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Chi­ro­prac­tic Care May Help Chil­dren With Learn­ing Dis­or­ders And Dyslexia

The above is a head­line from a Jan­u­ary 20, 2007 arti­cle pub­lished in the online Med­ical News Today. The story, and a sim­i­lar one dated Jan­u­ary 18th pub­lished by United Press Inter­na­tional, is based on research that came out Jan­u­ary 15, 2007 in the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal The Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research (JVSR). The study sug­gests that chi­ro­prac­tic care may offer sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to chil­dren suf­fer­ing from learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and dyslexia.

The author of the JVSR study was a Swiss chi­ro­prac­tor Dr. Yan­nick Pauli, who is the pres­i­dent of the Swiss Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion, and who spe­cial­izes in the care of chil­dren suf­fer­ing from learn­ing and behav­ioral dis­or­ders. Dr. Pauli explained, “This review crit­i­cally assessed eight pre­vi­ously pub­lished stud­ies involv­ing a total of 160 chil­dren. He con­tin­ued, “Although the results remain pre­lim­i­nary and more research is needed, the evi­dence strongly sug­gests that chi­ro­prac­tic care may help var­i­ous cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties that are essen­tial to learning.”

The study notes that between 310% of the school-​age pop­u­la­tion in the United States is con­sid­ered learn­ing dis­abled. Some experts claim that the fig­ure is closer to 20% of school age chil­dren. Accord­ing to Dr. Pauli, “The main aim of this lit­er­a­ture review was to inves­ti­gate the clin­i­cal evi­dence for the effect of chi­ro­prac­tic care in peo­ple suf­fer­ing from learn­ing dis­or­ders and dyslexia.”

Dr. Pauli explained, “What appears from our review is that the chi­ro­prac­tor is not so much inter­ested in the cure of the dis­or­der itself, but rather in the cor­rec­tion of an under­ly­ing Cen­tral Ner­vous Sys­tem dys­func­tion assumed to under­lie the disorder(s) affect­ing the patient” He explained the con­nec­tion of chi­ro­prac­tic care to learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties by say­ing, “The only source of con­stant stim­u­la­tion to the brain comes from the spine and the pos­tural mus­cles con­stantly adjust­ing to the force of grav­ity. If the daily phys­i­cal stresses of life cause mis­align­ments in the spine — called ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tions by chi­ro­prac­tors — the brain is not ade­quately stim­u­lated. This can cause prob­lems through­out the body.”

Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chi­ro­prac­tor and edi­tor of JVSR, remarked, “This study is an excit­ing first step. It shows the ben­e­fi­cial effect of chi­ro­prac­tic care and may offer hope for thou­sands of suf­fer­ing children.”

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