Teens (11+)

Dental Concerns (TMJ/Braces and Orthodontics)
There is an intimate relationship between posture and dental concerns in both adults and children. For kids, our Pediatric Chiropractors will work with your orthodontist to correct the skeletal distortions that may be causing bite disturbances or crooked teeth and work to improve your child’s postural asymmetries that may have lead to these dental issues in the first place. When chiropractic care and orthodontics are combined, the result is a balanced physical structure during the transition from baby teeth to adult teeth. The most common orthodontic treatment in kids is the use of braces to correct the positioning of the teeth. Throughout their use, our chiropractors aid in reducing the pressure and stress on the face and neck muscles, as well as the spine and nervous system, particularly following any tightenings or re-adjustments of the braces. If your child is having any dental concerns, speak to our Pediatric Chiropractors today to find out how we can be an integral part of restoring your child’s smile and wellbeing. For more information, or to book an appointment, please click below.

 

Stress
Adults tend to view our children’s worlds as blissful and care free – what do kids have to worry about anyway? The fact is, stress in children is escalating and it is taking its toll on their health and wellbeing, both immediate and for the long term. Stress enters our lives from day one – an infant may experience anxiety from a difficult or prolonged birth, or when their needs are not met by their caregiver (food, love, comfort, etc.). In the early years, separation from parents is the most abundant cause of stress in our kids. Although us adults can rationalize that “we will come back and pick you up at daycare”, the little mind and nervous system of a toddler may go into a full panic mode and this stress can be significant in some children. As our kids grow, academics, peer pressures, increasing divorce rates of parents, puberty, social stresses, expectations for sports performance, loss of loved ones, sibling rivalry, familial relocations and more all create tremendous stresses. As parents, we tend to bring our daily stresses home as well, which further impacts the stress of our children. Kids do not experience stress like adults do, and it may not be very apparent, so we must be be aware of the accumulated stress they are experiencing since it is well know that stress affects the developing brain.  The unhealthy impact of stress on a child’s nervous system is easily detected and corrected with Chiropractic care. It is now well known that Chiropractic alters brain activity in the parts of the brain that process pain and stress reactions, decreases cortisol (stress hormone) levels and improves heart rate variability (stress response vs. relaxation response) balance. Our Pediatric Chiropractors can be a significant part of your family’s health and wellness team. For more information, or to book an appointment, please click below.

 

Headaches
Just like adults, children can become affected with headaches  due to knocks or falls, poor diet, a lack of sleep or water and/or stress. Pediatric headaches are more common than you might think – almost half of children have had  a headache by age 7 (about 25% of these are diagnosed before age 5) and about 75% of children have had a headache by age 15. In fact, headaches are one of the top 5 health problems experienced in children. Kids who are too young to verbalize their pain may grab their head, hold their face, hit their head against the wall or floor, and/or show sensitivity to light. Infants may display ineffective latching, grimacing, or positional discomfort, particularly when feeding. Aside from pain and discomfort, childhood headaches can lead to missed school days, poor academic performance and emotional difficulties. A Chiropractic examination of your child may reveal the root cause for the headache and gentle adjusting of the spine can enhance neuromuscular function and help to resolve these headaches – just as it does in adults. For more information, or to book an appointment, please click below.

 

Sports Performance
Kids and sports are a timeless combination. In fact, 84% of Canadian kids between the ages of 3 and 17 are participating in some type of sport and 60% of them are doing it on an organized basis. Another important statistic to consider is that more than 1 million kids suffer from a sports-related injury each year. According to the Journal of Neurological Science, more sports-related, non-fatal injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments than any other type of unintentional injury. While traditional medicine will treat fractures, dislocations, lacerations and damaged tendon and ligaments, many young athletes leave the hospital with as much spinal stress as they had when they entered it. Young athletes are more susceptible to injuries than adults due to their slower reaction times as they are still growing and developing these skills. Our Pediatric Chiropractors ensure that young athletes are at their optimum potential for performance as well as for injury prevention. Should an injury occur, Chiropractic care helps their bodies to recover quicker, with less time away from play and academics. For more information, or to book an appointment, please click below.

 

 

 

Behavioral Concerns (ADD/ADHD/Autism/Learning Difficulties)
The function of our nervous system is to perceive the environment and coordinate the behavior of all other cells. When your child is faced with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD/ASD/SPD and others on the neurodevelopmental spectrum, it is the behavior that you are looking to change and improve. Since behavior is an output from our body, the common treatment is to control this unwanted output. At their root neurologically, these behaviors are actually input and organizational challenges that then lead to the output you don’t want. There is a common link between all of these conditions – abnormal movement and alignment of the upper spine. 60% of all movement with input into the nervous system occurs in the spine, with ⅓ of that crucial information coming just from the top two spinal bones. The birth process, even when it is normal and healthy, but more so when it is intervened upon and stressful, is often the first insult to these sensitive areas. Since movement determines brain function, when the movement is distorted, so is neurological development. This is where chiropractic comes in. When the spinal bones are out of alignment, or subluxated, the fight/flight side of our nervous system gets stuck on. We cannot be in growth/healing and protection/fight-flight at the same time, so when the stress system is stuck in protection, growth and development are stalled. In the body, when this distortion disturbs the ability of the brain to communicate with the body, a child can no longer perceive their environment and the input gets jumbled. Confusing input = confusing output. Our Pediatric Chiropractors will evaluate your child’s spinal alignment and neuromotor activity to determine if there are any areas that may be leading to a dysfunctional neurosensory input. Our gentle and safe pediatric adjustment techniques work to improve the sensory input, leading to the change in behavioral output you are looking for, without the use of medications. For more information, or to book an appointment, please click below.