Chiropractic Care is Important for Children

Posted by: Dr. Jessica Caruso

Many people know that chiropractic care is beneficial for adults, but so many do not know how crucial it is for children.Most people are SO surprised when I tell them that my youngest patient to date was 18 hours old when she received her first chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic care is for all ages, and absolutely safe for children.Chiropractors use very gentle and specific techniques for children. This is what is so awesome about chiropractic…it can be tailored for the individual patient!

Children are very susceptible to trauma in their spines. Childhood is such a physical timeof life– learning to walk, riding a bike, climbing trees, playing sports, and so much more.Spines grow at a rapid rate during the first five years of life. Checking for abnormalities during this time especially is critical for proper structural and nervous system development.

Many parents understand the importance of regular dental check-ups, but a spinal check-up can be one of the most important check-ups a parent can bring their child to.

The spine protects billions of nerve fibers, where signals travel from the brain to the body and back again.If there is any interference along these nerve pathways from misalignments in the spine, also known as SUBLUXATIONS, then a state of dis-ease can develop. If this state of dis-ease is ignored, then pain, sickness and disease can occur over time.

Subluxations can occur as early as in utero from abnormal positions in the womb.Injuries can occur to a baby’s spine at birth due to delivery in these abnormal presentations. Also, C-section, vacuum or forceps extraction, and even induction can all create subluxations.This is why it is so important to have your children’s spines checked sooner rather than later.

Health problems in childhood or even adulthood have been traced back to spinal damage at birth.Many parents bring their children in to a chiropractor for such things as frequent colds, asthma, colic, reflux, ADHD, and ear infections. However, they quickly discover that chiropractic care for their children is so much more than symptomatic care, but rather quite vital to their overall wellness and proper growth and development.

We all know that if one person in the household is sick, everyone is affected.This is why at Healing Hands Chiropractic we encourage everyone in the family to get their spine checked. We believe that Happy Families Are Healthy Families!


The 3T’s of Subluxation

Posted By: Dr. Jessica L.Caruso


Recently I have had a lot of patients coming into our office with complaints of runny nose, sinus pressure, scratchy throat, cough and body aches. Many people associate these symptoms with the cold weather, not the summer months. However, we are susceptible all the time to the germs and bacteria that may cause these types of symptoms. When our immune systems are strong they can ward off these germs.

I’ve asked each of my patients during their visits if they could think of any reason why their immune systems are lowered and not working at their best potential. Most answers I get are related to stress, changes in routine, poor sleep, eating poorly (like at all those BBQs), busy with kids out of school, travel — just plain feeling overextended. I remind patients of the 3T’s of subluxation: Trauma (this includes poor posture), Toxins, and Thoughts. For those of you who do not know: SUBLUXATIONS are misalignments in the spine that cause nerve interference, not allowing the body to function optimally, thus, not allowing the body to achieve optimal health.

Most of the answers I received from my patients could fit into at least one of the 3T’s categories. Since chiropractic adjustments remove subluxations, it makes perfect sense to get adjusted when you feel “run down” or like “you’re fighting something off”. Subluxations interfere with your nervous system’s ability to work at 100%. Your nervous system tells everything else in your body how to perform, including your immune system. So, a healthy nervous system equals a healthy immune system. We all have an innate ability to heal. We just need to provide an environment conducive to healing optimally. This means getting good sleep, watching your posture, eating well, taking your vitamins (I take, as well as highly recommend to my patients, Doctor Greens’ vitamins and supplements because they are 100% organic), good stress management practices such as yoga and meditation, listening to the signs your body is sending you, and GETTING ADJUSTED.

Research performed at New York Medical Institute by Dr. Pero (a medical doctor) showed that people under regular chiropractic care had immune systems 200% stronger than those not under chiropractic care. Pretty amazing research about the power of chiropractic!