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Autism and Chiropractic care, Research Maintains Hope

Two papers released in two medical journals maintain hope for kids with autism by way of chiropractic care. One paper published in the March 2006 issue of Clinical Chiropractic reviews previous research on chiropractic care and Autism. This paper recounts the studies by which kids with autism are helped with chiropractic care. A lot of in the study speak of problems in the upper cervical (neck) spine.

Combined with the Clinical Chiropractic report, a study published within the March 9, 2006 Journal of Vertebral Subluxation (JVSR) compares two categories of kids with autism and their reaction under chiropractic care. Within this study 14 children identified as having autism were studied undergoing chiropractic care. Seven of those children received one type of chiropractic adjustments concentrating on the whole spine while the other seven received a type of chiropractic adjustment concentrating on the upper cervical spine.

The kids in this study were identified as having autism at the Child Evaluation Center at the University of Louisville Medical School. The evaluation of any progress made was done utilizing the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) developed by the study for the Autism Research Institute of San Diego, California. Based on the JVSR study, the ATEC is a one-page questionnaire built to be completed by parents, teachers, or caretakers. It is made up of 4 subsets: I. Speech/Language Communication (14 items); II. Sociability (20 items); III. Sensory/Cognitive Awareness (18 items); and IV. Health/Physical/Behavior (25 items).

Each one of the children in this study were scored based on the ATEC evaluation. Then, twice every week for an additional three months, the kids were checked and adjusted as indicated. Follow up ATEC evaluations were performed every month to observe the progress.

The outcomes demonstrated that improvement of ATEC scores happened in six of the seven children under upper cervical adjustment and in five of the seven children under full spine adjustment. The kids in the upper cervical group did show greater score improvements overall. Within this group, two of the youngsters improved so much that they will no longer meet the criteria to be classified as autistic. Overall, the study noted that the most common clinical aspects of improvement were in communication, verbal skills, eye contact, mood, and physical sport skills

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