How can pediatric chiropractic help?
If you look at the list of health challenges babies and kids are suffering with today such as allergies, asthma, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, ASD, SPD, ear infections, aggression, tantrums, seizures, and developmental delays -- you might think that there is nothing in common. However, what if I told you that the common thread tying every single of these "common" childhood challenges together is the Central Nervous System. With neurodevelopmental challenges like ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorders, we know that the nervous system is greatly affected and can lead to things hyperactivity, inattention, sleep challenges, behavior problems, lack of social connection, sensory processing challenges, and more. What most don't realize is that the nervous system is so intimately linked with the digestive and immune systems (the other two systems most commonly affected in kids with neurodevelopmental challenges) that it can also contribute to things such as bowel and bladder problems, autoimmune challenges, and decreased immunity.
What can lead to a compromised or injured nervous system?
After taking numerous case histories and studying the research, we have found a commonality linking most of the cases. The birth process. In many cases, these kids' nervous systems have been stressed since birth and even in-utero due to uterine constraints such as breech positioning or the cord being wrapped around the neck.
After talking to numerous parents and connecting the dots back to birth, moms and dads have often said things like, "The doctor was really pulling and twisting the neck! I knew that it didn't look right, but I didn't even think about the stress it must have been causing to their head and neck!" or "My baby was really stuck in my pelvis for a really long time, so they had to use so many different interventions to get my baby out." It's no surprise that the area most commonly injured during the birth process is the head and neck and the risk of injury goes up exponentially with the use of interventions like C-sections, forceps, vacuum extracting, and prolonged pushing.
Unfortunately, most of the time this information is not typically mentioned to parents, so many people don't know the how the birth process can potentially damage the delicate nervous system.
How does the birth process effect the nervous system?
Unnecessary pressure and stress can be put on the upper neck and head, which negatively impacts how the brain stem, spinal cord, and spinal nerves function. If a misalignment occurs in the upper neck and head, it leads to improper neurological communication going from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain. This communication breakdown is one of the primary reasons so many children with neurodevelopmental challenges have a hard time with sensory processing, social interaction and behavior, and learning.
All of this eventually puts the nervous system into a chronic or permanent state of stress or fight/flight response. This response is meant for true stressful moments like getting cut off on the freeway or if a bear come outs of nowhere to help you engage in the "fight" or "flight" response. By being stuck in a state of stress, the fight/flight response is engaged for an extended period of time and starts to rewire the brain and body for stress. This new "normal" can persistent and lead to the health challenges so many children are suffering with such as chronic immune suppression, autoimmune challenges, and neurodevelopmental disorders. This cycle must be broken, and that is where chiropractic comes into play.
How does chiropractic care help?
By addressing the stress and resultant misalignment, a specific chiropractic adjustment restores proper balance and alignment to the neuro-spinal system and restore balance and function to the central nervous system. Depending on the severity and duration these injuries have been present, more care is required to speed up the healing process and creating lasting positive change. These changes can lead to an improvement in behavior, digestion, immunity, learning, sleep, and more. The sooner we start, the better our chances of having success!
Most children with neurodevelopmental challenges have two major challenges at the root of their issues: An overstressed nervous system that is stuck in protection mode right from the beginning of life, or even before. As, Dr. Bruce Lipton states, “You can’t be in growth and protection at the same time.”
The nervous system cannot be on the stress/protection mode at the same time as its on the rest/digest mode. A misalignment and stress to the upper neck and brainstem area “locks in” the nervous system to that stress mode. A specifically trained pediatric chiropractor is the only provider trained to find and locate that, and if found, correct and resolve it to get back on track to growth and development & healing!