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Case study: Resolution of Night Terrors & Headaches in an Adolescent Female Undergoing Chiropractic Care

You know that your chiropractor can help you with your<a href="" > low back pain,  but you would be surprised how chiropractic can help improve symptoms that seemingly have nothing to do with your back.

According to<a href="" > Stanford Children’s Health “ a night terror is a partial waking from sleep with behaviors as screaming, kicking, panic, sleep walking, thrashing or mumbling.  It is thought that night terrors occur in 1%-6.5% of young children.

In 2011, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Healthpublished a study of a Ten year old female who received chiropractic care for her night terrors and headaches.

According to the study: “The patient was evaluated for postural abnormalities and palpatory muscle hypertonicity[the state in which the muscle has too much tone, feels hard and often is painful when touched.], segmental edema [too much fluid in the body tissue of segments of the body], and kinesiopathology[atypical positioning or motion of the bones] during each visit. Postural abnormalities and associated vertebral subluxations were corrected using CBP® global adjustments and Gonstead inter-segmental adjustments for a period of approximately one month. There was a reduction in headache symptoms and complete resolution of parasomnia and night terrors following the initiation of treatment.”

It was stated that “During the first re-assessment a subjective intake form was given to evaluate the patient’s progress. The patient reported that her primary objective when she began care was to help with headaches. She reported her level of progress a 9 on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 representing no change and 10 indicating that the condition was resolved. She noted the ability to sleep better. She also reported drinking more water, an improvement in the ability to cope with/handle stress, increased perception of her own health, an increased sense of well-being, and satisfaction with her chiropractic care. At the time of re-assessment the patient reported having no major stress affecting her health”.

It was determined that the “resolution of headaches and sleep disturbances presented in this case study suggest that chiropractic adjustments may be beneficial in adolescents who suffer from similar symptoms. Reduction of vertebral subluxations, in this case were effective in the reduction of headaches, sleep disturbances, and musculoskeletal abnormalities. More research is warranted to explore the effect of vertebral subluxation on the somatic and visceral systems of adolescents.

The patient reported that headaches experienced following the initiation of chiropractic care were no longer severe and occurred very infrequently. In addition, the patient reported complete resolution of sleepwalking and night terrors.”