Children & Infants
In addition to providing safe, effective treatment for back pain, scoliosis, headaches and the more obvious chiropractically responsive treatments in the young, we can also provide effective care for many other conditions. Common childhood conditions such as ear infections, asthma and infantile colic—to name a few—have been shown to respond favorably to chiropractic treatments.
Chiropractic For Childhood Ailments
According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 1/3 of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic. This is an impressive number given that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined there to be more than 12 million MVAs annually involving more than 20 million vehicles.
The reason individuals like yourself choose chiropractic care for treatment of injuries sustained in MVAs is simple–chiropractic care is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially of the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with MVAs are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, it’s only natural that chiropractic be the treatment of choice.
Many studies have also found individuals injured in MVAs prefer chiropractic care for the treatment of their injuries. One such study evaluated 190 whiplash injury victims and found those who received chiropractic care reported treatment satisfaction of 100% (1).
Contrary to popular belief, a good posture does not mean keeping your spine totally straight. A good posture means maintaining the natural curves of your spine. As you develop, your spine naturally forms the curves of your spine. These curves act like a spring and provide resistance to gravitational stress. When you have good spinal curvature, it should feel almost effortless to maintain good posture. If maintaining good posture feels like work to you, you should have your spine evaluated to determine if you are in need of corrective care.
Maintaining good posture has its benefits:
Improved nervous system function: Poor posture restricts the flow of CSF, the fluid that provides nourishment to the brain and spinal cord, and places tension on the spinal cord. Good posture allows the nervous system to optimally control every cell, organ and tissue in the body.
Facilitates breathing: A good posture naturally enables you to breathe properly. To gain an appreciation for this, perform the following exercise: slouch forward and take a deep breath, then sit up tall and take a deep breath. Feel the difference?
Increases concentration and thinking ability: When you are breathing properly, you increase your thinking ability. Our brain requires 20% of our oxygen to do its job properly. More air, more oxygen. More oxygen, more brain food. More brain food leads to more thoughts and ideas.
Feel even better about yourself: When you have a good posture, it helps to make you feel more self-confident, without doing anything else different. Someone with a good posture naturally exudes an aura of assertiveness and appeal, thus changing how they are perceived by others, as well as how they see themselves.
Avoid health complications: A bad posture results in several complications over time, such as increased risks of a slipped disc, spinal degeneration, back pain, pressure inside your chest, poor blood circulation and impaired nerve communication.
Once the spinal tissues are healed and spinal bio-mechanics have normalized, the patient will be recommended to continue with periodic spinal checkups. For most, this may mean once per month or more. Chiropractic spinal checkups provide similar benefits to the spine that brushing and flossing provide to the teeth. Namely, catching minor problems and disturbances before they have the opportunity to cause pain, discomfort and irreversible tissue changes. Just like with cavities and heart attacks, irreversible tissue damage has generally occurred before the symptoms of spinal pain and discomfort become apparent.
A helpful way to look at it is to compare taking care of your spine to eating healthy or exercising. Everybody understands that the health benefits you receive from eating well will not be maintained if you start making bad food choices. Physical fitness and spinal health work the same way–they all need to be a part of your wellness lifestyle.
Our role in your wellness lifestyle goes beyond spinal health. We see our role as teachers and make every effort to make sure you are well informed and able to make the right choices regarding your health. We do this through one-on-one coaching and lunch & learn lectures.
Chiropractic has an excellent record with disc sufferers, often saving then from the bleak prospect of surgery. Chiropractic care is also often effective at helping those who already have gone through orthopedic surgery.
According to one study of 1,536 lumbar spinal problem patients who were under chiropractic care, 96.4% had a satisfactory result! Surgery was resorted to in only 3.4% of the patients. This study showed two things:
- Chiropractic care is extremely effective with spinal disc problems.
- Of those that had surgery, the delay in time while they explored chiropractic care did not cause them any harm.
Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches or migraines, which often leads to regular consumption of pain pills and muscle relaxers. Unfortunately, without fixing the cause, the relief provided by drugs is only temporary and comes with damaging side effects.
Research shows that chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC found that adjustments resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Acute & Chronic Pain
Research shows that when compared to other treatment alternatives, chiropractic care provides greater and longer lasting relief. We do this with a focus on function and health, not just symptoms.
“Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”
- Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
In a randomized, controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (adjustments), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care (2).
- Balla JI, Iansek R. Headaches arising from disorders of the cervical spine. In: Hopkins A, ed. Headache: Problems in Diagnosis and Management. London: WB Saunders; 1988.
- Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal