Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is extremely prevalent in today’s society, with around 1 in 68 children in America being affected. Every single case of Autism is as unique as the person who is diagnosed, and taking an approach that treats the person as a whole rather than as a condition will always stand to gain the greatest result.
Pediatric chiropractic care takes the approach that treating patients in childhood, through the use of effective techniques that look at the roots of problems and symptoms, can help to create a higher quality of life. By doing this we prevent the cumulative effect that years of trauma can bring, creating a manageable and healthy lifestyle for our patients.
Autism and Your Child
Autism Spectrum Disorder comes in many forms and can present itself in many ways, but knowing the signs and getting intervention as early as possible greatly increases positive outcomes. Autism and ASD are not conditions that your child has and then will grow out of, rather they are part of your child’s life. Thankfully, Autism can usually be managed very successfully if the right approach is taken.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Your Child with Autism?
Pediatric chiropractic care isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when searching for answers to help with autism. However, chiropractic care has been shown to provide relief and improvement in various areas for children and adults with this multi-faceted condition.
Several studies have shown chiropractic care to be effective with children with autism in the following areas:
- Speech and Language
- Sensory and cognitive awareness
- General behaviors and calmness
- Digestion and gut issues
- Ear infections
Highlighting the Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Autism
Pediatric chiropractic care can be especially effective for young children with Autism or ASD, providing specific benefits in speech and language, sensory and cognitive awareness, sociability and general health/physical behavior.
A great example of the effectiveness of chiropractic care for the treatment of autism can be seen in the case study of a 4-year-old boy who was diagnosed with autism. This young boy had been struggling with language and communication and had also been getting injured due to the behaviors associated with autism and his lack of sensory perception.
A set of carefully planned adjustments were administered over the course of 15 sessions, but after only the first treatment improvement could be seen. This came in the form of eye contact with the practitioner, which previously was unheard of.
Following this set of treatments, several significant improvements could be seen, including the following:
- 8% improvement in speech/language
- 50% improvement in sociability
- 50% improvement in sensory/cognitive
- 4% improvement in health/physical behaviors
Getting Started with Chiropractic Care
Choosing a chiropractor who is familiar with Autism is important. A pediatric chiropractor in Charlotte will take the time to find the perfect approach for your child and make sure the entire experience is a positive one. Our team at Greater Life Chiropractic makes it their mission to provide the very best pediatric chiropractic care and have the mind-set that approaching the body and person as a whole will create the highest quality of life for our patients.
Pellegrino, Anthony. “Improvements in a 4-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health. 2016.2 (2016): 50-56.