When your child is diagnosed with autism, you may be left with many questions regarding cause, treatment and support. With so much mystery surrounding what causes autism, no cures and no medication options, it’s not always apparent what you can do to help your child which can oftentimes leave you feeling powerless.
As a parent, it can be a challenge to navigate so we are here to break it down and tell you how chiropractic care can help autistic children.
NOTE: chiropractic care is NOT a cure for autism, but we have found significant reduction in symptoms and improved motor/sensory function which allows these patients to live a much easier life.
What is autism?
“Autism is a complex neurobehavioral condition that includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviours. Because of the range of symptoms, this condition is now called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”* Typically signs of autism start to show in the first three years of life.
What are typical symptoms of autism?
Children with autism have difficulties with social interactions and may be unable to express themselves verbally or physically. They may avoid eye-contact, show lack of empathy, have a language delay, and/or avoid playing with others. They may engage in repetitive behaviours and fixate on routines or objects.
How can chiropractic care help autistic children?
Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper function including the sensory, motor and the overall nervous system. Many sensory and cognitive functions are located in the spine so when stress or spinal misalignments (subluxations) are removed, there are significant improvements in overall bodily and neurological function.
In a study involving a non-verbal 4-year-old autistic boy, 15 visits to the chiropractor led to improvements in language development, sociability and cognitive skills.** Another study involved a 3 year old girl who was “non-verbal, had compulsive disorders, daily rituals, head banging and violence. After chiropractic, care began within one month her parents and teacher noticed a 30% improvement socially. After one year of care, an 80% improvement was noticed. Head banging and other rituals diminished by 50% with less violent behavior.”***
There is more evidence that chiropractic care can help improve symptoms of autism. Find out how chiropractic adjustments can work for your child, book a consultation today.