5 Must-Haves for Choosing the Right Chiropractor

If you are a parent who is part of our community, whether on socials, the website or have physically been in our practice, you’ve undoubtedly witnessed the heartwarming sight of numerous children running through our office. However, what truly distinguishes us as a pediatric-focused chiropractic office extends far beyond the array of toys, snacks, and upbeat atmosphere we intentionally cultivate (even though we love it all!).

In this blog, we want to dive in and explain to you the five fundamental elements that set us apart from traditional chiropractic offices. This knowledge will not only equip you with the insights needed to make informed decisions regarding your child’s health but also position you as a guiding force for friends and family seeking similar care.

The 5 Must-Haves in a Pediatric Chiropractor

1. Advanced Pediatric Education + Training

We understand that education is just one part of being truly knowledgeable, especially when it comes to caring for your child. That’s why we are wholeheartedly dedicated to going above and beyond by seeking additional and advanced training, an absolute must when it comes to handling pediatric cases.

Our team puts in a minimum of 80-100 hours in ongoing training, ensuring that we are always up-to-date with the latest advancements in pediatric chiropractic care. We believe that continuous involvement in advanced training is essential for delivering the best care to your little ones.

A skilled Pediatric Chiropractor that you want on your care team is someone who is constantly learning, improving their skills, and striving for better clinical outcomes. We not only meet these criteria but go the extra mile by investing in monthly training sessions. We are actively part of a network facilitated by PXDocs, which includes hundreds of pediatric chiropractors. This network provides us with the most advanced and specialized training in Pediatric and Family Care within our profession. We are committed to staying at the forefront of pediatric chiropractic advances for your child’s benefit.

2. High Level of Clinical Experience

At our practice, we also want to assure you that it’s not just about the number of years we’ve been around – it’s about the quality of experience we bring to the table. Our Pediatric Chiropractors have gone through rigorous training and specialized programs, focusing on addressing the unique challenges your child and other children often face.

We believe that the proficiency of a Pediatric Chiropractor isn’t solely determined by age. Some of the most accomplished Pediatric and Family Chiropractic practitioners are relatively young. What sets us apart is our commitment to concentrated training and hands-on experiences in high-level pediatric programs and offices.

At our practice, pediatric care is a priority, dedicating a significant percentage of focus to children. This includes handling complex neurological cases such as Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Seizures, Sensory Processing Disorder, and more. This deliberate focus allows us to excel in providing specialized care for your child.

3. Incorporates Advanced Neurological Examinations

Is your pediatric chiropractor using INSiGHT scanning technology, or are they relying solely on basic exams like posture and palpitation? What sets us apart is our utilization of cutting-edge INSiGHT scanning technology. Going beyond standard exams, we delve into the intricate functions of the central and autonomic nervous systems. The NueroThermal, EMG, and HRV scans included in this technology provide invaluable insights that contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of your child’s health. This approach provides a comprehensive baseline for creating personalized care plans and allows for continuous progress evaluation.

If you’ve experienced a lack of continued progress assessments with other chiropractors, it’s important to consider the incorporation of scanning technology. If your child’s adjustments seem repetitive and identical every time, it’s likely because your chiropractor is not utilizing scanning technology. Your child deserves the best, and we’re dedicated to providing the highest level of care through innovative and effective methods.

4. Utilizes a Multitude of Adjusting Techniques

We understand that every child is unique, and, as parents, you always want the best for your little ones. That’s why our team has dedicated time and expertise to master all available chiropractic techniques. Our focus is on choosing the right techniques tailored to the specific needs of your child rather than relying on personal preference.

While delving into the details of chiropractic methodology may seem complex, the core concept is simple – each case is unique. In pediatric chiropractic care, factors like birth trauma, exposure to toxins, illnesses, and emotional stress contribute to an individualized case history for every child. We carefully consider these diverse factors. Failing to do so and not customizing the adjusting technique and approach to each child’s specific needs may hinder positive clinical outcomes.

Instead of sticking to personal preferences, our team follows a singular guiding principle – figuring out exactly what your child needs for the best possible care.

5. Recommends a Customized Care Plan

When we are caring for your child, how often and for how long we tailor their care plan is crucial. Our care plans are backed by science to ensure your child gets the right adjustments at the perfect times, promoting positive, lasting neurological changes.

Unlike some general family chiropractors who offer generic or sporadic care plans, these might not be effective in making neurological improvements in stressed and subluxated children. What really matters is a personalized approach – care plans that are driven by data and shaped by experience. That’s what your child needs for best results.

Closing Thoughts and Next Steps

If you’re feeling unsure about what to do, know that we’re here to support you. Our team consists of parents who get your worries, and they’re ready to talk about how chiropractic care has made a positive difference for their families. We want to share our experiences and have open conversations with you.

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Everything You Need to Know About Croup, Cough, and Kicking It to the Curb!

As parents, we understand that your child’s health and well-being are your top priorities. We know how challenging it can be to watch your little one struggle with croup, especially those sleepless nights filled with worry when they start coughing and experiencing difficulty breathing. It’s heartbreaking and scary, especially when you’re not quite sure what to do to help them. That’s why we want to empower you with the knowledge and strategies you need to confidently navigate croup episodes and provide the best care for your child.

Imagine being able to soothe your child’s croup symptoms, ease their discomfort, and make those stressful nights a thing of the past – all while minimizing the use of medications. In this blog, we’ll share valuable insights, expert tips, and natural remedies that can help your child handle a bout of croup and, even more importantly, prevent and avoid them altogether in the future.

Understanding Croup

What is Croup?

Croup is an infection of the upper airway that primarily affects young children, especially those between 6 months to 3 years old. It’s characterized by distinctive symptoms such as a barking cough, hoarse voice, and labored breathing, which tends to worsen at night.

Medical professionals diagnose croup by observing a child’s breathing, listening with a stethoscope, and may use diagnostic tools like neck or chest X-rays and pulse oximetry to check oxygen levels. Traditional treatment involves corticosteroids, which can reduce inflammation and swelling in the larynx and respiratory system. While these medications can be life-saving, they come with serious short-term and long-term side effects for your child.

Causes of Croup

Addressing common misconceptions about croup is essential to understand that it’s not solely due to exposure to germs but is related to your child’s ability to handle those germs.  Factors like birth trauma, feeding difficulties, sleep challenges, and subluxation can weaken your child’s immune system and make them more susceptible to croup. We’ll delve into how these factors play a role in what we call the “Perfect Storm.”

Chiropractic and How to Care For Croup

Some essential home care strategies include the importance of keeping your child calm and comforted, ensuring they stay hydrated, using humidifiers, and alternating between warm and cold air to ease symptoms.

Chiropractic care does not aim to treat or cure croup but rather to support your child’s natural defenses and improve the function of the neuro-immune system. 

Subluxation can disrupt the communication between the brain and the immune system. This miscommunication can weaken your child’s ability to fight off infections, making your child more susceptible to conditions like croup. Chiropractic adjustments aim to restore proper communication and enhance the body’s natural defenses.

The benefits of chiropractic adjustments during bouts of croup are improved drainage, better sleep, shorter illness duration, and reduced medication use. By focusing on your child’s nervous system, chiropractic care helps ensure that their body’s innate healing mechanisms are functioning optimally.

At {INSERT PRACTICE NAME}, our hope is that you can take these natural solutions and deploy them to help your little one breathe better, recover faster, and build a stronger immune system so that they experience fewer bouts of croup, cough, and illness down the road!  If you are not local to us, check out our directory to find a PX Doc near you. Together, we can help them thrive.

A Comprehensive Guide to Nurturing Your Infant’s Development

The journey of parenthood is both beautiful and challenging. As a new parent, you might find yourself asking, “What are the keys to ensuring my infant’s health and development?” In a world brimming with conflicting opinions, navigating the intricate path of understanding what constitutes genuine and healthy development for your little one is often daunting.

That is why we aim to bring you clarity and unwavering confidence. In this blog, we will delve into the four fundamental developmental tasks that infants aged 4 months and under must master. These tasks serve as the very bedrock of your infant’s health, growth, and development. Every smile, every milestone achieved, and even the occasional struggle can be traced back to these pivotal elements of development. So, if your baby is struggling with colic, constipation, reflux, sleep issues, or developmental delays, read on to equip yourself with the knowledge to support your child’s well-being.

The Science Behind Infant Development

In the initial few months of life, infants undergo remarkable transformations. However, encountering issues such as colic, constipation, or reflux can lead to countless sleepless nights, which may make you wonder if your struggles are normal or if others are facing the same challenges. While each infant is unique, has good days and bad days, and develops at their own pace, understanding the typical small behaviors and milestones can give parents the confidence they need to get help for their babies or the confidence to stay the course.

The four cornerstones of infant development are: Eat, Sleep, Poop, and Motor Function.

These are the pillars upon which your baby’s well-being rests, and mastering them can make all the difference. Below is what each cornerstone should look like for your infant.

1. Eat (Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding)

  • A comfortable and easy latch during feeding
  • A strong suck that doesn’t involve biting or excessive air intake
  • Controlled and effortless swallowing, adjusting speed as needed
  • Minimal or comfortable post-feeding spitting up

2. Sleep

  • The ability to self-soothe and sleep soundly
  • Comfort in multiple sleeping positions
  • The development of a sleep-wake cycle after a few weeks
  • The ability to sleep in longer stretches of 2-3+ hours at a time

3. Poop

  • Efficient food digestion
  • Minimal gas or grunting during sleep
  • Regular and frequent bowel movements (the frequency varies but should be multiple times a day during the first 2-3 months)
  • Minimal strain or discomfort during bowel movements

4. Motor/Foundation Movements

  • Steady head and neck control without external support
  • Tracking objects with visual attention
  • Responding with smiles upon hearing your voice
  • Engaging with hands, including opening and closing them
  • Bringing hands to the mouth
  • Comfort and willingness to participate in tummy time and interact with toys and people (typically around 3-4 months)

In contrast, if your baby encounters challenges in any of these areas, you may notice:

  • Frequent stiffening, arching, head and neck discomfort, and excessive crying
  • Difficulty maintaining head elevation during tummy time
  • Premature attempts to stand with a stiff and tense posture
  • Persistent problems related to sleep, digestion (commonly constipation), and immune function
  • Excessive crying, distress, reduced eye contact, diminished smiles, interaction, and babbling

Birth Trauma and Its Consequences

When we dive into the underlying root cause behind why your infant might be struggling, a recurring factor we consistently see as a significant contributor to difficulties eating, sleeping, pooping, or movement is birth trauma. This trauma can impact vital brainstem and cerebellum regions, profoundly affecting their essential roles in facilitating these fundamental tasks.

Factors such as the baby’s position during pregnancy, the duration of the birth process, or medical interventions like c-sections, vacuum extraction, or forceps delivery can exert physical tension on the delicate tissues of the brainstem and upper neck. These regions play a pivotal role in regulating the autonomic nervous system, coordinating motor function, supporting immune health, and facilitating digestion.

In essence, if your newborn experienced stress during pregnancy or delivery, it could affect their ability to eat, sleep, poop, and move comfortably.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

As Neurologically-Focused Pediatric Chiropractors at 745 Community Dr D, North Liberty, we possess the expertise in helping infants who have endured birth trauma and may be experiencing struggles related to eating, sleeping, pooping, or movement.

If your baby exhibits signs of colic, reflux, constipation, or difficulty sleeping or eating, these are all indicators that your infant’s nervous system is involved. By optimizing your baby’s nervous system function and supporting development, our neuro-tonal chiropractic adjustments can be instrumental in fostering a healthy and thriving baby.

Don’t be disheartened by the notion they will “grow out of it.” We are here to offer support for your baby now! If you are not local to 745 Community Dr D, North Liberty, please check out the PX Docs directory to find a doc local to you. As PX Docs, our goal is to help your baby grow up with a solid foundation to be resilient, healthy, and thriving!

Nervous System Dysregulation

Unraveling The Mysteries Of Nervous System Dysregulation

The Nervous System And Its Significance

The human body is a marvel of complexity, with each system playing a crucial role in maintaining overall health, functionality, and performance. At the core of this intricate web lies the nervous system, an absolutely incredible network responsible for transmitting signals between different parts of the body, allowing for coordinated movement, sensory perception, and advanced cognitive processes.

The nervous system’s significance cannot be overstated, as it is essentially the body’s communication superhighway, enabling us to interact with our environment (both internal and external) and respond to various stimuli.

In this article, we will dive deep into the realm of nervous system dysregulation, a condition that disrupts the delicate balance and harmonious functioning of this vital system. We will explore the various facets of this condition, from its definition and underlying causes to its symptoms, associated disorders, treatment and care strategies, and the importance of early detection.

Understanding Nervous System Dysregulation

Definition And Basic Concepts

Nervous system dysregulation refers to a malfunction or imbalance within the nervous system, which affects its normal functioning and capacity to regulate responses to stimuli. This can manifest in various ways, ranging from physiological to emotional and cognitive disturbances.

When we break it down to everyday life, this means that nervous system dysregulation is often the overlooked and underlying factor as to why so many adults and kids alike are sensitive to even mild or moderate stressors, triggering everything from neck pain and headaches (physical), to sleep disorders and gut issues (physiological), and even behavioral and emotional challenges (cognitive).

In essence, when the nervous system is dysregulated, it struggles to maintain or return to a state of equilibrium or homeostasis after responding to external or internal stimuli. Such dysregulation can result from a variety of factors, including birth trauma, physical injuries, chronic stress, toxins, or long-standing inflammation. Symptoms can vary widely and may include sensory challenges, sleep disturbances, mood disorders, chronic pain, gut and immune dysfunctions, and so much more.

The Difference Between Dysregulation And Disease

It’s important to note that nervous system dysregulation is distinct from a full-fledged disease. While a disease typically involves a clear pathological process with recognizable symptoms and established medical criteria, dysregulation involves a disruption of normal functioning without necessarily reaching the level of a diagnosable disease. However, untreated dysregulation can potentially lead to the development of more serious disorders over time.

The early trigger and progressive onset of nervous system dysregulation is the foundation of our “Perfect Storm” theory and concepts, starting with things like a high-stress pregnancy, birth interventions and trauma, and so forth. We will break this down further in the next section and, introduce important and related elements such as subluxation and dysautonomia, and discuss their role in creating a dysregulated nervous system in both kids and adults.

The Underlying Causes

Preconception And Prenatal Distress

Since the brain and nervous system are the very first things to form upon conception and during the embryonic stage of development, research continues to show us that mothers and families who experience high levels of stress and trauma during this crucial period of development are at a higher risk of seeing their offspring develop nervous system dysregulation and neurological disorders as well. If you’re currently pregnant or know someone who is, learn more about how to help better regulate your nervous system and adapt to stress here.

Impact Of Birth Trauma And Injuries

The journey of nervous system dysregulation can not only begin even before birth, as mentioned above, but birth itself can be quite traumatic for the infant’s nervous system. Traumatic birth experiences or injuries during labor and delivery can set the stage for dysregulation to develop later in life. These early traumas can create imbalances within the nervous system that persist and potentially contribute to a range of neurodevelopmental challenges later in life.

Environmental Triggers And Stressors

Our modern lifestyle is rife with stressors that can impact the delicate balance of the nervous system. Chronic stress, exposure to environmental toxins, and the demands of our fast-paced lives can all contribute to nervous system dysregulation. The body’s response to stress, often referred to as the “fight or flight” response, is a natural survival mechanism. However, chronic activation of this response can lead to dysregulation, affecting various bodily systems.

Other Contributing Factors: Lifestyle And Habits

Lifestyle choices play a significant role in the health of the nervous system. Poor dietary habits, lack of physical activity, inadequate sleep, and substance abuse can all contribute to dysregulation. Additionally, the growing reliance on technology and prolonged screen time can impact the nervous system’s ability to regulate itself effectively.

Major Types Of Nervous System Dysregulation

There are different types of nervous system dysregulation, each affecting different aspects of the nervous system’s functionality:

  • Central Nervous System Dysregulation: This type involves imbalances within the brain and spinal cord, affecting cognitive processes, emotions, and sensory perception.
  • Peripheral Nervous System Dysregulation: Peripheral nerves connect the central nervous system to the rest of the body. Dysregulation in this area can lead to pain, tingling, and numbness in various body parts.
  • Autonomic Nervous System Dysregulation: The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary bodily functions like heart rate, digestion, immune function, breathing, and so much more. This form of dysregulation leads to a neurological condition known as dysautonomia, which can have a large array of symptoms and related health challenges.

Recognizing The Symptoms

Physical Manifestations

The physical symptoms of nervous system dysregulation can be wide-ranging. These may include chronic pain, muscle tension, headaches, digestive problems, and a weakened immune system. Individuals with dysregulation might experience persistent discomfort without clear medical explanations.

Cognitive And Emotional Signs

Cognitive and emotional manifestations can be equally challenging. Memory problems, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, and heightened sensitivity to stimuli are common. Anxiety, depression, and irritability may also emerge as the nervous system struggles to regulate emotions effectively.

Behavioral Changes

Nervous system dysregulation can influence behavior as well. Individuals might exhibit changes in sleep patterns, appetite, and stress-coping mechanisms. Some may withdraw from social interactions due to heightened sensitivity to sensory stimuli.

The Link Between Dysregulation And Other Disorders

Sensory And Autism Spectrum Disorders

Perhaps the most clear and obvious example of nervous system dysregulation in kids can be found in two conditions that, unfortunately, are exploding in this current generation: sensory processing disorder and autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, there is a strong link between a dysregulated nervous system and other common conditions such as ADHD and anxiety, as well as less commonly known conditions like POTS Syndrome and PANDAS.

Anxiety And Mood Disorders

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), anxiety disorders affect around 264 million people globally. Nervous system dysregulation can contribute to the development or exacerbation of anxiety disorders. The brain’s heightened state of alertness and the body’s overactive sympathetic stress response are potential contributors to this link.

Sleep Disturbances

Sleep is crucial for overall well-being, but dysregulation can interfere with the body’s ability to enter restorative sleep states. Individuals might struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep, or experience restful sleep, leading to a cascade of negative health effects. You can find help with natural sleep solutions here.

Constipation And Gut Issues

The autonomic nervous system plays a role in regulating gastrointestinal functions, including digestion and bowel movements. Dysregulation can disrupt these processes, leading to issues like constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, a dysregulated nervous system cannot properly digest and absorb nutrients, leading to problems with the gut-brain connection, microbiome, serotonin and dopamine production, and so much more.

Respiratory And Immune System Challenges

Like nearly every other core function of the body, the respiratory and immune systems both rely on the nervous system to modulate and coordinate their activities. Therefore a dysregulated central or autonomic nervous system can lead to imbalance and dysfunction within these systems, leading to a suppressed immune system and pro-inflammatory state. All of this can add up to a repetitive cycle of chronic ear infectionssinus congestion, and more. Recent research has even linked a dysregulated nervous system to seasonal allergies.

Treatment And Management Strategies

Therapies: Physical, Occupational, And Psychotherapy

Various therapeutic approaches can help individuals manage nervous system dysregulation. Physical therapy can address musculoskeletal imbalances that contribute to discomfort. Occupational therapy focuses on improving daily functioning and quality of life. Psychotherapy, particularly approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CbT), can aid in managing the emotional and cognitive aspects of dysregulation.

However, each of these various traditional treatment options often leads to limited results because they are only able to address one component of the intricate challenges that kids and adults struggling with nervous system dysregulation are likely experiencing.

This is why most of the patients presenting to our clinic have already exhausted each of these therapy options and have either plateaued or seen only minor results and improvements so far.

Neurologically-focused Chiropractic Care

Perhaps the fastest growing option in all of healthcare is the absolute perfect care option for nervous system dysregulation: Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care.

A holistic and drug-free approach to caring for nervous system dysregulation absolutely must include this specialized form of chiropractic care. This approach recognizes the intricate connection between the spine, nervous system, and overall health.

Our adjustments focus on restoring optimal function and balance to the nervous system, improving integration and communication between all branches of the nervous system, but most especially the central and autonomic nervous system.

One especially important element of this work is activating and restoring the function of the Vagus Nerve, which is by far and away the most important nerve in the body when it comes to the regulation and function of the nervous system.

The Importance Of Early Detection

Benefits Of Timely Diagnosis

Early detection of nervous system dysregulation offers several crucial advantages:

  • Early Intervention:Initiating proper care protocols earlier can prevent the progression of the condition and may offer better outcomes in managing symptoms and challenges. So many sensory, spectrum, and other neurodevelopmental challenges in kids can be taken care of early when the first signs of nervous system dysregulation first show up (colic, difficulty breastfeeding, sleep challenges, constipation, respiratory problems, ear infections, meltdowns, tantrums, motor delays, etc.).
  • Reduced Complications:Catching dysregulation early can minimize potential complications, such as the development of associated disorders or the worsening of symptoms.
  • Improved Quality of Life:Early diagnosis and treatment can help individuals maintain a better quality of life by managing or reducing debilitating symptoms.
  • better Mental Health Outcomes: Early detection can prevent or alleviate associated mental health challenges like anxiety or depression that often accompany chronic conditions.
  • Informed Lifestyle Choices:With a timely diagnosis, individuals can make lifestyle modifications that support their nervous system’s health, such as regular chiropractic adjustments, dietary changes, exercise routines, meditation, and stress-reduction techniques.
  • Enhanced Treatment Efficiency:Earlier diagnosis often means that less aggressive treatments can be effective, as the condition hasn’t had as much time to progress.
  • Greater Understanding:Knowledge of the condition allows patients and their families to better understand what’s happening, leading to a more informed approach to daily living and management.
  • Support System Access:With an early diagnosis, patients can sooner tap into support groups, therapies, and resources tailored to their condition.

Finding And Measuring Nervous System Dysregulation

Everything we’re talking about in these final sections of the article on how to properly manage and take care of nervous system dysregulation begins with one crucial step – getting you or your child into a PX Docs office to have your Neurological INSiGHT Scans performed.

These scans are absolutely life-changing in that they can do three (3) things that no other exam or assessment can even come close to:

  1. They can detect subluxation, dysautonomia, and nervous system dysregulation
  2. They can quantify and measure the amount (severity) of dysregulation
  3. They can locate and target the exact subluxation patterns disrupting neurological communication and dysfunction

You simply cannot provide actual Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care without relying on the INSiGHT Scans to be the foundation of the care provided. Having these scans and the “neuro-metrics” they provide, our PX Docs are what allows us to provide the most accurate, personalized, and customized care possible for each and every patient, from infants to adults.

Summary: Key Takeaways And Moving Forward

The nervous system plays an absolutely vital role in all of human health, starting with brain and neurological development in a child and continuing to show up in our everyday lives throughout adulthood. Its job is to literally process millions and millions of pieces of crucial information every single second and make the right decisions over and over again.

Therefore, when nervous system dysregulation sets in, our quality of life can deteriorate rapidly. What’s more, because most medical professionals have little to no understanding of how to actually measure, track, and improve neurological function and health, most patients suffering from a dysregulated nervous system end up struggling for years before finally finding answers and natural, drug-free solutions like those that the Neurologically-Focused Chiropractors in our PX Docs Network offer.

Our unique approach does not seek to treat or cure nervous system dysregulation but instead takes the root cause of subluxation, dysautonomia, and vagus nerve dysfunction head-on. Our patients experience incredible improvements in their quality of life once care begins, and neurological healing kicks into high gear!

The first reports of improvements come from things like improved sleep, less tension, better gut and immune health, improved mood and emotional stability, less brain fog, and so forth.

Discover the power of Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care yourself, and determine if you or your child are struggling with nervous system dysregulation, subluxation, and dysautonomia by visiting our directory and getting an appointment set with your local PX Doctor to have your INSiGHT Scans performed.

The first step to your drug-free healing journey is to get these incredible scans and find out exactly how your nervous system is functioning. Find a PX Doc near you and take the first step toward a healthier, more vibrant life for your entire family!

Unraveling the Root Causes of Sensory Issues in Kids

Have you ever wondered why your child melts down and goes into a full-fledged tantrum with the slightest change in routine, new food, or outfit you ask them to try, bright lights or loud sounds? Do they struggle to fall asleep and regulate their emotions in a significant way when tired, which they consistently are?

If you’ve got an overly emotional and exhausted child on your hands nearly 24/7, then it’s very likely your little one is struggling with Sensory Issues or Sensory Processing Disorder, and we’re here to help!

This blog is for parents dealing with the challenges of raising a child with sensory issues and seeking effective strategies to help their child thrive. We will delve into the world of sensory issues in kids and explore the significance of sensory processing in your child’s life, discuss the prevalence and impact of these challenges, and explain why they are not something children simply grow out of. We’ll break down the different types of sensory issues and explore how they can affect various aspects of your child’s life. Moreover, we’ll uncover the causes, contributing factors, and triggers.

For parents who have already tried various coping strategies with limited success, we have a game-changing natural option to address the root cause of sensory issues: Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care.

Tierney’s Story of Hope

Let’s start with a story: perhaps your child is similar to Tierney, who faced extreme processing challenges. Her story highlights how even seemingly minor aspects of daily life can become monumental challenges for children with sensory processing issues. You can read

Tierney’s inspiring journey here.

Understanding Sensory Issues

Sensory Issues in kids are not uncommon, with nearly 1 in 6 children being affected, and that number continues to grow. Contrary to common belief, these challenges are not something your child will grow out of. Many medical providers will often overlook and miss sensory issues in kids or will just dismiss them as being ‘normal’ when, in fact, they are significant hurdles for children.

Types of Sensory Issues

Understanding your child’s sensory challenges is crucial for providing the proper support. Sensory issues in kids can fall into 2 main categories:

  1. Hypersensitivity (overreacting): Your child might get easily overwhelmed by sensory input like noise, lights, or textures. This can lead to strong emotional reactions.
  2. Hyposensitivity (underreacting): Your child might not notice sensory things that bother others. They may engage in sensoryseeking input behaviors like spinning or making noise to compensate.

Understanding which category your child falls into can guide you in finding ways to support them better. Tailoring strategies to their specific needs and sensory profile can make a big difference in helping them navigate their world more comfortably.

We understand that these challenges can affect every aspect of your child’s life, from education to social interactions, family dynamics, and overall health. As Neurologically–Focused Chiropractors, we recognize your child’s uniqueness and want to help you find a tailored care plan to help your child manage their sensory issues.

Root Causes and Contributing Factors of Sensory Issues

Potential factors contributing to sensory issues, such as prematurity, birth trauma, and environmental triggers, can provide insights into the root causes of these challenges. It’s often a “Perfect Storm” of factors that lead to issues like subluxation,dysautonomia, and vagus nerve dysfunction.  All of this stems from an overly stressed and out-ofbalance nervous system.

Many of you have already tried various coping strategies, from occupational therapy to supplements, with limited success.  That’s why we recommend a more comprehensive approach that focuses on the root cause of sensory issues – Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care. Our sensory test and  INSiGHT Scans can help uncover the heart of the issue, guiding us in creating a personalized plan for your child’s well-being.

Our protocols do not seek to treat or cure these sensory issues but rather to address the root cause head-on.  Our gentle chiropractic adjustments will help turn on your child’s parasympathetic “rest and relax” side of the nervous system to better process sensory input.

After learning about the importance of understanding your child’s sensory issues, their impact on their daily lives, and potential causes, it is time to take action! Consider scheduling a sensory test, and INSiGHT scans today at Congruent Life Chiropractic.  These will help you better understand your child’s unique sensory challenges and how to best address them. If you are not local to us, check out the PX Docs directory to find a PX Docs Office in our network near you.

Your child deserves the opportunity to thrive, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Reach out today, and let’s work together to positively change your child’s life.

Navigating Developmental Delays with Confidence

Parents, we understand that watching your child struggle with developmental delays can be a rollercoaster of emotions. You’re not alone in this journey, and we’re here to provide you with insights, information, and a path forward that can make a real difference in your child’s development!

This blog is dedicated to parents who are grappling with their child’s developmental delays, especially those who’ve been diligently seeking therapies but aren’t witnessing the desired progress. If you’ve been through PT, OT, and Speech Therapy, yet your child’s development has hit a plateau, this is for you.

Understanding Developmental Delays

Developmental delays encompass a wide range of challenges, affecting areas such as cognitive, social, emotional, speech and language, and motor skills. Two common concerns with delays that parents have are with walking or speech and communication.

However, it’s crucial to zoom in on Neurological + Motor Function, as these serve as the foundation for overall brain and neurological development. As experts in Neurologically-Focused Pediatric Chiropractic, we specialize in uncovering the true underlying causes of motor tone, coordination, and developmental delays.

The Overlooked Connection: Central Nervous System and Birth Interventions

The heart of the matter lies in the Central or Autonomic Nervous System —a system often overlooked when it comes to developmental delays.

Surprisingly, the #1 cause of problems with Neuro-Motor connection, coordination, and development is related to an issue that’s not discussed enough—birth interventions and trauma.

When interventions like forceps, vacuum, induction, and c-sections are involved in birth, the sensitive areas of the brainstem, cerebellum, and upper neck can suffer strain, trauma, and even injury. These areas control motor function and coordination, and any disruption here can lead to developmental delays.

The Perfect Storm and Subluxation

Such injuries, or subluxations, can initiate a chain reaction of developmental challenges, creating what we term “The Perfect Storm.” This storm can impact your child’s sleep, digestion, head, and neck control, crawling, walking, and other aspects of neurological development over time.

Identifying whether this subluxation and dysfunction exists in your child’s brainstem and upper neck region is a critical step that traditional pediatricians and therapists often miss. Only specialized Pediatric Chiropractors can assess and examine this area’s health and function with advanced technology called INSiGHT Scans.

Restoring balance to the Central and Autonomic Nervous System is the essential action step you and all parents need to know about. It’s time to equip you with this knowledge, as millions deserve access to these insights.

If you suspect your child may have tension, subluxation, or dysfunction in their brainstem controlling neurological development, dive into the provided links to understand more about Developmental Delay and the role Pediatric Chiropractic can play in their journey.

Please reach out with questions or send us a message—we’re here to help. If you’re ready to make a positive change in your child’s life, reach out to Congruent Life Chiropractic to schedule Neurological INSiGHT Scans—a crucial step toward helping your child reach their full potential. If you’re not local to us, please check out our PX Docs directory to find a local doc near you.

Parents, you’re not alone in this. We’re here to empower you with knowledge, support, and a pathway toward unlocking your child’s developmental potential. Let’s work together to make a lasting impact on their future.

Understanding the Connection Between Vagus Nerve Disorders and Your Child’s Neurological Challenges

Do you want to learn more about the powerful yet overlooked factor that plays a crucial role in your child’s neurological development? In a world of ever-evolving medical knowledge, there’s one topic that often flies under the radar – the Vagus Nerve. Today, we’re diving deep into the world of Vagus Nerve Disorders and Dysfunction, uncovering their link to various neurological challenges that our children face.
So, if you’ve been on a quest for answers regarding your child’s neurological condition, or if you’re curious to learn more about the intricate connection between the gut, brain, and Vagus Nerve, you’re in the right place!
If you’ve ever felt frustrated by the lack of clarity from your pediatrician, neurologist, or traditional care providers about your child’s neurological struggles, this blog is for you. Whether you’re a parent on a quest for knowledge or someone looking to expand your existing understanding, we want to shed light on the vital role the Vagus Nerve plays in your child’s well-being.

Unraveling the Connection: Vagus Nerve and Neurological Challenges

Have you ever wondered if there’s a hidden link between your child’s neurological challenges and the mysterious Vagus Nerve? Well, you were right to wonder!
The Vagus Nerve, often referred to as the “wandering nerve,” holds a critical role in regulating essential functions like sleeping, eating, digestion, immune responses, communication, and emotional wellbeing.When this remarkable nerve faces dysfunction, it sets the stage for a cascade of neurological challenges, some of which might be more familiar than you think. The scientific evidence is compelling – Vagus Nerve Disorders and Dysfunction are closely tied to a range of neurological conditions in children. Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, and even Epilepsy or Seizures are just a few examples. But how does this connection work?
Picture this: Vagus Nerve injuries can stem from birth interventions or trauma during delivery, like forceps, vacuum extraction, induction, or Csections. Additionally, early exposure to toxins, antibiotics, and excessive medications can also impact the Vagus Nerve’s function. The consequences of these disruptions might initially manifest as issues like colic, constipation, and ear infections in infants – often dismissed with the notion that “they’ll outgrow it.”
However, the effects don’t stop there. As children grow, unresolved Vagus Nerve issues can lead to developmental delays, motor challenges, tantrums, and emotional or behavioral problems. These struggles might persist into their school years, causing hyperactivity, impulsiveness, attention difficulties, anxiety, and more.

Taking Charge of Your Child’s Neurological Health

The good news is that there’s a way to measure and assess Vagus Nerve function with a quick 3-5 minute test called Heart Rate Variability (HRV). This remarkable technology gives us valuable insights into your child’s Vagus Nerve health and the severity of any potential disorders or dysfunction.

Armed with this knowledge, we can create a tailored Care Plan for your child, focusing on addressing these challenges head-on without resorting to drugs or surgery. By understanding the connection between Vagus Nerve Disorders and your child’s neurological struggles, you’re equipped with the tools to dive head-first on a journey toward better health and well-being.

The Vagus Nerve is a hidden gem in the world of neurological wellbeing, and now you hold the key to understanding its impact. By recognizing the connection between Vagus Nerve Disorders and a range of neurological challenges, you’re taking a significant step toward advocating for your child’s health in an informed way.

Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. Feel free to share this message with fellow parents who might be seeking answers, and let’s work together to build a brighter future for our children’s neurological health.

If you’re ready to take the next step, we invite you to reach out to us at Congruent Life Chiropractic. Our expertise and advanced Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care are here to support your child’s journey toward optimal well-being. If you are not local to us, check out the PX Docs directory to find a local PX Doc near you.

Uncover the Root Causes of Children’s Seasonal Allergies

Imagine a world where your child no longer has to endure the relentless struggles of seasonal allergies – the constant congestion, irritation, and the endless cycle of medications with their undesirable side effects. What if you could delve deeper and unearth the true underlying cause of seasonal allergies, going beyond the conventional opinions of pediatricians and even holistic health practitioners? If you’ve exhausted every avenue, from over-the-counter medications to natural remedies, and still find your child suffering, then this is tailored specifically for you.

This blog is dedicated to parents and families who have explored all options – from mainstream pharmaceuticals to holistic alternatives like dietary changes, detoxes, and supplements. If you’ve diligently pursued gut health as a means to bolster your child’s immune system against allergies, you’re on the right path, but there’s more to discover.

We aim to provide drug-free, natural solutions that don’t just address surface-level symptoms but dig deep into the heart of the issue – the neurological stress and interference that often underlie these allergies.

Understanding the Science

In a world where traditional medicine is often prescribed, keeping children indoors during allergy seasons and drowning symptoms with medications, there’s a growing realization that this approach compromises the quality of children’s lives. Children are meant to explore the outdoors and enjoy life unhindered!

Moving beyond traditional medicine, many parents have embraced holistic approaches centered around gut health to enhance immune function. While this is a significant step towards addressing the root causes, it’s akin to treating the tree’s trunk without delving into the roots. This tree analogy encapsulates the idea – to truly transform a tree’s health, we must start at its roots.

Hidden beneath the surface, the true culprit behind seasonal allergies and immune dysfunction often lurks – subluxation. This refers to stress and interference within the Autonomic Nervous System, the body’s master regulator. The Autonomic Nervous System governs various bodily systems, including the immune system. When subluxation occurs, it tips the balance towards a pro-inflammatory state, intensifying allergies. Additionally, it suppresses the parasympathetic side, which is responsible for bolstering the immune system.

Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care

At Congruent Life Chiropractic, our approach focuses on identifying subluxations and neurological interference deeply entrenched within the Autonomic Nervous System. The revolutionary INSiGHT Scans enable us to pinpoint these issues. Subsequently, we administer safe and gentle Neuro-Tonal adjustments that alleviate stress on the sympathetic side while reinvigorating the parasympathetic nervous system. This comprehensive approach will remarkably enhance your child’s gut and immune function.

If you’re exhausted from exploring every avenue to alleviate your child’s seasonal allergies, and yet they persist in enduring constant congestion and discomfort, it’s time to dig deeper with chiropractic care. Feel free to reach out via DM with any inquiries, or take the leap and schedule an appointment for your child’s INSiGHT Scans. If you are not local to our office, check out our directory to find a PX Doc near you.

In the journey to empower parents and help your child with the frustration that is seasonal allergies, remember: hope is within reach. Together, let’s uncover the path to a healthier, happier future for your child – where they can enjoy the outdoors without worry!

Unlocking the Potential of Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care: 5 Things That Make Us Different

It’s an incredible feeling as a parent to walk into Congruent Life Chiropractic, where everything is designed to empower parents and make them feel in control of their child’s health. Our focus on pediatrics, pregnancy, and family wellness creates a warm and welcoming environment.  Our Docs and Care Advocates strive to make you feel at home and are always ready to serve you and your family.

It’s so important for us to provide you with insanely convenient and family-friendly systems and procedures because we understand that modern families lead busy lives, juggling multiple responsibilities. That’s why we have streamlined our systems and procedures to be incredibly easy for you to navigate.

From scheduling appointments to filling out paperwork, you can do it all from the comfort of your home or while waiting in the school pick-up line. We value your time and aim to make your experience organized and efficient at every step.

Most importantly, our Congruent Life Chiropractic team possesses extensive clinical training, experience, and a specialized focus on pediatrics, pregnancy, and family care.

Here are the 5 key elements that set a PX Doc office apart from anything else out there!

1.   Case History, Connection, Listening, Root Cause

When you visit Congruent Life Chiropractic, our dedicated doctors take the time to truly listen to you and your kiddo. We delve into your child’s case history, seeking to identify the root cause of their health challenges.

Unlike the traditional medical world that often focuses solely on symptom management, the #1 thing that makes Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care different is this: addressing the underlying root cause of your child’s unique challenges and working with the nervous system to do so.

2.   Empowerment and Education

After thoroughly examining your child’s case history, we ensure that you are fully informed about Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care. We explain the workings of our incredible technology, INSiGHT scans, and the benefits of our Neuro-Tonal adjustments that will help your child achieve neurological healing and restoration.

Our goal is to educate and empower you, providing resources such as posters, handouts, articles, videos, and live workshops that simplify complex concepts and help you understand our approach.

3.   Neurological Exam and INSiGHT Scans

At Congruent Life Chiropractic, we prioritize the health, development, and function of the nervous system. As the “master control system” for the body, it influences all your child’s vital functions.

Through the use of INSiGHT Scans, we can identify and evaluate neurological stress, subluxation, and dysfunction within your child’s nervous system. These scans allow us to pinpoint the root cause of your child’s challenges, from ear infections to autism to anxiety, and determine the location and severity of neurological stress.

4.   Neuro Restorative Care Plans

Based on the information gained from the INSiGHT Scans, we create a personalized and customized care plan for your child. Our approach goes beyond traditional chiropractic care, ensuring that we address the specific needs of your child. These care plans are carefully tailored to provide optimal results and surpass your health goals for your child and family.

5.   Pediatric Neuro-Tonal Adjusting

What truly sets us apart is our unique Neuro-Tonal Adjusting approach, designed to be safe and effective for children. Our doctors are trained in various adjusting techniques, enabling them to match the best approach to your child’s individual needs, that result in the absolute best results.  The most common response from kids to our adjustments are big smiles, lots of laughs, deep relaxing breaths, decreased stress, increased sleep, and digestive relief!

At Congruent Life Chiropractic, our mission is to empower you, parents, to make the best decisions for your child’s health. Our family-friendly environment, combined with convenient systems and specialized clinical care, ensures that you feel supported and in control.

Please don’t wait to give us a call and if you’re not local to us, check out our directory and find a PX Doc office near you! We are here to accompany you and your child on your journey toward optimal health and well-being, providing exceptional care for your entire family.

Proprioception: The Missing Piece in Your Child’s Development Puzzle

As parents, we constantly seek to make the best decisions for our children’s health, and when we have that gut feeling that something is not right, it’s unsettling, especially if we’re not quite sure what is wrong.

There is a term that may not be on the radar for most parents: proprioception. If your child struggles with motor tone and development, weak core, delayed walking or talking, sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, or even ADHD and anxiety,then proprioception could be at the core of these challenges.

Understanding proprioception, its importance for children’s developing brains, and how early childhood stressors and birth interventions such as C-sections, inductions, forceps, and vacuum-assisted deliveries can disrupt it is vital knowledge for parents.

If you are a parent whose child is dealing with motor function issues, tone and coordination difficulties, sensory processing challenges, speech delays, and more, this is for you. It is especially relevant if you have your child in common therapies like physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech therapy but have either reached a plateau or are not witnessing the desired results as quickly as you had hoped.

As Neurologically-Focused Chiropractors, we want to dive deep with you into the topic of proprioception, motor tone, and development and how they profoundly impact sensory processing, behavioral and emotional regulation, focus, memory, and much more. By gaining a solid understanding of these concepts, you, as a parent, will be empowered to make informed decisions about your child’s health and development.

Understanding Proprioception

Proprioception is like our body’s “sixth sense” that constantly sends information to the brain about the body’s position, movement, coordination, spatial orientation, and motor tone. Although we may not consciously think about it, proprioception is essential for everyday tasks such as walking, writing, and reaching for objects.

Crucially, proprioception plays a pivotal role in brain development, optimal brain function, regulation, and overall well-being in developing children and teenagers. Altered proprioception is closely correlated with the four main neurological conditions that children often face today: autism, sensory processing issues, ADHD, and anxiety. It can also be connected to epilepsy and seizures.

Birth Trauma + Subluxation

Birth interventions and trauma, including C-sections, inductions, forceps, and vacuum-assisted deliveries, can disrupt proprioceptive input by causing physical injuries to the brainstem and vagus nerve. These injuries contribute to stress, or subluxation, on the nervous system – a condition known as dysautonomia.

Subluxation involves three main components: misalignment, fixation or decreased proprioceptive input, and neurological interference, imbalance, and dysfunction. It is essential to understand how these factors impact your child’s body.

While physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) exams assess proprioceptive function and motor tone through movement and coordination tests, our neurological INSiGHT scans provide a deeper analysis of the root causes.  With the information gathered from the INSiGHT scans, we can identify the specific subluxation and altered proprioception. Neuro-Tonal Adjustments, designed to enhance proprioceptive input into the brain and central nervous system, can then be applied to help improve your child’s condition.

Story of Hope: Joseph and His Struggle with Proprioception

Hearing from another family who has experienced something similar to what you’re going through can help you relate and put all the puzzle pieces together.  Joseph’s story is an inspiring one that connects with the essence of proprioception. Joseph, whose journey from anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and low muscle tone to a happier, more relaxed state with improved posture, showcases the transformative power of understanding proprioception. You can find Joseph’s inspiring story and related scans here.

Drug-Free Care for Your Child’s Proprioception

If you suspect that your child is struggling with proprioception and related conditions, and you feel that the progress from PT, OT, and Speech Therapy alone is not as fast or complete as you would like, we encourage you to explore Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic. It so often serves as the missing link in improving proprioception and overall neurological development in children.

Please reach out to our team at Congruent Life Chiropractic, we’d love to answer any questions you may have! If you’re not local to us in North Liberty, you can search for a local PX Doctor near you on our directory to get your child started with care today.  Together, we can help you support your child’s health and give more support with their daily movement or sensory struggles.

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