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How Chiropractic Could Address Childhood Speech Delay

smiling kid working on laptopThose first priceless utterances of your child—”Mommy,” “Daddy,” and “I love you”—are joyful, incomparable moments. But when these milestones are missed, many parents can understandably become disappointed and confused. This is an all-too-common experience for parents dealing with childhood speech delay.

As a parent, seeing your child struggle with a speech delay can be emotionally exhausting. It hampers their communication ability, leading to social and emotional challenges as they struggle to express their feelings and tell you what they need.

Decoding Speech Delay

Speech delay occurs when a child’s language and communication skills don’t develop as anticipated, signifying potential stress or interference within their brain and nervous system. Children suffering from speech delay may know individual words but face difficulty in constructing clear sentences. You may find that some pediatricians cannot comprehensively explain why kids have speech delays.

The Importance of Getting to the Root

If your child has been diagnosed with a speech delay or if you suspect one, Eden Prairie chiropractor Dr. ShaRhae Matousek is here to help. Even if your child is already undergoing speech therapy but isn’t showing significant progress, it’s important to recognize that although traditional therapy can be beneficial, it might not always address the root cause.

The Connection Between Birth Interventions and Speech Delay

At Real Health Chiropractic Clinic, we often observe that there’s a connection between birth interventions and speech delays. Birth interventions such as forceps use, C-sections, vacuum extraction, and induction can contribute to speech delays, particularly in severe cases like apraxia of speech.

Chronic ear infections, torticollis, and plagiocephaly, frequently associated with birth interventions, are essential to understanding the root cause. These delivery methods apply massive pressure on the cranial nerves, brainstem, upper neck, and vagus nerve. When that happens, subluxation occurs. Subluxation disrupts communication between the brain and body, particularly affecting the nerves and muscles that regulate speech perception, formation, and execution.

As a pediatric chiropractor with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Matousek doesn’t take the bandage approach of treating symptoms. Instead, she aims to address the root cause: neuromuscular dysfunction and interference. She can help a child’s central nervous system function better by making gentle adjustments that correct spinal misalignments, encouraging proper speech habits.

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