Big Kids & TeensWhere has the time gone? How did they get so big?!
Promoting a Healthy Nervous System
As Chiropractors, we check for spinal subluxations or disturbances in the nervous system. When those disturbances are removed, your kiddo(s) can experience healthier growth and development.
You may also notice they sleep better too!
Safe and Gentle Care
Chiropractic care has an excellent track record, particularly when it comes to children. It’s estimated that adverse events connected to pediatric chiropractic care are estimated to be 1 in 250 million.
Children are some of the biggest beneficiaries of chiropractic care. Surprised? Those who think of chiropractic as primarily a solution for neck and back problems are surprised to learn that chiropractic can be helpful for many types of childhood health problems.
Nervous System Disturbances
The nervous system, consisting of the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of the body, controls and regulates the entire body. Many childhood health problems are merely the result of nervous system interference, usually along the spine.
Our gentle adjusting techniques help reduce these disturbances so your child’s body can resume working as it was designed. Better health is the natural result when the brain and body have clear communication pathways.
Chiropractic and Children
Upon examination, we often find nerve disturbances associated with many types of common childhood health complaints.
While the effects of these nervous system compromises go by a variety of names, chiropractic is not a treatment for them! Our primary aim is to locate and reduce the underlying nervous system dysfunction.
We can help with:
Chiropractic: Nervous System
We don’t treat allergies. We look for ways to restore your ability to adapt to allergens by locating and reducing disturbances to your nervous system. We’d love to discuss your specific allergy issue and how chiropractic may help.
Chiropractic is not a treatment for asthma. However, many who suffer from asthma report improvement by receiving chiropractic care. There is research that suggests a link between the spinal column, the nervous system and the respiratory system.
Asthma cases seem to be rising at an alarming rate. Some think it’s due to a combination of factors, especially the increase of chemicals in our environment.
These days, airtight, super-insulated homes can trap chemicals, molds, formaldehyde and other irritants. Even the increasing use of cesarean births, antibiotics and our fascination with germ killing have been cited.
If these factors were the only issue, why wouldn’t all children living in the same house and breathing the same air, suffer equally?
Your diaphragm is the primary muscle used for breathing. Nerves that control each breath leave your brain and exit the spinal cord in the mid-neck (C3, C4 and C5) area. Spinal problems in this area can have a profound affect on the nerve supply to the diaphragm.
Reducing vertebral subluxations in the spine may help restore proper nervous system control of the lungs and improved function can begin.
More Research is Needed
In fact, research published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the results experienced by 81 children with asthma who received chiropractic care. The two-month study revealed that those under care saw a 45% decrease in the number of “attacks” and that 31% of the subjects voluntarily chose to decrease their medication.
All this from improved nervous system control of the lungs!
Bedwetting takes a tremendous toll on children.
- No sleepovers
- Plastic mattress covers
- Unable to fit in
- Even diapers
Up to the age of four or five, most children have poor bladder control at night. But after that, the inability to stay dry at night may be a sign of an underlying problem. While chiropractic is not a treatment for bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis), countless children have been helped with safe and natural chiropractic care.
Chronic Colds, Strep & Flu
Whenever something is “not working”, it is a good idea to first remember how it is supposed to normally work. When talking about the Immune System, it is designed to help protect our bodies from any “invaders” to our system – things like viruses, bacteria, and bad germs.
When those invaders enter our system, the Immune system is supposed to respond by sending out the “good army” (which consists of things like white blood cells, and antibodies, among others). The good army will then attack the invaders and protect our body from becoming sick.
Now, here’s the most important part! The Immune System MUST get instructions on what to do and who to send from the brain. If the brain cannot communicate with the Immune System, the signals either get mixed up or don’t get sent at all!
Pediatric chiropractic is solely focused on making sure the communication channels between your child’s brain and their body/Immune System are working at 100%. When this happens, children will be able to fight off those viruses and bacteria better!
Common Might be an Understatement
An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by a virus and occasionally bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum.
Some of the latest research tells us that nearly 80% of kids will suffer from at least one ear infection before the age of 2, with many of those kids suffering from multiple infections. Parents start to feel helpless and tired of the endless cycle of antibiotics, tubes, and surgeries. Your child is miserable but it seems like there is little you can do. No wonder reoccurring ear infections (Otitis Media) accounts for one of the most common reasons parents take their child to see the Pediatrician.
In reality, ear infections are now so common in children that most parents have a feeling that it’s “normal” for their kids to get an ear infection. Just because something is common, does not at all mean it’s normal.
Typical Treatment Options Aren’t Working
Well, the truth is the vast majority of the time we are still doing the same things today that we’ve done for decades – treating the effects instead of addressing the cause. In the case of ear infections, that usually means parents walking out of their pediatrician’s office with a prescription for antibiotics.
Well if you can’t already tell from the stats above, that’s not working very well. Truth is, we’ve known since the 1980s that using antibiotics for things like ear and sinus infections is not only mostly ineffective; it’s often dangerous too.
Some studies show that each time a child under the age of 2 is prescribed an antibiotic, it’s increasing their risk of developing asthma and allergies later on by 2-4 fold. Now fast forward a bit and ask yourself if more kids suffer from allergies and asthma than they did just one generation ago? Plus, if you’ve watched the news at all the past few years, you know that we now also have to deal with things called antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” which is caused by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics by our health care system and is a major problem.
It really doesn’t even take stats and research for us to realize what’s going on here, we just have to look at the health of our children and start putting the puzzle pieces together. The above paragraphs honestly only give a quick overview of how deeply seated this problem is, and how much the mismanagement of this “common” childhood problem sets the stage for much bigger issues down the road.
So to get you the info that really matters, how to REALLY help your child suffering from ear infections, or even better… how to help your child not suffer from them at all… Here’s a quick synopsis of what causes them, why antibiotics are ineffective, and what I strongly feel should be the first line of defense and care for kids with ear infections – pediatric chiropractic care.
Treating the Cause Instead of the Symptoms
In our office, we address the root cause of the problem, so the child can drain and heal if suffering… or even better, never get them in the first place. Here’s what we recommend:
- Have your child checked by a trained Pediatric Chiropractor to see if there is any misalignment of the upper neck and cranial bones causing poor drainage and poor immune function.
- Clean up their diet, especially limiting or removing dairy products and sugar.
- Only use medications and antibiotics when absolutely necessary, so that the child’s immune system gets stronger instead of weaker.
Oh, and did we mention that the vast majority of ear infections are viral, not bacterial!?! Yeah, that’s important too!
Simply put, it’s common to think your child has to suffer from ear infections, but it certainly is not normal. Don’t let your kids suffer if you don’t have to, consider the things recommended here BEFORE you consider using antibiotics and I think you’ll really like the results.
Getting kids healthy without drugs or surgery is common practice in our office, and always will be! Our approach is simple. Since chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for infections of any type, when parents bring their child in to see us, we look specifically for distortions in the upper spine and assess the Tensor Veli Palatini (TVP) muscle and surrounding tissue. If nerve tension is detected, we gently reduce it with safe, extremely gentle, and natural chiropractic adjustments. This helps restore nervous system integrity and easily relaxes the muscles. Give us a call today to discuss getting and keeping your kiddo healthy.
What REALLY Causes Ear Infections?
First off, most pediatricians are still telling parents some version of this, “Most kids get ear infections at some point, because their Eustachian tubes (think “drain pipe” for the ear) are more horizontal early in life, especially for some kids.” Well to keep it simple, that statement is true but absolutely far from solving the whole riddle. The root cause of this issue is far from “poor design” or bad luck related to genetics, it’s much more than that.
Almost each case history roots back to these main things:
- Some trauma and physical tension placed on the portions of the skull and upper neck surrounding the ears, leading to abnormal alignment and neuromuscular function of the ear tubes… and thus poor drainage.
- Poor nutrition and increased toxicity in the child’s environment, leading to inflammation and excessive production and build up of mucus and fluid in the ear.
- Misuse and overuse of antibiotics early in life leading to resistance and immune dysfunction, and thus reoccurrence of ear infections.
Pain relievers of various types are the most common approach to headaches. In our practice we take a more natural approach. Our objective is to find and reduce the underlying cause of a headache.
A common cause of headaches is from spinal bones in the neck that aren’t supporting the head properly. You might not notice your reduced ability to turn your head. But these vertebral subluxations affect nerves, muscles and even the blood supply to your head.
Our thorough examination detects vertebral subluxation patterns that could be causing your headaches. If vertebral subluxations are present, you’re likely to benefit from chiropractic care.
Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)
It is well known that all of these diagnosable conditions involve issues with the Nervous system in your child’s body. Our brain needs this Communication System to:
1) Perceive information coming from the environment (using the 5 senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell)
2) The brain then processes and organizes this information before it determines an appropriate response or behavior.
With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), these children have difficulties with this process. They struggle with perception, coordination, and appropriate behavior control. Pediatric chiropractic focuses on improving the efficiency of this Communication System (i.e. the Nervous System) by reducing the disturbances to the nervous system and when this happens, we find children are able to function optimally.
The classic signs that parents and teachers notice:
- Inattention, hyperactivity and being easily distracted
- Difficulty concentrating and sitting still
- Inability to control impulsive thoughts and behaviors
- Easily distracted by noises and activities
- Always moving—fingers, hands, arms, feet or legs
First Things First
Begin by making nutritional and lifestyle changes. Rule out environmental factors by reducing your child’s exposure to substances that are increasingly common these days:
- Remove food dyes, preservatives and additives from the diet.
- Focus on natural, organic foods grown without pesticides or herbicides.
- Determine if an allergy involved such as dairy or gluten and eliminate.
- Eliminate all sugars and artificial sweeteners.
- Reduce the use of cleaning agents, detergents, fabric softeners and other chemicals.
These are wise choices whether your child has the symptoms associated with ADHD or not!
Chiropractic: Pure and Natural
Neurodevelopment disorders are not the result of a medication deficiency! Instead, we look for disturbances to the child’s nervous system. We almost always see problems caused by the spinal disturbances in the upper neck.
In fact, this link between the spine, brain stem dysfunction and neurodevelopment disorders is common. A thorough chiropractic evaluation can reveal noticeable spinal disturbances and imbalances. With a schedule of gentle, safe, and natural chiropractic adjustments, these imbalances often resolve, reducing nervous system stress and tension.
Stress ``The 3 T's - Thoughts, Traumas & Toxins``
Repetitive motions (painting the ceiling), postural distortions (falling asleep with your neck twisted) and whiplash injuries from a car accident are physical stresses. So are slips and falls. Even being born!
Ever faced an impossible deadline at work? Or grieved the loss of a loved one? Notice the posture of someone who is depressed. Frustration, or a sense of powerlessness at work are common forms of emotional stress.
Today’s environment constantly assaults us with chemicals. Drugs, preservatives, tobacco, alcohol, pollen and a host of other substances can affect our nervous system and muscle tone.
When your body reacts by “tripping a circuit breaker” and causing vertebral subluxation, chiropractic care may help. Stress can’t be eliminated, but regular chiropractic care may help you better accommodate and adapt to it.