We all know that chiropractors can help our aching backs. But did you know that they can also help children suffering from learning disabilities and dyslexia?and adult diabetics?

Swiss chiropractor Yannick Pauli specializes in the care of children suffering from learning and behavioral disorders, which affect three and ten percent of school-aged children in the US. Pauli says, “Children suffering from those problems have parts of their brain that are not functioning adequately or are even delayed in their development. Among those dysfunctional areas is a small part located at the back of the brain called the cerebellum. The cerebellum plays a vital role in learning. It helps the brain coordinate and integrate the various sensory information, as well as to increase the processing speed of the brain.” But how can spinal adjustments help the brain?

Pauli explains, “The only source of constant stimulation to the brain comes from the spine and the postural muscles constantly adjusting to the force of gravity. If the daily physical stresses of life cause misalignments in the spine?the brain is not adequately stimulated. This can cause problems throughout the body.” Chiropractic adjustments, even when no back problems are evident, can improve the function of the spine and strongly stimulate nerve pathways to the cerebellum and other parts of the brain. He says, “In the case of children, this may, in turn, help brain functions necessary for learning.”

How in the world can a chiropractor help someone with diabetes? Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the US and a growing epidemic worldwide. Between 1990 and 1999, incidence of disease increased by more than 40%. By the year 2000, nearly 7% of the population was affected. Researchers are finding evidence that chiropractic adjustments might be able to make a valuable contribution to an overall program of wellness care to help diabetes sufferers, as long as the patient also receives nutritional and exercise guidance. After one month of being on this program, patients? glucose blood and urine levels had normalized and remained stable.

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