Can Chiropractic Help with Autism?

As a Chiropractor I found this to be very interesting. I came across an article that mentioned how Chiropractic care can help children with Autism. Well, that sparked my interest because I know many who have children with this dreadful problem and find themselves helpless. 

This article was written by a world-renowned chiropractor for children, Dr. Joan Fallon. She stated that more and more parents of children with developmental issues were seeking out chiropractors. She believes, as I do, that many times children with developmental issues, especially children with autism, experience sensory integration problems. Sensory integration disorder is defines as ‘the disorganization of the multi-sensory input into the body.’ People who suffer from this have profound and often dibilitating difficulty with touch, taste, smell, sound or visual input. Which means they have difficulty processing incoming sensory information.

So for instance, when in a mall or playground, most of us can block out sounds and talking that occurs around us. However, a child with sensory integration problems has difficulty filtering out the noises effectively, so it all comes at him/her all at once. Dr. Fallon believes that Chiropractic can help children with these problems, because Chiropractic care can get to the root of the problem by helping correct the imbalances in the nervous system. Imbalances in the nervous system are caused by ‘subluxations’ in the spine.

Chiropractors correct ‘subluxations’ in the spine. What are ‘subluxations’? It is when two or more segments in the spine with the disc between are misaligned or lost its proper position. Subluxation can cause a numerous amount of problems in an adult and in a child it is much worse. As Chiropractors, we determine the areas of subluxations, misalignments and put them in the proper position. When subluxations are corrected, the body is brought into alignment and able to maintain the integrity of various systems within the body, including the nervous system.

Much more research has been done offering hope for children with autism. Chiropractic care believes that healing of the body comes from within. We as chiropractors, maintain the spine in alignment, therefore allowing your body as a whole to function at its optimum level. We have seen children with these same conditions, improve tremendously with Chiropractic care. Give Chiropractic a chance and a child with autism a chance to live a symptom-free and healthier life. 

Above Down ~ Inside Out

As a Doctor of Chiropractic we are taught that the body can heal itself, more importantly that the healing comes from above to down then inside and out.  So what does that mean exactly?  My interpretation is the following.

We are given the gift of life from our creator, yet many have chosen to abuse their gift. This gift comes to us in the form of a body which is a magnificent machine.  When we are born our machine is clean and pure and our immune system is ready to work and keep us healthy. Some of us choose to immunize in order to help the body stay healthy. That is a different thought process than what is taught to us however, some choices are irreversible so no need to dwell on them. We do however, have a choice to care for our bodies to keep it working at its optimal level.

Our body is amazing and it will give you signs and signals when something within it is failing or when you are simply overworking it. It is very similar to any other type of machine we are accustomed to, such as a vehicle. When our vehicles need maintenance, they will show us a signal. Perhaps it’s a light or sound but its a signal to make us aware of a problem.  Our bodies work in the same manner. The signals may consist of headaches, coughs, pain or aches and those are ones we must not avoid. Some will choose to take a form of medication to deal with the signal or symptom. However, that is only temporary and will not take care of the cause. Again I will go back to the vehicle analogy. When a light goes off, signifying something is wrong, hence a symptom. Do we mask it with a liquid or gas or do we try to discover the reason for the light or sound going off? I’m sure your answer is the same as everyone else; you try to discover the problem and fix it.

Then why do we neglect our bodies? We are only given one body, yet we choose to neglect it or simply mask the symptoms with a pill or worse ignore it all together. Many times the symptom is the last signal to appear and if left unattended will cause greater damage. Why do we choose to take care of our vehicles or electronics more than our most precious piece of machinery? Have we become so complacent that we simply don’t care?

Why not start today! Pay close attention to the signals your body is giving you. A headache may be a sign that you are overworked and must rest or it may be a signal to something much worse.  A cough may be the way your body handles a foreign substance and is simply trying to release it; let it do it’s job. Instead of masking it, research and ask questions. Become a detective and learn more about your body; after all it’s the only one you have. What will you choose? To allow the body to heal or mask the symptoms? Will you be more aware of the signals or simply ignore them? Will you try to live a healthier life by choosing healthier foods and exercise? Or will you succumb to the daily stressors? The choice is yours to make.

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