A Growing Problem
A Thirty five month old girl presented into Dr. Borkhuis’s office with the chief complaint of head pain. She also had a variety of other complaints all seemingly related to the autism spectrum disorder. She was born prematurely at 28 weeks weighing 2 lbs., 5 oz. and after struggling for 2 years with the child’s seemingly abnormal behavior and significant developmental delays the parents decided to take her in for a thorough developmental evaluation. The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers was administered and 5 critical items were failed.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Upper cervical chiropractic care was administered to the patient over a course of time and she had a complete resolution of the head pain, acid reflux, vomiting, frequent waking up during the night, and significant improvements in the ASD manifestations; calm behavior, increased eye contact, happier demeanor, improved attitude, and an initiation to sound out words.
After 5 months, the patient did not relapse in any of these areas. It was reported by her preschool teachers that she had a significant increase in focus and attention; as well. As more interest in toys, books, and playing more quietly.
The following two months, the patient experienced a significant relapse in acid reflux, vomiting, and waking up during the night presumably because she was not under chiropractic care. After resuming care, the acid reflux symptoms were resolved again within two weeks.
She continues to progress greatly neurologically as is evident with a significantly increased vocabulary, continued improvement in attention and focus, and complete lack of epileptic episodes.
Children with acid reflux, autism, seizures and other neurological conditions should be evaluated for a possible birth injury in the upper neck that is resulting in these symptoms.
NUCCA care is safe, gentle and effective at correcting these underlying upper neck problems and getting to the cause of a variety of different issues.
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at http://www.bayareanuccacare.com/.