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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from the brain’s inability to integrate everyday sensory information received from the five senses: touch, vision, sound, smell and taste.  The other lesser-known systems affected are vestibular and proprioception. 

The vestibular system provides the leading contribution to body balance and is known as the “chief regulator” by assisting the other systems.  It functions from the base of the brain (cerebellum), the upper part of the neck, and within the inner ear.  

The proprioceptive system allows body awareness for spatial orientation and can vary muscle contraction and movement for immediate response to incoming information regarding external stimuli.  It is located in the inner ear as well as within all the joints of the body and ligamentous attachments. Kids who suffer from SPD cannot properly perceive their environment.  

Calming an Overloaded Nervous System

Can you imagine listening to Metallica at full blast? For kids with SPD, that’s what it’s like. Their brains are noisy, and the nerves are constantly firing. Every one of their five senses is overloaded. Things from the outside create tension in their system so much so that they act out or shut down. Parents may come in and say their child is having behavior problems, but they’re emphasizing the symptom and not the cause. When we treat SPD, we ask the following questions: What is happening? Why is it happening? When is it happening?

If children already have an overloaded system to the touch sense, they don’t want to wear shirts with tags or walk on their feet. Our job as chiropractors is to get the nervous system to balance, so things don’t overwhelm it. Chiropractic adjustments can calm sensitivity down.

Helping Kids Adapt to Their Environment

For kids with SPD it comes down to adaptation; these kids don’t have the ability to adapt to their environment. As they’re overstimulated, we use chiropractic care to help the body to adjust to what’s coming at it from the outside. If the inside is working when stimulation comes from the outside children can adapt appropriately to whatever is happening.

If your child has SPD, please contact Van Every Family Chiropractic Center in Royal Oak today to schedule an appointment. We want to help!