Autism is a term reserved for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.

Autism is currently identified in around 1 in 69 American children, a tenfold increase from just 40 years ago. It is more common in boys, effecting 1 out of every 42 boys and 1 out of every 189 girls. These statistics suggest there are millions of Americans living with autism and that more children are being diagnosed with autism then AIDS, cancer and juvenile diabetes combined.

chiropractic care and living with autism Chiropractic Care and Living With Autism

At this point in time, there is no cure for autism, and researchers are still working on the causes. Scientists have found that people diagnosed with autism share a number of genetic and environmental stresses that increase the risk. They include things like advanced parental age at the time of conception, maternal illness during pregnancy, and oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain during birth. Increasingly, they are also finding the immune system may play a role.

How can chiropractic play an active role?

Chiropractic care removes the interference within the nervous system and allow the body to heal and function on its own accord. Because the nervous system is one of the major systems within our bodies, it has impact on many of our daily functions. The nervous system can impact hyperactivity, sleep issues, behavioral problems, sensory challenges, digestion problems, and immune system problems.

Autism can show signs in all of these areas, and increasingly is believed to be impacted in the immune system. When the nervous system has interferences, it cannot process our body’s signals at the optimal level. Meaning it must compensate in some other way. If a child has spectrum disorder, his or her nervous system is either stressed or delayed, impacting all other functions of the body.

Chiropractic care works with adjusting the nervous system. As a trained chiropractor, we can determine where the blockage, interference or over stimulation is in your child’s nervous system and adjust it accordingly. If you are questioning the results of western medicine and the drug regiment your child is on, lets talk about a natural alternative – chiropractic treatment – to help your child live the healthiest life possible.

Think chiropractic is only for adults? Think again.

Chiropractors have been seeing children for well over 100 years, and in some cases see their patients almost as soon as they are born.

Chiropractic care is based on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. If there is dysfunction in the spine or the joints of the body, there is dysfunction in the nervous system. And since the nervous system controls all systems in the body, spinal dysfunction can have a wide and everlasting effect on a person’s health.why chiropractic care is good for children Why Chiropractic Care Is Good For Children

For a child, he can literally begin having spinal dysfunction in utero. Fetal positions such as breech, brow, transverse, posterior, etc – all common language throughout the growth and labor process – can have an impact on the baby’s spine as well. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by a baby’s position in the womb. And if this position is maintained for any length of time, it can result in a longer, more complicated birthing process that can compound the baby’s spinal problems. Add in our modern day medicine and use of equipment such as induction, forceps and caesarean section, and its easy to see why problems can occur.

When a child is born, we all would love to have a happy baby that eats and sleeps on schedule. Yet that rarely occurs. Colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, chronic ear infections and more can all be traced to problems with the nervous system. And because many begin at birth, it can also be attributed to traumatic birthing experiences, and potential spinal and cranial misalignments.

As a parent, if you elect to have your child’s spine checked right after birth, you can begin to put them on the path for good health immediately.

Many developmental milestones such as holding the head up, sitting upright, crawling and walking are all affected by proper spinal alignment. If the spine is in good working order, those activities will come easier at the appropriate times. If there are problems, the child must adjust for those problems as he’s learning along the way.

As a child continues to grow, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps and bruises, heavy backpacks, sitting at a desk and playing video games can all lead to misalignment, again causing overall problems in a child’s health.

Think of chiropractic as your routine maintenance for good health. A proper alignment will give your child all he or she needs to stay health, and continue to grow in the best way possible. It works for you as an adult. Why shouldn’t your child have the best health from the beginning too?

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. You bring this little bundle of joy into your home. You knew the first few months will be a challenge, getting up every few hours for feedings.

But nothing prepared you for this. Within weeks, the crying, fussiness, and general crankiness in your child has left you feeling pretty much the same way.colic awareness month how chiropractic can help your baby Colic Awareness Month – How Chiropractic Can Help Your Baby

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 20 percent of babies will experience colic in their first few months. And when a new parent lives with colic day in and day out:

  • Nearly 75 percent of moms say they feel as if the were failing as a parent
  • More than 33 percent of moms say it is contributing to their feelings of post partum depression
  • More than 33 percent of moms began doubting if they want another child

Pretty scary statistics. And its also why we are celebrating Colic Awareness Month this month by helping you get relief if you are facing this situation right now.

What causes colic? Despite years of research, a definitive answer isn’t known. Colic is described as a condition where a healthy, well fed infant cries for more than three hours per day, for more than three days per week, for more than three weeks in a row.

Colic usually starts at about two weeks of age in a full term infant, later in a premature baby, and almost always is gone by the age of four months. Theories state that colic may be caused by digestive problems, reflux, an immature digestive system, air in the intestinal track, lactose intolerance, hypersensitivity to the environment, or an immature nervous system.

Traditional medicine usually takes one of two approaches. They either prescribe drug therapy, or they take the wait and see approach, knowing it will go away in a matter of weeks or months.

Chiropractic takes a different approach.

The birthing process is difficult at best for both mom and infant. Colic may actually be a symptom of nerve dysfunction from the process, resulting in poor communication between the brain and the digestive organs.

Through safe and gentle adjustments, your baby’s nervous system could quickly be back on track, allowing calm to come into his world for the first time.

If you’re facing these issues right now, do something about it for your sanity and for your child’s comfort.  Call us today.

One of the most traumatic events of our lives starts at the moment we are born. A baby goes through much exertion when traveling through the birth canal. Pushing, pulling, all of it impacts everything from the cranium, spine and even the nervous system. Even a c-section can cause serious trauma from the sudden removal and exposure to new circumstances.

While the process is natural – we all go through it – it still can be the start of a lifelong health issue.

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When trauma occurs to the spine or nervous system, subluxations or misalignments occur. Subluxations are massive pressure being placed on different points of the nervous system, causing the body to not function in a proper way. When these misalignments continue for months – even years – without correction, they can lead to to chronic pain and headaches that continue on and turn worse as a child moves into adulthood.

For many people, they assume the birthing process is natural, and therefore is something that we will grow out of as soon as we start breathing, stretching and adjusting to life. Yet once a problem exists, it simply won’t go away on its own. It may sit undetected for years, or even materialize in many ways that effect normal everyday routines. Colic, minor discomfort, feeding and digestion issues, ear infections, decreased immune system function – all of this and more have been linked to trauma in the upper cervical spine. Which can be lessened with regular chiropractic treatment.

Not sure if your child may be facing some of these issues? Because babies can’t express themselves verbally here are a few signs that may indicate they would benefit from a chiropractic evaluation.

  • Your baby consistently tilts her head to one side
  • Your baby has restricted head movement from one side to another
  • Your baby cannot sleep without disturbance for more than an hour or two
  • Your baby has trouble breastfeeding
  • Your baby tugs on an earlobe regularly
  • Your baby appears to be gassy and is difficult to soothe
  • Your baby arches her back often

If your infant is suffering any of the systems mentioned above, the best place to start is with a chiropractic assessment. A chiropractor will focus in on the misalignments already present in your baby’s spine that can impair your baby’s nervous system. As the misalignments are corrected and your baby’s body is restored with proper function, you’ll begin seeing an ease of the symptoms and a return to a health, happy baby once again.

ADHD and Ritalin – Is Chiropractic a Better Solution 199x300 Can Chiropractic Help Kids With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is becoming the common diagnosis for children.

This particular disorder, which exhibits signs of hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, difficulty learning, and other similar symptoms, is normally treated with prescription medications. Over the years, doctors have prescribed numerous kinds of medications to help combat ADHD and allow a child to live a normal, less intense life.

However, parents are becoming more and more leery of loading their children up with prescription medications. There are various side effects to worry about – it can be like trading one bad thing for another. This desire for a more natural treatment for ADHD has led many parents to their chiropractors.

Chiropractic treatment has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of ADHD when used in conjunction with other forms of non-invasive therapy. The reasoning behind the success of chiropractic treatments for ADHD is simple – when the body is out of balance, brain activity can also be imbalanced.

This leads one area of the brain to develop more quickly than the rest of the brain.

Chiropractic treatments can help get the body and spine back in alignment and back in balance. The result – balanced brain activity that can help reduce the symptoms of ADHD and allow a child to lead a more normal life.

Of course, chiropractic treatment alone will not solve all ADHD issues. However, when used under the guidance of your physician and in conjunction with other forms of natural therapy that focus on the individual – rather than the one size fits all approach of prescription medications – the results are proving to be favorable.

If you are a parent that is searching for a natural, non-invasive form of ADHD treatment, consider talking to your chiropractor about options. He will assist you in developing the ideal treatment plan for your child.

It is that time again – the start of a new school year. As schools across the Denver Metro area start the new year, it is time for parents to make sure their children are ready. stay healthy with back to school tips 300x205 Stay Healthy With Back To School TipsThis includes much more than just buying the necessary supplies and stocking their wardrobes. It is important to make sure your child is healthy before school starts – and make sure he stays that way all year round.

Here are some back to school tips for staying healthy.

  • Pay a visit to the chiropractor on a regular basis. With more and more kids spending too many hours in front of the TV, it is no surprise that good posture is often forgotten. It does not take long for poor posture to have a lasting effect on a child’s spine. A few adjustments from the chiropractor will ensure that the spine is properly aligned and relieve any discomfort your child may be feeling. Routine adjustments over the school year will keep any future pain at bay.
  • Pay attention to your child’s backpack. While a backpack is a useful tool for carrying books and other items to school, it is easy to overload your child’s back. A growing child should only carry about 10-15 percent of her total body weight in her backpack. Any heavier will cause her to compensate for the extra weight by arching her back or otherwise put strain on her back and joints. Make sure her backpack is always at an appropriate weight.
  • Take care when it comes to sports. We’re putting our kids in sporting events younger and younger these days. In order to prevent sports injuries, make sure you and the coach follow basic rules. Stretching and warming up should always be mandatory before every practice and game; don’t show up late assuming your child can get right into the important part of the practice. Also make sure he eats right, gets plenty of sleep, and plays at his own ability. Talk directly with your chiropractor about other tips to help keep him healthy throughout the season.
  • Evaluate her study skills. Kids slump over desks all day long. And when they get home, they continue to slouch over their desks or lie on their beds as they work hour after hour on homework. Just like adults set up ergonomically correct work stations to stay healthy throughout the work day, spend a little time educating your child on the importance of sitting correctly no matter what type of work you are working on.
  • Strengthen your child’s immune system. When your child goes to school, they are often exposed to germs and viruses from other children. To help keep illnesses away, help boost your child’s immune system with vitamin supplements. Feed your child a healthy diet and avoid processed foods as much as possible. Encourage your child to drink plenty of fresh water every day, and she will enjoy a healthy, happy school life.

Remember when your parents nagged you to “stop slouching?” While they meant well, their advice for good posture was only the tip of the iceberg. If you want to help your children develop good posture, the key is to begin early in order to avoid problems in the future.

Helping Children Develop Good Posture 300x278 Tips for Helping Children Develop Good PostureToday’s children carry backpacks that far exceed what they should be carrying, and their posture is greatly affected. This can lead to back pain, shoulder pain and tension headaches for youngsters. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help improve your children’s posture, which in turn has a positive effect on their overall physical health.

Why is good posture important?

When your body is in proper alignment, your body can function with ease. You can breathe better and your muscles, organs and blood circulation can function easier. Good posture makes you feel good overall, and it makes you look taller too. Children can benefit from good posture when they are older because it leads to good health.

Older children can begin to develop posture problems because they carry backpacks that weigh nearly a third of their body weight. This is too much strain on their muscles, so they lean forward. This is the beginning of poor posture and can lead to issues later in life.

How to encourage your children to maintain good posture at all times:

  • Exercise. Fun activities like swimming and running in the park can help your children’s bone density increase.
  • Take stretch breaks. Sitting for long periods of time while playing video games doesn’t stretch muscles, so have your child get up every so often and stretch.
  • Lighten the load. Make sure they carry only minimal books and supplies to class every day.
  • Set an example. If you’re modeling poor posture, your children are likely to pick it up.
  • Make it fun! You can use stability balls and video game exercises for variety.

Ideally, you should have your child’s spine checked at least yearly to detect and correct postural and spinal problems in their very early stages. This can prevent habits and deformities from becoming permanent.

Chiropractic Care And A Colicky Baby Chiropractic Care And A Colicky Baby

It’s every new parents nightmare.  You bring your little bundle of joy home, only to find out your bundle is not overjoyed.  Colic can begin as early as two weeks old and lasts for up to four months.  That’s four, nerve racking, sleep deprived, heart wrenching months.  Your little one is constantly crying and you can’t sooth him or her.  What a terrible situation.

For years parents, doctors, and researchers have been seeking a cause and a cure for colic.  To date, there is no proven cause of colic.  As a result, remedies are hard to come by and even harder to prove effective.

Current methods for dealing with colic can be broken down into two categories: natural and medicated.  The most common prescription drug for colic is dimethicone.  Medical advice will tell you this drug tends to reduce colicky crying by up to an hour. Yet do you really want to start your newborn out on a drug regiment? Read more

10 Reasons Your Kids Can Stay Healthy With A Chiropractic Visit 10 Reasons Your Kids Can Stay Healthy With A Chiropractic Visit

As an adult, you have probably enjoyed the benefits of a chiropractic visit.  You understand the overall health benefits associated with chiropractic visits, but did you know that your children can experience these benefits as well?  Holistic medicine (chiropractic work included) is not limited to adult patients.  Patients of all ages can benefit from chiropractic visits.  Below are ten reasons to consider bringing your child along for a visit the next time you go in for a chiropractic adjustment.

1. Spinal alignment – Of course the most obvious benefit is proper spinal alignment.  I don’t know if you’ve thought about it, but children go through a very traumatic experience to come into this world.  Chiropractic visits can help alleviate spinal issues that can span back to birth.

2. Improved neurological functioning – An improved spinal alignment will allow the nervous system to function at peak capacity in children and adults.

3.Better overall functioning – If your child’s foundation (the spinal column) is properly aligned, your child’s body will be able to function more efficiently. Read more

Easy Ways To Lighten Your Childs Backpack 248x300 Easy Ways To Lighten Your Child’s BackpackYou remember those great days of trudging home, stooped over double, wishing your backpack wasn’t so heavy.  Now as you wave your little ones good bye and send them to school, you notice that they are suffering the same fate you once did.  So, how can you keep this cycle from repeating itself?  How can you protect your child from the painful weight of an overloaded backpack?

Start with a lighter backpack – As you are shopping for the backpack itself, be conscious of the weight of the bag.  This is the weight your child will be adding too.  Do what you can to start with the lightest bag possible.

Consider a roller bag – It is becoming more and more acceptable for kids to bring a roller backpack to school.  Talk to your child and see if this method is the best for both of you.

Provide a duplicate for textbooks – The greatest weight in a child’s backpack is typically the textbooks brought home for homework.  You can alleviate much of this weight by buying copies of your child’s books to keep at home.  Many of these textbooks are available at a discounted rate for tablets and other electronic devices. Read more

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