According to autism experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 59 children lives with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. This is nearly 3% of children. Thirty years ago, 0.1% of children had autism.
This almost thirty-fold increase means that we’re all more likely to live closer than ever to individuals with autism. Even if you don’t have a relative with ASD, you probably live, work and interact with persons on the spectrum. Therefore, understanding ASD and options for Natural autism treatment are more important than ever.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is actually a group of neurodevelopmental disorders. Children on the spectrum can have Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), or autistic disorder. Since ASD includes so many conditions, individuals with ASD can function at a wide range of levels. According to the American Psychiatric Association, persons with ASD may be classified as “requiring very substantial support,” “requiring substantial support,” or “requiring support.”
No matter what their level of functioning or ASD sub-disorder, persons with ASD have challenges related to their social functioning, repetitive activities, or a combination of both. Socially, individuals with ASD might have difficulty with:
● Starting conversations or other interactions
● Keeping a conversation going
● Responding to verbal and non-verbal cues
● Changing their behavior to suit a place or occasion (i.e. formal dinner vs casual movie night)
Individuals with ASD can also have challenges stemming from repetitive behaviors that can include:
● Using the same phrases or echoing others when speaking
● Insisting on the same foods, route, or other daily routine
● Obsession with objects, topics, and other interests
● Unusual sensory reactions, such as over-reactivity, under-reactivity, or unusual interests in certain sights, sounds, or textures
Although they may be subtle, signs of ASD can first be noticed by age two or three. If your child doesn’t respond to their name by one-year-old, point to objects that interest them by 14 months of age, or pretend through play by 18 months of age, then you should bring them to Vital Wellness Center for an evaluation and to possibly begin Natural autism treatment.
Sometimes, an individual with ASD can live for years or decades without having it diagnosed. This is increasingly common with increasing awareness for ASD and easy access to information online. Many adults with ASD first decide to get evaluated for it after having a child diagnosed with the condition or recognizing themselves while reading an article or blog post about ASD online.
Chiropractic Natural Autism Treatment
Whether you have a child living with ASD or are an adult living on the spectrum, you need first to know that you or your family member are not a disease process, pathology, or plague. You are a person living with this condition. In fact, when you come to Dr. David Foss at Vital Wellness Center for Natural Autism Treatment, his focus is helping you access your own potential for healthy, vibrant living.
The internet is full of “epic cures” and “groundbreaking discoveries” that have no basis in truth. Some of these are more than just lies; they are potentially lethal. If you’ve already wasted your time on one or more of these, don’t beat yourself up over it. We’ve helped many people educate themselves and chose science-based Natural autism treatment.
For every snake-oil salesperson online, many more are genuinely interested in helping individuals with ASD live their best lives. Many of these individuals mention Natural Autism Treatment options that are research-based. Some of the more helpful choices for Natural autism treatment involve lifestyle changes.
At Vital Wellness Center, we’re here to help you make healthy decisions for yourself. Although you’ve probably heard a lot about diet or exercise, you may not know as much about chiropractic care as a Natural autism treatment.
Chiropractic treatment involves correcting subluxations or spinal misalignments that interfere with neurological function. Since the spinal cord carries all information traveling between the world and the brain, keeping it free to function through chiropractic treatment ensures that individuals with ASD get a more complete sense of the world.
Since ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, receiving as much as possible about the world can help the brain develop as much as possible well into adulthood. In fact, scientists have found that the brain is still developing until at least 25 to 30 years old. So, if you’re an adult on the spectrum, you can actively work towards living a better life with ASD.
Sensory diets or sensory activity-filled occupational therapy programs are popular for children with ASD, and adults with ASD can engage in exercise or other similar activities. When you receive Natural Autism Treatment, including chiropractic adjustment, the subluxations that interfere with clear nerve communication are corrected. The result is that children can reap the full benefit of important sensory work such as occupational therapy sessions.
What to Expect During Chiropractic Natural Autism Treatment
At Vital Wellness Center, we’re happy to work with teachers, therapists, or anyone you feel can help ASD. We’re all working hard to help people with ASD thrive. Since no one lives on the spectrum alone, we invite you to bring siblings and other family members for chiropractic care.
Dr. Foss offers highly structured visits with a calming routine. During each office visit, we discuss your test results and describe any adjustments we will perform. Then we gently correct your subluxations. If there are any sensitivities to light, sound, or touch, let us know, and we’ll do our best to make you feel comfortable.
Benefits of Chiropractic Natural Autism Treatment
At Vital Wellness Center, we’re here to help you sort through your Natural Autism Treatment choices. We are highly knowledgeable about the research backing these options and can support you to make informed health decisions about exercise, nutrition, and other therapies.
Many therapies for ASD involve some form of movement. Whether it’s walking or sensory activities, physical activity is beneficial for individuals with ASD. More specifically, recent research has shown that light-to-moderate intensity exercise, such as those promoted by Vital Wellness Center, reduces repetitive behaviors in teenagers with ASD.
Another research-based area we’re pleased to help you with is diet. Many individuals with ASD are notoriously picky eaters or have digestive issues such as constipation. A strategic nutrition plan can give your body resources for building better health.
Although many diets are widely circulated, gluten-free and casein-free diets are two of the most popular. Gluten and casein are the main proteins found in wheat and milk, respectively. While they may be popular, they may not always be the most helpful for you or your family member with ASD.
When you come to our office, Dr. Foss can prescribe an elimination diet. An elimination diet involves systematically removing and adding items to the diet to determine which foods are causing issues. In a matter of weeks, he can detect food sensitivities and prescribe a health-enhancing diet for you on your loved one.
Supplements are another hot topic in Elburn and elsewhere. Research has revealed that omega-3 fatty acids, for example, can reduce hyperactivity and social problems in persons with ASD. If you’re interested in trying omega-3 or another supplement, we can help you safely do so. We can also run a data-driven trial to help you objectively determine if a supplement is a good fit or not.
When choosing supplements, you need to be careful of any added preservatives, dyes, and other potentially toxic additives. Taking supplements is something you do to improve your health, so you shouldn’t have to worry about consequences from any dangerous chemicals. We can help you find suitable supplements that are pure and manufactured to the highest medical-grade standards.
Discover Natural Autism Treatment
If you live with ASD or have a loved one on the spectrum, you can reap the benefits of Natural Autism Treatment at Vital Wellness Center. When you call or send us an email, we’ll gladly discuss ASD treatment with you. You can also find Vital Wellness Center online and schedule an appointment with Dr. Foss through our website.
How Will You Feel After Your First Treatment?
Wondering how you’ll feel after your first few adjustments? Read on:
Some people report feeling great!
Research indicates that some patients receiving chiropractic adjustments may experience a mild side effect of some kind (Cagnie, Vinck, Beernaert & Cambier, 2004; Chaibi, Benth, Tuchin & Russell, 2017). Many patients feel the effects of an adjustment right away, while it may take a bit longer for others. Since everyone is unique, it’s impossible to make exact predictions about how your body will react to the first adjustments from Dr. Foss, so here are some common experiences reported by patients to help you prepare for the possibilities!
Some feel a little bit sore…
Other people report minor discomfort after their first adjustments, particularly in the areas of greatest subluxation. A 2017 study by Chaibi, Benth, Tuchin and Russell indicates that 11.3% of patients receiving chiropractic adjustments during the study experienced a mild, localized tenderness afterward. Muscle soreness is also a common experience and was noted by a study in which 13% of participants reported sore muscles after an adjustment (Meier, Evans, Hartvigsen, Shulz & Bronfort, 2015). The muscles around your spine have been pushing and pulling in the same directions for many years, which has maintained the misalignment of your vertebrae. Now those muscles are being asked to push and pull in the directions that maintain correct alignment, so it’s only natural to expect them to be a bit sore!
Regardless of the type of discomfort, it tends to be mild and usually occurs within 4 hours after an adjustment and resolves within 24 hours (Cagnie, 2004).
(Side note: the “muscle memory” that maintains incorrect vertebral alignment is why multiple adjustments are needed to correct the spine – the muscles need to be retrained!)
Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Foss about any concerns!
Some people report not feeling much different.
Lastly, some people report not feeling any different after their first adjustments. Even though you may not notice any effects, rest assured that important changes are taking place! Chiropractic adjustments won’t always make you feel better instantly, but they’ll make you heal better instantly!