How did we go from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 88? One in 88 children is now diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There are many theories as to the cause but for this article will focus on the solutions.
Someone is considered healthy or unhealthy largely on how their body adapts to change. Tripping over a curb, not removing your hand from a hot surface, or reacting inappropriately in social settings are all situations we observe for adaptation.
Adaptation is critical to every part of our lives. This critical process is controlled and regulated by the nervous system. The nervous system absorbs information from our environment, organizes it and reacts. It is estimated that our sensory system takes in over 11 million bits of information per second. This information is then sent to the brain to sort it out, react to some things and disregard the rest.
One could compare the situation to a standard email account. The email account daily receives an impressive amount of information some genuine, some spam, some relevant and much that is totally irrelevant. Imagine trying to sort through every email, respond quickly and accurately to an unfiltered email account. Communication would be quite difficult. Most people have a filter that works well however people with ASD have a difficult time filtering information.
While we are still a long ways from understanding how the brain works, we do understand that in order to adapt our environment we must be able to send and receive information properly. If our ability to send and receive information is interfered with, then adaptation becomes challenging.
A common physical condition in the human body can occur that interferes with the communication of the nervous system. This is called a Vertebral Subluxation (VS). A VS is where there is a misalignment of one or several vertebra in the spine. This causes abnormal signaling from the brain to the body.
A very interesting study published in the journal NEURON goes into to detail on how early damage to the base of the brain at a young age is linked to high scores on ASD testing. Another study from the May 2010 issue of the Chiropractic Journal of Australia, studies how Vertebral Subluxation affects sensory motor input and altered function.
Pilot and case studies are already underway documenting the improvement of patients with ASD with Chiropractic care. Some of the improvements include patients being able to attend school for the first time, improved reflexes, improved verbal and nonverbal communication and improved coordination.
If you would like to learn more about participating in a case study or would like to know if your child has Vertebral Subluxation and could benefit from Chiropractic care, feel free to contact us.
Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville
Grand Rapids, MI 49534