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Transforming a Teen’s Life: Brain Based Chiropractic Care Alleviates Migraines and Behavioral Issues – A Case Study

Study - Published in Journal of Chiropractic Medicine


Pediatric, Academic Performance, Cognitive Skills, Pain Management

This case study focused on a 15-year-old boy with a decade-long history of migraines, ADHD, Tourette syndrome, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

After undergoing a combined treatment plan that included chiropractic care and Interactive Metronome (IM) training, he displayed impressive improvements across various facets of his life.

His timing improved by 39% based on the IM Long Form Assessment, and neurological soft signs reduced by 90%.

Moreover, he achieved significant progress academically, improving test scores dramatically in areas such as vocabulary, math, and concept application. His overall health improved as well, with fewer headaches, improved vision, eased asthma symptoms, and reduced tics.

Medication use also dropped from six different medications to none. Additionally, he reported improved relationships with parents and peers.

While this is a single case study and more research is needed, the results point towards the potential benefits of combined chiropractic care and IM training for similar cases.

Abridged Summary & Results of Study

Chiropractic management using a brain-based model of care for a 15-year-old adolescent boy with migraine headaches and behavioral and learning difficulties: a case report

AUTHORS: Kurt W. Kuhn & Jerrilyn Cambro


YEAR: 2013

A 15 year old patient with migraine headaches and learning disability demonstrated reduction in neurological soft signs; improvement in timing & rhythm; improvement on tests of attention, academic achievement , and school GPA; and reduction in medication following chiropractic care and Interactive Metronome (IM) training.


  • 15 year old single subject with a history of chronic migraine headaches, learning and behavioral difficulties, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder, and Tourette Syndrome
  • Interventions consisted of spinal manipulation applied to the cervical, lumbar, and pelvic regions of the left side of his body; IM training sessions; and exercises such as rightward pursuits with saccades back to center along with left-sided coordinated activities for 42 visits over 19 weeks.
  •  At the conclusion of these interventions:
    •  timing improved 39% on the IM Long Form Assessment
    •  neurological soft signs reduced by 90%
    •  performance on the Tests of Variables of Attention (TOVA) was within normal range
    •  Conner’s Parent Rating improved by 34% to within normal range and not indicative of ADHD
    •  California Achievement Test scores increased by 2.5 to 7.1 grade equivalents
    •  Chronic migraine headaches ceased, vision improved with change in corrective lenses required, general health improved (reduction in asthma symptoms), and tics were essentially gone unless stressed or emotional
    •  Decreased from 6 different medications to none
    •  Improved with parents and peers (elected to prom court, voted most outgoing and most academically inclined by school peers)

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