What is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder?
Neurodevelopmental disorders are a group of conditions that affect the development of the brain and nervous system. These are some of the common causes and contributing factors for neurodevelopmental disorders, but it is important to note that the exact causes can vary widely from person to person.
What are the Different Types of Neurodevelopmental Disorders?
A neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviours.
A neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by symptoms such as inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity.
A neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significant limitations in cognitive functioning and adaptive behaviors.
A neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations (tics) that are difficult to control.
What are the Common Causes of Neurodevelopmental Disorders?
The exact causes of most neurodevelopmental disorders are not well understood, but they are believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some of the common causes and contributing factors include:
- Genetics: Many neurodevelopmental disorders have a strong genetic component, meaning that they can be passed down from parents to their children.
- Prenatal exposure to toxins: Exposure to certain chemicals and drugs during pregnancy can increase the risk of developing a neurodevelopmental disorder.
- Infections: Infections during pregnancy and early childhood, such as rubella, cytomegalovirus, and toxoplasmosis, can increase the risk of developing a neurodevelopmental disorder.
- Brain injury: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) during birth or early childhood can increase the risk of developing a neurodevelopmental disorder.
- Environmental factors: Exposure to environmental toxins, such as lead and mercury, can increase the risk of developing a neurodevelopmental disorder.
- Nutritional deficiencies: Malnutrition during pregnancy and early childhood can increase the risk of developing a neurodevelopmental disorder.
Neurodevelopmental Disorders & Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Upper cervical care focuses on the alignments of the top bones of the cervical spine and making specific adjustments to remove the pressure placed on the nervous system as a result of misalignment. Misalignments in the upper cervical spine interfere with the brain's ability to communicate with the body and vice versa.
Recent studies have suggested a connection between upper cervical subluxations and autism. One study found that children with autism who received upper cervical chiropractic care had significant improvements in their symptoms, including better communication, social interaction, and behavioural regulation. Another study found that upper cervical chiropractic care led to improved sleep, reduced hyperactivity, and improved overall quality of life in children with autism.
While more research is needed to fully understand the connection between upper cervical chiropractic and autism, the results of these studies are promising. Upper cervical chiropractic care is non-invasive and has few risks, making it a safe and effective option for children with autism.
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Christian is a graduate of the UK's largest and oldest chiropractic institution, the Anglo European College of Chiropractic. Additionally he is one of the very few Europeans to be admitted into the esteemed Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP).
Christian also serves as one of 12 directors on the board for the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO).
Elliott is registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and is a member of the United Chiropractic Association (UCA), and a member of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organisations (IFCO).
He is passionate about helping patients achieve their goals and providing the best standard of care to enable them to thrive.