Autism is a perplexing condition. Some new research has linked the function of the cerebellum, if impaired, as contributing to autism. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that is responsible for movement, coordination, sensory perception, and motor control. It receives signals from the body as to how it is coping with its environment. This new research points out that the cerebellum plays a vital role in how the other parts of the brain are working, such as how the brain controls a person’s cognitive function. It is now seen that the cerebellum absorbs information from the environment around the child and uses this to enhance the neocortical circuit.
What does this all indicate? Well, a child begins processing information from the world around him long before he is able to communicate his feelings. If the cerebellum is not functioning at its optimum, this information is not processed correctly. This can impact the rate at which a child matures. This leads to issues with other parts of the brain and something called developmental diaschisis occurs.
Considering all of this, it makes sense that children with autism find it awkward to interact in social settings. This can be displayed by refusal to speak or problems understanding how to react. Sometimes it is thought to be that the child does not understand right from wrong. However, it is more likely that the child simply cannot properly process all the stimuli around him and is unsure how to react to it.
Autism Helped by Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Since the cerebellum is malfunctioning, one may wonder how a chiropractor can help his or her child. The brainstem is the communication highway between the body and brain. If the child has a misalignment in his upper cervical neck— often due to the birthing process or trips and falls that naturally accompany childhood— the brainstem can be hindered from sending proper signals. Correcting this problem through a very gentle means that causes no pain to the child can help the brain interpret the outside world a little better. It only takes ¼ of a millimeter misalignment to throw off the function of the brainstem.
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