The next step is to ensure your child’s spine is inline.
The Relationship between Brain and Body
Your brain and nervous system coordinates ever activity generated in your body. They regulate all the other organ systems of your body. This includes your: Cardiovascular (heart), Respiratory (lungs/ breathing), Gastro-intestinal (digestion),Uro-genital (bladder and bowels),Neuro-endocrine and immune (hormones),Musculo-skeletal and Vestibular (balance) systems.
Your nervous system also governs thoughts and proper functioning of your nervous system is essential in order for you to be able to concentrate, sleep well and respond appropriately to your environment.
Your complex nervous system consists of your brain and spinal cord, the peripheral nerves, and the autonomic nervous system. Your brain and nervous system are delicate structures which are protected by the skull and spine.
Your spine consists of 24 moveable bones (vertebrae). Nerve pathways enter and leave the spinal cord between the vertebrae, as they travel to and from the brain carrying essential messages. Alteration in spinal movement (from trauma, stress or toxins) can interfere with these messages, if the messages travelling to the brain are distorted then the ability of the brain to control the body is compromised.
Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, drug free primary health care in the Western world. Chiropractors are highly trained health professionals who assess the spine for any areas of imbalance, nerve irritation or dysfunction and altered joint function. Your child will be checked by our chiropractor who has a Master of Science degree in paediatrics. Your child’s posture, movements and reflexes will be checked to determine whether they are age appropriate and balanced. Children usually enjoy this assessment as they get to hop, walk, draw and ‘play’.
After the thorough initial assessment (consultation, physical examination and qEEG) and careful consideration of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, you will be given a report with recommendations for care. Of course it is always your decision what type of care your child receives.
If your child’s spine and nervous system are not working well we use a variety of gentle, safe techniques to help their body’s restore normal function. This is an essential foundation to healthy brain function.
* For readers who are more medically orientated, altered spinal mechanics affects afferent feedback to the brain. This alters cerebellar and cortical development which in turn alters descending tone and control. This increases the likelihood of further alteration to the biomechanics and poor function.