Many parents who seek a natural alternative to drug therapy turn to chiropractic care, which looks to find and correct nervous system interference - a large component of childhood or adult ADHD.
In addition to nervous system interference, various environmental factors have been shown to contribute to the symptoms of ADHD and should be eliminated. Parents can help by:
Side Effects of a popular drug for ADHD, methylphenidate (Ritalin) ™ has been known to cause personality changes and permanent changes to the brain leading many parents to seek help elsewhere. A chiropractic exam on such patients usually shows nerve interference in the upper neck. With light adjustments applied in the proper direction, many parents have noticed favorable changes in their child's focus and development.back to top of page
Many people see great improvement with allergies while under chiropractic care. How? Signs of allergies are inappropriate reactions by the body's glandular system, immune system, or various other systems that are responsible for reacting and adapting to specific allergens. The master system of the body, the nervous system, controls 100% of all these systems and their ability to adapt to stressors in the environment. If the nervous system is compromised these systems will not work as they were designed and seasonal allergies, food allergies, animal allergies, etc. will result. Rather than focusing on specific allergens we look to restore the integrity and proper function of your nervous system so that you body is capable of adapting to these stressors.back to top of page
Although not a specific treatment for asthma, many people find relief with chiropractic care. How? Your respiratory system is controlled by the nervous system and it's function or dysfunction, as with as asthma, could be an indicator of how well the nerves supplying your diaphragm or other components of your respiratory system are functioning. Correcting subluxations (nerve irritation) may help restore proper function.
The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of 81 asthmatic children who received chiropractic adjustments. In a two-month time span the study concluded that those under chiropractic care experienced a 45% decrease in the number of "asthma attacks" and that 31% voluntarily chose to decrease their medication.
Robert L. Graham, D.C.; Richard A. Pistolese, B.S.; Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research; An Impairment Rating Analysis Of Asthmatic Children Under Chiropractic Care; Vol 1, No. 4. p 1-8.back to top of page
Many who are involved in auto accidents either walk away seemingly uninjured or are eventually released from the hospital with a clean bill of health. After looking for bone fractures, muscle relaxors are usually given to aid in the resulting muscle spasm in the neck or low back. Whether you are involved in an accident at 5 mph or 55 mph there is a strong possibility that spinal damage occurred. If you have muscle spasms after the incident, there is a 100% chance that there was spinal damage. Many people experience headaches, pain or numbness down their arms or legs, or neck pain as a result of the accident even years later. These symptoms are common with whiplash (even if you are not diagnosed with whiplash) and are a result of nerve damage from the neck or low back. With chiropractic care, patients report a reduction of these symptoms. However, if care is not initiated soon after the incident, recovery time may be increased due to spinal degeneration of the affected area(s).
Back Pain/Neck Pain
Pain is your body's warning sign that there is a larger problem at hand. Pain at any age is NOT normal although it IS very common. Many people choose to take medication to dull the pain and ignore their body speaking to them. This is the equivalent of taking the battery out of your fire alarm when your house is burning down. Would that make sense? Of course not. Then would it make sense to do the same when your greatest possession, your health, is in jeopardy? A well-known side effect of chiropractic care is pain relief. Why? When a nerve is irritated from spinal misalignment, pain is an eventual consequence. When your nervous system is freed from irritation with proper realignment of the spine, pain is naturally relieved. You do have options however: You can decide to:
Ignore It (This will allow the problem to worsen with time.)
Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) in children past the age of four or five is a problem that can be both embarrassing and frustrating for children and parents. Why does this happen? While children are developing, they are subjected to many minor or major falls while learning to walk, ride a bicycle, or playing with siblings or friends. When a children fall, they may easily misalign their sacrum and unknowingly compromise the nerves that allow them to control their bladder. Many parents find that chiropractic care can correct this condition in a safe natural way.
In fact, a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed this very conclusion. When 46 children received chiropractic care for a 10-week period, it was found that a quarter of those receiving regular chiropractic adjustments had a decrease in "wet night" frequency by 50% or greater, while none among the control group saw a decrease.
JMPT 1994 (Nov-Dec); 17 (9): p.596-600.
Allasso Chiropractic addresses this condition with sensitivity and empathy for both the child and parent.back to top of page
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where pain, numbness, and/or tingling is experienced within an individual's wrist, lower arm, and hand. It is due to the compression of a nerve that streams from the axilla (arm pit) to the wrist and into the hand known as the median nerve. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be helped and usually corrected safely and naturally with chiropractic care. Chiropractors seek to find nerve interference in usually one of four locations with this condition: the lower neck, the shoulder, the elbow, or the wrist all of which can cause pain in the carpal tunnel area of the wrist. Before drugs or surgery are considered, Allasso Chiropractic would like to answer any questions you may have concerning this condition.back to top of page
Think about this. If you have indigestion or you have a headache and you can't sleep at night you can tell someone or get help, right? Not if you are an infant. Colic is a condition found within infants 0-3 months old characterized by uncontrollable and unexplainable crying.
Traditionally, colicky babies are thought to have indigestion in which excessive gas can cause pain in the baby's tummy. Chiropractors have long been known to examine infants with signs of colic and find nerve irritation either within their mid-back or upper neck possibly causing indigestion or headaches. How does this happen? The birth process is usually a factor in any childhood condition, but colic is seen more commonly when the child has a difficult or complicated delivery. Many parents have found that after bringing their infant to a chiropractor and correcting the nerve irritation with a light, specific adjustment, their infant's colicky symptoms usually are relieved.
Research published in the October 1999 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics found a 67% reduction of crying in babies who where adjusted, compared to only a 38% reduction in those who received drug therapy.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999 Oct;22(8): p.517-22.back to top of page
Sandwiched between nearly each spinal joint is a disc made of cartilage. In the center of the disc is a jelly-like core, which serves the function of more or less, a ball bearing. If you make believe you have a jelly donut and you take your fist and squash one end of the donut, where will that jelly end up? Protruding out the other side right? This is the very same with a disc herniation. Disc herniations are always a result of spinal joint misalignment usually chronically displaced and set off by improper lifting, car accidents, or falls. When this happens the protrusion or bulge can put pressure on the adjacent spinal nerve root causing pain, numbness, or tingling.
Chiropractic has always been a safe and natural way to help correct this condition by properly realigning your spinal joints so that inappropriate pressure is taken off the disc and the protrusion can be retracted. The disc herniation is always looking to be retracted back into the disc, but the relief of the opposing pressure from the misalignment must be the first step in the healing process. Safe and conservative chiropractic care should be a natural choice for anyone suffering from pain associated with disc herniations prior to drugs, injections, or surgery.
Allasso Chiropractic has helped many patients to date with this condition.back to top of page
Reoccurring ear infections (otitis media) is the number one cause of visits to pediatricians. Feeling helpless, parents are usually given two options for their child: antibiotics or ear tubes. Antibiotics are usually given blindly to children with this condition with the intent to stop acute bacterial infections. Many cases of ear infections in children, however, are viral in nature making the antibiotic not only useless, but also harmful. Ear tubes are surgically implanted through the child's eardrum with the intent to relieve the pressure within the middle ear and allow for drainage. This process requires general anesthesia and is a major surgery.
As ear infections are the number one reason for childhood visits to the pediatrician in the United States, they also are the number one reason for pediatric chiropractic visits. Many parents have found the safe and natural approach of chiropractic care much more comforting and reassuring than the approaches above.
How does chiropractic help to resolve ear infections? Nerves that regulate and control the function of your ears, hearing, equilibrium, etc. originate in your brain stem, follow your spinal cord down, and exit from the upper neck. When there is a misalignment in this area, this can put pressure on these nerves and not allow the child's ear canals to function properly. Additionally, with nerve pressure in this area, the upper neck muscles will become tense and literally block the drainage system of the ear canal (Eustachian tubes). This will result in a stagnation of the infected fluid and a reoccurrence of the ear infections.
Chiropractors look for nerve interference in the upper neck area and lightly and specifically adjust the spine with a force of no greater that a slight pressure applied in the right direction.
Chiropractic care offers parents reassurance and peace of mind as we take time to explain the problem and correct it safely and naturally.back to top of page
Headaches are extremely common in our culture today, however as common as they are, they are never normal. Whether they are due to stress in our daily lives, labeled a sinus headache or a migraine, there is usually always an underlying cause. One of the most common causes of headaches is a result of spinal misalignment that can put pressure on the delicate nervous system resulting in your body screaming out to you in the form of a headache. At this time, you have two choices: You can take drugs to dull the nervous system and ignore the underlying cause or you can seek correction of the problem. Many headache medications have been linked to increased incidence of kidney failure, liver damage, or even... headaches. If you were a chronic sufferer, you would agree that this is nothing more than a band-aid until the next one comes on again.
So this is how it works. When the spine is misaligned, especially in the neck, nerve pressure can affect both the tone of the muscles in your neck as well as the blood supply to your head. The effect of this can easily manifest as a headache. A thorough chiropractic exam is likely to show nerve irritation in many places along the spine that can be the underlying cause of many various types of headaches. Nerve irritation often occurs within the neck, however, nerve pressure as far down as the pelvis can be the cause resulting in a shift of the entire spinal column. Although chiropractic care does not claim to treat headaches, many have found relief from chiropractic adjustments if nerve irritation (subluxation) is found in your spine.back to top of page
It is found that an overwhelming majority (about 90%) of women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome and of those 10-20% say that they are literally disabled from these symptoms each month. Your nervous system, specifically within your lumbar spine and pelvis, directly regulates and gives health and function to a woman's reproductive organs and hormonal regulation. When the nerves leading to these organs are compromised by lumbar or pelvic misalignment, they can have one of two effects: They can be over-stimulated, which leads to excessive bleeding and/or cramping or they can under-stimulated, which results in spotty bleeding and/or irregular periods. Many women seek chiropractic care as a safe and effective means to re-establish normal menstruation by freeing the nerve flow to these organs.back to top of page
It is vitally important that a woman's nervous system is functioning free and uncompromised for her own health. So, how about when she learns that her body is now the vessel in which her newly conceived child is developing? It becomes a little more important doesn't it? Along the way, there are four phases of pregnancy that many women have found help with chiropractic care.
Prior to conception, a woman's reproductive organs (uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes) need proper nerve supply to function in order to promote a healthy conception. Many women who have fertility issues seek chiropractic care at this stage. This abundant nerve supply ensures that the mother is ready to conceive and that her body is balanced and capable of carrying her new offspring.
Chiropractic care and an uncompromised nervous system during pregnancy ensures that the mother's body is functioning at its very peak so that her child is developing in the most ideal environment possible. Proper pelvic alignment is essential as it ensures balance of the pelvic muscles and uterine ligaments and allows room for the child to grow and freely turn to assume the birthing position. Additionally, constriction during pregnancy has been shown to adversely affect the development of the baby's spine and cranium.
Labor and Delivery
Limitations on the baby's ability to move during pregnancy can prevent the baby from getting into the most ideal position for birth. Any position other than what is known as vertex (the back of the baby's skull is facing forward) indicates constraint and can lead to longer more painful labors with increased medical intervention. At this time, c-sections are resorted to and both mother and child are deprived of the many benefits of a natural vaginal birth.
In this phase of motherhood, mother's experience many post-partum changes in their normal physiology. Ligaments are regaining their tensile strength and new hormones and chemicals are released within mom in order to support her new offspring. It is in this phase that many mothers seek chiropractic care to not only be certain that their pelvic ligaments heal properly but to ensure that their body is functioning at its best.
For babies, even the most natural deliveries can cause spinal misalignments and nerve irritation, which manifests as feeding or developmental problems. Experiencing pregnancy with an optimally functioning nervous system will create the ideal environment for your children to develop, flourish, and experience their true health potential.back to top of page
Sciatic pain is a condition in which the lower lumbar or pelvic nerves are irritated to a degree that they radiate pain down to the gluteal area and usually one or both legs. Disc herniations may also be involved and may trigger the pain with coughing or sneezing. Although the pain is found in the gluteal area and legs, the origin and cause is nerve impingement in the lower back and pelvis. Many have found that chiropractic care produces permanent relief by seeking the exact location of the nerve irritation, correcting the misalignment in the spine or pelvis, and freeing the nerve(s) that are compromised.back to top of page
Scoliosis is defined as a lateral (sideways) curvature of the spine. It most notably affects girls and is first seen between the ages of 8 and 18. What starts as spinal distortions leads to postural imbalance and can become a permanent structural deformity that can affect the function of the lungs, heart, stomach and other organs. When detected, chiropractic care should be initiated to improve the structure of the spine as well as increase the function of the nerves and organs affected. If caught early enough, with proper care the spine and muscles adjacent to it can be restructured and retrained to achieve healthy function and posture.back to top of page
Temporomandibular joint disorder is characterized by continuous jaw pain that may be noticed to a greater degree when chewing or opening the mouth widely. It is caused by a slight dislocation of the jaw just in front of the ear and can occur on one or both sides. Chiropractic care is known to easily and affectively correct this misalignment with light specific adjustments and simple preventative at-home instructions.back to top of page
The most exciting part of chiropractic care is when people understand that a healthy and uncompromised nervous system is the keystone to optimal health. In realizing this, many individuals and families choose to come to chiropractors to get their spines checked regularly for nervous interference. They understand that when their nervous system is functioning at 100%, their immune system and all of the other systems in their body are doing the same. Many find that they no longer get colds or flues as regular or as long as they once did. Many report that they think clearer, feel better, and have more energy. They are more at peace and happier in their lives and in their relationships. This is wellness. For many, this concept is so foreign that they cannot even picture it. With an uncompromised nervous system, the body knows how to be healthy; it just needs the chance to express itself to its full potential. Today, millions of people worldwide are choosing regular chiropractic care to allow them to realize optimal health. Will you?back to top of page