Developmental Delays in Children: Can Chiropractic Help?
Any parent who is dealing with developmental delays in their child will search for help anywhere they can. While chiropractic may not be the first thought when you are managing developmental delays, many children have shown great improvement working with a Snellville chiropractor. Children who are experiencing poor or delayed motor skills can benefit from the physical changes chiropractic brings, but it can also be helpful with speech issues, learning disabilities, and Attention Deficit Disorder. At Hand and Heart Chiropractic, we welcome parents and children looking for relief and hope.
The Root Cause of Developmental Delays
There is a huge range of developmental delays that children can experience, with an equally varied number of causes. Birth defects, underlying medical conditions, and environmental factors can all be important to consider when treating these delays, but it is also important to look at spinal alignment as a potential root cause.
The majority of children with delays also exhibit some level of spinal misalignment. This can take the form of a twisted, turned, or out-of-place vertebra. While this may seem minor, the truth is that these issues can cause nerve interference that impacts the whole body and mind. When nerves aren’t communicating properly, the brain is no longer able to properly signal the body, which can make developmental milestones more difficult to accomplish.
Chiropractic Care for Children with Developmental Delays
When you visit Dr. Dionne Anderson, the first thing she will do is complete a complete examination of your child’s spine to note any misalignments and potential nerve interferences. These are the areas that will be focused on during adjustments, with the goal of resuming normal nerve function and returning the body to a natural and healthy state. The ability to move better, concentrate more fully, and learn more easily are all direct results of these adjustments.
These benefits have been shown in many studies. In one example, a 4-year-old boy displaying motor delays around speech and fine motor skills underwent 15 adjustments. He began treatment only being able to use basic sounds and words, and by the end of his adjustments, he had a vocabulary of hundreds of words.
A similar case followed 157 children between 6 and 13 years old, all of whom had a developmental delay or learning disability. After receiving regular chiropractic care, the cognitive performance increased across the children, with fewer symptoms of their delays remaining present.
Your Child and Chiropractic Care
Parents want what’s best for their children, and we often see parents hesitant to begin chiropractic care. Dr. Dionne Anderson is dedicated to providing gentle care for children that is specifically designed to meet their needs and concerns. At your first appointment, the Hand and Heart Chiropractic team will walk you and your child through every step of the process to ensure you feel comfortable and safe with us.
Developmental delays can affect anyone, but they do not have to be a life-long concern. Schedule with us today to begin the process of overcoming your child’s challenges.
Cuthbert, SC., Barras, M. “Developmental delay syndromes: psychometric testing before and after chiropractic treatment of 157 children.” Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy, 2009 Oct;32(8):660-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19836603
Troy, J., Dennis, T., Cade, A. “Developmental advancements following chiropractic care in a four-year-old child with dyspraxia and associated developmental delays: A case report.” Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, 15(1) http://jccponline.com/developmental-advancements.html