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Video | Sensory Processing Disorder and Chiropractic

The complete guide to sensory processing disorder and chiropractic care

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Growing natural healthy kids ensures proper growth and development.   Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a condition that affects how the brain processes sensory information from the environment. Individuals with SPD may experience difficulties with various sensory inputs, such as touch, sound, sight, taste, and smell. These challenges can impact their ability to function in daily life and affect their behavior, emotional regulation, social skills, and academic performance. Fortunately, there is an array of therapeutic interventions available to help manage the symptoms of SPD, including chiropractic care.

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Chiropractic care a Holistic approach for SPD

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach that focuses on restoring proper alignment and function to the spinal column and other joints. This, in turn, can improve nerve function, reduce muscle tension, and enhance overall health and wellness. Although chiropractic care is typically associated with back and neck pain, it can also provide benefits to individuals with SPD. Here’s what you need to know about the intersection between SPD and chiropractic care:

Benefits of chiropractic care for SPD

Alleviating muscle tension and pain

Individuals with SPD may experience muscle tension and pain due to their heightened sensitivity to touch and other tactile sensations. Chiropractors can use gentle chiropractic adjustments, massage, and other techniques to reduce muscle tension, alleviate pain, and improve mobility. This can help individuals with SPD relax their muscles, feel more comfortable in their bodies, and engage in physical activities that they may have avoided before due to discomfort.

Improving vestibular function

The vestibular system is responsible for regulating balance and spatial orientation. It plays a crucial role in helping individuals with SPD integrate visual, auditory, and proprioceptive information to navigate their environment. However, individuals with SPD may have an underactive or overactive vestibular system, resulting in balance and coordination problems, dizziness, and motion sickness. Chiropractors can perform specific adjustments to the upper cervical spine and skull to improve the function of the vestibular system, reduce vertigo and dizziness, and enhance overall coordination.

Enhancing neurological function

The nervous system is integral to the processing and integration of sensory information. Chiropractors can target specific regions of the spine that correspond to different areas of the brain responsible for sensory processing, motor function, and emotional regulation. By adjusting these regions, chiropractors can enhance neurological function, facilitate communication between the brain and the body, and promote overall wellbeing.

Reducing stress and anxiety

Individuals with SPD may experience heightened levels of stress and anxiety due to their hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli. Chiropractic care can help reduce stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation, improving sleep quality, and regulating the body’s stress response. Chiropractors can use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and lifestyle counseling to help individuals with SPD manage their stress and improve their mental health.

What to expect during a chiropractic visit for SPD

Chiropractic care for SPD typically involves a comprehensive evaluation to assess the individual’s spine, posture, muscle function, and neurological function. The chiropractor may also ask about the individual’s medical history, lifestyle habits, and current symptoms. Based on this assessment, the chiropractor will develop a customized treatment plan that may involve chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, exercise instruction, and nutritional counseling. The treatment protocol will be tailored to the individual’s specific needs and goals.

It’s important to note that chiropractic care is just one aspect of a comprehensive sensory integration program. Individuals with SPD may benefit from a multidisciplinary approach that includes occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and other modalities. The key is to seek out qualified professionals who understand the unique challenges faced by individuals with SPD and can provide effective, individualized treatment.

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Sensory processing disorder can be a challenging condition for both children and adults to navigate. However, with the right guidance and support, individuals with SPD can lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. Chiropractic care is a safe, natural, and non-invasive therapy that can help alleviate the symptoms of SPD and promote overall wellness. If you or a loved one is struggling with SPD, consider adding chiropractic care to your treatment plan and see how it can help you thrive.


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