Pervasive Developmental Disorder

A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a three-year old boy diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) who underwent upper cervical chiropractic care over the course of 5 months. Following the introduction of upper cervical chiropractic care and lifestyle changes, this child experienced an improvement in his quality of life.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) is an Autism Spectrum Disorder that is a developmental condition with no known etiology. Parent’s usually become suspicious of their child’s behavior around 18 months of age when regression of certain behaviors and actions begin. The diagnosis is based upon behavior including impairments in social interaction skills, communication skills, and repetitive or restrictive behavior and/or interests. Also noted are a lack of meaningful language skills, empathic abilities and motor skills. Nearly 50% of children with autism never develop communicative speech and therefore become easily distressed with normal everyday life occurrences and activities.

Natural Autism Spectrum Disorder Approach

In this study, a three-year old male presented at a chiropractic office seeking chiropractic care. He was diagnosed with PDD by a developmental pediatrician and had communication problems which became noticeable at 15 months of age, as well as apraxia, and speech delay.

The patient received chiropractic care over the course of 5 months. The outcomes were measured by re-assessments, parental evaluation and health care provider and teacher reports. After the first reassessment the patient’s other health care providers told the mother that he was doing much better since starting care. By the next reassessment his other health care providers reported consistent improvement. By the final reassessment the patient had continued to respond well to the chiropractic care. He had just recently started going to school again and the teacher remarked that she saw much growth in his abilities.

New research with upright MRIs is demonstrating how the brain changes as a result of misalignments in the upper neck. These brain changes are being investigated for a possible cause of autism and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Children with neurological conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, should be evaluated for a possible birth injury in the upper neck that is resulting in these symptoms.

NUCCA care is safe, gentle and effective at correcting these underlying upper neck problems and getting to the cause of a variety of different issues.

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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He 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. More information can be found on his website at