Autism is a complex condition with a variety on the spectrum of symptoms frequently characterized by difficulties in social interaction, inability to read body language and other non-verbal communication cues and motor coordination difficulties. Some also suffer from gastrointestinal disturbances and sleep disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, published in 2013) includes Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorders not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) as part of Autism Spectrum Disorder rather than as separate disorders.
Chiropractic Care is based on the important relationship between the spine and the nervous system. One of the most basic ideas in chiropractic is that dysfunction in the spine and its joints can lead to dysfunction within the nervous system—and since the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the systems of the body, spinal dysfunction can have wide ranging effects on the body’s health.
Chiropractic care with gentle specific adjustments to joints can improve the nervous system and release the body’s natural healing ability. While adjustments can’t cure autism, regular treatments can help a proper functioning nervous system. Also, Nutritional Counseling can help enhance benefits of the adjustments as many children benefit from gluten free diets.
In an important study made in San Diego in 2006 listed on www.chiropracticresearch.org, reported results of Chiropractic treatment on 14 children who had been diagnosed with autism. Half of them received treatment through the entire spine and the other half received treatment focused on the upper cervical spine. Using standard criteria for testing autistic children communication, sociability, behavior and other factors, the children were monitored weekly for three months. The results showed improvement in 6 of the 7 children under upper cervical adjustment and 5 of the 7 children under full spine adjustment. In the upper cervical group, 2 of the children improved so much that they no longer met the criteria to be classified as autistic.
Chiropractic care early in life is beneficial to every child as it enhances your child’s brain to send a message, internal system receive and process it appropriately.
HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Wellness makes a commitment to each patient to find the cause of the problem, create a treatment plan by utilizing Chiropractic Adjustments, functional medicine and nutrition to provide the best course of care for each individual.
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