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Can Chiropractic Help with Autism?

1.18.2018 - Author: Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Spartanburg

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an early developmental disorder identified by deficits in social communication and interaction, restrictive and/or repetitive behaviors. The way in which a child or an adult expresses these deficits is varied. 

The ICPA reported this: The current study involved a 4-year-old boy who was diagnosed with ASD.  His parents described that he had a “delay of language.”  The patient also injured himself a lot and in ways that would cause him pain even though he did not react as if he was in pain.  The patient was sick about four times per month with each sickness lasting 2-3 days and he was given antibiotics each time.  On a daily basis, he suffered from rashes, sore throats, eczema, coughing, vomiting, a “runny nose”, and dry skin.  The patient had poor vision but did not like wearing glasses and always took them off his face.  He exhibited repetitive behaviors such as constantly rolling a ball in his hands.  Lastly, his parents stated that he still wore diapers because he was unable to be potty trained.

The patient began chiropractic care over 8 weeks for a total of 15 visits.  At each visit, except visits 2 and 8, the patient’s spinal misalignments were adjusted using high velocity, low amplitude thrusts.   At visits 3, 5, 7, 12, and 13, the doctor of chiropractic assessed and adjusted any cranial misalignments in order to address the patient’s asymmetrical circumference of his cranium.  After the patient’s first adjustment, he made eye contact with the doctor of chiropractic for the first time.  On his third visit, his parents reported that he understood direction better but had been acting more aggressively.  At the patient’s 6th visit, his parents reported that he asked to “eat” that morning and had started calling his Aunt “Auntie” when she was present.

During the patient’s 7th visit, his father reported that he had asked for a “hug” for the first time.  On the 11th visit, his mother reported that he had started calling her “momma.”  By the end of care, the patient’s head tilt was hardly visible and his pelvic rotation was no longer visible.  At the patient’s final visit, the doctor of chiropractic asked the patient’s mother to complete two Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklists (ATEC).  One for the patient’s status prior to care and one for the patient’s status aftercare.  The ATEC has four sections to assess speech/language/communication, sociability, sensory/cognitive awareness, and health/physical behavior.  The higher the scores in each section, the higher the impairment.  The patient improved in all sections of the ATEC:
1)    Speech/language/communication score decreased from 23/28 to 15/28 for a 34.8% improvement.
2)    Sociability score decreased from 28/40 to 14/40 for a 50% improvement.
3)    Sensory/cognitive awareness decreased from 20/36 to 10/36 for a 50% improvement.
4)    Health/physical behavior decreased from 35/75 to 24/75 for a 31.4% improvement.

I shared so much of their site is because I'd like you to know that this case study is not my own and that it was completed with objective measures.

I'd also like you to see that what I saw in my own practice didn't just happen here, in Spartanburg SC, but it's happened in other places as well! If you missed it and happened to come across my blog, here is what I shared: "My autistic daughter started speaking after her first adjustment? Our family has always had the best health. Dr. Baker and his team are truly a blessing." She posted this on google. It's not too good to be true, it simply is. 

When the nervous system is given it's best opportunity to function because there aren't any bones out of alignment putting pressure on nerves, the body can heal, function, and repair. Her daughter's body is capable of doing just what anyone's body free of nervous system interference is capable of doing, heal, function, and repair. Every day that I'm in the office, I'm given the opportunity to remove that interference. 

MLA Citation: Pellegrino, Anthony.  “Improvements in a 4-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation.”  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health2016.2 (2016): 50-56.