Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Autism and Chiropractic medicine.

There seems to be an alarming increase in children who have Autism, and we in the Chiropractic community think that we have found a link between the care that we provide, and Autism. In the following article by Dr. Ashley Ochsner, I think you will come to agree with me.


Many people in search of help with a neurodevelopmental disorder find themselves here in this group. In order to get the help you need and deserve, it’s important to understand the processes and procedures involved in seeking treatment.

Phase I: Structural Spinal Neurological Evaluation

This is the starting point for all of our Autistic patients. Why? Because the central nerve system is the controller of all function and healing in the body. This pathway (the spine) must be checked first and foremost. Testing should include digital thermographic imaging, digital posture analysis, as

well as digital structural x-rays (if necessary). If there’s a problem detected, it must be corrected or reduced. Correcting the spine is not a simple procedure. It also isn’t something every chiropractor is qualified to do. Only chiropractors specializing in corrective care can truly correct the spine. Depending upon the age of the patient, their condition, and past similar cases, an appropriate course of care will be recommended. This process must be implemented successfully before moving to Phase II.

Phase II: Nutrient and Toxicity Evaluation (Biomedical Evaluation)

This is the step many of you are very familiar with and can’t wait to get started moving. It is a very important part of the recovery process. It’s vital that this be done AFTER the nerve system is functioning at it’s best from the work done in Phase II. This assures the best results every time. Most of the Chiropractors in this group network are trained and integrate the Defeat Autism Now! approaches. If they don't do this in their offices, they will refer you to the proper professional for help in this phase. A detailed history is always taken as our first step. Once the history is complete, appropriate lab testing will be ordered. Testing options include but aren’t limited to:

  • Urine Organic Acids
  • Lyme Disease Testing
  • Biotoxic Illness
  • Toxic Metals Testing
  • Vitamin Panel (Metabolic Profile)
  • Essential Fatty Acids Test
  • Food Allergy Panel
  • Thyroid Study
  • And many others…

Treatment for each patient is extremely individual and unique, based upon the case. However, one of the foundational parts of this phase of care is diet. Most, if not all patients, will be given dietary guidelines and a program that goes way beyond just gluten and casein free. It is customized for the individual.

Phase III: Referral for Specialized Therapies

If at any time a referral to another professional is indicated, you can be assured that we will get you to the right professional. The Chiropractors in this group work with dozens of professionals in the arena of neurodevelopmental disorders.


  1. This is great information.

  2. I'm going to pass this along to my friend.