This is my first blog post, and I could have started with any topic but I wanted to start with what I’m most passionate about and that’s getting kids checked by a chiropractor that focuses on kids (like me).
I’ll get into the science of why everyone should have their kids checked in an upcoming blog. But I’ll give you the cliff notes here.
From conception to childhood, kids these days are exposed to a massive number of chemical, physical, & emotional environmental stressors. This exposure ramps up the part of the nervous system that prepares them for fighting or escaping that stress. But this comes at the expense of the complimentary part of the nervous system that is responsible for rest, digestion, immune function, & healing.
This imbalance is called sympathetic dominance and it can play a role in many childhood health challenges. What I have found is the misalignments in the spine are at the core of sympathetic dominance. Not only will they contribute to sympathetic dominance but they prevent the body from adapting to the fore mentioned stressors.
So the million dollar question is how do you know if that’s what your child has? The answer is measure it. Who measures it? Most Chiropractors who focus on children have tools in their office that measure this. If they find sympathetic dominance during your child’s evaluation they will make a recommendation for care (which is very safe and much different from adult adjustments).
Below is a list of the top 5 reasons why parents bring their kids in to get checked. Numbers 1-4 usually are the result of sympathetic dominance and we see great results with these kids. Number 5 should be the number one reason, however, we are not wired this way and nobody told us this is a good idea (that’s what I’m doing now).
The top 5 reasons people bring in their kids to have me check their spines are:
1. Ear infections & Frequent Cold/Flu Symptoms
2. ADHD & Focus Issues
5. General Wellness (keeping the nervous system working the way it’s designed to)
Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below—but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about getting back your child’s’ health!
Jami Rassmussen, DC