11 Mar
11 Mar

As the twig bends, so grows the tree

“As the twig bends, so grows the tree” – What Alexander Pope meant by this quote was that problems that arise in childhood carry through into adulthood.

Most new patients don’t realize that Maximized Health provides care for not only adults, but also infants and children.  As soon as a new baby is born, the spine begins to undergo stress and irregularities may occur.  It’s extremely important that these issues are corrected as soon as possible so they don’t develop into major problems as we get older.

During childbirth, pressure is placed on the nerves and nervous system. Even when we think about an uncomplicated labour, doctors normally pull on the baby’s head and neck to help move the birthing process along. Over 90% of misalignments in the spine are caused by childbirth (including in adults).

A study found that trauma to the spine during childbirth was the cause of nearly 85% of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It was also discovered that approximately 80% of children have misalignments in their upper neck, which is known to cause susceptibility to infection, recurrent cold and flu, ear troubles, tonsillitis, just to name a few.  Not to worry, research has shown that chiropractic adjustments that work to correct these misalignments initiate a faster immune response than antibiotic treatments do.

Scoliosis, a condition where there is abnormal curvature of the spine, can begin to develop when subluxations (spinal misalignments affecting the nerves) from childhood are left uncorrected. Subluxations can occur from things you may not expect, such as a diaper that has been fastened too tight, since it doesn’t allow for natural hip movement. Placing your baby in a Jolly-Jumper can cause undue stress to their underdeveloped spinal discs. Tossing a small child in the air as a form of entertainment can actually do more harm to the child than good; it can cause a whiplash motion on the spine, which is detrimental to the nervous system.  Subluxations also occur with more obvious traumas as well, such as a fall or a hit during a sporting event.

When left uncorrected, these misalignments or subluxations in the spine can act as a poorly built foundation causing a long life of evolving issues, such as spinal disc degeneration, arthritis, development of abnormal calcium deposits and instable ligaments surrounding the vertebrae.

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11 Mar

ALERT! Were you or any of you’re children born via Cesarean Section?

A Major Study Shows an Increased Risk to a Number of Serious Conditions to Those Who Have Been Born Via Cesarean Section

It is unbelievable how many people are affected with immune diseases nowadays and it seems to be skyrocketing according to the findings of a study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics.  They conducted a study to see if there was any links between these conditions and those who were born via cesarean delivery which has been on the rise over the past two decades and they checked this against those who were born naturally.  What they found was astonishing! 

The study was massive in size and length.  They followed a whopping two million children over a 35 year period who had hospital contact  for various chronic immune diseases and looked into all of their history to determine the mode of their birth delivery.  They found that those who were delivered by cesarean delivery had a significantly increased risk of asthma, systemic connective tissue disorders, juvenile arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, immune deficiencies, and leukemia.

The study never concluded on why there is the connection we can fill in the gaps for you.  During this procedure, the babies head and neck are placed under large amounts of stress and sometimes trauma in order to pull the largest part out first, the head.  This can cause pressure on the upper neck and skull of the newborn.  If there is a shift in the alignment of the spine causing pressure on the nerves close by it may cause interference to the normal functioning of the body.  But don’t worry…..

CHIROPRACTIC CAN HELP!

Another challenge that faces the newborn of a cesarean is that being delivered out of an incision in the stomach will completely bypass important bacterial exposure from the birth canal.  At first you may think that this is a good thing because bacteria is bad right?  Well…. not all bacteria is bad and actually most of the bacteria in your body is good!  Missing this initial exposure could lead to altered flora in the gut which plays a major role in the function of the immune system and development.

Uh Oh….. you were born via Cesarean section? Don’t worry.  That’s why we’re here.  Chiropractic adjustments can help revive your spine and nervous system allowing your body and immune system to function normally.

To put it another way, chiropractors have the opportunity to potentially steer your child away from a life of asthma, systemic connective tissue disorders, juvenile arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, immune deficiencies, and leukemia.

THIS IS WHY WE CHECK ALL CHILDREN!

 

Reference: Sevelsted A, Stokholm J, Bønnelykke K, Bisgaard H. Cesarean section and chronic immune disorders. Pediatrics. 2015 Jan;135(1):e92-8.

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11 Jan

Chiropractic For Kids and Babies?

Chiropractic For Kids and Babies?

Every August is kids month at Maximized Health to help raise awareness that chiropractic is for kids too.  But every year we get the same reaction when it comes to babies, “I don’t think I would let you crack my baby’s back?”.  This always shocks me.

Between our two locations (Burlington and Mississauga) our doctors have consulted for, examined and adjusted thousands of children over a 37 year period so chiropractic for kids is old news for us but I guess its easy to forget that this concept is new to some people and they have no idea what to expect.

Similar to an adult, the initial visit of your child or baby includes a thorough history of their life, details of the birth process is evaluated, and the lifestyle of the mother during pregnancy.  The physical portion of the evaluation includes an alignment check of the spine and assessment of nerve flow through reflex development measurements and checking for potential blockages of nerve signal that could affect growth and development.

Why Should Children and Even Babies Be Assessed?

Issues can all start from birth and build from there.  There can be many complications unknown to the parent that occur during the birth process, especially if there was a forceps delivery or cesarean section.  In fact a huge research study in Europe conducted over a 35 year period with a massive analysis of two million children.   They found that those who were delivered by cesarean delivery had a significantly increased risk of asthma, systemic connective tissue disorders, juvenile arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, immune deficiencies, and leukemia.

At the present time, the most qualified professional to assess the health of your child’s spine is a chiropractor.  Furthermore, Chiropractors are the only profession trained to evaluate, diagnose and correct interference to the nerve system.  Considering all the research showing the serious effects caused by problems with the spine hopefully other professionals such as pediatricians will be trained as well.  Early diagnosis will prevent long term affects of neuro-musculo-skeletal problems.

Whether your child has a symptom or not, it is important that they have a spinal check up.  We believe this will give your child a significant head start for a future of maximized health so find a chiropractor that can take care of your family throughout their life like your family dentist or physician.

Reference: Sevelsted A, Stokholm J, Bønnelykke K, Bisgaard H. Cesarean section and chronic immune disorders. Pediatrics. 2015 Jan;135(1):e92-8.

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