ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Gene Explains How High-Fructose Diets Lead to Insulin Resistance
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
EYE CARE, VISION
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Parents Influence Sex Decisions, Hispanic Teens Say
Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
Coffee Cuts Liver Scarring in Hepatitis C
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors have been caring for children for over 100 years. More and more parents are seeking out chiropractic care not only for themselves, but for their children as well. How does chiropractic work and why do kids need to be adjusted? Children need a chiropractor for the same reason adults do. We all have a nervous system consisting of our brain and spinal cord that controls and coordinates all of the cells, tissues and organs of our body, according to Grey's Anatomy. In fact, our nervous system is so important to our function as human beings, it is the only system of the body that is totally encased in bone. Fortunately for us, the bones of the spine are formed to allow movement. Clear communication between the brain, spinal cord, and the rest of the body is vital for us to express full health. Unfortunately for us, those moveable bones of the spine can misalign and put pressure in our nervous system which may cause the signals to be interfered with. When this happens the inborn, self-healing mechanism of the body cannot function as it should. This results in a decrease in the quality of life, and dis-ease in the body.

The truth is that chiropractic has very little to do with back pain or neck pain. The only reason we deal with the spine is because it houses the vital nervous system. A chiropractor will re-align the spine to allow normal communication to be restored to the body. When our bodies are not interfered with they can function normally and express full health.

You may be wondering how a child's spine may become misaligned in the first place. Children experience many things that contribute to misalignments, or subluxations, in their little bodies. The first major spinal trauma may occur with the birth process itself. Even the most natural of births puts stress on baby’s tiny neck and spine. Immediate health problems may result, or problems may lie dormant, only to show up many years later as chronic health concerns. Chiropractic is very gentle and safe for infants and babies and allows them to express their full health potential.

As all parents know, children are extremely active and energetic. Their activities allow plenty of opportunities for spinal injuries, or subluxations to occur. How many times does a baby who is learning to walk fall on their bottom? These subluxations, if left uncorrected, may interfere with the child’s natural, normal development, immunity, strength and overall health. As they grow into teens, hormonal changes will occur, which are regulated by the central nervous system. Keeping this system free from interference will be essential in avoiding chemical imbalances and the rise of health issues now, and in the future.

The bottom line is that it is never too soon to get your child checked. It is never too late either! Chiropractic adjustments are painless and extremely effective for children of any age, as well as adults. In fact, most children love getting adjusted and look forward to their visit. Chiropractic care for children is vital to their health and is an absolute necessity to their development and future potential in every area of life.

-Dr. Christina Petersen (DC)