Chiropractic may help manage Tourette’s, ADHD & OCD


Tuesday 13th October, 2009

Chiropractic may play an important role in managing neurodevelopmental orders such as Tourette’s syndrome, according to new research.

The research included a review of the role chiropractic plays in supporting children suffering disorders that share their origin with Tourette’s including ADHD and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Tourette’s syndrome is a condition that affects the nervous system and causes involuntary physical and verbal tics (movements and sounds).

Lead author of the research Dr. Pamela Stone-McCoy said: “Research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and brain.

Basic science research shows that the proper development of the brain relies on proper structure and movement of the spine from an early age.”

Researchers believe the increase in disorders such as Tourette’s, ADHD and OCD are rooted in abnormal spinal development and in order for the nervous system to function properly there must be constant stimulation of movement. Abnormal positioning or movement of the vertebrae can lead to interference called ‘vertebral subluxations” and chiropractors look to correct this.

Recently, a 20 year-old woman with motor and vocal tics since the age of three underwent chiropractic treatment and was revealed as having vertebral subluxation. Over the course of a year’s chiropractic she experienced significant improvement in the severity and frequency of her tics and was able to function better throughout the day.

Researchers have called for further research into chiropractic, vertebral subluxation and its effects on neurodevelopmental disorders.

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