Written by Dr. Matthew Alvord DC, DPhCS
As you may already know, autism rates are climbing astronomically. Until just decades ago, the rate within society was never more than 1 in 10,000. The latest rate now ranges from 1 in 68 to 1 in 45! Something huge is happening to our children and our society. An MIT professor has even declared recently that if something doesn’t change by the year 2025, half of all children born in the United States will have autism. Wow. Do you know what kind of health problem that would mean to our society? I can’t imagine and I don’t want to. What I do want to do is talk about what can help these statistics and all the children behind them, because there are also a number of things associated with what causes autism and what helps children with autism once they are diagnosed with it.
With the different factors and areas of the body that affect autism, the greatest concern is the effect in the brain. Whether someone has autism or not, everything bounces off the brain and all roads to and from the brain pass through the spine. When bones in the spine misalign, they commonly interfere with signals directly affecting the brain. Over half of every single message that goes to the brain from the body is coming from the spine and almost 90% of this important feedback is coming from the upper neck, which surrounds the brain stem.
Enter Chiropractic. It is very important for everyone to get their spines checked for nerve interference because spinal interference has been shown to dramatically affect brain function. There have also been a number of studies showing that adjusting spinal misalignments back to normal not only helps brain function in general, but it specifically helps any of the autism spectral disorders. That means when children who have autismsee a chiropractor, they have an increased chance of having their symptoms improve, some so dramatically that they no longer have the diagnosis that made their parents bring them in!
Children with autism are trapped. Everyone else can get from A to Z but they just stay stuck on A, and do it over and over and over again. A could be anything, but it just represents the inside world they keep repeating because they can’t get out. Getting to B is just a pipe dream for these kids. They never get a chance to move on and outside themselves, to a world where life is meant to be lived from A to Z.
There is also a lot of stress that affects everyone around this condition as well. Families dealing with autism have divorce rates as high as 80%. The rippling affects of autism can cause a crippling affect around them for the rest of their lives. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Regardless of the rates of autism, things can get better with a better understanding and a better approach. It may be that some children stuck at A will never get to Z but with Chiropractic, it is possible for these children to get a new jump start from A to B to C.