The Ripple Effect of Pediatric Adjustments: Benefits for the Whole Family

In recent years, pediatric chiropractic care has gained recognition for its ability to support children’s health and well-being. But did you know that the benefits of pediatric adjustments extend beyond the child receiving care?

Here’s a look at how pediatric adjustments can have a positive ripple effect on your family:

  1. Stronger immune function: Pediatric adjustments help optimize the function of the nervous system, which plays a crucial role in immune function. By removing interference in the nervous system, adjustments help enhance the body’s ability to fight off infections and illnesses, keeping the whole family healthier.
  2. Better sleep: Many parents report that their children experience improved sleep after receiving chiropractic adjustments. By addressing spinal misalignments and tension, adjustments help promote relaxation and improve sleep quality for both children and parents.
  3. Easier feeds: For infants struggling with feeding difficulties, pediatric adjustments can offer relief. By ensuring proper alignment in the spine and nervous system, adjustments may help alleviate tension that can interfere with feeding, making feeding sessions easier and more comfortable for both baby and parent.
  4. Optimal digestion: The nervous system plays a significant role in digestion, regulating processes like peristalsis and enzyme production. Pediatric adjustments help optimize nervous system function, leading to improved digestion and nutrient absorption for the whole family.
  5. Overall ease and comfort: When children experience discomfort or tension due to spinal misalignments, it can impact the entire family dynamic. Pediatric adjustments promote proper alignment and balance in the body, resulting in greater ease and comfort for children and parents alike.

In conclusion, pediatric chiropractic care offers numerous benefits that extend beyond the child receiving care. By addressing spinal misalignments and optimizing nervous system function, pediatric adjustments can have a positive ripple effect on the whole family, promoting better health and well-being for everyone. Contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Can Chiropractic Care Help Relieve Ear Infections?

Research shows that nearly 80 percent of children experience at least one ear infection by the age of three. Below, we discuss the common causes and symptoms of ear infections, as well as how chiropractic care can help.

What causes ear infections in children?

Ear infections are primarily bacterial infections. They happen when a child’s Eustachian tubes swell and become blocked. This swelling and blockage causes fluid to accumulate in the middle ear behind the eardrum. Typically, this occurs when a child has an upper respiratory infection. Swelling and blockage in the Eustachian tubes can also be attributed to excess mucus, allergies, changes in air pressure, swollen adenoids and secondhand smoke. Moving to an area with a significantly different climate, traveling from a high to a low altitude, or using a pacifier can also increase the likelihood of developing an ear infection.

It’s also worth noting that there are two different types of ear infections: chronic ear infections and acute ear infections. Acute ear infections don’t last very long and typically clear up without treatment. Chronic ear infections, on the other hand, usually require some sort of treatment to prevent them from reoccurring. If your child is experiencing chronic ear infections, it’s important to seek treatment right away in order to prevent permanent damage to the inner ear.

What are the symptoms of an ear infection?

Common symptoms include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fussiness or frequent crying
  • Tugging or pulling at the affected ear(s)
  • Inability to detect low-decibel sounds
  • Pus-like fluid drains from the ear(s)
  • Fever, particularly in newborns and younger children
  • Pain (even mild) in the ear
  • A persistent feeling of excess pressure inside the ear
  • General lack of body balance
  • Changes in mood/mood swings

How can chiropractic care help?

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to relieve pain or discomfort caused by ear infections. At our clinic, we use a gentle, non-invasive treatment known as a chiropractic adjustment to reduce joint restrictions and misalignments in the spine. Upper cervical adjustments help promote fluid drainage, reducing the likelihood of buildup and subsequent infections. Chiropractic adjustments of the occiput (back of the skull) and atlas (first cervical vertebra) help prevent chronic ear infections by correcting misalignments and dysfunction.

Below are some of the benefits chiropractic adjustments provide for children with ear infections:

  • Relief from pain and discomfort
  • Increased mobility in the upper spine
  • Decreased inflammation

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Five Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is not only for adults. From babies to toddlers to teens, children can also benefit from a trip to the chiropractor’s office.

As a father myself, I observed several benefits with our daughter, who was born 12 weeks early. Because she was born prematurely, she was at an increased risk of certain neurological and digestive disorders. She also had to spend several weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), hooked up to several cords that limited her range of motion. Shortly after we brought her home, my wife and I noticed that our daughter occasionally had trouble latching or going to the bathroom, and would become overly fussy or inconsolable. When these things would happen, I’d gently assess her spine to provide relief. I could instantly tell a difference, as her body would relax into my arms and she’d stop crying. In many cases, she’d be able to resume nursing right away and/or go to the bathroom within 12-24 hours. Having a little one of my own has made me more aware of the importance of regular pediatric chiropractic care, and I’m honored to be able to help parents find similar relief for their children.

Below are five important benefits of taking your child to the chiropractor.

Improved Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of a child’s life. It doesn’t just help them function. It’s also important for their development and emotional wellbeing. Unfortunately certain tensions can make it difficult to sleep, often leading to insomnia. Since chiropractic care works to relieve stress in the body, it can also improve sleep.

Immune System Function

Chiropractic care has many benefits for a child’s immune system. It can help those suffering from a cold or infection, as well as improve immunity functions. Going to a chiropractor can also improve a child’s digestive system and target related issues, such as stomach problems, constipation and acid reflux.

Better Behavior

Less stress leads to better behavior. Chiropractic care helps children improve their attitudes by releasing tension. Improved sleep can also reduce stress, which can help your child function better during the day.

Nervous System Support

The benefits of pediatric adjustments extend into the nervous system. Chiropractors make sure the spine is growing in the correct way. This prevents and treats certain nervous system issues like ear infections. Pediatric chiropractic care can also treat asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues by targeting misaligned nerves that affect a child’s respiratory system.

Brain Development

Chiropractic care can improve your child’s neural brain development by releasing pressure on bones and joints as well as the spine. Increased brain development promotes better concentration, improved focus and reduced hyperactivity. This includes targeting conditions like ADD and ADHD.

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