health & dyslexia: developmental therapies chiropratic
by Christopher Vickers DC., MICS., FCC.
Chiropractic & Dyslexia
Some children with dyslexia or specific learning difficulties have made very good progress by using a chiropractic.
Chiropractic is defined as being the science and art of detecting and correcting dysfunctional areas (known in the jargon as subluxatious) of the pelvis, spine and skull (cranium) which cause interference in the normal functioning of the nervous system which these structures either house, support or protect.
As the nervous system is the organiser and regulator of all bodily function, it has become well known within the profession and by patients who have received treatment from chiropractors, that correction of these dysfunctional areas can have far reaching positive effects on many areas of the body.
It is because of this interconnectedness that both practitioners and patients alike have reported beneficial effects with regard to dyslexia/dyspraxia problems in the past purely as a spin off from correction of other areas relating to a particular symptom that a person has presented with.
Chiropractic originated in the USA 1895 with a magnetic healer D Palmer correcting a misaligned vertebra in the spine of a local janitor. This had the effect of curing the deafness he had experienced in one ear for the previous 17 years. Despite opposition from medical authorities, the profession has developed into being the third largest primary health care provider in the western world after medicine and dentistry.
The technique he founded, Neural Organisation Technique (N.O.T.) was a synthesis of both muscle testing (A.K.) as well as S.O.T. and cranial. Early in its development the organisational effect of N.O.T. on the nervous system was recognised to successfully influence the treatment for dyslexia/learning difficulties. A specific deficit in the vestibular (balance) – ocular (visual) reflex system was found to be present in this condition. As a result many chiropractors and then kinesiologists became interested in learning how to address these and other conditions, which have resisted the best efforts of orthodox treatment.
As a result of N.O.T. work which involves stimulating reflex areas on the body in a specific sequence often with the person changing eye function as directed (i.e. eyes open/closed), it was also noted that many other conditions were helped along with the frequently identified ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) which often require more extensive treatment protocols.
These reflex stimulations are thought to clear dysfunctional nerve programmes in the spinal cord and brain. No drugs are ever used in the correction of these conditions.