Autism and More May Be Due To Neck Injuries

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)

A Three-year old boy with pervasive developmental disorder received care by an upper cervical chiropractor over a five month period. His care resulted in lifestyle changes and there was an improvement in the quality of his life.

Now, you may be asking just what PDD is. Well, it’s an autism spectrum disorder that is a developmental condition with known etiology. Parents of children who suffer from this condition usually begin to recognize changes in the child’s behavior around 18 months of age due to a regression of certain behaviors and actions.

Diagnosing PDD

Diagnosing a child with PDD is based on a change in behavior including

  • impairments in social skills
  • Impairment in communication skills
  • Repetitive or restrictive behavior
  • Lack of meaningful language skills
  • Empathetic inabilities
  • Lack of motor skills

Almost 50% of children with autism never develop good communication skills and they become easily distressed with everyday life and activities

Natural Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder

The results of this boy’s upper cervical chiropractic care were measured by parent evaluations and reports by health providers and teachers. His first reassessment by his mother showed that he was doing much better since starting care. By a second reassessment healthcare providers reported consistent improvement in his health. And his final reassessment showed that he continues to respond well to the chiropractic care. He also began going back to school and his teacher reported that his overall performance had improve.

Using the MRI new research reveals that brain changes result from a misalignment in the upper neck these brain changes are thought to be a possible cause of autism and other neurodegenerative diseases. Children who suffer from neurological conditions such as autism spectrum disorder should receive an evaluation by an upper cervical chiropractor for a possible birth injury and upper neck that may result in the symptoms.

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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. 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, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at