Reading Disabilities, Headaches, Neck Pain, and Asthma with Chiropractic – A Case Study

Published in the September 2010 issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, is a case study documenting the improvement with chiropractic, of a young boy suffering from headaches, neck pain, asthma, and reading disabilities. In this case the 10-year-old boy was a poor reader and suffered eye strain while reading. He also exhibited poor memory of classroom material, and was unable to move easily from one line of text to another during reading. The case documented that he was taking 4 medications for the asthma but still suffered problems during exercise.

This elementary school student was brought to the chiropractor with a history of neck pain and headaches for the previous 3 years. Using a numeric pain scale the young boy drew out a pain scale where he rated his pain at 5 out of 10 for both his neck pain and headaches. When asked how many days per week he suffered from headaches, he responded by reporting having headaches 3 or 4 days per week.

The history showed that 3 years ago, just prior to the start of his headaches and neck pain, the boy suffered an accident when he was wrestling with his sister. The patient had tumbled backward from a seated position and landed on his chest causing his neck to be excessively bent forward. In the following 3 weeks the boy suffered from neck spasms, and his mother noted that his headache problem began at this time. Because he was already suffering from other health issues such as asthma, no specific treatment was sought for his neck and headache problems.

Some of the boy’s chronic conditions included episodes of severe asthma associated with nasal allergies and sinus problems. He was unable to participate in organized sports because he could not run and play without wheezing requiring medications.

The results this boy experienced with chiropractic care were life changing. At the end of his first treatment, the boy reported that his headaches were gone. After only 5 visits the boy reported that all of his symptoms were gone and he gave a score of “0 of 10” on his head and neck pain using the numeric pain scale. The author noted that, “the patient showed improvement in his reading ability, head and neck pain, and respiratory distress. His ability to read improved, performing at his own grade level. He has remained symptom free for 2 years.”

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