Chiropractic Support for Autism

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In today’s society, 1 in 68 children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This behavioral and developmental disorder usually begins presenting itself around 18 months of age.  Children affected by autism are each affected differently and the symptoms are unique to each individual.  Most children with autism have difficulty communicating, interacting with others, and using their imagination.  While not a lot is known about autism, studies have shown a link between autism and genetics, as well as internal and external factors that impact children in utero.  Because not much is known about ASD, it can be overwhelming for parents and children alike.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela looks at each individual child and his or her health concerns, including autism, and he seeks to treat the root cause of any issues to increase overall health and improve quality of life.

Early Intervention Is Best

Knowing the signs of autism can assist in getting your child the help he or she needs.  The earlier ASD is recognized, the sooner interventions can be put in place to support your child and produce positive outcomes.  While this is something your child will deal with the rest of their lives and is not something they will outgrow, there are methods that will improve your child’s life significantly.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic provides neurologically-based chiropractic care that is a natural and safe early intervention to benefit children with ASD.

Chiropractic Care for Autism

Chiropractic care from a pediatric specialist can significantly improve quality of life for children with autism.  In fact, chiropractic has been shown to aid in several areas that are commonly affected by ASD, such as ear infections, digestive problems, immunity issues, and more. Chiropractic care will remove spinal misalignments that could be the cause of recurrent ear infections.  Restoring proper nerve communication can also correct gut or digestive issues.  A healthy spine aids in increasing immune system efficiency as well, keeping your child healthier and happier.  In addition to improving overall physical health, chiropractic also supports speech and language development, improvement of social skills, increased cognitive awareness, and improved general behaviors. 

Studies to Support Chiropractic for Autism

Multiple case studies have shown that chiropractic care is, in fact, an effective method for increasing speech, sociability, and overall behaviors in children with autism.  One case study focused on a 4-year old boy with autism who struggled with to communicate verbally.  He also suffered from multiple injuries due to autistic behaviors and poor sensory perception.  After the first visit to a chiropractor, he saw signs of improvement through eye contact with the chiropractor, which had never been seen before.  After receiving regular chiropractic care, he even saw significant improvements in sociability and social and cognitive behaviors.  Additionally, speech and physical behaviors also improved. 


Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela is experienced in providing gentle, specific, and scientific chiropractic adjustments to children with autism.  For an approach that is unique and focuses on meeting the needs of your child, consult with Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic and experience all the benefits that chiropractic has to offer.



Pauli, Y. “The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Individuals Suffering from Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia: A Review of the Literature.”  Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Jan 2007: 1-12.

Pellegrino, Anthony.  “Improvements in a 4-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation.”  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health2016.2 (2016): 50-56.