Pediatric Chiropractic

Why Should Every Child See A Neurologically-based Chiropractor

Over 60% of neurological development occurs after birth in a child's first year of life; that is so crucial to have a child's spine evaluated for neck problems that can manifest as health problems as a child or as an adult years later.

Subluxation alone is a rational reason for Chiropractic care throughout a lifetime form birth.
Lee Hadley, MD

Children deserve to enter the world as healthy as possible. While we support a natural approach to birth whenever possible, we acknowledge the effect trauma can have on both baby and mom during the labor and delivery process, particularly when medical interventions such as vacuum extraction, episiotomy, caesarean sections and other surgical procedures are employed. Even in the North American “natural birth” the force exerted on a babies neck is 60 – 90 lbs. In the current healthcare economy, birth trauma is frequently ignored, overlooked and in many cases misdiagnosed. The research is clear that upper neck problems are found in new borns (even without any obvious symptoms). We care for many infants in this office. Many parents bring their babies in a few days after birth to have them checked for nerve interference. This is really crucial since the birthing process can be very traumatic to their delicate spines. Many childhood ailments can be resolved through specific chiropractic care.

After having two young boys of his own Dr. Glen takes a special interest in pediatrics. We see children of all ages for complaints such as ear infections, sinus problems, bed wetting, allergies, asthma, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), autism and many other problems. It is very important that the parents have their children checked in our office as soon as possible so we can help them live a healthy drug free life the way it is intended. In many cases, parents have reported resolution of symptoms associated with infantile colic, constipation, chronic ear infections, bed-wetting, torticollis, frequent colds, scoliosis, acid-reflux, asthma and ADHD. The effects of an adjustment on an infant, toddler or school-aged child can be profound because it eliminates not just the symptom of many common ailments, but the central cause. When performing an adjustment on a child, skilled and experienced chiropractor like Dr. Johanson need only use a minimal amount of force, analogous to the pressure used to check the skin of a ripe tomato, and can even be performed while the child is sleeping!

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Below you will find a sample of the research linking vertebral subluxation and nerve interference with specific childhood ailments.

  • ADHD

    - Mississippi State University compared chiropractic care to a placebo treatment in seven youngsters with attention problems. Five of the patients showed improved behavioral scores. The report concluded that, “chiropractic manipulation (adjustment) has the potential to become an important non-drug intervention for children with hyperactivity” (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1989; 12:353).

    - Alcantara, Joel, and James Davis. “The Chiropractic Care of Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Retrospective Case Series.” EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing 6.3 (2010): 173-82. Print.

    - Reed, W. R., DC, S. Beavers, DC, S. K. Reddy, DC, and G. Kern, DC. “Chiropractic Management of Primary Nocturnal Enuresis.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 17.9 (194): 596-600. Print.

  • Asthma

    One experiment enrolled 81 children with asthma. After two months of chiropractic care, 90% of subjects showed a significantly improved quality of life (J Vertebral sublux Res 1997; 1:41-8). 76.5% of asthma patients in another survey reported benefiting from chiropractic (Bull Eur Chir Union 1978; 26:17-34)

  • Breastfeeding and Latching Difficulties

    Slak, Linda, DC, CACCP, CABCDD, and Katherine A. Wilson, DC. “Resolution of Breastfeeding Difficulty Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care.” J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Jan.17 (2013): 7-10. Print.

  • Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Incontinence

    - Eulitt, H. Kala, DC, and Vivian Giannakakis, DC. “Resolution of Chronic Constipation, Fecal Incontinence, and Abdominal Pain in an 8 Year Old Child Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature.” A. Vertebral Subluxation Res Jan.20 (2014): n. pag. Print.

    - Manabe, Noriaki, Toshiaki Tanaka, Jiro Hata, Hiroaki Kusunoki, and Ken Haruma. “Pathophysiology Underlying Irritable Bowel Syndrome -From the Viewpoint of Dysfunction of Autonomic Nervous System Activity-.” Journal of Smooth Muscle Research 45.1 (2009): 15-23. Print.

  • Childhood Disease

    The relationship between intensity of chiropractic care and the incidence of childhood diseases. Rose-Aymon S, Aymon M. Prochaska-Moss G, Moss R, Rebne R, Nielsen K. Journal of Chiropractic Research, 1989 (Spring): 70-77. This was a pilot study to determine if a relationship existed between the incidence of childhood diseases and intensity of chiropractic care. The results showed that intensive chiropractic care (ie more than seven visits per year and more than one year of care) increased resistance to the common childhood diseases.

  • Children’s Health

    A comparative study of the health status of children raised under the health care models of chiropractic and allopathic medicine. Van Breda, WM and Van Breda JM Journal of Chiropractic Research Summer 1989. One hundred chiropractors and on hundred pediatricians were surveyed and asked about the health of their own children. Lower antibiotic use and lower incidence of disease, especially ear infections, was reported in the “chiropractic children”. If the chiropractic children did get measles, rubella or mumps it was reported that the diseases were quite mild compared to those exhibited by their classmates.

  • Colic

    - In one survey of 132 parents of infants with colic, 91% reported that their babies improved after an average of two to three adjustments (Eur J Chiropr 1985; 33:26-5). Another study of 316 babies with colic found that 94% benefited from chiropractic (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1989; 12:281-8).

    - Graham, Robert L., DC, and Richard A. Pistolese, BS. “An Impairment Rating Analysis Of Asthmatic Children Under Chiropractic Care.” J Vertebral Sub Res 1.4 (1997): 1-8. Print.

    - Glaberzon, Brian J., DC, MHSc, Jenna Arts, BA (Hons), and Emily McManus, BScK (Hons), MHA. “The Use of Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Pediatric Health Conditions: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” J Can Chiropr Assoc. 56.2 (2012): 128-41. Print.

    - Bronfort, Gert, Roni L. Evans, Paul Kubic, and Patty Filkinb. “Chronic Pediatric Asthma and Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation: A Prospective Clinical Series and Randomized Clinical Pilot Study.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 24.6 (2001): 369-77. Print.

  • Ear Infections

    Investigators evaluated 46 children under the age of five with ear infections. A full 93% recovered within 10 days of chiropractic care (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996; 19:169-77). Another study looked at 5 children wit recurrent middle ear infections who had been receiving medical treatment for at least six months, but had failed to recover. All the children improved with no more than five visits to their chiropractor (J Clin Chir Ped 1996; 1:66).

  • Infections

    Alcantara, Joel, DC, Gregg Stern, DC, and Rosemary E. Oman, DC, MSc, FASBE. “Female Infertility, Subluxation & Chiropractic Care: A Case Series and Selective Review of the Literature.” J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health(2009): n. pag. Print.

  • Immune Dysfunction

    Absence of T-cells, immune dysfunction, has colds all the time. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Newsletter, November 1996. A male child, age 5 diagnosed with malformation of the cervical spine and severe scoliosis, was also was not vocalizing well, had an absence of T-cells, excibited immune dysfunction and had colds all the time. Surgery had been cnsidere to correct skull positioning. Utilizing special specific chiropractic adjustments the top bone in the spine called Atlas was adjusted. The child was medically re-evaluated and he was now normal. Six months later his vocabulary was normal, his head position was normal and there were no colds evident during these months. His scoliosis was considerably improved.

  • Hypertension

    Bakris, G., M. Dickholtz, P. M. Meyer, G. Kravitz, E. Avery, M. Miller, J. Brown, C. Woodfield, and B. Bell. “Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Achievement of Arterial Pressure Goal in Hypertensive Patients: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Human Hypertension (2007): n. pag. Print.

  • Nocturnal Enuresis (Bed Wetting)

    - Reed, W. R., DC, S. Beavers, DC, S. K. Reddy, DC, and G. Kern, DC. “Chiropractic Management of Primary Nocturnal Enuresis.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 17.9 (194): 596-600. Print.

    - Poecke, Ailsa J. Van, and Christina Cunliffe. “Chiropractic Treatment for Primary Nocturnal Enuresis: A Case Series of 33 Consecutive Patients.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 32.8 (2009): 675-81. Print.

  • Torticollis (stiff neck)

    Biedermann, Heiner, MD. “Manual Medicine of Functional Disorders in Children.”Medical Veritas 3 (2006): 803-14. Print.

If you have any concerns about your child’s health please call our office and schedule a complimentary consult with Dr. Johanson. The best way to raise healthy children is the natural way, drug free the way we are all created to live.

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Chiropractic care seems to be a universal method of treatment used by all kinds of people. Since receiving frequent chiropractic care I have noticed an improvement in my posture, sleep, energy, and emotional balance. My advice to people I know is that chiropractic care is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Glen has been great and I would highly recommend him.Kyle D
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