Can Chiropractic Care Help With Autism?
The autonomic nervous system has always been thought of as a duel system. One part containing the parasympathetic portion controlling mostly the resting, relaxing and digestive areas of the body. And the other part, the sympathetic portion, which is used for the “fight or flight” responses throughout the organs, glands and viscera.
However, this changed in 1995 with the introduction of the Polyvagal Theory.
The Polyvagal Theory explains the third part of the autonomic nervous system which is a branch from the vagus nerve controlling the social engagement system. Chiropractic care has long been shown to positively influence the functioning of the vagus nerve. As this knowledge of vagal improvements with chiropractic adjustments was applied to the Polyvagal Theory the possibility of children improving with neurodevelopmental issues gained hope.
In a recent study four children with autism or neurodevelopmental issues were adjusted with the parasympathetic vagal-centric as the main focus in the adjustments.
As a result of these adjustments, all four children showed marked improvements. Not just physical, but behaviorally especially in the areas of social engagement. Chiropractic care needs more studies but is a promising medication free option for people suffering with autism as well as neurodvelomental issues.
About the author:
Dr. Brian Bartholomew owns and operates Ithaca Family Chiropractic in Ithaca, NY. His expertise is in pediatric care and structural corrective chiropractic care for all ages.
Dr. Bartholomew is available for outside speaking for businesses, churches, groups, athletic teams, rotaries, health food stores and anyone who wants to take charge of their health naturally!
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