Besides cephalgia, multiple ailments are associated with vertebral subluxation: carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, back pain, infantile colic and ear disorders. To remedy these pains, Dr. Pascal Paquet, chiropractor, D.C., uses a gentle and safe technique called chiropractic adjustment.
Birth is one of lifeʼs most traumatic events. Even when delivery is natural, the spine, the cranial bones, the majority of muscles, and the nervous and skeletal systems can endure a lot of stress, tension, pressure and twisting. If adjustments are not made, the baby may develop health problems that manifest through colic, torticollis, unexplained crying, a lack of appetite, respiratory problems or allergic reactions.
Then, babies discover the world of crawling and walking. In addition to learning to support their heavy heads during these formative years, they take numerous tumbles, which can have an effect on their spine and joints.
The techniques used on newborns are clearly not the same as those used on older people.
As they grow, children experience many falls and accidents in their daily activities. They also often carry themselves with incorrect posture for long periods of time, particularly when drawing. Then, they go off to school with their heavy and poorly adjusted backpack. Later, they become one with technology, either video games or computers. While they text their friends to stay in the loop, they have their necks bent downward over their cell phones. All of these stages in life can lead to growing pains and compromise the optimal health of the child or adolescent.
If your child complains of pain or discomfort, it may be time for a chiropractic examination. A simple visit to the chiropractor could help identify weaknesses, such as scoliosis, in the nerves, bones, joints or muscles. Don’t forget, prevention is the key to achieving and maintaining good health.
Why are children more prone to ear infections than adults? The cause is physiological. The adult ear canal (Eustachian tube) sits at a 45 degree angle. At birth, the tube is horizontal and remains this way until early childhood. Due to this horizontal position, ear fluid does not drain like it should, which makes it prone to infection. One way to rectify this problem is getting a chiropractic adjustment.
As a holistic healthcare provider, Dr. Pascal Paquet, chiropractor, D.C., takes a preventive approach. He only believes in drugs that provide benefits, not all of the others that are not necessarily stopping the infection nor preventing future ones.
According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (1994), 70% of pediatricians said they “would begin a 20.8 days antibiotic treatment for an otitis media on healthy children.”
This approach is contradictory to much of the research that showed most children do not need antibiotics at the first sign of an ear infection.
Following a major study on children with acute otitis media (AOM), researchers reported that chiropractic adjustment “reduced the number of episodes of otitis media and surgical procedures, and increased the number of months without surgery compared to children with standard treatment” (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2003 157: 861-866). Pediatric adjustments are safe and effective as chiropractors adapt their technique according to the age and weight of each child.
In a study on 429 children, all under the age of 3, there were no significant differences between children with spandrel drain and others: “Children can have liquid in their ear canal and suffer from hearing loss for more than three months without any measurable effects on their development during the first three years of their life.” If doctors follow the results of this study, it means that many children can avoid a drain and that parents and doctors will not have to worry about possible development delays following the decision to avoid surgery. (Child Health Alert 2001: 4)
Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine that usually bends to the right in the upper back and to the left in the lower back. Most people who have scoliosis only have very mild curvatures that pose little threat to their health. However, in approximately 5% of those aged 10 to 14 years (60% to 80% are female); these curves are severe enough to be qualified as clinical cases.
Chiropractors are professionals that can help detect scoliosis in its early stages. Detection is the key to preventing progression. Although screenings in schools detect some cases of scoliosis in their early stages, studies have shown that screenings alone are not sufficient.
Scoliosis warning signs:
- – One shoulder appears to be higher than the other (usually the right shoulder)
- – Clothes hang unevenly
- – One hip is more prominent than the other
- – Back pain
- – Hip pain
The best protection against scoliosis is a posture evaluation done by your chiropractor. What happens if your chiropractor detects scoliosis? In many cases, your chiropractor can treat it. More severe cases, however, may require the opinion of another healthcare provider. Nevertheless, in any case, the key is early detection. So do not delay, make an appointment for your child today for a posture evaluation.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause ligaments to loosen triggering imbalances in the vertebrae and hips. These imbalances are associated with a condition called vertebral subluxation and can cause pain and discomfort. The last thing a pregnant woman needs! Increasing abdomen weight creates a stress on the lower back and pelvis. Chiropractors are trained professionals who diagnose vertebral subluxations. They adjust them through gentle and effective movements called chiropractic adjustments.
A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle, comfortable, natural and safe treatment that can relieve pain and discomfort during pregnancy. It is known that regular chiropractic care can make pregnancies easier, more comfortable, reduce the use of analgesic by half during labour and reduce labour by 24% for a first child and 39% for a second child. Would you not like to get all these benefits during pregnancy?
According to the chiropractic wellness philosophy, the body works as a system rather than isolated parts. Therefore, chiropractors take care of the entire body, not just the spine (or any specific condition). The result is a revolutionary approach to wellness that brings major changes to the lives of many patients.
Are chiropractors really different from other doctors? They go directly to the source of the problem. Dr. Pascal Paquet, chiropractor, D.C., focuses on the cause of health problems, not on the patient’s symptoms. Working on underlying causes of health problems, Dr. Pascal Paquet, chiropractor, D.C., helps the body heal itself, instead of simply masking symptoms while the problem gets worse. This focus on the underlying causes is what makes chiropractors prevention specialists. They try to identify potential concerns and stop discomfort and illness before they become chronic. Even if you are not in pain, regular chiropractic checkups can help ensure optimal health, as the health of the spine is the foundation of the chiropractic approach to wellbeing.
Chiropractors focus their efforts on identifying and correcting dysfunctional areas in the spine, vertebral subluxations, which occur when there are misaligned vertebrae or when movement is restricted. Vertebral subluxations are associated with several disorders such as back or neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, ear disorders, premenstrual syndrome and asthma. Chiropractors use gentle and effective movements called chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations and to prevent their recurrence.
Invest in quality shoes with good arch support and try to avoid high heels.
If you keep your wallet in your back pocket, alternate the pockets. Never sit on a wallet, as this can misalign your hips.