ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
CANCER
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
CAREGIVING
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
Coffee or Tea Consumption May Lower Stroke Risk
Mediterranean Diet Helps Protect Aging Brain
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
EYE CARE, VISION
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
FITNESS
Football Can Shrink Players
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Hand-Washing Habits Still Need Improvement: Survey Says
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
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)