Chiropractic & Children
Many chiropractors are able to treat children, however an Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical chiropractic adjustment is one of the safest methods to treat pregnant women and children. The treatments are gentle and painless. They are non-manipulative, very precise and extremely effective. In fact – pregnant women and children alike, love the Advanced Chiropractic treaments, over the usual medical tests, shots, and medications or over standard chiropractic.
Is it safe?
Dr. Racine feels there is a growing need for primary health care providers who use natural methods which are safe, effective, and without side effects, especially for developing children. Also – in pregnancy, the last thing you want to introduce to a developing baby – are drugs and chemicals with harmful side effects! Many parents turn to all-natural chiropractic care for their children, especially after trying conventional medicine methods without seeing any results.
Many parents are bringing in their children soon after birth to have their atlas (C1) & spines checked; many times, even if these babies are not sick! But, these parents realize that the birth process itself places stress on the developing spine. The birth delivery process can misalign & subluxate the baby's neck bones as the baby's head & neck gets pulled, yanked, and tugged onto... during delivery.
Many parents don't want to wait until symptoms develop and there is a problem! It is a means of preventative health care... and not reactive sickness-care. If the bones in the neck (esp. the top bone (atlas) that surrounds the brainstem) get out of proper alignment - it can lead to neurological insult on the baby's nervous system.
Sometimes this creates 'symptoms' right away. Unfortunately - baby's can't tell us there is a problem... and subluxations (nerve interference) can go undetected for years.
Tired of the same old?!
Parents, tiring of the antibiotic merry-go-round often seek out chiropractic pediatric care that is natural & holistic. Antibiotics are usually prescribed by medical pediatricians for ear infections, strep throat, etc. The problem is this: antibiotics are over-prescribed and medical research proves that antibiotics are typically useless for these conditions. At the very least - they do not get to the root cause of the problem, and cycles of infections repeat themselves too often.
If the symptoms do resolve with antibiotics, but weeks later the child once again has ear pain or throat pain and a second, third, or fourth round of antibiotics are prescribed. Often antibiotics are prescribed prophylactically (there are no symptoms, but the antibiotic is give, "just in case")! Then come ear tubes or a tonsillectomy after the antibiotics ultimately fail.
With Advanced Chiropractic - many children get well quickly and without pain. And more often then not, the children actually stay well!
The antibiotics upset the natural flora (good bacteria) in the intestines, and yeast is allowed to overgrow, which can lead to causing allergies as well as decreased immunity over time. Children on antibiotics become sicker and more prone to developing diseases down the line – because of decreased immune system function. Medical research proves that antibiotics typically do not aid the healing process in ear and throat infections - and in some cases can actually slow down healing time. What medical research also shows - is that long term overuse of antibiotics will weaken the child's natural immune system... which can lead to serious degenerative diseases later in life.
Think about it - medications too often simply 'cover up' symptoms without looking to the root cause of problems. Sure, there is need for medications in the world... but natural Chiropractic 1st, then if needed – Drugs 2nd, and lastly – Surgery.
With chiropractic, esp. the Advacanced Chiropractic we utilize at the Racine Chiropractic Center... our success rate with ear infections & throat infections - are about 90% successful!
That's huge! No harmful side effects. It is so gentle, the treatment is barely felt by the baby. Babies and kids love this type of specialty chiropractic. And it actually gets to the root cause of these problems by allowing the nerves & immune system to work optimally. Let the body heal itself - without interferrence.
Ear infections & throat infections are the top 'reasons' for bringing kids to the pediatrician. Since Dr. Racine has a 90% success rate in helping these conditions safely & naturally, it only makes sense to have children get under this care.
Drug free healing, nautrally
Instead of using drugs, Dr. Racine works with children's bodies and nervous systems to help strengthen their immune systems and heal. Dr. Racine is educated in the common ills of children and knows how to use precise, gentle chiropractic adjustments, and sometimes nutrition to help regain homeostasis - that fine line between well-being and dis-ease.
Vaccines - the autism connection
Many of the world's top medical researchers on vaccines, agree that there is a link between childhood immunization and autism. In the U.S. - many vaccines are made with many preservatives & additives such as the heavy metals like mercury & lead to aid in year's of shelf life.
Many experts state that 80-90% of the world's autism can be directly attributed to immunizations.
A child's immune system does not fully develop until ~1 year old (and that's IF the child is breast fed!). Children on formula do not develop their immune system as quickly as should be - and formula fed babies are proven through research & clinical studies to be less healthier than breast fed babies.
But if we follow the theory of immunizations as given by your medical doctors, it goes like this:
Vaccines introduce an 'agent' (bacterial or viral typically) into the body, so that the body's natural immune system can produce a response and antibodies to that invading agent.
If we follow this logic - than no child under the age of 12 months should ever be given a vaccine! And certainly not formula fed babies (which can often take 18 months or more to develop a full immune system).
Think about it: the vaccine supposedly 'stimulates' a response from the child's very onw immune system. But if there's no immune system to stimulate in the first place... this immunization proposal falls on its face!
Wellness preventative care
Dr. Racine is a big advocate of preventative chiropractic care. You don¹t wait until you child¹s teeth are rotting before you take them in to the dentist, do you? So why should you wait until your child has a spinal curvature, earache, asthma, allergies, or other health problems before you take them in for a chiropractic check up? Prevention is the key!
Chiropractic treatments of children is easy – because unlike adults who have many years of compounded stresses and health problems... children respond quickly and easily to Upper Cervical Specific care.
The nervous system controls all
Because the nervous system controls and coordinates every function in the body, Advanced Chiropractic care starting at birth absolutely helps children to grow up healthier and happier! Even "normal" births can cause trauma to the spine, especially the neck and cranium of the newborn. Even without any harmful intent from the OB-GYN, if the baby's head and neck are used as levers to pull the baby out of the birth canal – this can cause stress to the head and neck. It can cause Subluxations (nerve interference). When forceps, vacuum extraction, or cesarean section are used, the chances for trauma increases because the 'pulling' of the baby's head & neck are more severe.
Research study on 1250 babies
A medical research study done in Germany, took 1,250 five day old babies. Out of the 1,250 five day old babies, over 1,000 of the babies already had subluxation misalignments to their upper neck (the atlas).
In the same study, 211 of the babies had colic, sleeplessness, and restlessness.
When the 211 babies were 'adjusted' (the top bone in their spine gently restored back to its proper alignment), it took the pressure off the brainstem therefore improving nerve functions. All of the 211 babies stopped crying and fell asleep!
While this research study is astounding - we see this all the time at our office.
Parents bring babies - whether there are symptoms or not. We check their spine and atlas (C1). If their is a misalignment, we gently place it back where it belongs with specific and gentle adjustments. These babies do well and absolutely shows signs of more health & happiness, versus babies who do not get checked or adjusted.
Spine & Growth
Your baby¹s spine will grow 50% in that first year (that¹s like a 6 footer growing to 9 feet tall), making it very susceptible to misalignments or injury. Your child's spine must also develop curves in the neck and low back during that first year in order to continue growing properly in childhood. After that first year, the child's activity level increases, subjecting the spine to repeated physical trauma. Look at a child who's learning how to walk. Can you imagine falling on YOUR butt so many times a day? And have you seen older children playing on the playground? Those repeated "minor" bumps, falls, accidents - can all cause vertebrae to misalign and affect spinal & nerve health. It may eventually lead to subluxations (nerve intereferrence) – if left unchecked and untreated.
Now, with this bit of advice and knowledge – if you are an adult, and are now wishing that your parents had at least brought you in for an Advanced Chiropractic check up and exam when you were a child... do your children a healthy favor and get them checked. An exam on a child is quick & easy. Inexpensive. And you will have peace of mind - you will know if your child has vertebral subluxations which affects your kid's spinal & nerve health.
Reaching their full human potential
We all have high hopes and dreams for our children. Each child is special in their own way. All natural Advanced Chiropractic can help YOUR child reach their full human potential, whatever that may be. This includes those children with special needs, such as those Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADD, and others who are physically or mentally challenged. Advanced Chiropractic releases the healing intelligence within the body for full expression of life. This helps them grow up healthy - in mind, body, and spirit! The amount of research and testimonials for chiropractic care helping children with such problems, are numerous, extensive and commonplace.
Indications that your NEWBORN or INFANT BABY needs gentle chiropractic care are:
- Inconsolable or excess crying
- Head consistently turned or bent to one side (torticollis)
- Assymetric use of their limbs (palsies)
- Latching on problems or poor sucking during breastfeeding
- Sleeping Problems & restlessness
- Excessive spitting up
- Gas or Colic
- Skin rashes & Eczema
- General unhappiness of the baby
Indications that your OLDER CHILD may benefit from chiropractic include:
- Ear Infections
- Learning disorders, attention deficit, and hyperactivity
- Excessive Colds, Flu, & Fevers
- Coughs, Bronchitis & other Respiratory ills
- Asthma and allergies
- Eczema & other Skin Rashes
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Aches and Growing pains in joints or spine
- Sports injuries
- and more...
Dr. Racine believes that expression of health is one of the greatest gifts of all.
All that he asks of parents, is to be open to the possibilities of natural healing that are available to help keep their children healthy and happy. Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical chiropractic care is gentle and painless – and much safer then needless drugs and chemicals with all their side effects.
Sound advice is to know and question any treatment rendered to your children. Do not be afraid to ask questions of your Chiropractor, Pediatrician, OB-GYN, etc.
Too often, we have parents that will say: "I wish i would have known about this chiropractic specialty sooner... it would have saved us alot of heartache!".
Chantale Mumma (Dr. Racine's sister in Pensacola) was once thrown out of her Pediatrician's office... for asking knowledgeable questions in regards to the safety and need of Vaccines!! There is NO need for such a doctor in your child's health regimen! Obviously, this doctor probably felt threatened – and probably did not know the answers, so to save his EGO... he asked her to leave.
There is too much information out there regarding such subjects as the safety of Vaccines, Antibiotics, Medications,etc. Please be an informed consumer – and treat your children's health as the valuable commodity that it is.
This website is dedicated to this very cause – to better help inform every day people about TRUTHS. The purpose of this website was to better educate the public in regards to the fact that there IS in fact an alternative to all of the drugs, the shots, the ear tubes, etc.
Please feel free to navigate this site as much as needed.
If you have questions or concerns - you are welcome to email us, or make an appointment for a free 15 minute consultation to discuss these questions or concerns.