Children at Lydian Chiropractic
Children love to move. They love to swing and twirl, run and jump, and they want to do it again and again and again. Why? Because they are literally building their brains by doing so. Most of us think we have a brain so we can think. But actually we have a brain so we can move...and movement builds the brain! The complex and crucial relationship between movement, vision, language, emotions, memory and other "higher" brain functions such as learning has only recently begun to be fully investigated.
What interrupts normal brain development? Lack of stimulation and movement, poor nutrition, and environmental stressors can all take their toll. But another major factor can be biomechanical injury. Biomechanical injury is injury that destabilizes the body's structure. When the body's structure is unstable, movement becomes less efficient. Inefficient movement is tiring and can be a strain on the nervous system. This can hamper a child's brain building process.
What happens when biomechanical injury derails this natural process of brain building? Our clinical experience suggests that developmental delays, behavioral problems, emotional irritability and frustration, sensory integration problems, poor balance, poor immunity and digestion, neurological delays, learning disabilities and visual problems can all be exacerbated by, and sometimes caused by, underlying biomechanical injury.
What can cause biomechanical injury? A bad fall (off a changing table, bicycle, horse, tree, flight of stairs), a difficult birth, head trauma, seizures, or the cumulative effect of many minor injuries. Long after the bruise disappears or the cut heals, the biomechanical injury can remain below the surface.
Axial Stability Method® chiropractic treatment can be a dramatically effective treatment for children suffering from biomechanical injury. Stabilizing the "axial" core of the body can reduce background stress on the nervous system, which can open the door to a burst of neurological development. After just a handful of ASM® treatments, it is not uncommon for a child to make large gains in developmental milestones, language and learning benchmarks, or behavioral regulation. Most children experience significant benefits at least by the end of a series of 8-10 treatments.