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Chiropractic and Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong set of movement disorders with no cure.  There are, however, several options for either retraining patients with cerebral palsy or providing some forms of relief for sufferers of cerebral palsy.  Some physical therapies are covered by insurance policies and some are not.  One of the more untraditional yet commonly sought after types of therapy for cerebral palsy is visiting a chiropractor that specializes in patients with cerebral palsy.

There is no clear reason for the development of cerebral palsy. In most cases, though, it is caused by some injury shortly before, during, and after pregnancy. This injury can be to either the unborn fetus or the baby after it is delivered.  Many cases of cerebral palsy are being found to have occurred as a result of some medical mistake during the delivery process.  Lack of oxygen, misuse of forceps, and failure to detect fetal distress are all common causes of the development of cerebral palsy.

If you or someone you know has cerebral palsy or a child with the disorder, you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation for the damages done.  These awards can be used to pay medical expenses and other related costs, including visits to chiropractors and other therapy offices that can help aid the medical problems associated with cerebral palsy.

Chiropractic techniques are a type of health care that uses spinal adjustments and other bone structure related problems in order to aid a person’s body in conforming to a more normal position.  In patients with cerebral palsy different body parts can and are affected, including one or both legs and arms, and chiropractic techniques can be useful in helping those limbs regain some semblance of activity.

In addition, because cerebral palsy is usually caused by a brain injury, chiropractic spinal techniques can be used in treating other, less noticeable, aspects of the motor disorder.  Behind the philosophy of chiropractic healing lays the notion that the brain and central nervous system control all aspects of the body’s functioning.  The theory of chiropractic care is that by healing the central area around the spine, the extremities and other parts of the body can become normalized.

With the rise of “non-traditional” medical practices, chiropractic healing has also become one of the most popular types of Complementary and Alternative Medical techniques.  In 2004, a report showed that chiropractic was in the top five types of complementary and alternative therapies used in the United States.

When used as part of a treatment for cerebral palsy, chiropractic may be helpful in helping some of the more problematic symptoms including muscle spasms, seizures, and leg and arm problems.  As studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic techniques come to light, there are more encouraging signs for the development of an effective course of action for cerebral palsy sufferers.


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