Chirpractic Treatment for Your Child’s Development

The November/December 2003 issue of the magazine “Autism Digest” contained an interesting article on the subject of Autism and the effect of chiropractic care on those children. The article was authored by world known chiropractor for children, Dr. Joan Fallon. In her article she notes, “While it has regularly been associated with back pain or headache, increasing numbers of parents are seeking chiropractors for children and especially for children with developmental issues.”

The article starts off by noting that Temple Grandin, an author of two books on autism, is herself autistic. The article notes that in her books she repeatedly discusses sensory integration difficulties as being the core of her autism. Additionally, a growing numbers of professionals also tout sensory difficulties as one of the hallmarks of autism.

Dr. Fallon describes this phenomenon by saying, “Sensory integration is defined as the disorganization of the multisensory input into the body. People who experience sensory integration problems have profound and often debilitating difficulty with touch, taste, smell, sound or visual input.

Non-autistics can often experience sensory issues as well, such as the irritation we feel from a band playing too loudly, or an immediate headache from a certain smell. While these may be bothersome to the typical person, such sensory stimuli can be “noxious” to the autistic child and often manifest in infancy as colic and in the older child as hyperactivity, the “inability to listen”, or unexplained behavior issues, especially in children who lack communication.”
The article continues by stating that Chiropractic care should be the cornerstone of the sensory integration treatment plan for the Autistic child. Dr. Fallon notes,

“Chiropractic care differs from many of the other therapies used with autistics in that it is directed to the heart of the problem: the lack of homeostasis in the body, which can, in turn, produce a disease state. Treatments are directed to the imbalances in the nervous system which inhibit sensory processing. By directly affecting the nervous system, chiropractic care for the autistic child can begin to change the many sensory integration issues by facilitating input into the organs and areas of the body involved in sensory integration, including the skin and the nervous system.”

 

The article then explains that the imbalances in the nervous system are caused by “Subluxations” in the spine. “The presence of Subluxation can cause illness as well as a host of other problems for the child,” contends Dr. Fallon. “The chiropractor administers an adjustment as the mainstream portion of care. The adjustment is administered in areas where there is the presence of a SUBLUXATION. Subluxation occurs where a segment of the spine consisting of two vertebrae and a disc between them, has lost their juxtaposition. Proper juxtaposition is necessary to maintain the integrity of the various systems that are located there, not the least of which is the nervous system.”
This is a perfect example of how the innate intelligence of the body can heal itself when given the right tools. Notice in this story they did not say that Max had back or neck pain. Max was a child that had interference in his nervous system that was not allowing the body to function and express itself as it was designed to do. The chiropractor simply removed this interference in the nervous system, through an adjustment, and allowed Max’s body to express itself fully.

It’s like taking your child from a 40-Watt light bulb to a 100-Watt light bulb. Both produce light and have energy, but one is able to express itself in a greater capacity and exude more energy and light. Chiropractic kids are functioning at 100-Watts, “normal” children are at 40-Watts … what would you like your for your growing child?

For more on how chiropractic can help your child, please visit our Kid’s section of the website.

Chiropractic Kids have Fewer Ear Infections

According to Jack Paradise at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, for every one child who needs and gets tubes for the ears, about 20 others who don’t need them also get them. They almost always cause permanent scars on the eardrum and could impair hearing decades later.

A study involving children under both medical and chiropractic care found that the children under chiropractic care had significantly fewer ear infections than children under medical care 80% reported occurrence for medical patients, 31% for chiropractic patients. Children under chiropractic care were also found to be less susceptible to tonsillitis. They used fewer antibiotics and other medications and had fewer allergies than “medical” children.

Drugs Not Recommended for Ear Infections

The above is a quote from the title of a May 3, 2004 news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The release notes that most toddlers and preschoolers will be diagnosed with fluid in their middle ears known as otitis media with effusion (OME). According to the release a new practice guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery outlines the best way for pediatricians and other healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat OME.

The article notes that more than 2 million cases of OME are diagnosed in the United States every year. The estimated cost of treatment is 4 billion dollars each year. OME is different from acute otitis media (AOM). OME is fluid-only, while AOM includes intense signs and symptoms of infection and inflammation. OME can happen spontaneously, or as a result of AOM. Usually OME will clear up on its own without treatment. But OME can affect hearing, and lead to speech, language and / or learning delays if it persists.

In the release there were several recommendations made. These clinical practice guidelines apply to childrenaged 2 months through 12 years. These include:

  • Physicians should manage children with OME who are not at risk with “watchful waiting” for at least three months before recommending other treatment.
  • Antibiotics and corticosteroids are not recommended for routine management of OME.
  • Adenoidectomy (removal of adenoids) should not be performed unless a specific reason exists to do so.

In the same May issue of the academy’s journal, Pediatrics, was also a new set of guidelines for the treatment of Acute Otitis Media, (AOM). These new recommendations also included some degree of watchful waiting instead of immediate antibiotic treatment. One of the recommendations includes, “Observation without use of antibacterial agents in a child with uncomplicated AOM is an option for selected children based on diagnostic certainty, age, illness severity, and assurance of follow-up.”

IN SUMMARY: Traditional medical treatment of antibiotic usage, especially broad-spectrum antibiotics, may temporarily appear to relieve the symptoms your child is experiencing. However, the long-term effects are not as simple and clear cut. Would you rather your child try natural treatments first the enhance and boost immunity like chiropractic adjustments or probiotics? Or would you rather risk your child’s health, lungs, and immune system to go with the traditional approach of antibiotics?

I can say with all honesty, my children will never receive antibiotics for an ear infection, the cold, or the flu as I have seen far too many complications with them and I have witnessed far too many benefits with the safer, natural alternatives that are well researched and well documented. If you are considering antibiotic treatment for you or your child, please contact us so you can make an informed, educated decision!

Antibiotics During First Year of Life Increases Risk for Asthma

A new study published in the June 2007 issue of the scientific journalChest shows that the risk of asthma is one and a half times greater in babies who received more than four courses of antibiotics before age 1. The research was reported on the June 15, 2007 Medscape website and in several news outlets including the online June 11, 2007 Toronto Star.

Researchers reviewed healthcare and prescription databases in Manitoba, Canada of over 13 thousand children to see if there was an association between antibiotic prescription use during the first year of life and asthma at the age of 7. The results showed that children who had been given antibiotics in the first year of life were more likely to develop asthma by age seven. Children in this group who were given four courses of antibiotics were most at risk.
Study author Anita L. Kozyrskyj, PhD, from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, commented, “Since oral antibiotics are frequently prescribed for upper and lower respiratory tract infections in children, an understanding of the relation between antibiotic use and asthma is critical to clinicians and health-care policymakers worldwide.” She continued, “To address the major methodological issues of reverse causation and selection bias in epidemiologic studies of antibiotic use in early life and the development of asthma, we undertook a cohort study of this association in a complete population of children.”

The authors noted that further studies were needed but suggested, “In the interim, it would be prudent to avoid the unnecessary use BS (broad spectrum) antibiotics in the first year of life when other antibiotics are available.” They concluded, “Antibiotic use in early life was associated with the development of childhood asthma, a risk that may be reduced by avoiding the use of BS [broad-spectrum] cephalosporins.”

The authors noted that further studies were needed but suggested, “In the interim, it would be prudent to avoid the unnecessary use BS antibiotics in the first year of life when other antibiotics are available.” They concluded, “Antibiotic use in early life was associated with the development of childhood asthma, a risk that may be reduced by avoiding the use of BS [broad-spectrum] cephalosporins.”

The Toronto Star interviewed Dr. Sheldon Spier, a pediatric respirologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Dr. Spier commented that this study may help explain why asthma develops in some children. “This study really is quite important,” he continued, “It tells us a lot more about asthma and the possible factors that lead to it. But we do have to be careful in our interpretation of it.”

IN SUMMARY: Traditional medical treatment of antibiotic usage, especially broad-spectrum antibiotics, may temporarily appear to relieve the symptoms your child is experiencing. However, the long-term effects are not as simple and clear cut. Would you rather your child try natural treatments first the enhance and boost immunity like chiropractic adjustments or probiotics? Or would you rather risk your child’s health, lungs, and immune system to go with the traditional approach of antibiotics?

Link Made Between Asthma and Subluxations

It is estimated that up to 15 million people suffer from asthma. Of those, 14.8 million are children under the age of 18. In 1993 alone, there were 198,000 hospitalizations for asthma. In that same sample year, 342 people under the age of 25 died due to this problem. In money terms, the direct cost of managing a patient with severe asthma has been estimated at more than $18,000 per year.

The following statistics about asthma come from the Better Health & Medical Network.

  • Asthma has increased 46% from 1982-1993 with an 80% growth in children under 18.
  • In the 5-17 age group, asthma causes an annual loss of more than 10 million school days per year.
  • Asthma accounts for more childhood hospitalizations than any other childhood disease.
  • Children with asthma spend approximately 7.3 million days per year restricted to bed rest.
  • In 1990, there were 7.1 million physician visits for asthma.
  • Health care costs for asthma were estimated to be $6.2 billion, which is almost 1% of the total US health care costs.
  • More than 5,200 Americans died from asthma in 1991.

Recent articles in publications such as “The American Chiropractor”, and “Today’s Chiropractic” describe strong links between people who suffer from these conditions and nerve interference from subluxation. Subluxations are when bones in the spine pressure or irritate nerves causing abnormal nerve function. An article appearing in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research Vol. 1 No. 4, also demonstrated the positive effects of chiropractic care on 81 children with asthma.

According to Richard Pistolese, research assistant for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, “Based upon information currently available, chiropractic care represents a safe non-pharmacological health care approach, that may be associated with a decrease in asthma-related impairment, reduced respiratory effort, and a decrease incidence of asthma attacks.”

Pistolese goes further to say, “The correction of vertebral subluxation is a non-invasive procedure, which could reduce or eliminate the need for medication, and potentially ease the severity of the asthmatic condition.”

Interested in more research on asthma? Check out some of these articles …

  • Asthmatic Children In Canada Use Non-Medical Care
  • Chiropractic Helps Infant with Serious Lung Condition
  • Effectiveness of Chiropractic in Correcting Asthma