The number of diagnosed cases of Autism has dramatically increased in the past 10 years. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a set of neurological disorders that cause substantial impairments in social interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests, according to The Centers for Disease Control. The characteristics of people with ASD vary from mild to severe and usually manifest before a child is three years old.
Characteristics of Autism:
- challenges using language and abstract concepts
- social impairments
- difficulty communicating and forming relationships
- restricted, repetitive behavior, or activities
- between 30-50% of people with autism have seizures
What Causes Autism?
The cause of Autism has been highly speculated by health care professionals, scientists, and parents. Some scientists suggest that defects in specific genes may be the cause. In fact, researchers have begun to identify the specific genes that may increase the risk for autism. Many believe the environment plays a role in the disorder; neurochemistry imbalance may also be to blame while some chiropractors believe autism may be caused by injury from a traumatic birth process.
Although heavily researched, there is no cure for Autism. However, various therapies, behavioral interventions, and medications to treat the autistic-related symptoms such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder have been successful in helping people with autism live to their full potential.
Chiropractic for Autism
Chiropractic for Autism also has proven beneficial, particularly upper cervical adjusting (spinal manipulation), as part of the treatment plan for Autism and other ASDs, such as the less severe Asperger’s Syndrome. Most health professionals, including chiropractors, agree that the earlier the intervention, the better. Pediatric chiropractors are experts at understanding Autism and how neurology and the central nervous system plays a major role in it.
Call Levitz Family Chiropractic today at 805-646-0105 to schedule an appointment for a complete chiropractic assessment and learn how chiropractic for autism can work for you.