The Chiropractic Approach On Down Syndrome
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Down syndrome is due to autosomal trisomy resulting in 47 somatic chromosomes rather than the usual 46. The chromosomal defect is associated with chromosome 21. Though the disorder is not neurological, many neurological deficits are common, along with congenital heart defects, visual and auditory problems, atlanto-axial instability, and a weakened immune system. Since these problems are genetically determined, and permanently present, the health care world has shown minimal progress towards helping the conditions of people with this disorder. The chiropractic realm of health care has recently advanced its concern for people with Down syndrome by investigating the degree to which each patient is assisted both neurologically and structurally through chiropractic care. A plethora of case studies have been released as to the benefits seen within hundreds of patients with Down syndrome. Until the health care world is presented with a greater understanding of the intricate interrelationships of the nervous system, its chemical neurotransmitter substances and all other physical, mental or emotional forces that may affect improvement within individuals with Down syndrome, little published research, besides case studies will be seen in the next few years. The future of thousands of people with Down syndrome could improve upon the crossing of disciplinary lines and allowing alternative medical practices to join the efforts of those traditional health care practitioners to fully understand and care for Down syndrome. Therefore, the following work attempts to piece together the understanding of Down syndrome and chiropractics, and how the latter can be applied to provide some of the best documented relief to the symptoms of Down syndrome.