Autism, Autism Spectrum

Autism is estimated to be found in 1 out of every 68 children. It does not discriminate against race or social standing. It is more commonly found in boys than girls. It can be a very hard diagnosis for a parent to accept. However, the good news is that there are success stories of children who have received the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. Let’s take a look at one of these.


A Three-Year-Old Girl with Autism

The mother of a three-year-old who was suffering from headaches among other problems brought her little girl to see an upper cervical chiropractor. The child was experiencing symptoms of epilepsy, behavioral problems, developmental delays, acid reflux, vomiting, and problems sleeping. She was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after meeting five of the criteria in the Modified Checklist for Autism.

Her history revealed that she was born prematurely at twenty-eight weeks and only weighed two pounds, five ounces. She remained in the ICU for six weeks, coming home with oxygen due to sleep apnea.

The exam from the chiropractor revealed tenderness in the spine and neck area. It was determined that she had a misalignment (subluxation) of the upper neck. This problem was corrected, and ten days later, the parents saw a notable decrease in head pain, improved posture, her bowel movements became more normal, she became easier to handle, and was eating better.

Twenty-four days later, her parents described her results as incredible, still seeing vast improvements. Two-hundred-forty days later, her parents were happy to report that most of her symptoms had gone away, and she was much more verbal. No evidence of a relapse was in view.


Why Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Work?

A misalignment in the upper neck affects the central nervous system. It puts undue pressure on the spinal column causing the brain and body to no longer communicate on the proper level. This leads to such problems as those seen in autism spectrum disorder. Once corrected, it is likely that a child will have a decrease in symptoms. And, as in the above study, some see a remission of symptoms entirely.

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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at