Chiropractic Care Benefits Children with Developmental Delays

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Children with developmental delays may exhibit a lack of motor skills, speech issues, or other conditions such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.  ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, can also lead to developmental delays.  Parents and children alike can experience frustration with developmental delays, often feeling hopeless or without options.  But studies in chiropractic care show promise for benefitting children with developmental delays.  Upon first hearing about chiropractic care, you may not associate it will anything other than back pain or headaches.  But the reality is that chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor is beneficial for improving the quality of life for many, including children with developmental delays. 

Primary Causes of Developmental Delays

We may not always know what causes developmental delays in children, but for many, the root cause of these delays can be linked to spinal misalignments.  A spinal misalignment, or subluxation, is a vertebra of the spine that is out of place even the tiniest bit.  Proper spinal alignment is important to how the body functions and how well it communicates with the brain.  When even one vertebrae is slightly out of place, it can disrupt nerve communication and lead to chaos within the body.  This type of nerve communication can affect speech, motor function, and overall health and development of children.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractor can address spinal subluxations to restore alignment and function of the central nervous system to improve developmental delays.

Chiropractic Care Removes Misalignments

For many parents, chiropractic care for their children may seem scary or unsafe.  But gentle chiropractic adjustments from Dr. Niemela are incredibly safe and are a gentle and effective solution for improving your child’s health.  After examining the spine, Dr. Niemela will gently and precisely adjust the spine to correct misalignment with no twisting, cracking, or popping.  This restores nerve communication and ensures that the body can once again function without interruption or dysfunction so that your child can concentrate better, have smoother, more fluid movement for motor skills, and experience an improvement in overall health and wellness.

Chiropractic Helps Those with Developmental Delays

Case studies prove that chiropractic has safely and effectively worked for other children with developmental delays and it can help you, too.  In one case of a 4-year-old boy, chiropractic care significantly improved his speech and fine motor skills.  After being diagnosed with dyspraxia at age one, he was just beginning to be able to form sounds and words.  But after 4 months of regular chiropractic care, his vocabulary increased to over several hundred words!  Additionally, 157 children between the ages of 6 and 13 experienced a decrease in developmental delays and improvement in overall performance through chiropractic care.  Not only that, but the health benefits of chiropractic care are exceptional.  Your children can perform well and feel great with regular visits to a Bentonville chiropractor.

There is hope for children experiencing developmental delays with chiropractic care.  To learn more about it, contact Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.




Cuthbert, SC., Barras, M. “Developmental delay syndromes: psychometric testing before and after chiropractic treatment of 157 children.” Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy, 2009 Oct; 32(8):660-9.

Troy, J., Dennis, T., Cade, A. “Developmental advancements following chiropractic care in a four-year-old child with dyspraxia and associated developmental delays: A case report.” Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, 15(1).