How in the world can upper cervical chiropractic help with autism?
It sounds crazy right? Well, hear me out.
When I was opening my first practice I researched local groups to find places to speak. I, of course, wanted to “get the word out” about my practice, but also to share information about chiropractic. I found several area autism support groups. I heard so many testimonials from other upper cervical chiropractic doctors and their patients, and the science behind why it could help began to make sense. So, off I went to speak to the autism support groups.
When I finished my talk a large number of parents came up, and requested appointments for their children. I thought I must have really knocked it out of the park on that talk. What I realized was these parents were desperately trying to get help for their autistic children. I saw what they saw. A shining light in the kids eyes that was struggling to get out.
Now armed with an understanding of how to I analyze and correct spines, they began to come in with their children. I did thorough exams, took X-Rays, and finding a bone out of alignment in the upper neck, I adjusted it. At that point my job is done. It’s up to the incredible healing power of the body to do its job. Afterward, day by day, I had parents come in the door with huge smiles on their faces, as they told me of various improvements in their child’s behavior. The children were getting better grades, had better behavior in school and at home, had a reduction in allergies, improved speech, and so much more. The power of chiropractic proved itself over and over.
How is this possible? First of all, I’m not claiming upper cervical chiropractic is a cure for Autism. But, what I will tell you, is I have seen some amazing results. How it happens is actually pretty simple. Autism is for the most part a processing disorder. Brain signals get a bit jumbled, and aren’t able to communicate properly, this can lead to developmental delays and other issues.
The brainstem, (the lower portion of the brain), extends slightly into the upper neck and is involved in this communication. If one of the top two bones is misaligned, it can cause the brainstem to malfunction. This makes it difficult for the complex system of the brain and brainstem to function properly.
How does this happen in a young child? The birth process is a very common cause of upper neck issues, and the many falls toddlers generally experience when learning to walk can also be a culprit.
If this misalignment in the C1 and C2 is corrected, the brainstem can begin to function normally. This is the point at which we have seen some incredible results in Autism cases.
Dr. Lee Angle
Dr. Lee Angle is originally from southern West Virginia. After having his life changed through Upper Cervical Care he chose to pursue it as a career. He has been practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractic for over nine years. Dr. Angle previously worked as a certified personal trainer. This background allows him to educate his patients on proper movement and exercises to speed their recovery and enhance their Upper Cervical Care.