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The 3 C's of Healing with Sensory and Spectrum Disorders

Pediatric chiropractic is gaining more and more recognition in our culture. Unfortunately, we are still considered the last resort with children that have sensory and spectrum disorders. Despite the life changing results that we see in our office, people still come to us after seeing OT, PT, and speech therapies. Chiropractic gets a bad reputation for not being grounded in science, but in actual reality the latest science is proving how the brain receives most of its input from the spine. The following are the 3 C’s of healing that we see with almost every child in our office.



Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System

Multiple times a month we put on a workshop called the Perfect Storm, where we dive into the science behind pediatric chiropractic and how we can help kids with chronic conditions. In this article I will briefly touch on the key components. These kids are “stuck” in a mode of our Autonomic Nervous System called the Sympathetic mode. This is the “gas pedal” side of the Autonomic Nervous System and is often referred to as the flight or fight mode.

They kids being in this flight or fight, protective mode of the nervous system causes them to be on high alert at all times. Some kids have unlimited amounts of energy, while others have anxiety and are extra sensitive to certain environments.

Our care calms the nervous system.  When we calm the nervous system, we often see the following improvements: better control of emotions, less meltdowns, shorter lasting meltdowns, better sleep, and less anxiety.


The second thing that we typically see in these kids is more connection. This kind of ties in with the calming of the nervous system. Calming of the nervous system takes these kids out of that “protective” mode of the nervous system. When the nervous system is in that “protective” mode, the body doesn’t have the ability to handle non-emergency things like communication, eye contact, and social engagement.

When we calm the nervous system and get these kids out of that “protective” dominant state, we see this connection start to occur. These kids start to listen better, have better focus, have better verbal and non verbal communication, and better eye contact.


The third and last thing that we start to see come on line is coordination. Many kids on the spectrum and with sensory challenges have poor motor skills. This can include poor balance, poor coordination, poor posture, poor confidence, and poor spatial awareness.

These 3 C’s are typical improvements that we see in our office on a daily basis. Most of the time, the improvements happen in this order. You have to calm down and slow down the nervous system in order to get it to connect and coordinate.

Changing these 3 things can literally change a child and family’s life. How would you like your child to become more calm, connected, and coordinated? If you have a kid on the spectrum or with sensory challenges then I assume you would love it!

We have our next in person workshop coming up on Tuesday August 8th at 6:30 PM. This is a FREE event. This will be a great opportunity to learn more and help you take the next steps for your child and family.

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