Natural Approaches to Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is one of the most severe health complications caused by birth injuries during labor or childbirth. While children that have cerebral palsy are typically born with it, in many cases a diagnosis isn’t made until a number of years later because it’s what is referred to as a non-progressive medical condition which means that as serious and debilitating as it can be in the beginning, it typically won’t get any worse over time. Sadly, Cerebral palsy has an ongoing impact on anyone afflicted with it as well as their families.
Cerebral palsy causes a varying range of motor and posture disabilities related to the nervous system and is a common cause of physical impairment in children. While the condition has no medical cure, occupational, physical, behavioral therapy and natural approaches help control the external symptoms of spasms and seizures.
Natural approaches to cerebral palsy have become an ever broadening and continuously evolving group of diverse health care practices, even though some medical circles don’t accept them as conventional medicine. The fact is that many of these natural, alternative treatments have provided relief for countless CP sufferers.
Movement therapy uses body movement management, supporting mental, emotional, physical balance and well-being. Movement therapies include Pilates and yoga, which combine exercise with meditation practices that alleviate some of the symptoms of autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
One of the key points of all natural treatments is following a healthy diet. To make the process easier, you can work with a nutritionist, who, along with your medical care team, can create an effective nutritional eating plan. Healthy food choices include vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes, whole grains. Foods to avoid include sweetened soft drinks, processed foods and junk food. While a healthy diet won’t cure cerebral palsy, it can offset or reduce the symptoms.
Acupuncture has achieved some astonishing successes with cerebral palsy patients. According to a 2004 article in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, traditional Chinese medicine has been used successfully in the treatment of cerebral palsy and in a number of cases; noticeable improvements have been observed in the motor function of patients who had acupuncture. While acupuncture may not help every patient, it’s definitely worth looking into.
Biologically Based Treatments
Biologically based natural approaches to cerebral palsy treatment include using well known substances found in nature, including fish oil and its healthy omega 3’s and Echinacea. Other biological treatments include proteins, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, animal derived extracts, botanicals and more.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Upper cervical chiropractic has been shown to be of great benefit to those who are suffering with cerebral palsy. Nervous system activity begins in the brain and spinal cord and upper cervical chiropractic care can be extremely helpful in improving nerve function to relieve some of the most problematic symptoms that include seizures, muscle spasms, leg and arm weakness and sleep issues.
Dr. William Amalu of the International Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association has published an amazing case study of a 5-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy, blindness, chronic ear infections, and severe seizures.
After 12 weeks of upper cervical chiropractic care there were no outward signs of seizures. Over the next 10 months, the patient continued to improve. He never experienced another episode of the ear infections. His vision improved to the point where he was prescribed glasses. The patient continued to learn simple words with clear pronunciation of “dada, mama, eat, and food”. His fine motor coordination improved such that he was learning to feed himself. The patient’s mother noted that he was also potty training. His gross motor coordination continually progressed to the point that he was able to walk slowly with the assistance of holding one hand.
As more studies regarding the effectiveness of upper cervical chiropractic care strategies are released, there are even more encouraging signs for the advancement of effective courses of action for cerebral palsy sufferers who receive upper cervical chiropractic.
What to Do Next
For those who are seeking natural and drug free solutions for problems such as cerebral palsy, upper cervical chiropractic and other natural approaches offer a safe and gentle alternative to surgeries and prescription medications. Why not consult an upper cervical chiropractic specialist to see if your loved one can benefit from chiropractic care?
Dr. Tymothy Flory, Dr. James Weiss and Dr. Jameson Wong of Atlas Spinal Care in Upland, California are Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas. They are 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.