Last week we focused on ADHD, what that looks like, and what chiropractic care can do to help with those symptoms. This week we want to take a tiny leap into another common thing we see that often goes hand in hand with ADHD.
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is something that a lot of kids struggle with. Has your child ever complained that their shirt was touching them wrong or there was too much noise in a room? They may have some sensory issues that could be caused by an over-stimulated nervous system and lead to a stressed-out kiddo!
Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a neurological condition affecting how the brain processes information from the senses. Depending on how they are affected, people with SPD may be extra sensitive to or not react to sensory input.
Some common sensory triggers are:
- Light: Sensitivity to light and find it too bright or too dim. They may also be bothered by fluorescent lights or flashing lights.
- Sound: Sensitivity to sound and find it too loud or too quiet. They may also be bothered by certain types of sounds, such as high-pitched or sudden noises.
- Touch: Sensitivity to touch and find it too rough, too soft, or too light. They may also be bothered by certain textures, such as clothing tags or certain foods.
- Taste: Sensitivity to taste and find certain foods too salty, too sweet, or too bitter. They may also be bothered by certain smells.
- Smell: Sensitivity to smell and find certain smells too strong or too unpleasant.
- Pressure: Pressure is often coupled with touch, kids may feel calm when they are squeezed or have a heavy blanket put on them. Some kids may feel the opposite and not like lots of pressure.
A child with sensory issues can have varied reactions to their particular sensory problem. Here are a couple of different behavior examples that we have seen and had parents tell us about.
- Avoidance of certain sensory experiences: Avoiding certain sensory experiences that they find overwhelming or unpleasant. For example, they may avoid loud noises, bright lights, or certain textures. Very commonly this is coupled with food avoidance, they may not like certain textures of food, therefore they are very picky eaters
- Sensory seeking: May seek out certain sensory experiences that they find calming or stimulating. For example, they may chew on things, spin around, or rub their hands together.
- Difficulties with attention and focus
- Social and emotional difficulties: May have difficulty interacting with others. This can be because they are sensitive to certain sensory experiences that others are not.
So what can be done? That’s where we come in! We have seen firsthand what chiropractic care can do for children who struggle with this. This is no end-all cure for SPD, but with chiropractic care, we have seen kids thrive when it comes to their sensory triggers. At Specialized Health Chiropractic we use very gentle, yet specific adjustments to allow the Brain and Nervous System to properly communicate, allowing our children to better adapt to those outside stressors, and better tune out the “noise” that is constantly distracting them from the world. Everyday things that would have previously been a day disrupter are now able to be handled with ease resulting in a happy kid and a possibly even happier parent!
Anything in this post have you curious about what we can do to help you and your family? We would love to have that conversation with you! 🎉 Give us a call📱at 515-478-3183 or go to 👉 https://specializedhealthchiropractic.com/book-appointment/ to request an appointment today!