Chiropractic Care May Ease Learning Disabilities

A renowned Swiss doctor has authored research which concludes that chiropractic care has benefited those with learning disabilities and should be included in a multidisciplinary approach to treat affected individuals.

The published work of Dr. Yannick Pauli – the president of the Swiss Chiropractic Pediatric Association – is entitled The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Individuals Suffering from Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia: A Review of the Literature. Pauli’s culmination of data certainly gives hope to those afflicted and their loved ones.

Of all school-age children in Canada, 5-8% are affected with a learning disability. These range from speech and language disorders to academic skills disorders like dyslexia (which affects 8 in 10 children diagnosed as learning disabled) and include motor skills disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

These neurodevelopmental disorders have long-term effects as well. It is not only about the inability to read, write or concentrate. The disorders may also interfere with self-esteem, family and peer relationships later on in life. And, they can cause loss of motivation and/or problems in socializing.

Since most learning disorders are based in the brain, they are central nervous dysfunctions thought to be triggered by nerve interference or misalignments called vertebral subluxations.

Pauli writes that these spinal misalignments “alter the quality and quantity of neural inputs to the central nervous system […] and result in an asymmetric function of brain hemispheres […], [thus preventing] the achievement of temporal coherence between the two hemispheres.”

In other words, a reduction of spinal misalignment may restore proper joint and central nervous system function and improve motor balance overall.

In his analysis, Pauli also found that chiropractors are not primarily interested in the cure of cognitive and behavioral disorders. He states, “The chiropractor does not attempt to take over the role of a speech therapist, educational psychologist or neuropsychologist in diagnosing or treating the disorder, but rather offers a unique perspective by attempting to correct a central nervous system dysfunction thought to impair the individual’s potential to learn properly.”

Pauli explains that correcting the underlying cause may be the key in maintaining various cognitive abilities that are essential to learning, because the only source of constant stimulation to the brain comes from the spine. And misalignment of the spine causes inadequate stimulation of the brain, which in turn triggers problems throughout the body.

It is important to point to Dr. Pauli’s call for a multi-disciplinary approach when assisting those with a learning disability. Chiropractic care – a combination of adjustments, proper diet and exercise plus a healthy mental approach – is not a cure all. But, it is a wonderful maintenance program for the nervous system. And, a full functioning nervous system allows the incredible organism known as the human body to do some amazing things.

Dr. Jillka Kapadia is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Jillka Kapadia of Unique Family Chiropractic uses the latest technology in her office. Please call 416-342-1932 to schedule your family’s free consultation today.

Spring into Health!

With spring around the corner, this is the time of year most people get more active, eat better and feel more healthy. So do you consider yourself in the best health possible? Most people think that by feeling good, their body is fine and probably in the best condition it can be. However, this is not completely true. The reason being, symptoms unfortunately don’t tell us everything. Feeling pain or discomfort is a good indication that our body is not functioning well but sometimes we feel no pain or have no symptoms at all, therefore leaving us with no indication that our body is not in perfect health.

The nervous system is an important part of our body and tells us a lot about our health. The brain and spinal cord are the two most important parts of the body. The spinal cord is incased in bones called vertebrae, which protect the cord. Our nerves exit the spinal cord from between the vertebrae. These nerves run to every part of our body carrying information to and from the brain. This is how the brain communicates with our whole body.

Everyday movement and stress can cause these vertebrae to become rotated or moved out of their natural location. This can cause the nerves to be choked or impinged, which may depress or reduce their function. This is called a Subluxation. The pressure on the nerve can cause a reduction in the amount of information that the nerves can send out to their target organs, therefore possibly decreasing the functions of these organs or other parts of the body. This can occur without any pain or symptoms and at any time.

In order to restore these vertebrae back to their proper position, for the nerves to fully function again, and the body to return to its highest level of health, chiropractic care is required. Chiropractors use various hand adjustments to return the vertebrae back to its correct position. There are many types of adjustments ranging from low force techniques, which use very little force and pressure on the patients’ body to quick force adjustments. Through these adjustments, the nerves are once again allowed to function at their best.

Most people go to the dentist every six months to keep their teeth healthy, but don’t get their spine checked regularly, which has a greater impact on the bodies overall health. By seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis and making sure your spine is in proper alignment and functioning well, you can ensure a better, healthier and longer life.

Chiropractic Care May Improve Infants’ Sleep

A pilot study conducted by Joyce Miller and Matts Klemsdal evaluated whether routine chiropractic care in infants had also improved the patients’ sleep pattern.

Sleep problems plague about 25 percent of all infants; they are measured by the time it takes the child to settle down, the amount of consecutive sleep hours the child accumulates and the quality of sleep. All this can add a great amount of stress to new parents. In many cases, a disturbed sleep pattern is usually also accompanied by an infant’s excessive crying.

A pilot study was published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. In the study, 116 infants, who were in chiropractic care for various health challenges, were rated on their sleep behavior during the course of their care. Of the infants, only 10 percent had initially come to the chiropractor because of dysomnia or sleep disturbances, while the majority of the children received chiropractic care for excessive crying.

The parents were asked to complete a questionnaire on their child’s sleep pattern after the 1st, 4th and 7th visit to the chiropractor on the amount of hours the child slept, the quality of sleep and the time it took for the child to fall asleep.

The data was analyzed and showed a significant improvement in the children’s sleep pattern after the adjustments.

After the 1st visit, almost 40 percent of infants slept deeper. That percentage jumped to more than 60 percent after the 7th visit. The percentage of children who had difficulty falling asleep fell from more than 65 percent after the 1st visit to just over 22 percent after the 7th visit. Most children had received adjustments to the upper cervical spine.

This is an important finding that warrants more scientific and clinical research. Chiropractic care seems not only to help children get a better night’s sleep, it also reduces the stress on parents. And stress, as we all know, has its own health challenges.

Reference: “Can Chiropractic Care Improve Infants’ Sleep?” by Joyce Miller and Matts Klemsdal, Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, Volume 9, No. 1, 2008.

Dr. Jillka Kapadia is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Jillka Kapadia of Unique Family Chiropractic uses the latest technology in her office. Please call 416-342-1932 to schedule your family’s free consultation today.