An adjustment is the specific application of forces to facilitate the
body's correction of vertebral subluxation. Our chiropractic method of
correction is by specific adjustments of the spine.
Subluxations are misalignments or distortions of one or more of the 24
vertebra in the spinal column, skull, hips and related tissues (the
structural system) that irritate, stretch, impinge or otherwise
interfere with the proper function of the nervous system (brain, spinal
cord, spinal nerves and peripheral nerves). Since the nervous system
controls all functions of the body, any interference to it can have
wide-ranging effects but always resulting in a lessening of the body's
innate ability to express its maximum health potential.
Nerve system stress can be caused by physical, chemical and or
emotional stress. Physical stress may start in the womb, with the baby
lying in a distorted or twisted manner. This constraint limits the
space of the developing baby. Any compromised position for the baby
throughout pregnancy will affect his or her optimal development.
Conditions such as torticollis can occur because a baby’s space was
cramped in utero.
Throughout childhood, the normal childhood traumas every child
experiences can be a source of spinal and cranial trauma. Most of the
time, the pain from the initial injury “goes away” however the damage
incurred continues to affect the future function of the child’s nerve
It is important to keep your spine and nervous system healthy
throughout your life. Chiropractic care can help you express 100% life
by keeping your mind-body connection clear. Since only 6% of your
nerves feel pain, it is very important to have your nervous system and
spine regularly checked by a chiropractor even if you don’t have
symptoms. The nervous system also helps direct the immune system. This
means that people who get adjusted regularly have stronger immune
systems than the average person.
More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children.
Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even so
called 'natural' birthing methods can stress an infant's spine and
developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system
caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many
newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing
difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic
infections can often be traced to nerve system stress.
significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their
newborns checked right away. As the infant grows, learning to hold up
their head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal
alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor
As your child begins to participate in
regular childhood activities like skating or riding a bike, small yet
significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may occur. If
neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to
more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood
will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired
nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system
will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.
of the most common reason parents seek care for their child is trauma
from an injury of some sort. These misalignments may or may not result
in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can
identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, make the
correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints
seen later in adults. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to
Another sought out reason for care is the
resolution of a particular symptom or condition. Parents seek care for
conditions such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies and
headaches (to name a few) because they have heard from other parents
that chiropractic care can help. It is important to understand that the
doctor of chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The
expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for
misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting
overall body function. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and
protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain
and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to
the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves’ ability to
transmit this vital information.
The nerve system controls
and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body:
circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune
system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference. The
chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the
body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.
doctor of chiropractic will take a case history and perform a
chiropractic exam to determine if spinal subluxations exist.
Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child's size,
weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific
to the child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that
their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to
subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a
greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care. Once
your family has experienced the many benefits of chiropractic
care—please help us tell others!
This is exactly why it is so important to have your child adjusted as
an infant. Since their bones are still forming, it is important that
they grow in proper alignment. Kids don’t usually grow out of bad
posture, they grow in to it. As for safety, chiropractic care is safer
for children than any other form of health care in the world. This is
demonstrated by the low cost of chiropractor’s professional liability
A survey study examining the practice characteristics and pediatric care of chiropractors (1)
in the Boston area estimated that approximately 420,000 pediatric
chiropractic visits were made in the Boston metropolitan area alone for
1998. If extrapolated for the rest of the United States and Canada, the
number of chiropractic visits to children in one year would be enormous
numbering in several million visits. Given this high utilization rate
of pediatric chiropractic services in the United States and Canada,
statistics should indicate a great number of morbidity and mortality.
On the contrary, there exists little evidence of harm to children from
When the Canadian Pediatric Society
published their position statement on, "Chiropractic Care for Children:
Controversies and Issues," (2)
they addressed the issue of "The Safety of Chiropractic in
Paediatrics," Only one case report of vertebrobasilar occlusion in a
seven-year-old was cited. It occurred following gymnastics and repeated
chiropractic manipulations of the cervical spine (3). They further readily admit that, "Reports of other paediatric complications are few."
been estimated that the annual cost of medication-related problems in
the United States is approximately $84.6 billion (4,5)
human impact of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (i.e., aspirin)-related
gastrointestinal deaths have been estimated at rates higher than that
found from deaths due to cervical cancer, asthma or malignant melanoma (6)
errors and adverse drug events are three times higher in children and
substantially higher still for neonates (7).
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Sweitzer BJ, Leape LL. The costs of adverse drug events in hospitalized
patients. Adverse Drug Events Prevention Study Group. JAMA 1997;277:307-311.
G.Gastrointestinal complications of prescription and over-the-counter
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: a view from the ARAMIS database. Arthritis, Rheumatism, and Aging Medical Information System.Am J Ther. 2000;7:115-121.
R, Bates DW, Landrigan C, McKenna KJ, Clapp MD, Federico F, Goldmann
DA. Medication errors and adverse drug events in pediatric inpatients. JAMA 2001;285:2114-2120.
JM, Safer DJ, DosReis S, Gardner JF, Boles M, Lynch F. Trends in the
prescribing of psychotropic medications to preschoolers. JAMA 2000;23:1025-1030.
Some kids have a lifetime of recurrent illnesses, but most kids…they are just average kids. There is nothing wrong with a child being average…if that is his or her potential!
But, what if that’s NOT his or her potential? What if the child was
meant to be something more than average? Even if she or he is meant to
be what we call average, she or he will not even reach that level if
his or her brain and body can’t communicate effectively with each
other. The only way for your children to reach their potential in
life is to have nerve systems that are free from interference so that
they can adapt to all of the physical, chemical and mental stresses
they encounter each day. That way, their energy can be used to access
higher levels of creative thought instead of just trying to get through the day. In other words, they have the best possible chance of reaching their full potential in life! Everyone deserves the opportunity to express their greater potential in their own unique, individual way.
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is an essential ingredient to your
prenatal care choices. A large percent of all pregnant women experience
back discomfort or pain during pregnancy. This is due to the rapid
growth of the baby and interference to your body’s normal structural
adaptations to that growth.
Preexisting unnoticed imbalances in your spine and pelvis become
overtaxed during these times. The added stresses lead to discomfort and
difficulty while performing routine, daily activities. Chiropractic
care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the common
discomforts experienced in pregnancy. This can also include sleep
disturbances, “morning” sickness, reflux, varicose veins, leg and pubic
pain. The Journal of the American osteopathic Association,
a number of practitioners commented on the effectiveness of spinal care
for pregnant women. The following are a sampling of their remarks:
“For normal patients, correction if vertebral subluxations definitely
helps normal function and rehabilitation. Manipulation can be of great
value in normalizing the body functions of women with problems of
pregnancy such as toxemia.” (!)
therapy…normalizes functions of the pituitary, adrenal, ovarian and
placental systems, including the craniosacral respiratory mechanisms.
This shortens the labor…and lessens medication requirement…Postpartum
depression is a rarity in patients receiving…manipulative therapy.” (2)
adjustments eliminate these stresses in your spine, restore balance to
your pelvis and result in greater comfort and lifestyle improvements.
J.P. What is the role of osteopathic manipulative therapy in obstetric
care? For normal patients? For patients with problems (e.g. toxemia of
pregnancy)? Journal of the AOA, 1974, 74.
R.A. & Martin, R.H. Effect of pressure applies to the upper
thoracic (placebo) versus lumbar areas (osteopathic manipulative
treatment) for inhibition of lumbar myalgia during labor. Journal of the AOA, 1982, 82(4), pp. 247-251.
As your baby develops, your uterus enlarges to accommodate the rapid
growth. So long as the pelvis is in a balanced state, the ligaments
connected to the uterus maintain an equalized, supportive suspension
for the uterus. If your pelvis is out of balance in any way, these
ligaments become torqued and twisted, causing a condition known as constraint to your uterus.
This constraint limits the space of the developing baby. Any
compromised position for the baby throughout pregnancy will affect his
or her optimal development. Conditions such as torticollis occur
because a baby’s space was cramped in utero.
If the woman’s uterus is constrained as birth approaches, the baby is
prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth. Even
if the baby is in the desirable head down position, often times
constraint to the uterus affects the baby’s head from moving into the
ideal presentation for delivery. The head may be slightly tilted off to
one side or even more traumatically, present in the posterior position.
Any baby position even slightly off during birth will slow down labor,
and add pain to both the mother and baby. Many women have been told
that their babies were too big, or labor “just slowed down” when it was
really the baby’s presentation interfering with the normal process and
progression. Avoidable interventions are implemented during a natural
process into an operative one.
Doctors of Chiropractic work specifically with your pelvis throughout
pregnancy restoring a state of balance and creating an environment for
an easier, safer delivery.
is defined as difficult labor and is something every woman wants to
avoid. In addition to the pain and exhaustion caused by long, difficult
labors, dystocia leads to multiple, medical interventions which may be
physically and emotionally traumatic to both you and your baby. Some of
these interventions are the administering of pitocin, the use of
epidurals, painful episiotomies, forceful pulling on the baby’s fragile
spine, vacuum extraction, forceps and perhaps even c-sections. Each of
these procedures carry a high risk of injury to you, your baby or both!
However, all of these procedures used to hasten the delivery process
can be avoided if delivery goes more smoothly to begin with.
When reviewing the obstetric texts, the reported reasons for dystocia
are caused by pelvic imbalance and its resulting effects on your uterus
and your baby’s position. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy
restores balance to your pelvic muscles and ligaments and therefore
leads to safer and easier deliveries for you and your baby.
Additionally, the chiropractic adjustment removes interference to the
nervous system allowing your uterus to function at its maximum
potential. Published studies have indicated that chiropractic care does
in fact reduce labor time.
I.C.P.A. doctors offer specific analysis and adjustments for your
special needs in pregnancy. You and your baby’s continued safety and
comfort is primary in our care.
Chiropractic gets to the root of health issues. Drugs and surgery are
sometimes necessary but certainly not with the frequency they are used
today. You should always try to find the answers to your health issues
by using the least invasive and healthiest ideas first.
No - you don’t get hooked. Chiropractic is no different than other
healthy things like exercising, eating healthy or drinking bottled
water. Once you’ve experienced it on a regular basis, most people adopt
it as part of a healthy lifestyle.
In the 1940’s and 1950’s it was quite common to see chiropractors for
many different reasons from pneumonia to cancer. It was to the point
that more were going to chiropractors than medical doctors. Medical
doctor’s lost millions in revenue from this and it became a financial
decision not to associate with chiropractors or refer to them. They
also disseminated enormous amounts of false literature to newspapers
and the general public that included many lies they had invented
regarding dangers of chiropractic. The greed came to the point that if
a chiropractor would refer a patient to a medical doctor who was
suspected to be having a heart attack, the medical doctor would not
take them because they had associated with a chiropractor.
Chiropractors had to go underground or fear arrest for practicing
medicine with out a license. Chiropractors battled back from this and
sued the AMA. The lawsuit took over 20 years and millions of dollars to
complete but the American Medical Association was finally found guilty
of violating antitrust regulations and conspiring against free trade by
the Supreme Court. The financial settlement was for an undisclosed
amount, suspected to be multimillions of dollars. Unfortunately some of
the animosity and false teachings regarding the safety and efficacy of
chiropractic care are still spewed by medical doctors today.
Fortunately many medical doctors today are better educated and
motivated more by helping people than their forefathers were.
Many insurance policies contribute toward chiropractic care. They will
usually contribute towards symptomatic care only. Keeping your family
well and healthy will be your financial responsibility. Our office is
set up so that chiropractic care is affordable for most families whose
health is a top priority.
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