It’s that time of year again! Back to school season brings with it excitement about new routines, new teachers, and new experiences. But in the midst of the transition it’s easy to forget the stressors children and adolescents may face as they enter another school year.
To help your kids make a smooth, successful, and health-supportive transition into the new season ahead, consider these three strategies.
1. Chiropractic Care
What is it?
Chiropractors are trained doctors who specialize in detecting and reducing misalignments of the spine that interfere with central nervous system function. Misalignments (called subluxations) can cause inflammation of nerve roots and joints as well as reduced range of motion, which can lead to structural degeneration over time.
Due to the spine’s direct neurological influence on the rest of the body, restoring alignment of the spine and other joints encourages the body to self-regulate and self-correct. Through adjustments, chiropractic doctors encourage activation of the body’s own recuperative abilities.
Why should kids be adjusted?
Regular chiropractic care reduces stressors on the nervous system, a system highly in need of support during seasons of increased stress and transition. For children specifically, chiropractic adjustments can help moderate behavioral issues and support kids neurologically as they cope with the physical, mental, and emotional stress of a new school year. As physical traumas such as falls and tumbles, sports injuries, and play-related accidents occur over the course of a child’s lifetime, chiropractic care is a helpful tool in supporting recovery and maintaining proper structural alignment.
Chiropractic care has also been shown to significantly reduce occurrences of headaches among children.¹ One recent case study also indicated that regular chiropractic adjustments have the potential to resolve failure to thrive in infants.²
Who is it for?
Kids of all ages can benefit from chiropractic care. Babies can actually be adjusted as soon as they exit the womb! Ideally pregnant mothers should get regular adjustments throughout their pregnancy to support structural and nervous system health. After birth, it’s also a great idea for the mom and baby to be adjusted right away to assist in recovery from physical trauma experienced during birth. Beyond infancy, kids can be adjusted regularly all the way through adulthood.
2. Food Allergy Testing
What is it?
A food allergy is a hypersensitivity to food, whether it is an IgE response or an IgG response. Most people are familiar with the IgE food allergies that can result in anaphylaxis, but these IgE allergies represent the response of only one percent of the immune system. Many individuals have food allergies they don’t know about because there is another often overlooked immune response, and that’s the IgG allergy that accounts for 70 percent of the immune system’s response.
If not properly tested, food allergies can cause chronic inflammation in the body that can contribute to illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune conditions, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and many others.³ This is why we believe that food allergy testing is a critical step on the road to wellness!
At The Wellness Way, we test for both IgE and IgG antibodies to gain a full picture of the immune system’s response. This is conducted through a simple blood test. For more information on why and how we test, read 7 Things Most People Don’t Know About Food Allergies and Testing.
Why should kids be tested?
Finding out a child’s allergies early on in their life may help prevent further issues from developing down the road. The earlier you know about your child’s allergies the better! No kid should have to deal with stomach aches, digestive upset, bloating, skin rashes, insomnia, behavioral problems, lack of focus, low energy, or the long list of other symptoms that can accompany undiagnosed food allergies. Removing allergenic foods will not only play a major role in improving a child’s quality of life and making them less susceptible to illness, but it will also support the strength of their immune system for years to come.
Who is it for?
Kids can be tested for food allergies after they have been weaned onto solid foods. Allergy testing for young children can provide helpful insight on how best to support their developing digestive systems. Kids of all ages can be tested regardless of whether they are presenting symptoms. Chronic inflammation has a sneaky way of building over time. By the time a symptom is present, chances are the inflammation being triggered by an antigen has been there for a while already and is just now causing visible dysfunction.
3. Sports Physical Exam
What is it?
A sports physical exam is conducted with a qualified healthcare provider to determine that a child is fit for competitive sports. In a typical sports physical, height and weight are measured along with blood pressure and pulse. A doctor will typically also perform a basic test of the child’s vision, check their lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat, and evaluate their structural health (posture, reflexes, joint mobility, flexibility, etc.).
Why should kids get an exam from The Wellness Way?
Doctors at The Wellness Way are equipped with the training and tools needed to help guide the resolution of any particular weaknesses discovered during a sports physical. We believe that common is not normal, and unlike the traditional healthcare mentality, we dig deeper to find answers to limiting health challenges.
Just because sports physicals are “routine” exams doesn’t mean we approach them with less care or intention. As we often say at The Wellness Way, we act like carpenters here. We seek to rebuild the body step-by-step and to provide each patient, no matter their age, with a solid foundation for better health.
Who is it for?
Kids typically begin getting sports physicals when they start playing competitive sports, often around age 12-13, or as required by schools and sports leagues. For recreational sports, physicals are usually not necessary unless stated by the team/league.
(Due to variances among state regulations, sports physicals are available at some clinics but not all. Check with your local clinic to determine availability.)