Autism: A Chiropractic Approach
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What is the most Important System of the body? -The Central Nervous System
The Central Nervous system is compromised of the brain and brain stem, the spinal cord and the nerve attachments. Within 18 days of conception it is the first system to develop, and it evolves to encompass a communication network of over 45 miles of nerves sending vital messages between brain and body at a rate of 325 MPH. The Central nervous system and its intimately related bony protection system form a profound link between a person's external and their internal development. Through trauma or repetitive stress or strain this link can be disrupted which can interfere with development, health and function.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractors complete an education comparable to their medical colleagues. However, instead of an emphasis on the use of drugs or surgery, chiropractors focus on the need for the utilization of adjustments, in order to remove subluxations. Subluxations are characterized by spinal misalignments, nerve imbalances, muscle irritations, tissue inflammation and degenerative wear. An individual with subluxations may experience multiple health concerns, ranging from but not limited to pain and neurological disorganization. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective means of facilitating the function of the nervous system related to the 24 moveable bones of the spine.
How may Chiropractic Help?
To an individual with autism, subluxations could additionally manifest in numerous forms, possibly accentuating a hyposensitivity or hypersensitivity.
Hyposensitivity is a symptom of a less active sensory portion of the nervous system; in essence the volume is too low on the sensation. Commonly motor and other neurological functions are also hyperactive. Conversely, hypersensitivity is a symptom of an overactive sensory portion of the nervous system, or the volume is too high. Also motor and other neurological functions can parallel this hypersensitivity. The intention of a chiropractic adjustment is to restore more appropriate sensory, motor and neurological input at the receptors of joints through specifically directed gently manual pressure. Therefore, with either a hyposensitivity or hypersensitivity, one purpose of an adjustment is to turn up or down the volume of the sensory input.
Who Can Benefit?
Individuals of all ages have been shown to benefit from chiropractic care. Following a thorough history, exam and consultation a chiropractor should be able to identify your potential benefit. Although chiropractic is not meant to be a cure for individuals with autism, functional gains are legitimate goals whenever spinal mechanics are improved.