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December 1, 2022

Fight Back This Cold & Flu Season: 3 ways chiropractic care can boost your immune system

The weather is getting colder and much to our dismay, the kids are bringing home more germs from school than usual. Cold and flu season is here.  And

January 26, 2022

Healthy Habits: Make THIS the year you reach your health goals!

Let’s get down to it! Cut to the chase and make.it.happen.   We can talk about our goals all day long. But to achieve them, we must take actio

December 20, 2021

An Abundant Health Gift Guide

‘Tis the Season! We have a fun, new addition to our website, channeled a little Oprah, and present “Our Favorite Things”!  I am really exci

September 8, 2021

I had to close my eyes…

I recently returned from a trip to Utah. A beautiful, restorative trip meant to reconnect my soul to source and my heart and mind to purpose.  Pure h

May 20, 2021

Great Workouts to Do at Home

Can I let you in on a secret? Exercise is my favorite hobby. It’s my mental refuge as well as my physical enhancer.  My ritual of gym-going at 5:30

October 28, 2020

4 Easy Ways to Exercise

Finding the time and motivation to exercise can be difficult. Exercise is Dr. Horn’s top tip for stress relief and strengthening the body. Here are

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Recognizing and Addressing Teen Burnout

As you know, being a parent is quite a journey filled with joy and challenges. Unfortunately, the stress, burnout, and exhaustion we experience as parents are not exclusive to us. In today’s fast-paced world, our teens and young adults are also wrestling with mental, emotional, and physical health issues. The demands of school, sports, social media, and various relationships can take a toll on our teens, making it crucial for parents to actively engage in supporting them.

If your teen is struggling in any way and you’re not sure how to help them, this is the blog for you.

 

Understanding the Perfect Storm

It’s important to recognize that the challenges your teen may be facing are not solely a result of their current stressors. Recent research suggests that our modern environment and lifestyle create a “Perfect Storm,” affecting neurological and physiological development from an early age. If your teen is struggling with health and neurological issues in their formative years, they may find it increasingly challenging to cope with stress as they enter adolescence.

 

Recognizing the Early Signs

Before burnout and exhaustion set in, your teen has experienced two distinct stages of stress and what we call subluxation: sympathetic fight or flight overload and Neurological Dysfunction. Identifying these stages early can help you to take proactive steps to support your teen.

 

The 5 Signs of Burnout + Exhaustion in Teens Today:

  • 1. Sleep, Gut, and Immune Health Challenges:
    • Addressing basic physiological functions is crucial to prevent constant wear and exhaustion, ensuring a healthy brain and autonomic nervous system regulation.
  • 2. Physical Pain, Posture, Headaches:
    • Recognizing signs of neurological exhaustion, such as poor posture and frequent injuries, can aid in early intervention.
  • 3. Irritability, Agitation, and Big Mood Swings:
    • Acknowledging the impact of exhaustion on teens’ emotional well-being is essential to understanding their struggles.
  • 4. Mental and Emotional Dysregulation:
    • Identifying impulsive behaviors and difficulty concentrating as signs of neurological exhaustion allows for targeted support.
  • 5. Poor Lifestyle Choices + Eating Habits:
    • Monitoring and guiding teens towards healthier choices can mitigate the impact of exhaustion on their overall well-being.

Taking Proactive Steps: How Parents Can Help Their Teens

There are 5 key steps parents can take to support their teens –

Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Adjustments

These are a specialized form of care that specifically targets the autonomic nervous system. These adjustments serve as a crucial initial step towards achieving better health by directly stimulating the nervous system. This approach recognizes the integral role the autonomic nervous system plays in regulating all bodily functions and seeks to optimize its functioning.

Prioritizing Healthy Sleep Patterns

Healthy sleep patterns have been emphasized as a key component in promoting the overall well-being of your child. The understanding here is that improved sleep can have a significant positive impact on their energy levels and contribute to better overall health. This highlights the importance of incorporating good sleep habits into your teen’s lifestyle as a fundamental aspect of maintaining and enhancing physical well-being. This is one of the biggest things we hear from our patients once they start care; their sleep greatly improves.

Understanding the Gut-Brain Connection

Understanding the connection between gut health and mental well-being and promoting a balanced diet is crucial.  Chiropractic adjustments help to activate the vagus nerve, which is sometimes called the rest and digest nerve, because of the crucial role it plays in those functions. Recognizing the relationship between the digestive system and mental health, the approach could also encourage your teen to adopt dietary practices that support both gut and immune health.

Empowerment, Engagement, and Health Education 

Actively engaging with your teen, understanding their interests, and providing education on the link between physical health and mental well-being are identified as powerful initial steps. This approach seeks to empower teens with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions about their health, fostering a sense of responsibility.

Seeking Additional Support from Health Professionals

As Neurologically-Focused Pediatric Chiropractors, we love to connect and collaborate with other health professionals. We encourage it, and it can end up being a very well-rounded strategy for your teen.

 

 

Addressing the Root Cause

While medication may be necessary in some extreme cases, addressing the root cause of your teens’ challenges involves understanding the neurological imbalances and dysfunctions contributing to burnout and exhaustion.

As parents, our role is pivotal in supporting our teens’ mental health. By recognizing the signs of burnout, taking meaningful actions, and collaborating with healthcare professionals, we can empower our teens to lead healthier, more balanced lives.

To dive deeper into supporting your teen’s mental health through Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care, explore PX Docs’ Clinical Process and cutting-edge technology like the INSiGHT Scans. These tools help detect and address neurological dysfunction at the core of teen burnout and exhaustion, ensuring a drug-free approach to their well-being.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us today at Abundant Health Chiropractic to schedule a consultation. We want to strive towards a future where teens are not only healthier but also equipped with the knowledge and support needed to navigate their well-being with confidence. We are here to support you every step of the way!  If you are not local to us, please check out the PX Docs directory to find a local office near you.

 

A Comprehensive Approach to Alleviating Fight or Flight Stress in Children

As parents and dedicated pediatric chiropractors at Abundant Health Chiropractic, we have witnessed the struggles that countless children face – battles against unresolved anxiety, poor sleep, low immunity, and inflammation, despite the tireless efforts of parents striving to support their child’s health. This struggle leaks into their behavior, marked by frequent meltdowns and an inability to self-calm or regulate. These persistent challenges may be indicative of a constant activated stress response causing struggles for their delicate nervous systems.

The alarming truth is that over 77% of today’s youth suffer from chronic health conditions, with neurological and mental health disorders standing out as the most prevalent. The latest clinical research points to dysfunctional nervous system patterns that serve as the main drivers when it comes to these conditions.

Specifically, when your child becomes stuck in “fight or flight” mode, the cascade of stress hormones disrupts vital processes like digestion, immunity, and development. The restorative parasympathetic “rest and digest” activation becomes suppressed, spiraling into a relentless cycle known as the “Perfect Storm.”

If your child is stuck in the “Perfect Storm” of symptoms, leaving you feeling helpless in your pursuit of solutions – rest assured this is a scenario that resonates with so many parents, and you must recognize that you are not alone. Understanding that these challenges are linked to the nervous system is pivotal in navigating the journey toward better health for your child.

 

How Kids Get Stuck in a Fight or Flight Stress Response:

Your child’s nervous system, like a switch, goes between active and relaxed modes. When there’s a short-term danger, it goes into “fight or flight” mode. But problems happen when the stress reaction stays for too long.

 

The Vagus Nerve’s Function

At the heart of nervous system regulation is the vagus nerve, controlling the activation of the body’s “rest, digest, and regulate” parasympathetic nervous system. This critical nerve regulates digestion, breathing, heart rate, and inflammation and is more tied to restoration. We also know that the vagus nerve is essential to social and emotional regulation, speech, and so much more. 

Impaired vagal tone traps your child in fight or flight, leading to a condition called dysautonomia. Dysautonomia (or out-of-balance autonomic nervous system) can then lead to a host of other chronic health challenges in kids.

 

What Getting Stuck in Fight or Flight Looks Like in Kids

Here are signs that your child may be stuck in fight or flight mode: 

  • Heightened baseline anxiety, worry, and panic responses
  • Frequent emotional meltdowns and outbursts
  • Disrupted sleep and nightmares
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Increased food sensitivities and allergies
  • New onset headaches or body aches
  • Overreaction to minor frustrations
  • Poor focus and concentration troubles
  • Frequent illnesses and decreased immunity
  • Persistent fatigue or hyperactivity

When your child’s nervous system gets overloaded and stuck, churning out stress chemicals, it turns into a range of symptoms that can disrupt health and development. Leading to: 

  • Anxiety and Mood Changes
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Challenges
  • Physical Hurdles (including): Headaches, body tension, abdominal pain, low energy, and immune weakness
  • Growth and Development Delays

How to Get Our Kids Out of Fight or Flight Long Term

Parents, you hold immense power in nurturing your child’s well-being at home. It’s always a great idea to engage daily in breathing exercises, helping with the relaxation response. You can try gentle movements like yoga to process cortisol. Ensure optimal nutrition to replenish drained reserves, and consider natural supplements for gentle inflammation modulation. Prioritize restorative sleep for holistic health.

However, time and again, we meet parents who have tried everything under the sun to help their child learn to calm, regulate, and balance their emotions and nervous system, but to no avail. 

In cases where the nervous system seems stuck in fight or flight, the crucial first step is neurologically focused Chiropractic Care

These adjustments target vagus nerve stimulation and release pent-up stress within the sympathetic nervous system, proving way more impactful than traditional methods.

As adjustments start to help restore better sleep patterns and enhance neurological health for your child, you can then introduce breathing exercises, calming activities, and nutritional programs. 

So, if your child is expressing symptoms tied to a stuck-on, fight-or-flight nervous system, and you’ve exhausted every avenue without success, consider addressing nervous system dysregulation and subluxation as the missing link. 

Please reach out to Abundant Health Chiropractic today. If you are not local to us, check out our PX Docs directory to find a local office near you. We want to help empower you to guide your child toward a healthier, more balanced life.

Empowering Parents: The Science Behind Alleviating Children’s Growing Pains

The journey of childhood is filled with daily challenges and adventures, and sometimes, there is a silent struggle that often goes unnoticed but causes considerable stress for kids and families alike – growing pains. Have you ever found yourself consoling your child through nights of throbbing discomfort in their little legs?

It’s a common experience for many parents, especially when their child hits a growth spurt. The impact goes beyond physical discomfort, affecting mood, energy, emotions, and behavior. You’re not alone – nearly half of all school-aged children face growing pains. While considered a “normal” part of childhood, these pains can significantly impact daily life. Pediatricians may dismiss them, attributing them to the natural course of growth. But what if there’s more to it? What if growing pains have neurological roots that Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care can address without the use of drugs?

This blog is for you parents who are seeking to empower yourselves with safe, drug-free solutions to ease your children’s growing pains once and for all. Let’s uncover the science behind why some kids experience growing pains more than others and how stress and tension within the nervous system play a pivotal role. 

 

The Correlation Between Growing Pains and Other Neurological Challenges

One surprising trend that resonates with many parents is the connection between children facing sensory challenges, Autism, ADHD, and growing pains. It’s not just physical discomfort but a cascade of “sensory, emotional, and behavioral” struggles. This trend reveals a common root cause – excessive stress and tension stuck in a child’s sympathetic fight-or-flight nervous system.

 

The Science Behind Growing Pains

Growing pains typically begin between the ages of 3-12 years old, persisting for years with varying intensity during rapid growth spurts. Pediatricians attribute these aches to the belief that the pace of growth surpasses the development of muscles and ligaments.

As bones elongate during growth spurts, tension accumulates in surrounding muscles, ligaments, and, crucially, sensory nerves. This process leads to joint and neurospinal misalignments known as subluxations. These misalignments cause irritation to nerves, triggering pain and sensory problems.

Subluxations result in neuromuscular irritation and tension, sending signals to the brain known as “nociception.” This cascade of signals causes the sensation of pain, dysfunction, and irritation. Importantly, this irritation isn’t limited to the physical realm; it can manifest emotionally and behaviorally as well.

The constant nervous system noise and tension arising from subluxations during periods of growth lead to distressing flare-ups termed “growing pains.” Children stuck in a perpetual fight or flight overdrive experience these pains more frequently and with greater severity.

 

How to Manage Growing Pains with Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care

Having discussed the impact of stress and tension on growing pains, it’s time for the good news – these issues can be addressed naturally and safely WITHOUT drugs. At Abundant Health Chiropractic we get right to the root cause using advanced neurological scans called INSiGHT Scans.  These scans can precisely identify areas of dysfunction within your child’s nervous system. This information guides gentle adjustments aimed at restoring balance and relieving tension.

The benefits extend beyond physical comfort for your child, including improved sleep. Chiropractic care can absolutely help your child sleep better, free from the discomfort of growing pains. Don’t wait for your child to outgrow them. Recognizing the importance of growing pains allows you to ensure your child can navigate this phase with resilience and optimal well-being.  If you are not local to us, check out the PX Docs directory to find a trained and ready PX Doctor near you!

Unlocking Torticollis: INSiGHT Scans and Chiropractic Care

As a parent, when you’re told your baby has something called torticollis, it can often leave you feeling helpless and unsure where to turn. As pediatric chiropractors specializing in infant care, we empathize with the challenges and uncertainties that come with a torticollis diagnosis. In this blog, we aim to empower parents with the knowledge and understanding they need to navigate this journey successfully.

 

Nathan’s Story

Let’s dive deep into the journey of Nathan, a resilient little guy whose early life was marked by the impact of torticollis. Traditional treatments fell short, leaving his mom, like many others, desperate for a solution. It was during a late-night research session that Nathan’s mom discovered the transformative effects of chiropractic care specifically designed for pediatric cases.

 

The Rise of Torticollis and Birth Trauma

In recent years, there has been a significant rise in birth interventions, leading to an alarming increase in torticollis cases. Unfortunately, traditional medical approaches often lag behind in understanding the root causes and effective treatments. Birth trauma, a major contributor to torticollis, results from interventions like forceps delivery, vacuum extraction, and C-sections, subjecting the baby’s delicate neck and head to undue strain. Try not to let your child’s challenges go unnoticed.

Unresolved torticollis in your child can also increase their risk of ear infections. Tight muscles in the upper neck region affect the Eustachian tube, leading to fluid buildup and bacterial growth. This connection extends to respiratory issues, including croup, chronic cough, and RSV, as torticollis limits your baby’s body’s ability to drain fluid and move secretions. 

Prioritizing your child’s torticollis care now is essential for a healthier, happier future.

 

Understanding Subluxation

At the heart of torticollis lies subluxation, a complex phenomenon with three primary components:

  • 1. Misalignment and abnormal positioning: Subluxation found within the neurospinal system.
  • 2. Fixation and reduced range of motion: Restriction in movement in the affected region.
  • 3. Neurological interference: Imbalance caused by altered proprioception and increased nociception, impacting communication to the brain.

In simpler terms, the more severe the torticollis, the more pronounced these subluxation patterns become, which can affect your child’s development, temperament, and overall well-being.

Why Pediatricians Might Miss Mild to Moderate Cases:

Pediatricians, while experienced at performing physical exams, may not possess the specialized training and experience required to detect subtle neuromuscular challenges such as torticollis. 

Even when diagnosed, the traditional path of referral to physical therapy and helmets often falls short, with reported discomfort and limited effectiveness in many cases. They can even aggravate the condition because it would leave your child in a sustained state of fight or flight tension, something known as dysautonomia. Put simply, these methods do not get all the way to the root cause.

 

The Neurologically-Focused Pediatric Chiropractic Approach

Parents are increasingly turning to Neurologically-Focused Pediatric Chiropractic for a more natural and effective approach – that gets right down to the root cause. Our three-step methodology involves:

  • 1. Locating subluxations: Utilizing advanced tools like INSiGHT Scans for a detailed examination.
  • 2. Safe neuro-tonal adjustments: Gently addressing tension/stress and correcting subluxations.
  • 3. Monitoring and collaboration: Encouraging parents to remain vigilant during growth spurts, teething, illnesses, and other stressors.

In fact, if you put Pediatric Chiropractic as the foundation and first choice for your child’s torticollis, it then makes all the physical therapy stretches and positioning work easier and far more effective. As PX Docs, we love to work in conjunction with your child’s therapy team for maximum results!

 

The Role of INSiGHT Scans:

INSiGHT Scans offer a deeper understanding of the neuromuscular system, allowing us to identify stress and dysfunction within your child’s nervous system that may be overlooked by traditional methods. This sophisticated technology aids in crafting precise and tailored care plans.

Results often become evident within a few visits, but each child’s journey is unique. Join us for a personalized care plan discussion during the Report of Findings visit to understand the duration and specifics of your child’s care plan.

One month into Nathan’s care plan, his digestive issues and eczema cleared up. In month two, his mom saw a huge difference. His mobility improved drastically, he started hitting milestones, and said goodbye to ear infections!

If your mom or dad’s “gut” is telling you there is more going on than your pediatrician or therapist can fully explain and address, then Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care is perfect for you. We specialize in diving deeper and doing a more thorough assessment than anyone else out there, making sure we get to the true root cause of your child’s torticollis. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out today to Abundant Health Chiropractic to schedule your initial consultation for INSiGHT Scans. As you navigate the path to healing for your child, remember you are not alone. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way. Together, let’s ensure your child experiences the joy of unhindered development and well-being as they grow. If you are not local to us, be sure to check out the PX Docs directory to find a local office near you!