Can Chiropractic Improve Children’s Learning Disabilities?

The World Health Organization’s defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Based on this definition, many children are not completely healthy because of the increasing prevalence of learning disability.

In the U.S., between 3% and 10% of school aged children are affected by learning disorders and dyslexia. Others have low self esteem and motivation level, loss of interest in academics and lack of social interaction.

Disabilities in Children

In a 2006 study “Participation and Activity Limitation Survey,” Statistic Canada reported an increase in disabilities among children 14 years and younger. 202,350 children or 3.7% of the more than 5.4 million children in the survey reported having some kind of disability in 2006. This was an increase from the figures in 2001, which was at 3.1%.

From the same report, in this group of children with disability, 69.8% of those aged 4 years and under had chronic health condition, with asthma, allergies, autism and attention deficit disorder (ADD) being the most prevailing health conditions.

For children between 5 to 14 years old, the study showed that 66.6% of them were with chronic health conditions, while there are 69.3% of children also in the same age group affected by learning disabilities.

There was a significant rise in learning disabilities overall, for children and adults alike, from 2001 to 2006.

Chiropractic Care for Children with Learning Disabilities

Most of the adults who visit chiropractic office come with pain complaints like headaches, neck pain, and back pain. Most children brought to the chiropractors’ clinic are without pain conditions, but health conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive problems, bed-wetting, ADD/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. Chiropractic has been helpful with these kinds of health conditions for children. Chiropractic is however, not a therapy or treatment for these health conditions.

In chiropractic care, the spine is assessed to find subluxations or spinal misalignments. This is important because the communication to and from the brain depends on the state of the spinal alignment. When there are spinal misalignments, the nerve input can become altered and can cause all sorts of problems to the body. The chiropractor applies a specific chiropractic adjustment to rectify a spinal misalignment, which effectively removes nerve interference on the system. This results in an improved nerve input both to and from the brain. At this point, the body is now in a position where it can function optimally and allow its natural healing capability to go to work. The brain controls all body and healing function. This is the reason why chiropractors see many people, children and adults alike respond favorably to various health conditions.

In 2007, a literature review study was made by Dr. Yannick Pauli, a Swiss chiropractor, and President of the Swiss Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Pauli specializes in pediatric care for children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. The study appeared in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. It suggested that chiropractic approaches may positively impact individuals with learning disabilities and also dyslexia. Correcting spinal misalignments or vertebral subluxations has a lot to do with bringing back normal function to the nervous system of the child.

Chiropractic adjustments offer a bright prospect for a positive solution to your child’s learning problems and other brain functions in general without negative and harmful side effects. It will improve your child’s nervous system function so he can perform better on every level.

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