Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Have you been up all night? Does your child not sleep well? Take them to a pediatric chiropractor!

Have you been up all night? Does your child not sleep well? Take them to a pediatric chiropractor!

As a chiropractor that treats children I often get asked if adjustments will help with the child’s or babies sleep- my answer is YES! ABSOLUTELY. Research suggests that pediatric sleep disorders contribute to attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, mood disturbances, memory problems an much more.
Chiropractic care for children includes gentle manual therapy to the muscles and joints in the spine.

Imbalances of the spine can occur in utero (malposition of the baby), during childbirth, from tumbles or falls, normal development such as learning how to sit or from other daily activities. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is not to treat a sleep disturbance but to help restore normal functioning to the nervous system so the body can function optimally. The removal of the nerve interference allows normal function to the body, thus allowing for reduced stressors causing the sleep disturbances.

When we adjust your child’s spine we are balancing the parasympathetic (your feed and breed) with the over stimulated sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight and freeze). Many children often have irregular bowel movements, this problem may cause sleep disturbances and chiropractic adjustments will help regulate their bowel movements as well. I will often recommend some homeopathic remedies and/or supplements/tinctures in severe cases such as night terrors or nightmares. Every child is unique and so are the chiropractic treatments for them.

A study published in the March 2008 issue of Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (JCCP), showed that infants sleep better when under chiropractic care. The study was of 117 infants who were brought in for chiropractic care. “The pilot study into the issue of sleep problems in children showed significant improvements in time taken to fall asleep, number of consecutive hours of sleep and depth and quality of sleep for children during a short course of chiropractic care. “

If you are a searching for a natural solution to sleep problems for your child then Chiropractic care is a drug free, low risk and is a great option!

Dr. Joelle Johnson is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association since 2001 www.icpa4kids.com

1. Gozal D, Keirandish-Gozal L. Neurocognitive and behavioral morbidity in children with sleep disorders. Curr Opin Pulm Med, 2007;13(6):505-9.)

Dr. Joelle Johnson Bsc, DC, Webster Certified and a member of the ICPA since 2001. To book an appointment or to find out more about Dr. Johnson at Family First chiropractic and Wellness call 403-347-3261 or www.family1stchiro.ca.  142 Erickson Drive in Red Deer, T4R 3B3 

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