Sensory Processing


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Let’s take a short quiz. How many of the items listed below cause you to be irritated or induce anxiety?

  • Loud noises/voices
  • Soft noises/voices
  • Tags in clothing
  • Avoids messing substances
  • Dislikes strong smells
  • Allergies
  • Repeat ear infections
  • Poor balance
  • Unable to sit still
  • Seeks movements like swings, jumping, spinning
  • Mood swings/outbursts
  • Dyslexia
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sensitive to environmental chemicals
  • Difficulty writing
  • Poor sleeping

Our sensory system begins developing in utero and continues after birth. There are reflexes that assist in childbirth that integrate during the birth process and there are others that begin due to birth. All of these reflexes have something that activates or deactivates them. After birth the first year of life we integrate so many of these reflexes through movements such as rolling, grasping objects, crawling, touch, sound, and visual stimuli. Babies need to practice each task long enough before moving onto the next step.

Dr. Powell has had advanced training in working with children or adults who may be struggling with Sensory Processing Disorder. We take a 3 way partnership with parents, child and doctor all working together to achieve the families goals. Dr. Powell also addresses what physical, chemical, and emotional factors may be preventing progress if other therapy is being utilized. When combining a multidisciplinary approach like chiropractic care, myofascial, functional nutrition, and exercise therapy patients report more progress in their ability to interact and be more present in this beautiful thing we call life!