August 5, 2008 by
Filed under: Case of the month, Cases, Spinewave Bulletin, Symptoms 

Spinewave Case Study:

Improvements in 7-year old autistic child following chiropractic care.

With reference to chiropractic care by Dr. Neil Bossenger on James Cunnington.

James was diagnosed with severe autism at 14 months, he is now seven. James is non-verbal, though he does have receptive language skills. He is not yet toileting himself consistently. He toe walks and constantly chews his sleeves. He has good eye contact, though his right eye roams. He flaps and has various other self-stimulatory behaviours and as well as a lot of diarrhoea. He has temper tantrums when his needs are not being met.

James started with applied behaviour analysis treatment at age two and continued with this for four to five years with only small positive results. He has had dietary interventions; gluten/casein free and supplements with no positive results.

James started chiropractic care around April 2008, and has had positive results.

Very quickly, his right eye stopped roaming, his diarrhoea decreased, and his temper tantrums decreased. After 1-2 months of care his sleeve chewing and toe walking has almost completely stopped. He has also had other several positive new behaviours including improvements and more awareness of toileting.

I would highly recommend Neil Bossenger. He is a highly knowledgeable, skilled and experienced chiropractor. He is very patient and understanding with autistic behaviours and has a good rapport with kids.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Cunnington, Dad.

James’ thermographic scans

What these scans measure essentially is the amount of disturbance in the autonomic (automatic) nervous system. That is to say the part of the nervous system which regulates organs, glands and blood vessels. When the system is under pressure, certain areas will “light up”. Red is bad; green is good, meaning less disturbance. As can be seen with the before-and-after improvements, a nervous system that is working well will show with improved function.

Before (April, 2008)

  • Gross abnormal autonomic function
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Constipation/diarrhoea
  • Bed wetting
  • Toe walking
  • Sleeve chewing
  • Flapping/shouting
  • Temper tantrums
  • Eye roaming/wandering
  • After (July, 2008)

  • Improved autonomic function
  • Improved demeanour
  • Eyes not roaming
  • Normalised bowel habits
  • Decreased temper tantrums
  • Tantrums less severe
  • Reduced sleeve chewing
  • Reduced toe walking
  • Toe walking
  • Self awareness when toileting
  • New positive social behaviours
  • Receptive to touch
  • Study shows chiropractic care can benefit autistic children. Read more…

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