Autism and Chiropractic

Autism in Austin and Chiropractic: A Missing Link?

Autism in Austin is becoming a very common problem. There are many autism resources and providers, however, there is one piece of the autism puzzle that is rarely talked about.

That piece of the puzzle is the link between improved quality of life in children diagnosed with autism who are under chiropractic care. Dr. Swanson has had an emphasis on pediatrics throughout his career and has helped many children throughout the Austin community.

How Does Chiropractic Help Children with Autism?

The link between chiropractic and autism is one of structure and function. Most people understand how the fuel efficiency of their car would be affected if they placed large boxes or luggage on the top of the vehicle. The body is no different.

Structure Affects Function Dr. Justin Swanson Austin Chiropractor

Structure Always Affects Function

The upper neck houses intricate and delicate nervous system tissues as well as arteries that provide the brain with a significant amount of its blood supply. Doesn’t it make sense that if there were a shift in spinal structures, that the function of the body would be affected? Of course it does. However, no one is looking for this common form of dysfunction known as vertebral subluxation.

While chiropractic does not seek to cure or treat autism, correction of vertebral subluxation can lead to objective and subjective changes in the quality of life of children diagnosed with autism.

Watch the video below to learn more about the science behind this missing link and to see if chiropractic care can help your child. There are two versions of the video. One goes in more depth if you have the time to sit down and watch for an hour and the second is for a quick overview.

Short Version

 

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