Right below your brain, behind your Brainstem, is a region of the brain called the Cerebellum or “Little Brain” in Latin. That plays an important roll in your body’s motor control of your coordination, precision, and accuracy. It is believed it also plays a roll in in certain cognitive functions, such as attention and language, regulation of fear and pleasure, and movement related functions.
Basically, input is sent from the sensory system of the spinal cord and other parts of the brain from your Cerebellum. It may not seem like much, but it plays a large part in how you and your body react to your environment. When it is damaged, it doesn’t cause paralysis; rather it leads to disorders in fine movement, equilibrium, posture, and motor learning.
Your Cerebellum and Autism Research
It is hypothesized by a research team at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Molecular Biology that in a child’s early development the Cerebellum helps shape the function of the other brain regions, especially those related to cognition and affect. This team’s research suggests that when cerebral dysfunction occurs the maturation process of the distant neocortical circuits may be disrupted. One of the results of damage to the Cerebellum is Autism, also called Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is a neurodevelopmental disorder.
Characteristics of Autism
- Impaired social relationships
- Impaired social communication
- Impaired verbal and nonverbal communication
If you have an Autistic child, you go through challenges everyday, as they try to relate to your world and you try to relate to their world. It might be tempting to try to deal with this mental disorder by putting them on medication, but there is no cure for Autism. That means all you can do is care for it. We know it’s not easy. But the good news is upper cervical chiropractic offers hope.
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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. More information can be found on their website at http://www.atlasspinalcare.com/.