Chiropractic May Help Kids with Learning Disorders
Apr 04, 2011 01:38AM
● By Dr. Daniel Weber
A recent study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research suggests that chiropractic care may offer significant benefits to children suffering from learning disabilities and dyslexia.
The research was conducted in Switzerland by Dr. Yannick Pauli, president of the Swiss Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Pauli reviewed eight previously published studies that assessed a total of 160 children, and while the results are preliminary, the evidence suggests chiropractic care may have a positive affect on various cognitive abilities.
Dr. Pauli noted that learning disorders and dyslexia are recognized as a neurodevelopmental disorder and that children suffering from those problems have parts of their brains that are not functioning adequately or are even delayed in their development.
In a press release, Dr. Pauli stated, "The only source of constant stimulation to the brain comes from the spine and the postural muscles constantly adjusting to the force of gravity. If the daily physical stresses of life cause misalignments of the spine (vertebral subluxations), the brain is not adequately stimulated. This can cause problems throughout the body."
He further stated that "chiropractic adjustments, even when no back problems are evident, can improve the function of the spine and strongly stimulate nerve pathways to the cerebellum and other parts of the brain." In the case of children, this may, in turn, help the brain functions necessary for learning.
Learning disorders and dyslexia affect between three and ten percent of school-aged children in the United States. Individuals with these disorders often suffer from low self-esteem, diminished motivation, loss of interest in school and problems in social functioning and academic difficulties.
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