Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care has helped serious pediatric cases get well but is also an invaluable tool for keeping kids healthy. This type of care maintains the integrity of the spine so that the nerve system functions optimally. It is important for the nerve system to function at its best because it coordinates most of the body's internal processes. Any abnormal alignment of the upper two bones of the spine will cause tension and imbalance of the entire body. Over time, this imbalance changes the relationship between spine and nerve structures interfering with the normal function of the nerve. Under these conditions, the body is more susceptible to trauma, stress, and illness. Correction of alignment of the two upper bones of the spine brings the body back into balance and allows the body to return to optimal health.
Corrective chiropractic techniques like upper cervical care utilize scientific methods for health analysis and are generally more conservative about treatment than most traditional manipulative therapies. Corrective upper cervical adjustments are administered sparingly and do not involve manipulating, twisting, popping, or cracking the pediatric spine. The amount of pressure it takes to re-position the pediatric upper cervical spine could be compared to the pressure it requires to check a ripe tomato. Take a moment to read about some case studies that demonstrate the impact corrective care could have on you or someone you know:
A 10-year-old boy presents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder along with involuntary motor tics. Patient is a twin born vaginally with the assistance of vacuum extraction. History revealed prior diagnoses of macrocephaly and underdevelopment of C2 at 4 months of age. The child was administered slow release stimulant medication for management of ADHD symptoms by a medical doctor since 8 years of age. After the first adjustment, patient showed improvements in behavior and focus. Patient was able to cease use of medication after 2 months. Reduction in ADHD symptoms along with complete resolution of motor tics were also noted over the duration of care. Cervical curve as seen on x-ray improved 10 months from the start of care.
This patient began experiencing symptoms at age 9 months. By age 18 months he had been treated 4 times at the hospital emergency room for episodes of acute respiratory distress. He suffered from constant wheezing and cough and was not responding well to pharmacological interventions. Adjustments of the cervical spine utilizing the Orthospinology technique with KH-4 electric instrument were performed on 6 visits over a 7 month period. After 9 weeks, no further episodes of breathing difficulty were reported and measures of vertebral subluxation had reduced.
A 32-year-old female who suffered from IBS daily and depression for ten years presented for care. Symptoms included painful, runny bowel movements every morning upon rising. Discomfort and bloating were noticed most of the day. Symptoms were exacerbated by alcohol consumption, stress, large meals, and fatty foods. Specific upper-cervical adjustments were delivered at the atlanto-occiptial area in the knee-chest position to correct vertebral subluxation. Criteria used to determine whether or not an adjustment was given on a visit were based on paraspinal thermography. The patient also reported depression and anxiety previously diagnosed by her primary care physician. Following care the patient stated that bowel function was restored to normal and noted a decrease in incidence of depression and anxiety.
A 7-year-old girl had a history of cyclic vomiting episodes for the past 4 1/2 years. She also had a 2-month history of headaches and stomachache. The patient received low-force chiropractic spinal manipulation to her upper cervical spine. There was improvement in her symptoms within an hour after the chiropractic manipulation. Her symptoms only returned after direct trauma to her neck. The recurring symptoms again disappeared immediately after treatment.
This nine-year-old boy suffered from asthma and upper respiratory infections since infancy; headaches since age 6; TS, ADHD, depression and insomnia since age 7; and neck pain since age 8. His mother reported the use of forceps during his delivery. His medications included Albuterol, Depakote, Wellbutrin, and Adderall. During the patient's initial examination, evidence of a subluxation stemming from the upper cervical spine was found through thermographic and radiographic diagnostics. Chiropractic care using an upper cervical technique was administered to correct and stabilize the patient's upper neck injury. Diagnostics and care were performed in accordance with the guidelines of the International Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. Evaluation of the patient's condition occurred through doctor's observation, patient's and parents' subjective description of symptoms, and thermographic scans. After six weeks of care, all six conditions were no longer present and all medications were discontinued with the exception of a half-dose of Wellbutrin. At the conclusion of his case at five months, all symptoms remained absent.
Corrective chiropractic care is about family health. It's about keeping the body free to function at its best.
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