Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect one child in every 150 births. It’s the fastest growing developmental disability, with a diagnosis rate rising 10 to 17 percent each year. ASD is considered to be a result of biological and/or neurological disorders that affect the functioning of the brain, yet there is no known single cause.
Research at Johns Hopkins University has shown “increased levels of proinflammatory cytokines, neuroglial activation and inflammatory changes” in the cerebrospinal fluid of the autistic patients studied.* According to the study, the symptoms of autism might be the effects of abnormal irritation of the membrane layers surrounding the brain. This can create restrictive force on the brain tissue leading to abnormal strain on the body as well as brain tissue congestion and toxicity.
Cranial sacral therapy is growing in popularity as an alternative therapy for children with autism. CST helps improve central nervous system function and dissolve the effects of stress and has been shown to help the autistic individual find greater ease, both within themselves and in the world around them. It also helps boost the immune system and can be used for a number of infantile disorders in addition to autism.
Parents who have had their children treated with Cranio Sacral Therapy often report that the child is more relaxed, more verbal and makes better eye contact.
*Reference: Upledger JE. CranioSacral Therapy and the Reversal of Pathogenic Processes Study Guide. Upledger Institute Publishing: 2005.