ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
Alcohol Abuse Can Damage Bones
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
CANCER
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
CAREGIVING
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Chemical in Plastics May Cause Fertility Problems
Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare
EYE CARE, VISION
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
FITNESS
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Be Healthy, Spend Less
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
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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)