Michael McCoy, a chiropractor who has a number of enterprises going, including McCoy Press, i founded a new journal in 2009, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic. It sounds sciency, doesn't it? It isn't.
One thing McCoy is excellent at is propagating press releases touting their "studies". Here's one of the first:
Recent research reporting on improvement in a 3 ½ year old boy undergoing chiropractic care reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing children with ADHD and related neurodevelopmental disorders.
It's not research. It's a single case study. In addition to chiropractic manipulation, the child was subject to several other modalities. Any one of the efforts may have resulted in a change in behavior.
The National Resource Center on ADHD reports:
Even the American Chiropratic Association admits that
Using chiropractic for ADHD "treatment" is therefore uncontrolled experimentation on children. What is ethical about that? As was written on an article on autism treatments
"They really should be seeing treatment of patients with unproven therapies as dangerous experimentation," said pediatrician Dr. Steven Goodman, a clinical trial expert at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. "The problem with uncontrolled experiments ... is that it is experimentation from which we can learn nothing."
Here's the abstract:
Objective: To investigate the chiropractic care of a child with ADHD and review the related literature.
Clinical Features: A 3½ year old male child diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a history of birth trauma and ear infections presents with signs of vertebral subluxation.
Interventions and Outcomes: Vertebral subluxations were addressed using toggle recoil adjustments to reduce an Atlas subluxation. Dietary advice, supplements and proprioceptive exercises were given to the patient as part of the care plan. Patient's mother and teachers reported a decrease in hyperactivity and an increase in attention. Paraspinal thermal scans improved after one month of care.
Conclusion: While research on chiropractic care for children with ADHD is limited, some studies have shown improvement in these children while under such care. This is an important area in need of further study and should include the investigation of a combination of chiropractic, nutrition, exercise, and other CAM treatments.
Stone-McCoy, P.A. & Przybysz, L.(2009) Chiropractic Management of a Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic 1 (1)p.1-8