Crater Chiropractic Newsletter
March 2008

Kids and Chiropractic
Dr. Pamela Stone

Many people wrongly assume that children and infants don’t need chiropractic care, however adjusting a child’s spine is one of the best things you can do for your child. Chiropractic adjustments to children are very gentle and effective.

Almost all adults' spinal problems begin in early childhood. By getting children under chiropractic care, you can likely avoid the problems that many adults face (which is the reason they seek chiropractic care in the first place!). Providing care for their spines as early as possible is important, and at Stone Family Chiropractic Center we feel you shouldn’t wait until children develop problems before trying to help them. Many adults suffer throughout their lifetime with problems that may have been avoided by seeking chiropractic care as children or teenagers.

Children grow at an incredible rate and they need to be free of any impediments to their proper development. As their bodies grow, so do any problems that are developing. Childhood is the time that simple, temporary problems become permanent. As the old saying goes, "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree." Do not allow your child to remain "bent."

Even the so-called “normal” birth experience can subject a newborn’s delicate spine to excessive pressure and stress, causing spinal nerve interference. This nerve interference (a vertebral subluxation) can affect the infant’s ability to express health to his/her fullest potential. Childhood is a very active time. Running, jumping, falls and accidents are all part of a normal childhood and yet they can cause spinal misalignments. Many parents believe the children are fine because there is no external evidence of injury or obvious symptom. However, resulting spinal injuries are often overlooked and many times are left uncorrected. These vertebral subluxations can block the natural flow of life across the nerves to any part of the body.

During delivery, typical long lever procedures by hand, forceps or vacuum extractor can exert tremendous stresses on a baby's delicate spinal structures. These types of procedures in delivery rooms can cause excess stress upon your newborn’s neck. Forces of 60-80 pounds of traction are considered normal in the delivery room. Medical researcher, Towbin, found that 80 pounds of force produced spinal cord hematoma and 120 pounds caused decapitation. At Stone Family Chiropractic Center, we encourage all our pregnant patients to seek as natural and healthy a delivery process as possible.

Early childhood is the next major hurdle that children go through. Kids have more falls, tumbles and strains in the first few years of life than in the rest of their entire lives. The National Safety Council reports in a study of 536 children that 50% had fallen head first from a high place in the first year of life. This can cause vertebral subluxations to their spine and most often go unnoticed. As the child grows up, they play sports, fall off bikes, fall off beds, etc., going through a typical, normal childhood. These minor disturbances to their spines add up slowly over time to cause problems, either as a child or adult. Remember this nerve interference (a vertebral subluxation) can affect the infant’s ability to express health to his/her fullest potential. The unique qualification of Chiropractors is the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations. See the Vertebral Subluxation link on our home page for more information.

Pregnant moms:
Studies show that women are able to carry and deliver their babies with more comfort when receiving chiropractic care. These adjustments are specifically tailored to the pregnant woman. Correcting vertebral subluxation ensures that both the expectant mother and her unborn child have the best opportunity to have a healthy pregnancy and birth. We believe strongly in the benefits of chiropractic care to the mother and unborn child.

If your baby has not moved into the vertex position (head down) after your 7th month, come visit us today. Dr. Stone is certified in The Webster Technique, a very specific chiropractic adjustment for expectant women who have their unborn child in the breech position (intrauterine constraint). The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system, balances out pelvic muscles and ligaments which in turn removes constraint to the woman’s uterus and allows the baby to get in the best position for birth. Many times, this avoids a C-section birth.

Welcome to the Crater Chiropractic Newsletter. Each month we strive to offer a top of the line educational resource. We believe in empowering our patients with healthcare information and choices.

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Our clinic offers complete chiropractic to the entire family from infancy on up.

About Our Practice
Dr Ross has a family practice located in beautiful upcountry Maui. He is committed to the community he serves. His focus is on long term health care and considers primary care to be the focus of his practice. The attitude of the clinic is to serve the whole patient including lifestyle modification. Dr Ross is a low force practitioner who uses his skills to free up the energetic and neurologic blockages within the human body. He has developed many of his own techniques and teaches his work world wide. He has been serving the community of Maui for fifteen years. Dr Ross welcomes all new patients and looks forward to serving those in the future.

Crater Chiropractic  123 Kauhikoa Road Haiku, HI 96768 808-572-5160
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