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  Title Improvement following chiropractic care in a 7-year-old diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder: A case report and review of literature [case report; review]
Journal J Pediatr Matern & Fam Health - Chiropr. 2023 Apr;2023():27-34
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Case Report

Objective: To describe the positive health outcomes following chiropractic care experienced by a seven-year-old boy with autism.

Clinical Features: A seven-year-old boy presents to a chiropractic clinic with chief complaints of stimming, poor social skills, lack of comprehension, and decreased executive function. He was diagnosed as autistic at the age of three years and nine months.

Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received chiropractic care, starting off with very gentle techniques such as sustained contact and Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.), proceeding with Activator Methods, Network Spinal Analysis and cranial adjustments. Exercises to inhibit persistent primitive reflexes were given for the patient to do at home. The mother reported improvement of the autistic behavior after less than three months of chiropractic care.

Conclusion: This case study demonstrates the relationship between chiropractic care and decrease in autistic symptoms. Although multiple case and clinical studies show positive outcomes between chiropractic care and autism, further research should be conducted.

Author Keywords:  Chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), primitive reflexes, Network Spinal Analysis, Activator Methods, sustained contact, Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.), cranial adjustment, spinal manipulation

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