Healthy Spine, Healthy Child
The expertise of Dr. Shepherd of Mountain Health and Wellness is in checking your child’s spine for misalignments that impair their nervous system function – therefore affecting their overall body function.
The bones of their spine, the vertebrae, house and protect their spinal cord. Their spinal cord is an extension of their brain and carries information from their brain to their body parts and back to their brain again.
Subluxations (misalignments) interfere with their nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information. Their nerve system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in their body including their: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, elimination and immune systems. Any aspect of their health may be impaired by this nerve interference.
The chiropractic adjustment restores their nerve system function allowing their body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being. It’s that simple. Don’t let your children suffer, especially the little ones that can’t tell you how they feel. Call our office today. It’s a non-invasive procedure and there are NO shots involved. Just good adjustments.
All sports and activities such as soccer, baseball, football, cheering, karate,etc. can lead to a broken bone, sprained ankle, or twisted knee. It is just the natural fallout of learning new skills and having a good time. The treatment for most childhood sports injuries is straightforward and standard.
For strains and sprains that involve only mild to moderate swelling and pain, the time-honored RICE protocol is followed – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. More severe injuries such as a broken bone requires your child to be seen by a pediatric orthopedist.
Physical trauma, like a sports injury, can reveal an underlying serious problem. Such problems may include metabolic disorders, growth and development problems, and even benign and malignant tumors. Parents may suspect an underlying problem if their child is experiencing the following:
First, if the child’s pain seems out-of-proportion to the degree of injury. For example, a mild knee sprain caused by tripping over second base while trying to stretch a double into a triple should not be causing significant pain.
Also, mild-to-moderate injuries should not be warm to the touch. A parent can evaluate this and a child should not be running a fever after an activity-related injury.
It would also be suspicious if the pain did not improve daily. For the majority of injuries, pain that lingers beyond several days suggests an underlying problem. Children are resilient. Healthy kids heal quickly. They want to shrug off an injury, forget it happened, and get back to playing. If your child isn’t getting better in a few days, seems lethargic, or feels ill following an injury, warning bells should go off. These more serious problems are uncommon.
Well-informed parents help their kids grow up healthy and strong. Dr. Shepherd is familiar with all such conditions and scenarios. He is always alert to unusual situations and will recommend the appropriate steps to take, including a complete physical and x-ray examination. If necessary, he will be able to recommend appropriate specialists for follow-up, including hematologists, endocrinologists, and pediatric orthopedists.
More Information For Healthy Kids
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