Autism is a term reserved for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.

Autism is currently identified in around 1 in 69 American children, a tenfold increase from just 40 years ago. It is more common in boys, effecting 1 out of every 42 boys and 1 out of every 189 girls. These statistics suggest there are millions of Americans living with autism and that more children are being diagnosed with autism then AIDS, cancer and juvenile diabetes combined.

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At this point in time, there is no cure for autism, and researchers are still working on the causes. Scientists have found that people diagnosed with autism share a number of genetic and environmental stresses that increase the risk. They include things like advanced parental age at the time of conception, maternal illness during pregnancy, and oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain during birth. Increasingly, they are also finding the immune system may play a role.

How can chiropractic play an active role?

Chiropractic care removes the interference within the nervous system and allow the body to heal and function on its own accord. Because the nervous system is one of the major systems within our bodies, it has impact on many of our daily functions. The nervous system can impact hyperactivity, sleep issues, behavioral problems, sensory challenges, digestion problems, and immune system problems.

Autism can show signs in all of these areas, and increasingly is believed to be impacted in the immune system. When the nervous system has interferences, it cannot process our body’s signals at the optimal level. Meaning it must compensate in some other way. If a child has spectrum disorder, his or her nervous system is either stressed or delayed, impacting all other functions of the body.

Chiropractic care works with adjusting the nervous system. As a trained chiropractor, we can determine where the blockage, interference or over stimulation is in your child’s nervous system and adjust it accordingly. If you are questioning the results of western medicine and the drug regiment your child is on, lets talk about a natural alternative – chiropractic treatment – to help your child live the healthiest life possible.

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