Sensory Processing Disorders and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Los Angeles
Sensory Processing disorders and learning disabilities often go hand in hand. It is estimated that 5 percent of the childhood population is affected by a sensory processing disorder. Sensory processing disorders often overlap with learning disabilities and are close cousins to ADD/ADHD.
There are many studies that show that Upper Cervical Chiropractic can help play a role in the recovery of these disorders with a natural drug-free approach(1,2,3). Over the past several decades' neurodevelopmental disorders have been on a steep uptrend.
There are many reasons for this rise; gluten intolerance increased numbers of vaccines, intestinal hyper-permeability problems, upper cervical injuries, and birth trauma. All of these areas have been found to be causative agents in the growing epidemic.
In this article, we would like to discuss each area and give you information that you can use to help your child or a child you know with a sensory developmental problem.
Birth Trauma and the Upper Cervical Spine
The birthing process is inherently difficult for the mom and the child. When the child moves through the birth canal oftentimes they can get “stuck” come out “posterior” or have a traumatic forceps extraction. The forces involved in a forceps or vacuum extraction can be as much as 80 lbs of force.
The most vulnerable area of a young infant's spine is the neck. This area is not only the weakest but it also is neurologically most important. When the top vertebrae misalign from birth trauma it impacts the central nervous system.
Recent research shows that a misalignment of the c-1 vertebrae can decrease Cerebral Spinal Fluid(CSF) flow and decrease blood flow in the cerebral hemispheres (4). This upper cervical subluxation can be a causative factor in the development of sensory processing disorders, ADD/ADHD, and learning disabilities (5).
Our office in Los Angeles specializes in the detection of upper cervical misalignments, called upper cervical chiropractic. We do this by running objective scientific tests that determine if there is irritation to the brain-stem function or not.
Several tests are used to determine this including, spinal leg balance check, infra-red thermography, and palpatory findings. Once a problem is detected, precise x-rays are taken to determine the direction of misalignment.
Then a spinal correction is made which is gentle, precise, and effective. The goal of the care is to keep the offending vertebra clear of the spinal cord so the body can heal the damaged tissue that resulted from the injury. When the vertebra is clear of the cord the body naturally returns to normal function.
The Brain-Gut Axis and Neuro-developmental Disorders
A burgeoning area of research these days is the brain-gut axis (6). Researchers are finding out that the health of the microflora in a human's gut has a large influence on the health of the body. In fact 80 percent of the serotonin in the body is produced in the gut, not your brain.
That old saying “I have a gut feeling” is actually bearing out with the science. What does the brain-gut axis have to do with sensory processing disorders? There is emerging evidence that chronic inflammatory conditions in the bowel affect neurosensory processing (7).
Most natural health providers would agree that the great majority of children with learning disabilities and sensory processing disorders suffer from gut issues. Leaky gut syndrome, imbalance in the microflora, and candida infections are the most common agents causing inflammatory problems in the gut.
These types of problems can usually be ameliorated by following a leaky gut protocol (8) We hope that this blog has been informative to those that read. Our goal is to raise awareness of natural health care procedures that can help individuals heal and repair from chronic health care conditions.