With the magnitude of information available, making decisions regarding the health and wellness of your family can be overwhelming. A healthy lifestyle incorporating good nutrition, restorative sleep and plenty of exercise is the first step. Preventative medicine follows with regular dental visits, vision check-ups and spinal assessments.
Chiropractic is concerned with the preservation and restoration of health and focuses on minimizing tension in the nervous system caused by physical, chemical and emotional stressors. This tension, know as subluxations, compromises the neural integrity and can negatively affect organ system function and general health.
Along with normal growth and development, children are also exposed to additional stressors such as ergonomic strains of backpacks and school desks, sports injuries, orthodontics, vaccines and common paediatric issues such as ear infections and asthma. From a neurological perspective, chiropractic can help to reduce the impact of these stressors and assist and support the chid’s nervous system to reduce the negative impact these issues have on his/her health.
For example, when a child needs braces to shift the positioning of their teeth over a specific amount of time, this movement can cause strain in the temperomandibular joint (TMJ) and associated pterygoid muscles of the jaw. A chiropractic adjustment helps to relieve this strain and support the realignment of the teeth.
Particular ingredients in vaccines, such as formaldehyde and egg embryo, are necessary to suspend and deliver a vaccine to form antibodies against certain illnesses. These constituents can be irritating to a child’s developing systems. Chiropractic can minimize the negative impact of the constituents by neurologically supporting the child’s systems that may be affected (such as digestion and temperature regulation) and enhance the development of the antibodies.
Ear infections are more prevalent in children because the angle of their eustachian tubes are more horizontal than vertical. This allows for a better breeding ground for bacteria and the development of infections. By adjusting the upper cervical spine, the muscles of the ear canal can be stimulated to move the fluid and decrease the progression of the infection.
Our autonomic system is comprised of the parasympathetics (“relaxing”) component and sympathetics (fight or flight/stress). When a child’s sympathetic threshold is lower, they are more susceptible to having their systems overreact to stressors and may respond in the form of asthma, allergies and eczema. Chiropractic can support their autonomics to increase their threshold and decrease their bodies reactivity to environmental and emotional stimulants so that their asthma, allergy and eczema symptoms are reduced.
Eat well, drink lots of water, daily play and outdoor activity, go to bed on time – the basics for good health for our children. The next level, preventative practitioner visits, supports exceptional health for your growing child. An optimally functioning nervous system for better health and wellness for you and your family.