• Naturopathy is a holistic practice which encourages natural healing using minimally invasive methods and naturally occurring substances. A vitalistic, intuitive concept of the body is favoured and prevention of illness is obtained through stress reduction and a healthy diet and lifestyle. Naturopaths who specialise in Down syndrome focus on identifying the cause of disorder within the body and draw on a combination of modalities such as nutrition, phytotherapy, homeopathy, spirituality and lifestyle counselling for treatment. http://ndnr.com/pediatrics/new-research-for-treating-down-syndrome/


  • Nutrigenomics is an emerging science which combines the study of nutrition and genomic science to modify gene expression and modulate disease. Nutrigenomics is used to modify the over expression of genes on chromosome 21 in Down Syndrome (DS) using nutrition and phytochemicals. http://www.holisticheal.com/media/downloads/guide-to-nutrigenomic-testing.pdf


  • Osteopathy employs various manipulative techniques to balance the musculoskeletal system and facilitate health. It may be used effectively to treat oxygen deficiency which causes many symptoms associated with Down syndrome. Osteopathic techniques are used to correct misalignments of the palate and oral cavity, teeth, hearing and nervous system in children with DS. http://www.riverbendds.org/index.htm?page=handoll.html


  • Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle form of treatment which employs the body’s inherent healing mechanisms to release restrictions and correct patterns of strain. Slow rhythmic motion allows specific movement between bones present throughout the body. Cranial Osteopaths work with the rhymic pulse which nourishes and protects our nervous system. Osteopathy can reduce some of the severe and widespread physiological disorders in an individual with Down syndrome including maintaining airways, motor-coordination impairments, nervous system imbalances and cranial growth.


  • CranioSacral Therapy focuses on the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal chord. Practitioners gently monitor the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid to detect and release imbalances and restrictions in membranes which are a potential cause of neurological, sensory and motor dysfunctions. http://downsyndromeupupupandaway.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/cranio-sacral-therapy-canadian-down.html


  • Chiropractic treatment is based on manipulation of misaligned joints, particularly of the spinal column, to improve energy flow and relieve disorders of muscles, organs and nerves. While chiropractic manipulation of the neck is not recommended in a person with Down Syndrome, they can still benefit from gentle, non-manipulative chiropractic techniques especially to reduce or eliminate symptoms of Atlanto-Axial Instability. http://www.scchiropractors.com.au/detail.php?pg=5&edu=27


  • Acupuncture is the science of rebalancing life energy throughout the body, via stimulation of special channels called meridians. There are 12 meridians which are connected with organs in the body. A dysfunctional organ will impair energy flow in the corresponding meridian. Acupuncture is used extensively throughout India to improve the wellbeing of those with Down syndrome. Fine steel needles are inserted into points on the body and are attached to an acustimulator machine for half an hour. Improvements in speech, facial features, socialisation, immunity, awareness, comprehension and physical mobility are reported. http://acupunctureonchallenged.blogspot.com.au/p/effects-of-acupuncture-on-children-with.html

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