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Gut health for an integrative approach to support autism

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

Gut Health and Autism: How an Integrative Practice Can Help

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. While the exact cause of autism is still unknown, recent research has shown a strong link between gut health and ASD. An integrative practice like Whole Body Balancing can help support gut health and improve symptoms of autism.

The Role of Gut Health in Autism: Research has shown that individuals with ASD have a higher incidence of gastrointestinal (GI) issues compared to the general population. These GI issues can include chronic constipation, diarrhea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The gut microbiome, which is made up of trillions of microorganisms that live in the intestines, plays an essential role in maintaining overall health and well-being. Studies have found that children with ASD have a different gut microbiome composition compared to typically developing children. This suggests that the gut-brain axis, which refers to the communication between the gut and the brain, may be disrupted in individuals with ASD.

How an Integrative Practice Can Help: At Whole Body Balancing, we believe in a holistic approach to health and wellness. We understand that gut health is a critical component of overall health, and we offer a range of services to support gut health in individuals with autism. These services include:

  1. Nutritional counseling: We work with you to develop a customized nutrition plan that supports gut health and addresses any nutrient deficiencies.

  2. Craniosacral therapy: This gentle, non-invasive therapy an help relieve tension in the body and improve overall digestion.

  3. Lymphatic drainage: This therapy can help improve lymphatic flow, which can support immune function and improve gut health.

  4. Massage therapy: Massage therapy can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can improve gut health.

If you are a parent of a child with autism or are an individual with ASD, consider incorporating integrative practices like Whole Body Balancing into your wellness routine. Rena is an experienced practitioner that will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and offer an integrative approach to support autism and gut health. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at 920-343-6365.


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