Chiropractic Care Has Been Helping Families for Years.
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When was your child's last spinal evaluation?
"Bend over and touch your toes." are the directions given to adolescents during a scoliosis screening. This screening test is at best, adequate, to detect abnormal spinal curves and is only as good as the examiner. Once a child is suspected of having scoliosis, further diagnosis is needed and the child is referred to an orthopedist. Unfortunately, lack of compliance, false-positive & false negative tests, lack of conservative treatment options besides bracing and electro stimulation therapy; all lead to the ineffectiveness of school spinal screenings for improving the outcomes of children with idiopathic scoliosis.
Scoliosis is the most common bony abnormality in the body, and is present in approximately 50% of the population in varying degrees. The most common form of scoliosis is idiopathic, in which the cause is unknown. Many factors are implicated in Idiopathic scoliosis including diet, muscular imbalance, and spinal subluxations. Scoliosis can affect children of any age prior to skeletal maturity, and beyond.
Some of the more obvious signs of a significant scoliotic curve in the spine include; unevenness of shoulders and/or hip height, visible "crookedness" of the spine when viewed from behind, and a noticeable hump in the rib cage on one side. The complications from scoliosis, when advanced, include heart and lung disorders, degenerative spinal arthritis, muscular fatigue and joint dysfunction syndrome. The adolescent growth spurt (12-16 years) is the period when the curvature has a greater tendency to deform more rapidly. Patients in this category must be frequently and carefully monitored through x-ray evaluation to assess the need for more aggressive intervention (surgery). Otherwise, conservative management through exercises, stretching, and specific Gonstead chiropractic adjustments will help to address pain, muscle spasm, posture issues and continued joint stress.
A specific spinal exam, performed by a spinal expert like a doctor of chiropractic or chiropractic assistant, along with a safe and efficient Myovision scan, is a better predictor of a child's spinal health.
If our spines were visible from the outside, like our teeth, we would attend our spine regularly like we do our teeth. Unfortunately, some choose to ignore the parts of their body they can't see. However, if we took better care of our spine, with regular chiropractic checkups, we would be in better health as we age.
Call today and make an appointment for a complimentary spinal screening. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
As you personally benefit from chiropractic care, you have some new responsibilities. Among them is to tell others about your experience. Who better to start with than your own family?
The popularity of chiropractic care is growing. Delighted patients are telling their friends and families about their success.
Many patients view their chiropractic doctor as their family doctor. That's smart. The cost of surgery is rising. The adverse reactions to drugs receive front-page news. Families want safe and natural solutions. More and more are choosing chiropractic care first.
Family care can start from the very beginning. Babies can benefit when their pregnant mothers receive chiropractic care. During this period of weight gain and hormonal changes, many mothers seek chiropractic care. They often report easier births.
Newborns, infants and children can benefit, too. The birth process may be the cause of our first subluxation! Then, learning to walk, ride a bike or play sports can produce so-called growing pains. Ignored, these problems may worsen until they can become more difficult to correct as an adult.
Car accidents, work injuries, and the stress and strains of our busy lives can produce subluxations. Periodic chiropracic checkups can be helpful. Many patients report more energy, vitality and better overall health. Many discover chiropractic after a car accident or work injury and then share what they've learned with their families.
Seniors enjoying an active retirement stop by our clinic, too. Safe and natural chiropractic care makes good sense. They see how the structure of the spine can affect the nervous system and how their bodies work. We offer curbside wheelchair pick up if you'd like!
Regardless of your age or condition, a better working spine is good for your health. Share your chiropractic experience with others, starting with those you love.
You do so many things to ensure the health and safety of your child. You make sure they eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, avoid excess sugar, encourage an active lifestyle, but have you had their spine checked for Subluxations?
The Chiropractic Lifestyle is about prevention. Chiropractic care for infants is about monitoring or detecting and correcting small problems in the spine, before they develop into symptoms that debilitate your child's health.
With the birth process becoming more and more of an intervening "medical procedure," the chiropractic check-up at infancy becomes even more crucial to your child's future health.
Spinal cord and brainstem injuries often occur during the process of birth, but frequently escape diagnosis. In infants there may be lasting neurological defects reflecting the primary injury.
Towbin A, Develop Med Child Neurology 1969; 11:54-68.
The birth process isn't the only way your child can experience trauma to their nervous system.
The simple process of changing a diaper, can put unwanted strain on the spine and pelvis of an infant. As they get a little older, children begin to crawl and then progressively they learn to walk. During this time they bump into things and are repeatedly falling on their bottoms. This too traumatizes the spine. Then when they get a little older, they play sports and run around at recess swinging and sliding on equipment.
In addition to improved physical health, chiropractic care is known to improve a child's behavior and emotional health.
More and more families are finding that periodic chiropractic spinal check-ups for their children make a big difference in their health.
Many times Subluxations are silent or symptom -free. Perhaps your first subluxation occurred during your childhood and the pain and suffering you are experiencing could have all been prevented? A chiropractic exam is a simple, painless way to give your child the best chance at a healthy, productive future.
Our children deserve to be treated naturally, not with dangerous drugs, chemicals and unproven surgeries.
Chiropractic is a safe, natural and effective means to a healthier life for the entire family.
Why do newborns get chiropractic adjustments?
Even today's "natural" childbirth methods can affect an infant's spine. Preliminary studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Relax. Newborns adjustments are gentle. As a rule, no more pressure than you'd use to test the ripeness of a tomato is involved.
Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?
Of course. Regardless of your age, size or condition, chiropractic care can be helpful. The specific needs of each patient are considered. If yours is not a chiropractic case, we'll refer you to the appropriate specialist.
Can I get chiropractic care if I've had back surgery?
Yes. Your chiropractic doctor will avoid areas of your spine surgically modified. However, surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These "reactions" will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is a team approach to better health. As you enjoy results, tell those you love. Explain how millions enjoy relief and better health by restoring the integrity of their spines and nervous systems with save and natural chiropractic care.
How Do Children Benefit From Chiropractic?
Many parents see instant improvement.
With pregnancy come hormonal changes, a shift in body weight and a laxity of connective tissues. New stresses are experienced by the lower back and pelvis. Many women report that their pregnancies were easier and their delivery times shorter when they received chiropractic care.
Even today's birthing procedures can put tremendous pressures on a child's spine. And while the injury from forceps deliveries may be less common today, vacuum extraction and eager hands can do even more damage by pulling, forcing and twisting the baby's young spine.
Parents report that many childhood health problems resolve with chiropractic care.
Why would a child have a spine and nervous system problem? Traumatic births. Learning to walk. Slips. Falls. The list is endless. Yet, because children have such an adaptive capacity, these problems are often brushed off as "growing pains" or just a "phase they're going through."
"As the twig is bent, so grows the tree."
Without the language to explain, many newborns experience colic, unexplained crying, lack of appetite, frequent ear infections or other signs of poor health.
A chiropractic examination is essential to determine if birth trauma to the spine is involved.
Then if indicated, a gentle, life-affirming adjustment is given. With no more pressure than you'd use to test the ripeness of a tomato nerve-compromising subluxations can be reduced. Almost miraculously, many parents see instant improvements in the well-being of their child.
Later, regular chiropractic checkups are helpful to monitor spinal development as infants sit upright, support their heads, learn to crawl and take their first brave steps. Many experts believe that uncorrected spinal problems during this early stage of development cause the chronic, hard-to-correct subluxations seen in adults.
Sadly, bedwetting and many childhood aches and pains are passed off as "growing pains" or "just a phase they're going through." Careful! Aches and pains at any age are a sign that something isn't right. Subluxations may be involved.
As you make decisions about your baby's health care and are confronted with the issues of antibiotics, vaccinations and the growing use of behavior altering drugs consult with your chiropractor.
Seek accurate information and make an informed choice. First, make sure your child has the best chance to be all that he or she can be by having a nervous system free of subluxations.
How can something as natural as being born cause subluxation?
Being born is a natural phenomenon. It's what we've done to the birth process that has become increasingly suspect. In hospitals, birth is often treated like a disease. A newborn's introduction to the world is often accompanied by a severe drop in temperature, loud noises and other insensitivities. The administration of drugs and anesthesia can have a profound effect on a newborn.
Will adjustments hurt my baby?
This is a common concern among parents who mistakenly think that their child will receive adjustments like the ones they receive. Adjusting techniques are modified for each person's size and unique spinal problem, and an infant's spine rarely has the long standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes a child's chiropractic adjustments gentle, comfortable and effective.
Will my pediatrician approve of chiropractic care for my child?
First, you don't need anyone's approval to seek a chiropractic opinion about health issues affecting your child! Medical practitioners keeping up with the latest pediatric chiropractic research are starting to understand the value of this natural, drug-free approach to better health.
Life is a miracle. Two cells become four and four become eight and so until nine months later a perfect human being enters the world. His little heart started beating at 24 days. Her eyes formed at 36 days. This miracle unfolds perfectly - unless there is interference. Which is why children can benefit from chiropractic before they are born by having a mother with a nervous system free from the interference of spinal subluxations.
The nervous system is so important that the first cells to differentiate at about 7 hours after conception become the brain and spinal cord.
Can babies with colic be helped with chiropractic? It's probably one of the times a parent feels most helpless. But based on the research, chiropractic and colic relief appear to go hand in glove. With success rates in the mid-90% range, more and more Omaha and Council Bluffs parents are seeing a chiropractor. If you have a baby with colic, learn how chiropractic can help.
Your tummy hurts. You have a terrible headache. You can't sleep and you're cranky. One more thing: you can't ask for help because you're only two weeks old! So you cry. And cry. And cry.
Infantile colic was first thought to be merely indigestion. The most widely accepted definition of colic today is "unexplainable and uncontrollable crying in babies from 0 to 3 months old, more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week for 3 weeks or more, usually in the afternoon and evening hours."
If a baby is inconsolable, it's hard to know if it's a digestive disturbance. Consider another explanation. Upon examination, we often find spinal distortions in the baby's upper cervical spine. These babies are probably suffering from head and neck pain. This is especially common if there was a difficult birth.
A 67% Reduction in Crying
The results of a randomized controlled trial published in the October 1999 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics tracked a small group of 50 infants. Half received the drug dimethicone and the other spinal manipulation. At the conclusion of the two-week study, the babies being adjusted saw a 67% reduction in crying and the drug therapy group saw a 38% reduction.
While large scale research results are lacking, and colic is considered a condition that resolves on its own with the passage of enough time, there are many case studies showing improvement, sometimes dramatic, among colicky babies with vertebral subluxations.
Not a Cure
Chiropractic isn't a treatment for colic! If vertebral subluxation is present, interfering with the proper function of any part of the body, restoring proper nervous system control often allows the body to heal. This may happen regardless of age and regardless of what the particular symptoms are called.
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Chiropractic for Expectant Mothers -- turning a breech baby into proper positioning using the Webster Chiropractic Technique