Many people assume that the primary focus of Chiropractic care benefits only those people who suffer from back and neck pain. This misconception takes root through word of mouth, past experiences, and even false information. The truth powerfully attests to a much greater purpose for Chiropractic care. The spine shares an intimate connection to all functions in the body through the wiring of the nervous system.
Chiropractic adjustments improve so many aspects of health and performance for children of all ages. The functional capacity of the body extends far beyond the limits that people tend to set for this powerful creation. Tiny misalignments in the nervous system lead to health malfunctions. Vertebral misalignments (known as subluxations) tend to be pain-free in their onset. They operate like high blood pressure and cavities by manifesting long after damage exists. As subluxations accumulate in the spine and nervous system, the fight or flight part of the nervous system (sympathetic nervous system) becomes dominant. As the sympathetic nervous system tone remains increased over a period of time, the risk of chronic visceral disease increases.
Setting The Tone
Specific testing locates and detects vertebral misalignments. Chiropractors assess and correct subluxations to allow the body to heal and improve performance. This in turn decreases the tone of the sympathetic (fight or flight) part of the nervous system and increases the tone of the parasympathetic (calming) part of the nervous system. It is interesting to note that the parasympathetic part of the nervous system does not start to develop until after the 30th week of gestation. When a mother gives birth before the full 41 weeks of gestation, the parasympathetic part of the nervous system is not fully developed, starting the baby off in fight or flight. Research shows the majority of children are born before full-term and 40% are born via traumatic C-section. Fast-forward now to that child being unable to focus and perform in school and the parents being told they need to put their child on medications for ADD/ADHD, further driving that problem deeper into the nervous system.
Did you know that Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to:
- Calm the nervous system
- Increase concentration
- Improve immunity
- Balance hormones
- Increase short-term memory
- Increase growth hormone
- Decrease blood glucose and insulin resistance
Chiropractic adjustments increase the calming (parasympathetic) part of the nervous system while decreasing the fight or flight (sympathetic) part of the nervous system. Almost every child labeled as ADD/ADHD has a fight or flight dominated nervous system.
The benefits listed above would profoundly impact young students and their parents. As parents, one of our biggest desires is for our children to be happy. And obviously, good health is one of the largest contributors to that happiness.
Chiropractic does not focus on treating particular diseases, conditions, or symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments serve a singular purpose to optimize function of the body and central nervous system communication through better spinal alignment and mobility. The delicacy of the spine suffers from the physical stressors of life. Interference occurs when the body loses the ability to keep vertebrae aligned and moving correctly. Imbalance in the nervous system usually leads to symptoms, both physical and hormonal which lead families to seek assistance through drugs and pills that do not fix the source of the problem. A chiropractic adjustment improves function of the entire body by releasing stress from the central nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments now serve as one of the most important health interventions which anyone can implement into their routine. Chiropractic serves as a pain-free, drug-free intervention that maximizes health and function by utilizing the healing power within the body.
Optimizing spinal health and nervous system function provides greater health potential for every member of the family.