Chiropractic care is most often associated with back or neck pain.  It can also be beneficial for other health concerns, like earaches or sleep habits in children.  But did you know that chiropractic has also been shown to be beneficial for children with developmental delays?  Developmental delays in children can include poor or delayed motor skills, Attention Deficit Disorder, or speech issues, as well as learning disabilities such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Thankfully, the many advantages of chiropractic care are truly amazing, and that includes seeing improvements in children with any developmental delays.

Nerve Interference Affects Delays

In almost all children with developmental delays, spinal subluxations (misalignments) are present.  A spinal misalignment is a twisted, turned, or out of place vertebra.  This may not seem like a significant problem, but spinal misalignments cause nerve interference that leads to dysfunction within the body.  Without proper nerve communication, the brain can’t properly send messages to the rest of the body.  The development of children is affected because of this, whether it be motor skills, speech, or physical growth.  This is where Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor’s expertise in the study of the nervous system can help.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Dr. Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic will examine the spine, making note of any spinal misalignments and instances of nerve interference.  After a gentle adjustment, these misalignments are corrected and spinal health is restored.  Normal nerve function can resume and the body can once again function as it should.  Movements will become smoother for those with fine or gross motor problems, concentration improves for children who struggle to focus, and immune system function improves for happier, healthier children.

Studies Show That Chiropractic Has Worked for Others

Many case studies have been conducted to explore the effects of chiropractic care on children with developmental delays.  In one case study, the mother of a 4-year-old boy with developmental motor delays, specifically speech and fine motor concerns, sought chiropractic care for her son.  He had been diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of 1 and was only beginning to produce words and sounds when he was 4.  After 15 adjustments over a 4 month period, he made significant advancements.  After just 8 visits, he learned 20 new words in a week and his vocabulary improved to hundreds of words by the end of the 4 months.  Another case study focused on 157 children, ages 6 to 13 years old, with some form of developmental delay, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, or learning disabilities.  After receiving chiropractic care, cognitive performance increased while symptoms of delays decreased.

If your child is struggling with some type of developmental delay, don’t lose hope.  Schedule a consultation with Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic to find out the benefits of chiropractic care for your child.

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Cuthbert, SC., Barras, M. “Developmental delay syndromes: psychometric testing before and after chiropractic treatment of 157 children.” Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy, 2009 Oct;32(8):660-9.

Troy, J., Dennis, T., Cade, A. “Developmental advancements following chiropractic care in a four-year-old child with dyspraxia and associated developmental delays: A case report.” Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, 15(1)