Children with Special Needs Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care

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Every new mom wants to give her child every opportunity to thrive and grow up normal, healthy, happy. What happens if something tries to get in the way of that path? If certain conditions or abnormalities render your baby “special needs,” you’re obviously concerned. You want answers. You want solutions. You want to wipe away the discomfort and pain your baby is experiencing and set them on a bright path starting in childhood and up through adulthood.

Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate some of the symptoms experienced by children with disease conditions, and ailments that put them in the category of “special needs.” Here at The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me in Aledo, Texas, we are not unfamiliar with serving our families pediatric chiropractic for their little ones that have been diagnosed as “special needs”.  We like to say these little ones actually have superpowers and their bodies are so much more attuned to other areas of sensation than most of us are.

 

What Are Special Needs Children?

So first, what does “special needs” mean exactly? It’s actually a catch-all phrase for a wide range of physical, emotional, or behavioral difficulties such as such as developmental delays, medical conditions, or psychiatric and congenital conditions.

Special needs in your child’s situation might be a learning disability or a physical impairment. When a child is identified as “special needs” it usually means there is some part of their body not working the way that would be considered normal when looking at the rest of the population. These children may require special health services or special accommodations.

What puts a child in this situation? It could be the result of a traumatic birth, in utero positioning, vertebral misalignments, genetic abnormalities, brain malformation, or other injuries or conditions that can result in physical and/or mental limitations before or after birth. The vertebrae that protect the spinal cord may have lost its normal motion or position. Delicate nerve tissue may have been damaged, damage that interferes with baby’s brain … possibly the brain’s ability to control the proper functioning organs and tissues.

Special needs children include those with learning disorders or physical disorders … ADD or ADHD, dyslexia, autism, torticollis, Asperger Syndrome, Scoliosis, Cerebral Palsy, genetic conditions.

If all this seems disheartening and scary, keep in mind that special needs conditions do not always mean that your child won’t have a bright future.  We have personally known several parents that were told by their child’s medical professional that they were going to have health challenges that meant profound disabilities for their future.  However, those children were given this diagnosis as an infant. Now that they have grown into little children, we have been blessed to be able to see them defy all of the odds imaginable and reach milestones they were told they never would. 

 

The Link between Special Needs and Misalignments

Here’s what we know about special needs conditions. Some result from or may contribute to imbalances in the body which can include the musculoskeletal system or nervous system.

They include:

●        Torticollis

●        ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) & ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

●        Scoliosis ( an “S”-  or “C”-shaped spinal curve)

●        Spinal cord injuries

●        Brain injuries

●        Delays in reaching developmental milestones  (for examples rolling over, sitting up, walking, and so on)

Many children are born with a misalignment of the C1 vertebra. This can be due to modern birth experiences if their little heads are pulled on as they are being delivered.  There also seems to be an increase in in-utero malpositioning causing tightened muscles along their necks or hips.  If these imbalances goes undetected and uncorrected, a host of problems can result later in life, including their spine and muscles developing imbalanced.  This is where we can see the rise of torticollis, scoliosis, and delays in their milestones. 

Many leading childhood development experts find that if a child is not able to move their hips properly, then they may have a decrease in their ability to learn how to roll over both directions, crawl, sit up on their own and walking.  Neurology experts find that when you use one side of the body predominantly, that it can contribute to brain imbalances.  This is one of the biggest discoveries found in the Brain Balancing center and different brain therapies. We find where the child is “one-sided,” if you will, they can be trained how to become more balanced.  One of the biggest exercises to start off with is making sure the child can perform “cross-crawl” appropriately.  This is a skill that is mastered throughout their first year of life with the Bauer Crawling reflex, and then to crawling on all fours.  If a child has tightened muscles or restrictions within the joint movement of their hips to neck, this can influence the child’s ability to properly achieve these skills.

 

Rise in Special Needs Children

So it’s frustrating to witness the rising rates of autism, learning disabilities, and children being enrolled in special education programs when so much can be done to correct the situation.

Many parents of special needs children now seek many types of care, leaving no legitimate stone unturned … because their kids have challenges that directly affect and limit their ability to succeed in the world. The good news is there is help for special needs children through chiropractic care.

 

A Chiropractor’s Role with Special Needs

A chiropractor’s role is to find underlying problems that cause symptoms as a result of injuries and disease. Promising hope for special needs children can be found in a chiropractor’s office.

Chiropractic uses special adjustments that work to optimize a baby’s nervous system function. When baby’s nervous system is functioning properly, their bodies are better able to communicate and work better – often without medication or surgery.

Special-needs children might require a combination of treatment approaches. In addition to adjustments, we apply Craniosacral Therapy, pediatric specific myofascial release, and other sensory-motor processing work.

 

Results with Chiropractic Care

While many disabilities seem irreversible, you as a mother can feel optimistic. Optimizing the functioning of the nervous and muscular system can make a remarkable difference in children who have mental and/or physical difficulties.

Because chiropractic treatment corrects and aligns the spine, which is the center of the nervous system, the effects of adjustments can be felt throughout the entire body system.

Chiropractic care for those with special needs can help promote a better range of motion and blood flow, bringing healing to the muscles, soft tissues, nervous system, and digestive system. Many who receive chiropractic treatment notice reductions in muscle pain and tension, improved sleep, reduced inflammation, a greater sense of well-being, and elevated mood.

Chiropractic care for your special needs child can aid in lessening or relieving pain. Our parents report improvements in a child’s behavior, communication, and social skills. Parents are often surprised by the improvements they see in their child’s speech, amount of seizures, and by how content and relaxed their child has become – something that happens often in our care.

Most often, parents report improved bowel movements, better sleep, fewer tantrums, calmer behavior, and faster attainment of goals that were set in other therapies that are being applied … therapies such as physical, or speech therapy, and in older children we see advancements in occupational therapy. 

Adjustments of specific joints can improve the nervous system and encourage the body’s natural healing abilities. With regular treatments, chiropractic can restore a properly functioning nervous system. A properly functioning nervous system can help with better gastrointestinal function, ability to focus better, and allow your child a more restful sleep.

Our clinic receives multiple referrals from other local therapists because they find the children are improving much quicker when chiropractic care is part of their health care.

 

Never Too Early

It is never too early to begin chiropractic.  Pregnant women benefit greatly from it. Their nervous system is vital to a healthy pregnancy and delivery.  Newborns also benefit from chiropractic as quickly as the first few days following birth. So when certain symptoms or behaviors first pop up, it’s best to address them right away rather than watch and wait.

 

Who We Are

We are Doctors Michelle Parker and Darcy Goode. Our clinic has been certified in Webster Technique and providing care to pregnant women, dads, and children since 2010. Both of us have numerous post-graduate chiropractic training in working on the muscles and bones of expecting moms and newborns by integrating craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and pregnancy-tailored chiropractic adjustments. In addition, Dr. Parker is the only pediatric certified chiropractic by the Academy Council in Parker County. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

 

Located Near Fort Worth

The office of The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me is in Aledo, Texas, just 15 minutes west of downtown Fort Worth or 10 minutes east of Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, and Willow Park. 

Feel free to visit our social media pages on Instagram @TheChiroPlaceforMommyandMe or Facebook @TheChiroPlace to get a feel for our atmosphere and how we work with entire families and pregnant moms, mothers, and children.  We are proud to offer a family-friendly, kid-approved, and mother-oriented space to the community.  Give our office a call to get you and your child’s appointment scheduled today at 682-214-0408.

Autoimmunity Living

How is it possible to gain 5 pounds over Spring Break? And then I see this picture that reminds me of those decadent choices I made and allowed myself to enjoy the moment. (I promise I didn’t eat these all in 1 sitting. It took me 3 days. 😬😉) Has anyone tried @reveriebakeshop in Richardson, Texas. These were all #glutenanddairyfree (and technically vegan!). The pumpkin cinnamon roll was amazing, maple pecan scone, sprinkled cake donut, and an oatmeal whoopie pie (move over Little Debbie, these were so good!)

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But in all seriousness, many of you know that I (Dr. Parker) have had my own health struggles of Crohn’s, autoimmunities, POTS, arrhythmia, and more. It is very easy for me to become super consumed with me trying to “control” everything that I can (such as my diet, my work load and more) because I feel such a fear of losing control on my health. I feel like I miss out on the little moments because I am worried about the “what if’s” next. Does anyone else feel this way? So I chose to enjoy my Spring Break in my favorite ways, spending time with the people I love and through food. I regret adding 5 pounds of bloat and the other accumulation of stuff (💩) because of those choices, but I gained back just a little of that freedom to just ENJOY LIFE in those moments. Now I am back to my grain free diet, but I will definitely be back to try other goodies from this treasure of a bakery the next time I am on that side of town.

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Pregnancy and Chiropractic

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Dr. Darcy Goode and Dr. Michelle Parker are both Webster Certified, which is a specialized technique designed to help pregnant women (and much more!). Our clinic integrates prenatal specific chiropractic adjustments + myofascial release + stretching for all of our pregnant mamas. We found that this strategy helps our expecting mothers to get out of pain and feel their best as their belly grows as quickly as possible.

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Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Should Include Chiropractic

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Becoming healthier is a top goal for most of us, so making plans to improve our health and formalizing it as New Year’s resolution is sort of a given. For some, being healthy is a general desire to be in good health.  For others, it’s a promise to get rid of specific unhealthy habits and restore their bodies to wellness.

We make a promise to ourselves that we will exercise more, eat better, shed unnecessary pounds, or whatever we feel we need to do turn specific health issues around. We want this for ourselves and for our loved ones too … the people closest to us: our spouse and our kids.

So here at the start of 2019, I’d like to suggest a health resolution you may not have considered. I truly believe it is the backbone of complete health and wellness for each member of your family: routine chiropractic care. And here’s why …

The Nervous System is the Key

Chiropractic supports our total body. With chiropractic, we have the ability to achieve overall health and wellness. That starts with our nervous system.

Our nervous system directly affects every other system within our body. It regulates the functioning of every system, organ, and structure in our body through its receptors. So if our nervous system is healthy, it’s most likely the other systems in our body are healthy. But did you know that our nervous system doesn’t just operate from within our brain? Our brain is just one location in which nervous system receptors reside.

Many nervous system receptors are located in the spinal column. Due to the spine’s direct neurological influence on the rest of the body, restoring motion and proper alignment of the spine is where the results of chiropractic begin. Chiropractors are expertly trained to locate and correct misalignments in the spine (a huge nervous system) in addition to other places in the body with nervous system receptors reside (head, neck …). With spinal alignment restored, virtually the rest of the body can then self-regulate, maintain itself, and restore itself to good health when things get out of whack.

 

The Nervous System is Communication Central

Throughout our body, communication is constantly taking place between systems in our body and the nervous system. The nervous system is like Grand Central Station, a big sensory organ that analyzes the rest of our body and “inventories” what our body needs to maintain a state of health.

When a chiropractor detects nervous system misalignments, s/he is able to correct those misalignments, which can then positively affect systems that are not working properly. Those corrections can affect not just one, but many systems of our body at one time. Viewed in this way, chiropractic is therapeutic. It helps the entire body achieve good health. In fact, that’s the goal of chiropractic: to improve and optimize our health and ultimately our quality of life.

 

Hidden Obstacles to Optimal Health

We don’t have to feel sick or sense specific aches and pains to benefit from chiropractic. Just because we feel good, don’t notice any pain, and don’t detect that there’s some imbalance occurring in our body doesn’t mean we are in optimal health. Stressors could be slowly creating imbalances that you may not notice until later. Stress can be physical and mental. Mental stress can be making changes in the body that, over time, manifest themselves, turning into physical ailments.

Chiropractors view stress as the underlying cause of most pain and ill health. We also believe the body has a natural ability to heal itself if the obstacles that stand in the way of poor health are eliminated. It’s our job to detect and remove those obstacles so our body can get to work.

Subtle imbalances can be taking place. Respiration (breathing), circulation (cardiovascular), and digestion (breakdown and absorption of food and nutrients) are a few of them. Chiropractic can affect blood pressure, which can then reduce our risk of heart attack and stroke. Chiropractic can improve a wide range of symptoms that impact our immune system, the functioning of our organs, and the presence of inflammation, which is the root cause of many diseases. 

 

When Problems Present Themselves

Chiropractic can help restore organ dysfunction and impact other chronic diseases. When a chiropractor adjusts your spinal column, for instance, they are not necessarily correcting back pain. Many symptoms from which both adults and children may be suffering that are not directly affecting the spinal column can be indirectly corrected by making adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine.

By balancing out the body’s nervous system responses, chiropractic can reduce stress placed on certain organs to allow them to function properly.

Pregnancy, Pre- and Neonatal

Chiropractic can help ease the pain of expectant mothers, providing quick relief from the common aches and pains of pregnancy. With chiropractic, expectant moms can be better prepared for childbirth with adjustments that affect bones and ligaments to better accommodate baby and make sure baby is positioned properly for normal delivery – even in twins and multiple births.

Chiropractic can continue to improve the overall comfort and well-being for mothers even in the postpartum period and for their infants.

New mothers who continue to receive chiropractic adjustments report the reduction or elimination of the trauma caused by the normal birthing process and back and neck pain – which can be caused by poor nursing posture – allowing for quick recovery and comfort.

 

Children

As your child grows, chiropractic care continues to encourage proper body development and better functioning of their body. Chiropractic sessions can catch your child’s problems before they become more serious and require more intensive treatments.

The number one reason for referrals from local pediatricians to our clinic is for ear problems … it’s the most common illness affecting babies and young children … the number one reason for visits to a health practitioner. When ear infections become chronic, they may require repeated antibiotics and multiple sets of ear tubes; when unaddressed altogether, ear infections can put your child at risk for permanent hearing damage and possibly affect their speech and general development. A lot of our pediatricians are starting to suggest specific pediatric chiropractic as a potential solution.

 

Pre-teens, Teens, Young Adults

As your child grows and becomes more and more active, their spines can get out of alignment. In these cases, children benefit greatly from regular chiropractic care to prevent and correct alignment issues. For preteen and teens, a visit to the family chiropractor can prevent or eliminate lower back and neck pain, headaches and head off the onset of conditions such as scoliosis or torticollis.

 

Moms and Dads

Everyday stresses in life, including job stress and unexpected injuries from auto and sports accidents in young and older adults can be treated early-on before they trigger more serious health issues.

By the time parents reach age 40, many of their conditions are a result of not correcting spinal problems that may have occurred at an earlier age. These could be migraines and headaches, lower back or neck pain. Then there are the unexpected auto accidents, falls, a pinched nerve acquired from physical work-outs, and pain and injuries from more intense athletic pursuits. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive way to ease pain and let the body heal quickly.

Regular maintenance visits to a family chiropractor can help you avoid injury, joint restriction, and dysfunction due to misalignments. It’s a form of health care that doesn’t rely on prescription medication and in many cases eliminates the symptoms of many ailments and the cause of those ailments.

 

Who We Are

We are Doctors Michelle Parker and Darcy Goode. Our clinic has been certified in Webster Technique and providing care to pregnant women, dads,  and children,  since 2010. Both of us have numerous post-graduate chiropractic training in working on the muscles and bones of expecting moms and newborns by integrating craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and pregnancy-tailored chiropractic adjustments. In addition, Dr. Parker is the only pediatric certified chiropractic by the Academy Council in Parker County. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

 

Located Near Fort Worth

The office of The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me is in Aledo, Texas, just 15 minutes west of downtown Fort Worth or 10 minutes east of Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, and Willow Park. 

Feel free to visit our social media pages on Instagram @TheChiroPlaceforMommyandMe or Facebook @TheChiroPlace to get a feel for our atmosphere and how we work with entire families and pregnant moms, mothers, and children.  We are proud to offer a family-friendly, kid-approved, and mother-oriented space to the community.  Give our office a call to get you, your spouse, and your children’s appointment scheduled today at 682-214-0408.