Traditional methods of medical intervention are aimed at turning down the child's level of activity through the use of drugs. Years ago it was discovered that children react to stimulating drugs, such as Ritalin and amphetamines, in an opposite manner from adults. Nowadays, children and young teenagers are commonly placed on these drugs for years to suppress their activity level. Unfortunately, this response in not without drawbacks. The know side effects of these drugs include nervousness, insomnia, stomachache, and skin rashes. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, leading to weight loss, and accelerated heart beat. Perhaps the most serious side effect in controlling behavior with drugs, however, is that it can become a psychological crutch. Some children become very drug dependent and experience episodes of anxiety if dosage is changes or terminated.
Dr. Ben Feingold, M.D., a renowned pediatrician and allergist, recommends cessation of drug treatment combined with elimination of food synthetics as a healthier alternative.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
Vertebrae (the bones in your back) fit together so that LIFE (nerve supply) produced in your brain may filter down your spinal cord and out over your nerves. This LIFE is responsible for growth, repair, and healing in your entire body. When vertebrae are out of their natural alignment, nerves become stretched or twisted (commonly referred to as a nerve "pinch"), and this vital communication system in the body is disrupted.
This neurological disturbance is called a subluxation. The Doctor of Chiropractic specializes in the detection and correction of subluxations. This is done by laying our hands on your back and gently lining up the vertebrae in their natural position. This process may take weeks or months , depending on the amount of misalignment. LIFE may then be restored throughout the body, and healing can take place. As your body heals, the symptoms begin to diminish.
A New Approach
All body functions are controlled by the brain sending and receiving messages over nerves. When vertebral subluxations disrupt this vital communication system, one or more parts of the body may begin to fail, as well as health in general. subluxations can also foster the onset of sickness and disease as the child's body weakens. That's how vertebral subluxations can lead to all kinds of neurological, emotional, and physical disorders, and that's why chiropractors are concerned with restoring normal body function, not treating the symptoms of the disease.
Doctors of Chiropractic have reported success with attention deficit disorders for years, and this has been supported by recent studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. In one study, chiropractic care was more effective in treating the wide range of symptoms common in a neurological dysfunction syndrome in which 13 symptom problem areas were considered. 5 The statistics showed that chiropractic care was 20 to 40 percent more effective than commonly used medications. Another study suggested an overall improvement in seven hyperactive children who had received specific chiropractic care. 2
If children with serious attention deficit disorders can benefit from chiropractic care - with improved attention span, lower activity level, and general well being - it's reasonable to assume that even the average child would benefit, with improved health and well-being. By having subluxations corrected throughout childhood, your child will have a better opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
The chiropractic approach to health care in natural. It does not try to stimulate or inhibit normal body function. Instead, the chiropractor addresses the important relationship between the nervous system and disease. The systemic effect of vertebral subluxations is complex. Many childhood illnesses may be manifested in the pediatric patient due to abnormal body function caused by subluxations. 3,4 In light of this, your chiropractor may be the best doctor to help your child.
Children should be checked frequently for subluxations to ensure good health.
1. Feingold, B.F.:Why Is your Child Hyperactive? New York: Random House, Inc., 1975
2. Giesen, J.M., Center, D.B., and Leach, R.A.: An Evaluation of Chiropractic Manipulation as a treatment of Hyperactivity in Children, Journal of Manipulation and Physiological Therapeutics, October 1989;12:353-363.
3. Kunert, W.: Functional Disorders of Internal Organs Due to Vetebral Lesions. CIBA Symposium 13 (3): 85-966, 1965.
4. Peet, J.B.: Subluxation Detection in Infants, Today's Chiropractic, February/March 1990.
5. Walton, E.V.: Chiropractic Effectiveness with Emotional Learning and Behavioral Impairments, International Review of Chiropractic; 29:2--, 21-22, September, 1975.