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Chiropractic Care is Shown to Ease the Life of Autistic Children


For the millions of American children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) each year, the road to managing the illness is difficult for both the patients and their families. Since the spectrum of symptoms and cognitive issues is so wide, there has not been a proven cure-all found yet. There have been many breakthroughs in treatment development, but they are never a one size fits all answer. In a recent case study, chiropractic was tested as a treatment for children with ASD.

The study, recently published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, focused on a three year old child recently diagnosed with ASD. The child suffered from delayed motor, cognitive, and speech skills and also suffered from frequent headaches, vomiting, and insomnia. During the study, the child received subluxation-based specific chiropractic care to assess the benefits, if any, the treatment would supply. After one month of treatment, the child appeared to have reduced headaches, vomiting, and insomnia. Her autism-related issues also appeared to improve, including her eye contact, attitude, and language development.

Dr. Matthew McCoy, who published the study, praised the results as one step forward in adding chiropractic care to the wellness plans of children with ASD. He echoed past sentiments regarding the efficacy of spinal adjustments on other parts of the body, often known for treating common illness in kids such as asthma and ear infection. The authors of the study believe that a multidisciplinary approach is vital in the successful treatment of ASD.

"We believe that working together, chiropractors, MDs, occupational therapists, and other health care provides will see results by managing the root cause(s) and not just the various symptoms presented by ASD children."

The researchers called for more studies to be done on both chiropractic care as a treatment for ASD but also on spinal misalignment as a possible cause of the disorder. Chiropractors call these certain misalignments vertebral subluxations, which result in problems with the spine and nervous system. Some autism researchers believe that the nerve damage could lead to neuroendocrine events that could cause ASD. While this theory is not yet proven, it would be make sense in many cases. In the study involving the three year-old child, it is clear that chiropractic helped relieve some of their issues. It is possible that more children could be getting this relief as well, bringing joy to families across the world.

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