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Chiropractic treatments improve sensory-processing disorders

This story originally published in Naturalnews.com Feb 29,2012 by Dr. David Jockers.

Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are impairments in detecting, modulating, interpreting, or responding to sensory stimuli. One study estimates that 5 percent of elementary aged children met the criteria for SPD. These conditions are closely related to other neurodevelopmental disorders and often overlap with autism and ADHD. Recent studies have shown the benefits of chiropractic in enhancing the functionality of individuals with SPD and Autism. In 2011, we have more children and young adults affected by neurodevelopmental disorders than ever before in history. There are many factors involved in this such as birth and/or early childhood trauma, environmental toxins, food allergens, the avoidance of breast feeding and heavy vaccination. These are all areas that show promise as causative factors in the formation of neurodevelopmental disorders. Birth trauma can come in the form of a forceps or vacuum extraction delivery. Even normal vaginal or cesarean birth processes can be particularly traumatic. The most vulnerable area of the infant's body is the upper cervical spine. This also happens to be the area where the brain stem ties into the top of the spinal cord. Birth trauma can significantly damage this region andcreate a neurological insult that is referred to as subluxation.

Subluxation alters neurological processing. Subluxation is a term used to describe mechanical compression and irritation to spinal joints and nerves. Subluxation scrambles the neurological feedback loop by causing altered rhythms of neurological flow. Subluxation insults the neurology of the infant and affects normal development and maturation. This can often create an environment conducive to the formation of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD andSPD. Many chiropractors specialize in the location, diagnosis and correction of subluxation patterns in infants and young children. These chiropractors often have unique training with digital technology that uses thermographic and surface electromyography to calibrate the function of the nervous system and identify areas of neurological insult. They are also gifted with palpation, posture and body motion observations to locate specific biomechanical and neurological imbalances in the young child. Two recent studies published in the 2011 edition of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health showed the benefits of chiropractic on SPD and Autism. In both cases the children were diagnosed with upper cervical subluxation patterns that were thought to have occurred from early childhood traumas. The children also showed signs of neurological imbalance and subluxation in other regions of the spine. Results of their care were startling and would naturally be considered major breakthroughs in the medical model. The children's care consisted of specific chiropractic adjustments for a period of weeks to remove subluxation and balance the neurology. They also followed an anti-inflammatory nutritional program that involved a gluten-free, casein-free diet and nutritional supplements such as probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Most natural health practitioners would agree that the majority of children with neurodevelopmental disorders have neurological and digestive damage. The digestive issues typically involve leaky gut syndrome, gut dysbiosis, Candida infections and chronic food allergens. These problems typically present together and can be remedied with an anti-inflammatory diet and nutritional supplements. There are 10 other case studies of children with similar neurodevelopmental issues who have seen significant improvements through chiropractic care. This is evidence of the role that subluxation plays in affecting normal sensory system maturation and development. Hopefully these recent studies will shine a light on the impact of subluxation correction on healthy neurological balance. This can range from immune system disorders, chronic disease and neurodevelopmental problems. More research dollars should be spent on inexpensive, low risk, non-invasive modalities such as chiropractic care for childhood health problems and normal brain and immune system maturation processes.

Gary Roberts -Hockey Player -Chiropractic Adjustments Saved his Career and his Well Being

This story originally published in Toronto Star News Sept 06,2013.

The article features former NHL hockey player Gary Roberts who explains how chiropractic saved his professional hockey career. When Roberts was 30 years old and a left winger for the Calgary Flames, he suffered a neck injury that left him with severe nerve damage and numbness in his arms. Even after repeated surgeries and rehab he was no better. "I couldn’t hold a steak knife to cut my food," he recalls. "My career was over. I was a pretty lost soul." Then in 1996, Roberts decided to see a chiropractor. The end result was not only did he recover from his injury, but he continued to play professional hockey for another 13 years.

Roberts stated in the article how he felt when describing his recovery with chiropractic, "It saved my life." He went on in the article to explain, "[Whether] you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, the results are the same - your body gets beaten up. Chiropractors have taken sports to a new level."

Dr. John Theodoropoulos, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, was also quoted in the article talking about athletes' affinity for chiropractic care, "Everyone is high-level, everyone takes sports seriously now." He continued, "When athletes refer to their doctor, their doctor is usually a doctor of chiropractic."

It was reported on September 3, 2013, in Chiropractic Economics that Logan College of Chiropractic has been named the official chiropractic college of the NFL Rams. "The St. Louis Rams are proud to partner with Logan University, one of the nation's leaders in chiropractic education," said Bob Reif, executive vice president of the St. Louis Rams. "Chiropractic treatments are essential to the health and wellness of our Rams players and Logan alumnus, Dr. Mike Murphy, has been treating our world-class athletes for several years. With this partnership, we are pleased to deepen our relationship with one of the most prestigious schools in chiropractic education."

Chiropractic Neck Adjustment and Monster Half Propels Rodgers to Record Day This story originally published on PackerReport.com Sept 15,2013

The latest prolific passing day for Aaron Rodgers began with a little discomfort. Some three hours before kickoff at Lambeau Field against the Washington Redskins, the Green Bay quarterback was dealing with a stiff neck, the product really of not being able to sleep in his own bed.

“I just slept on it wrong I guess over at the hotel,” explained Rodgers. “It’s not the hotel’s fault.” As a result, Rodgers received some unexpected treatment from the team chiropractor before the game. It did the trick just fine. By game’s end, the only pain in the neck anyone was talking about was the one Rodgers was to the Redskins’ pass defenders.

“I didn’t feel great before the game,” said Rodgers. “I’ve got to thank my guys in the training room – Dr. Zoelle for coming over and giving me an adjustment. Because I was hurting pretty bad. I wasn’t feeling great pre-game. But once the adrenaline started going, I just kind of got into a rhythm.”

Yankees Hire a Chiropractor

Brian Cashman, Yankees General Manager said he was taking Johnny Damon’s advice and hiring a chiropractor to visit the Yankees’ clubhouse once or twice per homestand.

Damon did not start on Tuesday to give his back an extra day of rest. Damon flew home to Orlando, Fla., Sunday night and had four treatments from his personal chiropractor before flying here on Tuesday morning.

"My chiropractor is amazing," Damon said. "I just hope it translates into better results on the field, not just for me but for the team."

Cashman said he hoped Damon’s visit would help him mentally as much as physically.

"I know he feels, mentally, a heck of a lot better than what he was," Cashman said. "Tomorrow, I know Johnny feels he’s ready to lead us again. He was a major force for us last year."

Autism and Chiropractic, Studies Hold Hope

Two separate papers published in two scientific journals hold hope for children with autism through chiropractic care. One paper published in the March 2006 issue of Clinical Chiropractic reviews past studies on chiropractic and Autism. This paper recounts in clinical studies where children with autism are helped with chiropractic care. Most of the studies reviewed speak of problems in the upper cervical (neck) spine.

In addition to the Clinical Chiropractic paper, a study published in the March 9, 2006 Journal of Vertebral Subluxation (JVSR) compares two groups of children with autism and their response under chiropractic care. In this study 14 children diagnosed with autism were studied undergoing chiropractic care. Seven of these children received one form of chiropractic adjustments focusing on the entire spine while the other seven received a form of chiropractic adjustment focusing on the upper cervical spine.

The children in this study were diagnosed with autism at the Child Evaluation Center at the University of Louisville Medical School. The evaluation of any progress made was done by using the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) created by the researchers at the Autism Research Institute of San Diego, California. According to the JVSR study, the ATEC is a one-page questionnaire designed to be completed by parents, teachers, or caretakers. It consists of 4 subsets: I. Speech/Language Communication (14 items); II. Sociability (20 items); III. Sensory/Cognitive Awareness (18 items); and IV. Health/Physical/Behavior (25 items).

Each of the children in this study were scored according to the ATEC evaluation. Then, twice each week for the following 3 months, the children were checked and adjusted as indicated. Follow up ATEC evaluations were performed each month to monitor the progress.

The results showed that improvement of ATEC scores occurred in six of the seven children under upper cervical adjustment and in five of the seven children under full spine adjustment. The children in the upper cervical group did show greater score improvements overall. In this group, two of the children improved so much that they no longer met the criteria to be classified as autistic. Overall, the study noted that the most common clinical aspects of improvement were in communication, verbal skills, eye contact, mood, and physical sport skills.