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Kids And Chiropractic

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At our Cupertino-Sunnyvale chiropractic office we help newborns, infants, teenagers, adults and seniors live better, healthier, more symptom free lives. Many health-conscious Cupertino and Sunnyvale families choose our office for their chiropractic needs. When you're ready, call our Cupertino Sunnyvale chiropractic office and find out for yourself why thousands of area residents, families and your neighbors already have.

Children's school backpacks can cause problems

USA Today recently reported on the dangers of children carrying heavy backpacks to school, a growing problem attributed to smaller or no lockers at school and more homework assignments. The article suggested that children should carry no more than 10-20% of their body weight in their backpacks. Parents should also make sure their kids carry the backpack correctly. Ideally, both straps should be used and kept tight to keep the weight evenly distributed across the shoulders.

Children are very likely to experience low back pain if the backpacks are carried on one shoulder or if the straps are too loose and the weight is allowed to rest near the small of the back.

We would add to the list of recommendations that children who are carrying heavy backpacks throughout the school year should be under regular Chiropractic care. Not only will they be better able to deal with the mechanical stress involved but they will also enjoy the health benefits of a properly functioning body.

Autistic Children Improve Under Chiropractic Care

The March 9, 2006 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research reports that a study of autistic children showed an improvement between 8.3% and 32% of their autism evaluation scores while under chiropractic care.

The 14 children in the study were under chiropractic care at the Kentuckiana Children’s Center in Louisville, Kentucky. All had been diagnosed with autism at the Child Evaluation Center at the University of Louisville Medical School.

The effect chiropractic care had on the children was evaluated with theAutism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC), a questionnaire about the child’s development and progress that is answered by parents, teachers or caretakers. The ATEC evaluates Speech and Language Communication, Sociability, Sensory and Cognitive Awareness, and Health/Physical/Behavior.

All of the children were initially under full-spine chiropractic care. For the study, half of the 14 children were placed under a specific type of upper cervical (neck) care to see if they improved any more. The study lasted three months. The children were checked and adjusted twice a week and reevaluated with ATEC once a month.

Both groups of children showed improvement after chiropractic care. The full-spine group averaged improvements of 8.3% and the upper-cervical group averaged 32%. In fact, two of the children in the upper-cervical group improved so much that they no longer met the criteria to be considered autistic. In all, six of the seven children in the upper-cervical group improved (the two highest scored 93% and 62.5%) and five of the seven children in the full-spine group improved (the two highest in this group scored 60% and 44%).

According to the authors, “the most common clinical aspects of improvement were in communication, verbal skills, eye contact, mood, and physical sport skills.”

Children With Cerebral Palsy Increase Muscle Tone, Nervous System Function And Quality Of Life With Chiropractic Care

The June 21, 2006 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research reports on the cases of four children with cerebral Palsy who experienced improvement in muscle tone, autonomic nervous system function and overall quality of life after a short course of chiropractic care.

In the literature review study, all four children had all been diagnosed with cerebral palsy that was secondary to birth trauma.

All of the children were examined, and subsequently reexamined, with paraspinal surface EMG and thermography. EMG measures muscle activity in the spinal muscles and thermography measures how the autonomic nervous system is functioning. Imbalances in either of the readings can be indicators of vertebral subluxation, the misalignments of the small bones of the spine that produce malfunction or loss of health.

All four children had indicators of vertebral subluxation and were placed under chiropractic care. Reexamination occurred approximately one month (or 12 visits) after care began.

The parents of the children reported improvements in their quality of life. They all experienced improvements in activities of daily living such as sitting, walking and standing. They slept better and as a result, performed better in school and became more stable emotionally with less irritability and depression.

From the chiropractic standpoint, their spinal muscle activity balanced out and in all cases except one, so did their nervous system activity, indicating their subluxations were reduced. The authors concluded that because of the significance of the improvements in the lives of these children, “more extensive investigation of the effects of subluxation analysis and correction in children suffering from cerebral palsy” should occur. Commentary: We agree. All children should be checked for vertebral subluxation and the resulting damaging effects on health and function.Imagine getting the bodies of all children functioning better and keeping them functioning better for a lifetime. Children everywhere deserve that much.

Children under Chiropractic care recover faster, have fewer ear infections

The October, 1997 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics reports that a study involving 332 children with otitis media (ear infections) found that not only did the children under chiropractic care recover faster, they had fewer instances of the ear infections happening again later on.

The study, which compared the recovery rates of children under standard medical care and those under Chiropractic care, concluded that “The results indicate that there is a strong correlation between the chiropractic adjustment and the resolution of otitis media for the children in this study.”

The study also found that the Chiropractic patient's cases were resolved at considerably less cost than the average $350.00 per case with medical care.Once again, we see research proving that Chiropractic is more than just a good way to alleviate back pain. Chiropractic is the best way for your entire family to get and stay as healthy as possible. Nature doesn't need any help, it just doesn't need any interference.

Chiropractic care safe for children

Much has been made lately about the safety of chiropractic care and children. A research literature review published in the September/October 1997 newsletter of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association found that during the period between 1966 - 1997 there was only one reported case of damage to a child from receiving a chiropractic adjustment.

The case in which it was reported that an adjustment caused damage involved a rare spinal tumor with associated tissue damage that was allegedly caused by "chiropractic manipulation". No proof or scientific connection was offered other than the irresponsible speculation of the author of the study. The credentials of the person performing the manipulation were not discussed either. It should be noted here that research concerning chiropractic has historically been distorted by the medical media. An article in the May, 1995 issue of Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reports that numerous medical authors have misrepresented the facts when reporting on the incidence of injury related to chiropractic care. Going as far back as 1934, researchers found 78 cases of stroke occurring after "chiropractic manipulation" (none of these cases involved children). In 36% (28)of the cases, the "chiropractic" care that caused injury was not even performed by a chiropractor yet the research author irresponsibly chose to report them as examples of chiropractic care anyway.

Perhaps some other examples of damage that can occur from medical care can put this into perspective.

-you have a 30% chance of having an adverse drug event if you are hospitalized (Anderson, 1992).

-you have almost a 4% chance of acquiring a serious infection during a hospital stay (CDC, 1991).

-there is a .057% incidence of seizure from the dpt vaccine (CDC, 1994). That's 57,000 seizures for each 1 million vaccines!

-there is a 0.0008-0.001% chance you will die from surgical anesthesia (Anderson, 1992).

-you have a 2 in 1,000,000 chance (0.000002%) of getting hit bylightning in the U.S. (Eriksson & Ornehult, 1988).

-there is a 1 in 1,000,000 chance (0.000001%) of serious neurologicalcomplications from cervical manipulation (the generic, less specificmedical term for adjustment) in adults (Cyriax, 1978 & Guttman, 1983).

So, by way of commentary, since 1966 we have one case of damage to a child from chiropractic care that is questionable at best. Research tells us that adults have twice the chance that they'll be struck by lightning than hurt from an adjustment . The risk is even smaller for children, so small that figuring the odds is virtually impossible.

Infantile Colic responds well to Chiropractic Care

Infantile colic is commonly described as persistent and often violent crying for no apparent reason in seemingly healthy and thriving infants. The August, 1989 issue of the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics reports that 94% of a group of 316 children with infantile colic responded very favorably to Chiropractic care.

The study, performed by 73 Chiropractors in Denmark, involved infants with an average age of 5.7 weeks at the beginning of the study and included reassessments at 1 week, 2 weeks and 4 weeks. The infant's mothers were provided a diary and kept track of the babies symptoms,intensity and length of the colicky crying as well as how comfortable the infant seemed.

94% of the children in the study showed a satisfactory response to Chiropractic care within 14 days from the beginning of care. According to the study, “The results occur shortly after the treatment has been initiated and show both a reduction of the daily length of the colic periods and a reduction of the number of colic periods per day. In this study, an average of three treatments was found to be required to obtain a satisfactory result. No side effects were reported.” 51% of the children in the study had other, unsuccessful treatments for the colic previous to becoming involved in this research project.

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