There is an obscure connection between epilepsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder, that researchers worldwide are trying to figure out. There is a high correlation between the two conditions in children, as roughly one third of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are also afflicted with epilepsy. What is potentially more concerning is the increased potential to develop epilepsy at different age milestones throughout the course of a young child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
At one year old, there is a 5% chance of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder developing epilepsy. The chances of developing epilepsy increase to 15% at five years old, and 25% at ten years old. Unfortunately, epilepsy is usually a lifelong condition as roughly 15% of adults are able to manage their epilepsy to the point where it is gone.
A growing body of research is pointing to chiropractic care to effectively treat young individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are affected by the co-morbidity of epilepsy. Epilieptic seizures occur when certain cells within the brain fire rapidly for a short period of time, and the signals are concentrated in a way that other neurons are unable to process.
Chiropractic care is commonly associated with increasing blood flow to and from the brain, and with increased blood flow, many in the fields of neuroscience are becoming confident that these seizure inducing cells will be remediated. Additionally, adjusting the spine to have proper alignment will form the correct channels for the transfer of signals throughout the central nervous system and allow for normal functioning to be restored to the highest level of normality.
Specifically, investigators are highlighting subluxation-based chiropractic care, which focuses on the signs and symptoms related to the spinal column. Autism Spectrum Disorder and epilepsy are two intricate conditions and their relationship is quite convoluted. However, the ability for chiropractic care to improve the wellbeing of patients afflicted with both conditions is invaluable.
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