Alternative Therapy for Children with Birth Disorders
Sadly, some cases of birth injury are unavoidable. What can you do to treat your child after the fact? There are a number of available alternative therapy options available in addition to more traditional choices.
There are yoga centers around the world that have been designed for the children who have disabilities. Both meditation and exercise can alleviate some of the symptoms of cerebral palsy, and provide benefits such as:
- Increased bodily awareness
- Greater flexibility and strength
- Special breathing and relaxation techniques
A practice of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles at specified points on the body to restore the normal flow of energy within the body. Acupuncture can relieve pain and improve motor function in individuals with CP. Doctors recognize this as a form of treatment for chronic pain, and it has especially been shown effective for back pain and neck pain.
Some experts electrical stimulation can improve the muscle strength of your child. A short duration of electrical impulses are sent into the muscles, causing contractions and improving muscle strength. Often, doctors perform electrical stimulation as a form of treatment while the individual sleeps. Studies on this form of therapy are inconclusive, so proceed with caution.
Therapy animals are widely used to help individuals with disabilities. Interaction with pets can help your child to develop empathy and social skills.
Any alternative treatments should be discussed with your doctor. In many cases, seeking out alternative therapy can help your child to develop in new and positive ways.