The 22-year-old female in this study had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder which started at the age of two. She was experiencing menstrual pain, discomfort, anxiety, and nervousness. She was limited in her daily activities like personal interactions and speech due to autism.
The chiropractor examined her and found postural abnormalities and structural shifts in her neck, mid back, and low back. Muscle imbalance, spasms, decreased range of motion, and additional testing confirmed these findings. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic adjustments, her speech improved as she began talking more and her participation in daily personal interactions improved. There was an improvement of 41% in sociability and 24% improvement in health, physical symptoms and behavior according to measurements taken before and after care.
The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.
Improved Behavioral Changes in an Adult with Autism Following Torque Release Technique for Correcting Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study. Anthony Pellegrino, DC & Morgan Lightsey-Santos, DC. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume, 2020.