Autism and the Missing Link…
April is Autism Awareness Month. The prevalence of Autism is estimated at one in every 68 children. Who do you know on the Autism Spectrum? Think about this individual for a moment as we consider the nervous system in this group.
Autism is a neurological and developmental disability. They often miss milestones and show signs of verbal or communication issues when they are young. Did they begin speaking by 2 years old? Do they try to find a routine? Do they follow a conversation or try to circle back to their own favourite things? Did they first walk at around one year of age? Do they have friends or interact with others? There are many comprehensive tests to look at what is going on with a child. However, what most people do not know is how important it is to make sure their nervous system is working optimally.
This is where the missing link comes in.
The central nervous system comprises the brain and spinal cord; there are sensory nerves, motor nerves, and the autonomic nervous system. The sensory nerves help with hot/cold and pain perception, as well as proprioception (where your body is in space). Many autistic children have issues with touch. The motor nerves help move muscle and set muscle tone. How often do you find an Autistic child tensed up; or perhaps floppy? Many Autistic children have mobility issues. The autonomic nervous system is largely unconscious and runs all the bodily functions, such as breathing, heart rate and digestion. How many autistic children or adults have mood or behavioural issues, or digestion issues?
If Autism is a neurological disability, would it not be a good idea to help the nervous system? This is what chiropractic can do! Chiropractic care is focused on optimizing the nervous system communication so that the body can function at its best! Many parents report their children eat better, move better, sleep better and have better bodily functions, such as bowel movements, with chiropractic care. That makes for a much happier child and family.
If you would like more information or are interested in further reading into autism, please be sure to check out our other autism blog post here.