Can Chiropractic Care Help Cerebral Palsy Patients?

Child with cerebral palsy and chiropractor. Cerebral palsy affects 1 out of every 500 children. Those with children that have this movement disorder know how emotionally taxing it is to deal with this condition. Many parents will try just about any therapy if it means their child can be helped. Unfortunately, many medical therapies and drugs do not work, and there is no cure for cerebral palsy. However, there is still hope for those suffering from this disability, and that hope may be chiropractic care. says, “Behind the philosophy of chiropractic healing lays the notion that the brain and central nervous system control all aspects of the body’s functioning.  The theory of chiropractic care is that by healing the central area around the spine, the extremities and other parts of the body can become normalized.” Chiropractic care is gentle for children of all ages. It can help with many of the symptoms related to cerebral palsy, such as muscle spasms, seizures, and leg and arm problems.

One study was done in 2006 to see if chiropractic care could benefit those diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Four children who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy secondary to birth trauma visited a chiropractor once a month for a year. According to the study, “All four children showed improvement in paraspinal muscle tone (improved symmetry and decreased amplitude) as well as a decrease in the number of levels of abnormal thermography readings. All four children showed improvement in activities of daily living including mobility, feeding, and postural control.”

Another study was done on a two-year old boy who was diagnosed with hypotonic cerebral palsy after his traumatic birth. He went to several chiropractor appointments, averaging a little over one a month. The result is stated as this: “After one visit, the child started pulling himself up on to his riding toys.  After the fifth visit, the mother reported that the child began sleeping 9-10 hours a night, a steep improvement over the 3-4 hours per night he had been averaging prior to the start of chiropractic care.  Over the seven months of care, the boy gained four pounds and had improved eye contact.  Unfortunately, other CP effects persisted, including poor vocal sounds and hyper-reflexes.”

As you can see from both studies done, chiropractic care will not be able to cure cerebral palsy, but it can help an individual with the disability to be the best that they can be. Chiropractic care can heal problems with the spine and nervous system so that the patient can function better, develop more, and experience a fuller life.

If you are a parent with a child that has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, chiropractic care may be the right decision for you. The care is gentle and natural, as well as affordable when compared to other therapies.

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