What Is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental and neurological disorder that impacts people's ability to communicate, behave, interact and learn. People can be diagnosed with autism at any age, but in many cases, symptoms start to appear before a person is a toddler. Autism affects people of all races, sexes and economic backgrounds. Therapies and interventions can help to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life and daily functioning.
What Are the Signs of Autism?
When signs of autism appear depends on the severity of the disorder. Sometimes, the symptoms appear early on, before a child is 1 year of age. People with mild autism may not present signs of the disorder until they start school and have difficulty behaving or functioning in a classroom.
A few of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder are:
- Difficulty interacting and communicating with people
- Repetitive behaviors
- Restricted interests
For example, some children with autism may have trouble making friends or maintaining eye contact. Others may become very focused on niche subjects and struggle to understand why others are not equally interested in those things.
Autism spectrum disorder can cause physical symptoms too. Constipation is commonly associated with autism, as are seizure disorders.
Chiropractic Care and Autism
Upper cervical chiropractic care won't cure autism, but it can help relieve some of the physical symptoms associated with the disorder. The central nervous system includes the brain and spine and is responsible for regulating many bodily functions. When the spine is misaligned, it can impact many areas of the body, including the immune, digestive and sensory systems. Restoring alignment can help improve the functioning of those systems, easing issues such as constipation, balance problems and overstimulation.