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While seasons are changing, as a parent you may find yourself in a frustrating cycle - your kids are constantly battling colds, coughs, congestion, and other illnesses. You try over-the-counter medications, visit pediatricians, and get prescribed stronger antibiotics, but the cycle continues. What you may not realize is that shutting down symptoms with medications often weakens the body's resilience long-term. 

The key is supporting the body to build up its defenses naturally.

At the core of this "kick the sick" approach is addressing dysfunction in the nervous system, the master communicator that controls all cells, tissues, and organs. Any stress or imbalance in the nervous system can lead to widespread issues such as chronic immune problems, sleep disturbances, digestive troubles, behavioral/cognitive challenges, and more.

The Autonomic Nervous System: The Key to Immune Regulation

Neurologically-Focused Pediatric Chiropractors specialize in locating and correcting sources of stress stuck on the nervous system, what we call subluxation. The autonomic nervous system, which comprises the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, plays a crucial role in modulating immune function. The sympathetic nervous system, often referred to as the "fight or flight" response, suppresses immune activity during periods of stress or perceived danger. Conversely, the parasympathetic nervous system, known as the "rest and digest" state, promotes immune function and allows the body to heal and repair.

When the body experiences chronic stress or nerve interference, the sympathetic nervous system dominates, leading to a suppressed immune response. This imbalance can leave the body vulnerable to various illnesses and infections as the immune system becomes less effective in identifying and neutralizing potential threats.

Subluxation can disrupt the normal flow of nerve communication, leading to dysfunction in various bodily systems, including the immune system. Stress gets to the neck, shoulders, and upper areas and creates constriction and congestion, which in turn creates inflammation.

Subluxation can result from various factors, such as birth trauma, physical stress, emotional stress, and chemical toxins. Subluxation is most commonly initially caused by birth trauma and the intense physical/chemical stresses of the modern birth process. If not properly addressed, this subluxation can build up over time, setting the stage for recurring illnesses.

The intense forces and instrumentation used in interventions like:

  • C-sections

  • Vacuum/forceps deliveries

  • Induction/epidural

  • Prematurity/NICU

  • Cord wrapping

These experiences can significantly injure the vulnerable Vagus Nerve and upper neck region, creating profound subluxation that sets kids up for a host of future problems - setting the stage for what we call The Perfect Storm.

Additionally, things like severe colic, reflux, constipation, and sleep struggles as a newborn could indicate nerve system imbalances stemming from in-utero constraint or birth trauma.

Using advanced technology like INSiGHT scans, chiropractors within the PX Docs Network precisely measure levels of subluxation and associated nerve tension. With scientific analysis and customized care plans, they can then work to reduce that neurological interference and restore balance to the nervous system naturally, without the need for drugs or surgery.

By allowing the body's master healing system to function optimally, countless conditions can improve, including:

  • Stronger immune function

  • Better sleep

  • Improved digestion/regularity

  • Reduced symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, sensory processing issues

  • Overcoming developmental delays

Build Up Instead of Shutting Down

Rather than just masking each symptom, chiropractic gets to the root cause governing the body's ability to self-heal and adapt to stressors like seasonal changes, growth spurts, poor sleep/diet, and more. These factors can quickly overload a child's coping ability and trigger illness.

The traditional medical approach is to treat symptoms with medications that ultimately further suppress and dysregulate the immune response. While sometimes necessary for critical situations, overusing antibiotics, steroids, and immune suppressants weakens resilience long-term. Research shows that each course, especially in the first year, increases the risks of chronic allergies, asthma, and more illnesses down the road. We must reserve that direction for last resort and move to drug-free, natural-building, resilience-boosting actions.

So, instead of just shutting it all down at the first sniffle, parents can build their child up through simple steps:

  • Prioritize rest and reduce stressors when sick

  • Ensure proper nutrition, hydration, and movement

  • Integrate natural immune-boosters like vitamin C & D

  • Use supportive tools like essential oils

  • Most importantly, get their nervous system checked!

With a customized chiropractic care plan monitoring and reducing subluxation, many kids avoid the revolving door of sickness. Their bodies can effectively meet seasonal challenges, moving through acute illnesses while building resiliency to prevent bigger problems.

For more information on how to support your child when they are sick, check out our Raising Healthy Kids Naturally Playbook.

The Benefits Become Far-Reaching

When the nervous system is balanced and functioning without interference, the benefits go far beyond stronger immunity. As we know, the nervous system controls and coordinates every cell, tissue, and organ in the body, and by reducing subluxation, chiropractic allows for better-integrated function across all systems.

Parents commonly report improvements in many seemingly unrelated conditions once their child gets on a customized chiropractic care plan. Things like:

  • Behavioral Issues: Many children labeled with ADHD, anxiety, or sensory processing disorders show dramatic improvements in focus, calmness, and behavior regulation under chiropractic care. The brain-body connection becomes optimized.

  • Digestive Problems: Frequent stomachaches, constipation, diarrhea, and other GI issues often resolve when nerve interference along the spine is reduced. Better communication allows the gut to function properly.

  • Bedwetting/Sleep Struggles: The autonomic nervous system controls processes like sleep cycles and bladder function. Restoring nerve tone in these areas can help children overcome bedwetting and achieve higher-quality sleep.

  • Asthma/Breathing Issues: With reduced tension on nerves impacting the respiratory diaphragm and airways, many asthmatics can breathe easier and use inhalers/nebulizers less once subluxations are corrected.

The possibilities are endless because Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care works by unleashing the body's own innate ability to heal and regulate itself. 

No matter the condition, if nervous system dysfunction is contributing, there's potential for so much improvement.

Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care: Restoring Nervous System Function and Immune Balance

For many families, Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care ends up being the "missing piece" that accelerates their child's healing journey. When integrated with other natural therapies and lifestyle factors like nutrition, it provides a comprehensive approach to building up a child's resilience from the inside out.

Rather than covering up symptoms with a barrage of medications, authentic healing can take place. Rather than repeated rounds of inhalers, antibiotics, and over-the-counter meds that weaken vitality over time, kids develop robust vitality to meet life's challenges.

With principled chiropractic support, children can spend less time in the vicious sickness cycle and more time growing, developing, and thriving as they should. 

At Live Well Family Chiropractic, we want to help you and your kiddos thrive! We want to help change your child’s life for the better, to change their trajectory from chronic illness to kicking the sick naturally. 

As parents, we're constantly navigating the unknown, seeking answers and solutions for our children's well-being. One of the most daunting challenges many of us face is understanding autism and its causes. With autism rates skyrocketing, affecting 1 in 36 children today, it's important that we look into the factors contributing to this complex condition.

Trying to understand autism often begins with one burning question: Is autism genetic? Still today, many of us hold onto the assumption that genetics and heritability solely explain the sharp increases in autism diagnoses and the wide variation in symptoms across the spectrum. However, we're here today to contest that assumption and introduce an empowering new perspective.

While genes undoubtedly play a role through genetic predisposition, even traditional medical doctors and media outlets are starting to acknowledge the existence of an "environmental" factor. However, they often stop short at this acknowledgment, leaving the concept of the environment as a vague blanket statement. Here's where we differ – our goal is to take you deep into the real root causes and known triggers of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Today, we understand that there's a full-on environmental "Perfect Storm" brewing for children struggling with autism, and genetics only plays a small part in the bigger picture.

This blog is for you, parents, and caregivers of children anywhere on the autism spectrum seeking clarity, community, and care options that dive deep into the true root cause of autism. Rather than simply attributing it to genetics and hoping to navigate around its challenges, we aim to provide understanding and actionable solutions.

We'll introduce what we call “The Perfect Storm," where accumulated stressors and dysfunctions disrupt nervous system function over months and years, altering childhood development. We want to provide you with drug-free answers that will help your child through their storm.

What “Environmental Factors” Contribute to Autism?

We know without a doubt that genetics alone don't tell the full story when it comes to autism. While over 100 genes contribute to autism risk, mutations account for only 10% of cases. This prompts us to explore the environmental factors that contribute to this condition.

So, what are these environmental factors that matter most?  As Neurologically-Focused Chiropractors, we go way back to the beginning. Prenatal or maternal stress emerges as a significant factor in the development of autism. Pregnancy can trigger the start of the Perfect Storm, where your stress as a pregnant mother can affect your baby’s development. If you're stressed during pregnancy and stuck in a fight-or-flight sympathetic stress response, your baby shares those stress hormones through the umbilical cord, which connects your nervous systems. 

Birth trauma also plays a pivotal role. During childbirth, interventions like forceps, vacuum extraction, and c-sections can worsen the storm. They exert great pressure on your baby’s head, neck, and delicate brainstem, potentially causing significant physical trauma, especially to the brainstem and nervous system.  

This leads to subluxation, and when your child’s nervous system is stressed to the max, other challenges arise. Their immune and digestive systems suffer, resulting in frequent illnesses. Traditional pediatricians often prescribe antibiotics and other medications, which can make things worse by disturbing the gut-brain connection. 

And it doesn’t end there.  Factors such as exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs), household toxins like mold, chemicals in everyday products, and toxins in medications and medical interventions should all be considered. 

Environmental Factors Lead to a Dysregulated Nervous System

What do these stressors and toxins do to a child's developing nervous system? They create a neurological "tipping point," where the delicate balance is disrupted, and the nervous system becomes locked into a state of sustained fight-or-flight response.

This nervous system dysregulation has far-reaching implications, affecting various aspects of a child's health and development. From compromised gut and immune function to challenges with motor skills, sleep, and inflammation, the ripple effects are profound.

As these challenges accumulate, the brain and nervous system struggle to cope, manifesting in the core elements of autism. Communication difficulties, social interaction challenges, sensory processing issues, stimming, and restricted/repetitive behaviors become apparent indications of this underlying dysregulation.

Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care Can Help

So, parents, if your child has been diagnosed with autism and you've been told that there's nothing you can do to help because it's "purely genetic," it's time to go deeper.  Understanding the role that environmental factors may have played will help you discover how your child can truly heal and experience a significantly improved quality of life.

At Live Well Family Chiropractic, we understand the deep, true neurological reasons behind the rise in autism, and we are able to use advanced technology, INSiGHT Scans, to find subluxation and neurological imbalances. Improvement is possible! By targeting root causes, we can gradually restore nervous system function through gentle chiropractic adjustments. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Live Well Family Chiropractic today and learn that shifting your framework empowers you to open up new paths to progress for your child.  If you are not local to us, check out the PX Docs directory to find a PX Doc near you!

Tara is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. So take a moment today to discuss with your Family Wellness Chiropractor any concerns you may have regarding your family’s overall health and wellness.

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The journey of childhood is filled with daily challenges and adventures, and sometimes, there is a silent struggle that often goes unnoticed but causes considerable stress for kids and families alike – growing pains. Have you ever found yourself consoling your child through nights of throbbing discomfort in their little legs?

It's a common experience for many parents, especially when their child hits a growth spurt. The impact goes beyond physical discomfort, affecting mood, energy, emotions, and behavior. You're not alone – nearly half of all school-aged children face growing pains. While considered a "normal" part of childhood, these pains can significantly impact daily life. Pediatricians may dismiss them, attributing them to the natural course of growth. But what if there's more to it? What if growing pains have neurological roots that Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care can address without the use of drugs?

This blog is for you parents who are seeking to empower yourselves with safe, drug-free solutions to ease your children’s growing pains once and for all. Let's uncover the science behind why some kids experience growing pains more than others and how stress and tension within the nervous system play a pivotal role.

The Correlation Between Growing Pains and Other Neurological Challenges

One surprising trend that resonates with many parents is the connection between children facing sensory challenges, Autism, ADHD, and growing pains. It's not just physical discomfort but a cascade of "sensory, emotional, and behavioral" struggles. This trend reveals a common root cause – excessive stress and tension stuck in a child’s sympathetic fight-or-flight nervous system.

The Science Behind Growing Pains

Growing pains typically begin between the ages of 3-12 years old, persisting for years with varying intensity during rapid growth spurts. Pediatricians attribute these aches to the belief that the pace of growth surpasses the development of muscles and ligaments.

As bones elongate during growth spurts, tension accumulates in surrounding muscles, ligaments, and, crucially, sensory nerves. This process leads to joint and neurospinal misalignments known as subluxations. These misalignments cause irritation to nerves, triggering pain and sensory problems.

Subluxations result in neuromuscular irritation and tension, sending signals to the brain known as "nociception." This cascade of signals causes the sensation of pain, dysfunction, and irritation. Importantly, this irritation isn’t limited to the physical realm; it can manifest emotionally and behaviorally as well.

The constant nervous system noise and tension arising from subluxations during periods of growth lead to distressing flare-ups termed "growing pains." Children stuck in a perpetual fight or flight overdrive experience these pains more frequently and with greater severity.

How to Manage Growing Pains with Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care

Having discussed the impact of stress and tension on growing pains, it's time for the good news – these issues can be addressed naturally and safely WITHOUT drugs. At Live Well Family Chiropractic, we get right to the root cause using advanced neurological scans called INSiGHT Scans.  These scans can precisely identify areas of dysfunction within your child’s nervous system. This information guides gentle adjustments aimed at restoring balance and relieving tension.

The benefits extend beyond physical comfort for your child, including improved sleep. Chiropractic care can absolutely help your child sleep better, free from the discomfort of growing pains. Don’t wait for your child to outgrow them. Recognizing the importance of growing pains allows you to ensure your child can navigate this phase with resilience and optimal well-being. 

Dr. Tara is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. So take a moment today to discuss with your Family Wellness Chiropractor any concerns you may have regarding your family’s overall health and wellness.

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