Can pediatric chiropractic care help manage autism? It’s possible. According to a recent study in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, regular chiropractic care focusing on the Vagus Nerve, show promise in alleviating some of the behavioral challenges present in autistic children, specifically the social engagement struggles.
The Importance of the Vagus Nerve
The Vagus Nerve is the longest and most complex of the cranial nerves, passing through the neck and thorax to the abdomen. Its length means it affects many different areas of the body and its’ location right at the base of the brain means it is responsible for a great deal of brain-nervous system communication including the parasympathetic and sympathetic parts of the automatic nervous system.
How does this affect autism? The Vagus Nerve is responsible for many sensory and motor skill functions. Improper function of the nerve can cause difficulties in gaze, interpreting human voice, facial expressions, and head gestures – all very commonly seen in children with autism.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
If the Vagus Nerve is pinched or suffering a subluxation, it could be a contributing factor to many of these autism signs. Pediatric chiropractic adjustments gently reposition the neck and head to correct subluxations and reduce nerve interference. Once proper nerve function is restored, the child’s symptoms may improve as the body is better able to communicate with the brain. This allows the brain to regulate functions and calms the nervous system.
It’s important to recognize that chiropractors do not treat autism, but they do work with autistic kids in the hopes that the child will experience a decrease of symptoms. By addressing abnormalities in the nervous system, chiropractors can help reduce physical, chemical, and emotional stressors in the body. All of this is done without the need for medication, which is a relief to many parents who are dealing with multiple medications for their child.
Schedule A Pediatric Chiropractic Consultation To Learn More About Chiropractic Care For Autism
Pediatric chiropractic care is just another piece to the autism puzzle, but it shows promise for many children. Arrange a consultation with one of our pediatric chiropractors to learn more about chiropractic care and how it may be able to help your autistic child.
Beacon of Life Chiropractic is proud to serve the greater Valley Forge area of Pennsylvania by providing neurologically based, chiropractic care. Come visit us at our office during business hours to see how we can help with your health. Call us at 610-474-2481 to schedule an appointment.