Chiropractic Improves Sensory Processing Disorders.

Recently Dr. David Jockers wrote an article about a study that reveals the positive benefits of chiropractic for enhancing the functionality of individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) and Autism.  Did you know that an estimated 5 percent of elementary aged children meet the criteria for SPD?  That is what the article says and it also says that there are many factors that may be involved in the formation of these disorders. This can include: birth and/or early childhood trauma, environmental toxins, food allergens, the avoidance of breast feeding and heavy vaccination. 

The first of the many causes listed for these developmental disorders is birth trauma and or early childhood trauma.  I know first hand working with babies and toddlers that working as soon as possible to reduce the effects of injury can be immediate and life changing.  I often explain to mothers to bring in their newborn babies and this article confirms this by explaining that birth trauma can occur during forceps or vacuum extraction delivery, normal vaginal delivery and also cesarean birth.  Early childhood trauma can occur with tumbles, hitting the head, car accidents, falling off the changing table or other jarring events. Any of these occurrences can affect the upper neck where the brain stem ties into the top of the spinal cord. When a neurological insult affects any joint of the spine and body this is termed subluxation by chiropractors.

Dr. Jockers explains, “Subluxation is a term used to describe mechanical compression and irritation to spinal joints and nerves. Subluxation scrambles the neurological feedback loop by causing altered rhythms of neurological flow. Subluxation insults the neurology of the infant and affects normal development and maturation. This can often create an environment conducive to the formation of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and SPD.”

The article then goes on to discuss in more detail the impressive results of the two recent studies that were published in the 2011 edition of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health.  Dr. Jockers also explains that there are 10 other case studies with successful results involving children with similar neurodevelopmental issues.  What I like is that there was a multidimensional approach to the care of the children.  This included the children receiving chiropractic adjustments to directly balance the neurology along with following an anti-inflammatory nutritional program of a gluten-free / casein-free diet and taking nutritional supplements such as probiotics and digestive enzymes.

I love reading and hearing about the wonderful healing that goes on with children, especially through chiropractic and natural remedies. Perhaps these results will lead more parents, pediatricians and schools to incorporate chiropractic and nutrition into the total care of their kids. To read the full article and to find out more about Dr. Jockers go to:

In health and happiness! Dr. Liselotte Schuster                  


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