Activator, vertebral subluxation, chiropractic adjustment, spinal manipulation
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