Chiropractic’s purpose is to remove interferences to the natural healing power running through the body. When that power is unleashed the healing that results may be profound.
Today we find more parents bringing their children to chiropractors for day-to-day health concerns we’re all familiar with: colds, sore throats, ear infections, fevers, colic, asthma, tonsillitis, allergies, bed-wetting, infections, pains, falls, stomach-aches, and the hundred and one little and big things children go through as they grow up.
Chiropractors Do Not Treat Disease
It’s most important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease.
Its purpose is to reduce spinal nerve stress, a serious and often painless condition most children (and adults) have in their bodies.
Spinal nerve stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system, can weaken internal organs and organ systems, lower resistance, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness and disorders of all kinds.
When a chiropractor frees the nervous system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed: the immune system functions more efficiently, resistance to disease increases, and your child’s body functions more efficiently. Your child can respond to internal and external environmental stresses such as germs, changes in temperature, humidity, toxins, pollen and all the other stresses he/she comes in contact with more efficiently.
So although children with diseases are often brought to the chiropractor, the chiropractor is not treating their diseases but is instead freeing them of spinal nerve stress, thus permitting their body’s natural healing potential to function at its best.
What Exactly Is Nerve Stress?
Spinal nerve stress (also referred to as vertebral subluxations, the subluxation complex, or “pinched nerves”) is a misalignment or distortion of 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 outlying or peripheral nerves).
Since the nervous system controls the function of the body,any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.
How Is Spinal Stress Caused?
Spinal nerve stress can be caused by physical,chemical and/or emotional stress.
Physical stress may start in the womb, with the baby lying in distorted or twisted manner. Spinal nerve stress in newborns is more common than previously realized. This may be caused by a traumatic or difficult birth which can introduce great stress to the infant’s skull, spinal column and pelvis.
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 system.
How Does the Chiropractor Reduce Spinal Nerve Stress?
This is accomplished first by analyzing the spinal column and related structures for balance and proper function. Where the spinal column is found to be functioning improperly, the Doctor of Chiropractic performs precise corrective procedures called spinal adjustments. Using her hands and/or specialized instruments to gently and specifically correct those abnormal areas, the spine and cranium regain their intended state of balance and the nerve system is freed from stress.
It’s All About Function!
Today’s parents are more concerned than ever about the adverse effects drugs have on their children. Parents are increasingly asking, when handed a prescription for a child’s recurrent problem,
“Is this really all I can do for my child?"
"Is there a safer alternative?”
Parents are hesitant to merely mask symptoms with drugs and are worried about side effects. Their desire to achieve a state of true health—has led parents to seek health care options which support their children’s own natural ability to be healthy. Chiropractic care is one such option. All children function better with 100% nerve function. All children deserve the right to express their fullest potential.
Chiropractic care for children is safe,
gentle and effective. It allows for the opportunity for maximum potential for well-being.
Modified excerpt from: What Can Chiropractic Do for Your Child? by Pathways magazine.
Read more in Pathways Issue 04:
Many parents bring their children into our office
asking us to treat their ear infections. My first
response is that the purpose of chiropractic
care is not the treatment of conditions or
diseases; rather, it is the restoration of normal
body function. I explain that as chiropractors,
we work with the nervous system via gentle
spinal adjustments. We reduce stress related
interference to the nervous system, thereby
enhancing all overall body function. I further
explain that all systems of the body: —muscular,
glandular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive
eliminatory, hormonal and immunological—
depend on the optimal function of the nervous
With chiropractic, we focus on nerve
system function to enhance all the body’s
Because many parents are unaware of the
variety of options available for the treatment of
ear infections, I continue, “As a parent, you
have some choices to make. You can either
treat the ear infection, or not—that’s your right
as a parent. Even the American Academy of
Pediatrics recommends a watch-and-wait
approach, because the evidence-based
research about antibiotics is showing that not
only are they ineffective at treating ear
infections, but they will actually lead to
repeated ear infections in your child.
As a parent, you can choose to treat or not to
treat. If you do choose to treat, you again have
some options. You can treat the ear infections
allopathically (the typical medical/ drug route)
or naturally. If you choose to go the usual route
to a pediatrician, she may take a watch and wait approach.
More likely, she will prescribe an antibiotic.
If, however, you would prefer to treat the ear
infections more naturally, there are several
options for you to consider. A naturopath will
explore herbs and nutrition; a homeopath will
assess your child for a specific remedy;
acupuncturist will work with specific meridian
points for healing.
It is so important that you as a parent realize
you have choices, and the right to make these
choices for your family.
Regardless of the choices you make, the
chiropractic approach will improve your child’s
inherent ability to function.
Doesn’t it make
sense to have your child function at an optimal
level for healing no matter how (or if
choose to treat? We will assess your child’s
spine, make the necessary adjustments to
improve nerve system function and offer
lifestyle suggestions to reduce nerve system
stress for your child. We will also support any
decision you make in your choice to treat the
infection or not. This is your right as a parent,and we stand behind informed choice.
“Hurry, hurry; get what you can! There’s only so much to go around and only so much time to get it, so you’d better get your share before someone
else takes it!” This kind of urgency and “lack”
mentality is typical of anyone who finds
him/herself in the middle of what has been called
the “Rat Race.”
And while people in this mode of
thinking may not consciously be aware of these
short-term, destructive, and isolationist thoughts,
they are nonetheless the beliefs and emotions
that drive their decisions as they make their way
through each day.
This kind of existence is what is known as
Survival mode is unfortunately
very common in the world today. How do so many
people get into this mode of thinking and living?
How can they possibly believe that this incredibly
vast world we live in is so terribly limited? How
can they think THEY are so limited? The answer
may be simpler than you think.
It is well–known
that our thoughts (our psychology) affect our
bodies (our physiology). After all, we can tell when
people are “down” by looking at them— their
entire posture is down! And, it is just as easy to
tell when their mood is “up!” It’s not as well known
that the reverse is true too: our physiology also
affects our psychology!
So where am I going with this? Well, if your body
is physiologically in survival mode, it will also
cause your mind to be in survival mode.
does your body get into survival mode? It
happens every single time you develop a
neurological misconnection between your brain
and your body—what we chiropractors call
Whenever interference exists in your nervous
system, the body uses its energy very inefficiently;
energy stores are used up at a much greater than
normal rate. When the body, with its innate
intelligence, recognizes this rapid depletion of
energy, it goes into survival mode and shuts down
activities that are not necessary to survival. This
shutdown is both physical and mental, and since
psychology and physiology affect each other so
intimately, a vicious cycle results.
We call this
downward spiral in your health and vitality :The
The specific chiropractic adjustment process
gradually restores the neurological connection
between your brain and your body and takes you
out of survival mode, both mentally and physically.
And, because of this connection between
psychology and physiology, an upward spiral in
health and vitality results, including your outlook on
A gradual awakening reveals the whole picture of
your life and the direction the world is moving; it
drives all of your thoughts, words, and actions. No
longer do you think strictly about selfish and short–
term solutions to immediate problems. You begin to
deliberately make choices to change the world for
the better in the long run. You also begin to become
aware of the incredible abundance that our Creator
continually provides for us.
The end result of this shift in your thinking is that
you, once and for all, purposefully take yourself out
of the rat race. And this is a great thing because the
problem with the rat race is that even if you win the
race…you’re still just a rat!
Modified excerpt from: Breaking the Stress Cycle –
Of the Rat Race by Kevin Donka, DC. Read more in
Dr. Stephanie is a big-hearted, energetic, and passionate healer. With a background in neuroscience and psychology, she understands how physical injury can, if left untreated, fully integrate into the body. Dr. Stephanie specializes in whole body wellness, including chiropractic, cosmetic and traditional acupuncture, orthotic therapy and fitness.
She is a fitness champion, having placed 3rd in the New York Regional Division of the prestigious National Physique Committee in April 2008.
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