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Natural Approach to Sensory Processing Disorder in Sarasota, FL

What is sensory processing disorder?

Sensory processing disorder is basically where the brain is having trouble interpreting and responding to information that comes from your senses. Sensory processing disorder is a very broad diagnosis that can affect children in different ways. Some children are sensory “seekers” and some children are sensory “avoiders”.

Whether your child is a sensory “seeker” or “avoider”, there is natural help out there for them. Most children that come to our office have already been in all of the therapies. Occupational Therapy is great for helping parents develop greater structure and routine in these kids’ lives. Physical Therapy can help strengthen weak muscles and help with their balance and coordination. The number one thing you can do for your child is take them to a pediatric chiropractor!

How can chiropractic help?


Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic Nervous System

First off I need you to understand how sensory processing disorder comes about and how the nervous system works. Sensory processing disorder is a problem with the brain and nervous system. If you want to see life changings improvements, you must work on correcting the imbalances within the brain and nervous system. The more physical, chemical, and emotional stress that these kids undergo at a young age, the more prone they are to developing sensory challenges. This cumulative stress sticks the nervous system into a Sympathetic, gas pedal dominant state.

The Autonomic Nervous System has two different modes: the Sympathetic (gas pedal) and the Parasympathetic (brake pedal). Our Sympathetic nervous system is our fight or flight, protective system. Our Parasympathetic nervous system is where all the rest, digestion, growth, healing takes place.

Like I said above, the more stress these kids undergo at a young age, the more stuck in the Sympathetic, protective mode they are. When the brain and nervous system is “stuck” in this mode, it is perceiving things as survival situations. Loud noises and strange/new environments often cause anxiety and meltdowns in these kids. This is the classic fight or flight response. Some sensory kids act out and fight and become physical, while others run or try to avoid it.

As pediatric chiropractors, we are trained to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Our goal is calming the sympathetic, gas pedal mode and stimulating the parasympathetic, growth and development mode. Correcting sensory issues at the cause can result in amazing changes for the child and also the family.


Check out this email that I received from a mom regarding her daughter and the vacation that they were finally able to take:

I don’t feel I can adequately articulate the feeling I have tonight. We spent a day together as a family, in Orlando, at a resort with a water park, we went to dinner at a restaurant tonight & then downtown Disney for a stroll.  We are staying in a unfamiliar villa, we swam & played hard today. We had the most amazing, fun filled, smiles, laughter, silliness, relaxed day. Not one meltdown. Not one tear. No stress No anxiety No reassuring over and over again of what we are doing & where we are going. 11:45pm and my sweet ****is asleep in a strange bed, in a room just her and ****, (her blankie at home), ****** & I in a room downstairs. Her demeanor as I tucked her in a sat with her was relaxed & at ease. I truly am beyond words. Today was a gift…. a gift I never thought we’d get, We had gotten used to the life we needed to lead in order for **** to be ok in the world, the places we couldn’t go and the things we couldn’t do.  We made memories together today as a family that made my heart so full of happiness it spilled down my face throughout the day. I can’t begjn to express my gratitude & amazement for today!!  

These are testimonials that we get to hear on a weekly and often daily basis. Sensory kids overcoming their anxiety, fear, meltdowns. How would that impact your child and family? Unfortunately, pediatric chiropractic is still the last resort option. Many parents come to us having tried everything else. The sooner we can get these kids under our care, the sooner they can start making amazing progress!

Are you looking for a pediatric and family chiropractor in the Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch area? Call our office 941-822-8828 for a Free Consultation!

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