Autism Spectrum

Dr. Marco Caravaggio

Chiropractor located in Markham, MI

Parents of children who fall on the autism spectrum are often desperate to find treatment options that work. At Network Family Care Center, Dr. Marco Caravaggio is experienced in providing chiropractic services that can greatly improve the expression of autism, no matter where it falls on the scale.

Autism Spectrum Q & A

How are autism and chiropractic care related?

The direct connection between autism disorders and chiropractic services may not be immediately obvious. Autism is primarily viewed as a behavioral issue, and little is known about the direct causes that lead to autism. However, when viewed from a different perspective, the connection between chiropractic and autism is clear. Researchers know that autism is a neurological problem. Chiropractic care is directed toward correcting misalignment that has a negative impact on the body’s central nervous system. When those issues are addressed, it is no surprise that autism and other neurological problems can improve.

What should parents expect from chiropractic care for their autistic child?

Parents who come in for autism spectrum treatment should be prepared to provide a full health history, as well as information about their child’s autism symptoms and behavioral challenges. Next, a full chiropractic exam will be given, which is very much like a routine physical, but with special focus placed on screening for signs of neurological problems. Special diagnostic testing may also be necessary depending on the child's comfort throughout the procedure; this would include rolling thermography, surface electromyography, and heart rate variability testing. The chiropractor will discuss treatment options with the parents before creating a treatment plan. Adjustments may begin on the very first visit.

Are chiropractic adjustments painful for children?

Chiropractic adjustments are not painful for anyone, including children. Unless there is a physical condition such as an injury or skin irritation at the time of the appointment, chiropractic care should lead to no sensation of pain or discomfort. At Network Family Care Center, a gentle form of adjustment, known as Network Spinal Analysis, is used to treat all patients, regardless of age. This differentiates from the traditional "cracking" chiropractic technique that many people associate with chiropractic care to a more gentle chiropractic treatment. Dr. Caravaggio has treated many children at his practice and understands how to relate to kids and make them at ease while in the office. In fact, many kids look forward to their appointments.


"Dr. Caravaggio is a wonderful doctor and human. Right away, I could tell that there is no one quite like him. I brought my Autistic toddler to see Dr. Caravaggio yesterday and his natural energy and skill is pure magic - melting my tense child into his arms. Looking forward to learning more about Network Spinal Analysis and working with Dr. Caravaggio." 

-Kate M., Google 

"Dr. Marco is amazing, understanding and very knowledgeable with children that have ASD diagnosis. His staff are friendly, quick and understanding of families that walk in to their door. Thank you family care Center."

-Rima A.

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