Autism Specialist

Bay Area Osteopathic

Osteopaths located in American Canyon, CA

A diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorder can be challenging for parents and their children alike. Bay Area Osteopathic located in American Canyon, where the Napa Valley meets the San Francisco Bay Area, has helped improve the quality of life for children with autism and their families in the greater Napa area, through the uses of drug-free cranial osteopathy.

Autism Q & A

What is Autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a group of complex disorders that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as, repetitive behaviors. ASD is caused by issues in the earliest brain development, although signs of the disorder usually don’t become evident until about the age of 2 or 3. These problems with brain development appear to have a variety of causes, including both genetic and environmental factors. Autism seems to have underlying problems with the immune system and a high burden of inflammation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 68 children (one in 42 boys) in this country are on the autism spectrum. In some but not all cases, autism is associated with intellectual disabilities, attention issues, and other health issues that typically include: seizures and sleep and digestive issues.  Social interaction is usually markedly impaired and language, executive functions, and self-care skills can be seriously impacted as well. Sometimes, children with ASD have exceptional talent in a particular area, such as music, art, or mathematics.

How does Bay Area Osteopathic treat children with autism?

As long-time practitioners of osteopathic medicine, the doctors at Bay Area Osteopathic recognize the inherent connection between structure and function in the body. As such, they use their extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system to diagnose the unique structural problems in each patient. With this information, they use osteopathic manipulation, including Osteopathy in the Cranial Field to remedy these structural problems. In doing so, they have helped improve the quality of life and symptoms of numerous children with ASD. The doctors  manipulate and stretch specific muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons to restore structure and improve nerve function. In addition, functional medicine principles are used to identify environmental triggers, support any genetic problems that are causing increased inflammation or impairment of the immune system.

Is cranial manipulation safe for toddlers and children?

Absolutely. In fact, due to the gentle nature of the treatment, it is often used, for a variety of issues, on pregnant women and newborns who’ve suffered difficult deliveries. Many patients, especially those with autism, find treatment calming.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept plans from the following insurance providers. Prior to your appointment, please confirm with your insurance company that we are preferred providers and that your plan covers Osteopathic Manipulation - CPT code 98929.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Kaiser Permanente PPO
United Healthcare