ASD, ADHD, LD, SPD…What Can Chiropractic Do?
People looking for help with a neurodevelopmental disorder can find themselves overwhelmed. We thank you for considering chiropractic care as an answer. Whether we are working with children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, what we call Alphabet Soup, the goals are the same. We want each and every child to have a properly functioning nervous system. Drs. Kelly and Lucas have had extensive experience working with children with a variety of neurodevelopmental delays. Families may seek additional help from speech therapists, PTs, OTs, hippo therapy, or from school programs. Insurance companies or state programs typically cover these services, but they may not be addressing primary issues. Proper communicate between the brain and the body is the foundation of health, yet only chiropractic care can provide that.
Drs. Kelly and Lucas have seen incredible changes in children with chiropractic care. A little girl’s love was the driving force for Amorose Family Chiropractic to focus its care on children with special needs. Emmie was born with a chromosomal abnormality during the doctors’ first quarter of chiropractic school. She has had developmental delays among other health concerns due to her diagnosis. We may not be able to predict Emmie’s future, just as any other individual, but with chiropractic care however, we know that she will be able to develop and heal as best as possible. Her nervous system can function better, as a result the therapies she performs are more effective for her development. Her progress has dramatically improved, due to experiencing chiropractic care since birth. Emmie’s preferred chiropractor is her cousin, Dr. Kelly Amorose.
What Can You Expect From Us?
Before beginning care, we will complete a thorough neurological evaluation to determine the balance of chronological age and neurological age. Children with developmental disorders typically present with a larger gap between these ages, which creates more obstacles for proper development. Amorose Family Chiropractic focuses on evaluating for retained or absent primitive reflexes in children, regardless of age or ability. For example, a 3-year-old with retained primitive reflexes may be functioning at the neurological age of a 1-year-old. This child may have just begun to speak or walk, milestones that should have been achieved much earlier. Please read about the importance of primitive reflexes here!
Drs. Kelly and Lucas are not concerned with the diagnosis of Alphabet Soup your child may have. Every child can benefit from chiropractic care. The chiropractic adjustment is the most valuable aspect of care for these children, which will restore normal communication between the brain and the body. Please read about our chiropractic techniques used here! Adjustments can be modified to fit each individual child depending on preference to touch, pressure, and sound. Primitive reflex integration exercises and eye exercises may be provided for your child to perform at home.
Why Is Chiropractic Care So Important?
Chiropractors look for and correct subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine that affect the nervous system’s function. Subluxations can lead to improper neurological communication between the brain and the body. Challenges with behavior, sensory processing, socializing, and learning can occur as a result of this communication disconnection. These children are often stuck in a chronic “sympathetic” state, also known as the “fight or flight” state. Children can feel defensive in their environment, which closes them off from experiences and learning. Adjustments can stimulate the “parasympathetic” state, or “rest and digest” state, as a result the children are more comfortable in their environment.
Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the immune system and digestive systems, due to being stuck in a sympathetic state. Children can be more susceptible to gut issues, allergies, asthma, eczema, and other inflammatory-type reactions because of chronic stress. A wide variety of challenges such as hyperactivity, attention issues, sleep challenges, behavior problems, or social issues can occur. By addressing these subluxations with a specific chiropractic adjustment, as a result the body can communicate better. Chiropractic care can help everyone, but most of all children with Alphabet Soup should absolutely seek chiropractic.