Child Dysfunctions

Bed Wetting
Chronic Colds
Childhood Stress

Headaches

Bed Wetting

Though children naturally gain bladder control at night, they do so at different ages. From 5 to 7 million kids wet the bed some or most nights -- with twice as many boys wetting their bed as girls. After age 5, about 15% of children continue to wet the bed, and by age 10, 95% of children are dry at night. The most important thing to remember is that no one wets the bed on purpose. It doesn't mean that you're lazy or a slob. Kids who wet the bed are not able to feel that their bladders are full and don't wake up to pee in the toilet.

How is the Brain Involved?

The brain controls and regulates the bladder and every other cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. Compromise or distortion of nerve messages between the brain and the bladder can result in a loss of bladder control. Nerve impulses leave the brain, travel down the spinal cord and then out between spinal bones to service the bladder. Many bedwetting children and teenagers suffer nerve interference from spinal bones in their lower back where nerves exit the spinal column. The predictable result? Bedwetting.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

A chiropractor can reduce nerve interference to the bladder and the entire body with gentle spinal adjustments. Doctors of Chiropractic have been successfully helping bed wetter’s for over a century!

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Chronic Colds

Once children start school, they are exposed to more viruses than ever before, and while allowing their bodies to fight off colds naturally is the best course of action, it is an unpleasant experience for all involved. Sore throat, cough, runny nose and some times a low grade fever are all symptoms of the “common” cold and can last up to 10 days and is quite contagious.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

The Immune system, like everything else in our body, is linked to our nervous system and our spine, and vertebral subluxations are blocking our nervous system from operating to its full potential. Chiropractic adjustments correct these spinal irregularities, relieving stress from the nervous system, allowing it to communicate freely with the rest of our body. Children’s immune systems, especially, will benefit from chiropractic care. Minor traumas, from birth, to falls, to sitting in a desk all day at school, are all causing vertebral subluxations, leaving your child at risk for a wide range of health complications, including a lowered immune system.

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Childhood Stress

Childhood stress can be caused by any situation that requires the child to adapt or change. The situation often produces anxiety. Stress may be caused by positive changes, such as starting a new activity, but it is most commonly linked with negative changes such as illness or death in the family.

Symptoms of Childhood Stress Can Include

  • Decreased appetite, other changes in eating habits
  • Headaches
  • New or recurrent bed wetting
  • Nightmares
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Stuttering
  • Upset stomach or vague stomach pain
  • Anxiety
  • Worries
  • Inability to relax
  • New or recurring fears (fear of the dark, fear of being alone, fear of strangers)
  • Clinging, unwilling to let you out of sight
  • Anger
  • Inability to control emotions
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Stubborn behavior
  • Regression to behaviors that are typical of an earlier developmental stage
  • Unwillingness to participate in family or school activities

How Can Chiropractic Help?

When we encounter any type of stressful situation whether it is physical, emotional or chemical stress, our bodies reacts in a way to protect its self. Blood is sent away from the digestive system to the muscles, the pupils dilate, sugar is released into the blood, and many hormones are released to help facilitate these changes. The problem is when this "stress reaction" occurs when the body is either not reacting appropriately (too strong or weak a response) or when the body does not switch back to a non-stress mode when the stress is gone. Chiropractic helps the body react more appropriately to stress and return to a normal physiological state faster.

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Headaches

Headaches in children are common and can begin in early childhood. Headache pain may develop from those 'bumps' and 'knocks' a child goes through when learning to crawl, walk, run or from everyday stresses on the back and neck, from slumping over a desk most of the day, carrying a heavy backpack to diet or mild dehydration.

How Can Chiropractic Work?

Management of headaches by adjustments has been well documented. Headaches in children need a different approach to the treatment in adults. The joint in the neck are delicate and this is obviously doubly true in kids. Usually gentle massage or trigger point therapy show almost instant relief from headaches. Trigger points are localized areas of muscle spasm which refer pain to another area, in this case, to the head. These are sometimes called cervicogenic headaches.