Friday, April 8, 2011

Autism & Chiropractic

"Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills."


As part of my second clinical nutrition class, I, along with a select few of my classmates, decided to do our term presentation over autism. As a part of our project, we put together a blog so that our information will be put out on the web. The blog does focus more on the CAM or complementary and alternative medicinal approach to treating autism but does offer both treatment paradigms.

There are many different theories on how autism occurs in a child and they range from genetics, diet, vaccine-induced, tylenol-induced, etc. But what it boils down to is how to treat these children. Chiropractic care has been proven to be an effective treatment, post-adjustment many autistic children are able to focus better, have better eye contact, hand figitting stops and their social skills improve greatly. (Improvement in Autism in a Child Coupled with Reduction in Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2010 ~ Issue 3 ~ Pages 107 -115 and Improvement in a 3½-year-old autistic child following chiropractic intervention to reduce vertebral subluxation [case report]; J Vert Sublux Res. 2008 ;APR(7):Online access only pp. 1-4)

Spinal adjustments are not the only way that Doctors of Chiropractic address autistic children, dietary and nutritional supports are a MUST. I highly recommend that you visit for more information on all of this, there are GREAT research articles, sources and videos for your educational pleasure.

The month of April is dedicated to Autism Awareness, please educate yourself and earn some compassion for those that you do not understand.