Sensory & Spectrum Challenges
Dr. Nathan has received advanced training in pediatric chiropractic, specifically in caring for children with neuro-developmental disorders, including ADHD, ADD,and sensory processing disorder. The biggest goal of care is to help these children turn their quirks and differences into superpowers!
When working with families, we have a true passion for providing awareness, answers, and most of all, hope to families who struggle with these challenges. Gentle adjustments calm their nervous systems to allow their unique amazingness to shine through — whether it is extreme detail to numbers, patterns, and colors or being able to “feel” more strongly than their peers. We view their sensory and spectrum challenges as a way of expressing themselves, and we love seeing their individual personalities and quality of life begin to blossom as chiropractic care becomes a part of their healthy lifestyle.
Our goal at Innate Life Chiropractic is to support the well-being of future generations. Chiropractic care makes its most powerful impact on children. From the birth process onward our spines and nervous systems are subjected to a multitude of forces which can cause misalignments in the spine, called subluxations. Subluxations set the stage for reduced well-being and future health problems. Specific and gentle spinal adjustments allow a child’s spine and nerve system to grow and develop to its optimal potential.
Safe and Secure: The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association has numerous studies indicating that there is very little risk (if at all) for chiropractic care of infants and children.
More Information: There are volumes of research available regarding the benefit of chiropractic care for children. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association has a number of these studies available.
Where do Sensory and Spectrum Challenges Come From?
What comes to mind when you think of the phrase “Perfect Storm”? You can just imagine a bunch of commotion and craziness causing a series of events that is really far from ideal. In the chiropractic world, we like to use the phrase “Perfect Storm” in regards to the immense physical, chemical, and emotional stress that we are under in this day and age – before we are even born!
At Innate Life Chiropractic, we envision a world where people express their innate potential to heal, grow, thrive, and create a life they love. This can be so difficult if you are struggling with your health – that’s why we’re here to help. It’s important to begin chiropractic care as early as possible, to take charge in avoiding that “Perfect Storm” and preventing issues that may occur later on in life.
If you haven’t noticed, ADHD and sensory issues and the diagnosis of these seems to be blowing up in recent years. Here are some eye-opening statistics:
- 95% of kids by age 2 have an ear infection, most of them occurring chronically
- 1 out of 10 kids are diagnosed with asthma, with new research showing it may be related to the antibiotic use associated with ear infections
- 1 in 4 children are diagnosed with a chronic illness
- 1 in 6 kids diagnosed with ADHD
- 1 in 54 kids diagnosed with autism
- 1 in 6 kids diagnosed with a developmental disorder
It would be impossible for evolving genetics to change quickly enough to create these rapidly growing statistics. We must take a look at our internal and external environments that are day in and day out putting stress on our bodies.
The Role of Our Nervous System
“The function of the Nervous System is to perceive the environment and coordinate the behavior of all other cells,” as stated by Dr. Bruce Lipton, a developmental biologist. Every day, stimuli are coming at and into our bodies. A major struggle for children with sensory processing disorders is being able to properly perceive, adapt, function, and create behavior from these stimuli.
Perceived stimuli can cause stress on our spine and nervous system over time, which then causes our body to go into and stay in its fight or flight response. This is if we do not do anything to manage and reduce this stress. Our body’s Fight or Flight (sympathetic – stress) response is crucial for survival in certain circumstances, like if you’re being chased through the forest by a grizzly bear, you will want to use 100% of your body’s energy for running away! However, if you are locked into a constant state of Fight or Flight and your body is constantly trying to use 100% of its energy to fend off an imaginary bear, over time that stress is really going to take a toll. Every stimulus (light, touch, sound) will eventually become over-stimulating and irritating. Being stuck in Fight or Flight can also contribute to digestive and immunity issues, as these bodily systems will take a back seat when the body’s sole focus is the sympathetic (fight or flight) response.
The first goal with chiropractic care is to measure the stressors; how our body is both perceiving them and functioning while under them.
There are three identified “T ingredients” that create The Perfect Storm:
1 – Physical stress – Trauma
2 – Chemical stress – Toxins
3 – Emotional/mental stress – Thoughts
Trauma begins while still in utero. Some of these stressors might include improper positioning and limitation of space, birth trauma (forceps, vacuum, pitocin, C-section, and up to 120 pounds of weight on the baby’s head and neck even if there are no interventions). This stress will continue into babyhood and childhood while learning to crawl, then walk, the falling associated with that, and being in baby seats and jumpers. Then, once kids hit school age they are required to sit most of the day at a desk which can also be taxing on the body.
Toxins can come from food preservatives and additives, processed and high sugar foods, pesticides, chemicals in cleaners and household products, pollutants and toxins in the air both inside and outside, fillers in vaccines, medications, and contaminated water supplies. We live in a world where it has become difficult to escape toxins and we don’t immediately realize the huge effect they can have on our bodies.
Thoughts: our mind can be a powerful tool, but sometimes it works against us. Most of us will have our share of fear based thoughts, again beginning while carrying baby – fears of labor, stressful birthing process, fast paced lifestyle. Our kiddos are experiencing more stress in this day and age than ever before with more bullying both in school and virtually, the labeling and diagnosing frenzy leading to anxiety for both children and parents, and increased expectations for all, causing us to feel like we just can’t keep up
We know parents are doing the best they can to make informed decisions. What can you do to decrease the 3Ts, and identify what the stresses are and where they’re coming from, and help your kiddos thrive? How can we increase the ability to take in the stressors, handle them better, coordinate action, and adapt?
By addressing the same root cause – stress on the Nervous System – and determining where it’s coming from!
When we partner together, and unleash the potential stored in your child’s nervous system, we often see:
- Better focus in school
- Reduction in medications and interventions
- Becoming more independent
- Establishing a healthy weight
- Greater Digestive function
- Their social skills flourish
- Them feeling happy and thriving
How We Help
At Innate Life Chiropractic in Palatine, Dr. Nathan provides a thorough consultation to discuss and measure stressors that are affecting your child. We use CLA insight technology to measure nervous system function at every level of the spine, and an HRV assessment to see how much stress their body’s under and how they’re adapting to that stress. At your second visit, we will create a game plan with all these pieces of the puzzle to work together on your family’s health goals. We will help move your child out of that “fight or flight” state by balancing the nervous system and helping them thrive, which allows the entire family to thrive as well.
Tonal Chiropractic Adjustments
This approach looks at the overall tone of your nervous system. Is your body stuck in a sympathetic overdrive of “Fight or Flight” or over-exhuasted from a parasympathetic hibernation? Tonal chiropractic allows your body to find the
harmony between these two extremes, while also relieving abnormal tension on the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. This allows your brain and body to be more adaptable and resilient. Digestion and elimination are both normal functions of the body, however can be interfered with when the nervous system is running “fight or flight” all the time. Dr. Nathan uses a combination of MLS, Network Spinal Analysis, Biogeometric Integration, and MC2 to help your nervous system shift from stress to healing.
Dr. Nathan will adjust the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and take pressure off the spinal nerves. He will focus on the imbalanced zone(s) connected to your challenge and begin care from there. Most common zones that will contribute to sensory and neurodevelopmental delays are the glandular, nervous, and digestive zones.
We’ve got you!
One final thought to ease your worries if you’re a parent to a child with sensory challenges or neuro-developmental delays: we recognize that going into busy, public spaces can be very tough for your kiddos at times. We gladly offer special accommodations in these cases and provide a specific sensory-based assessment for your child. Please let us know before your first visit how we can best serve you and your family. Phone consultations, split office appointment times, or blocked off hours for an in-office examination are just a few of the accommodations that we are happy to provide to make your child feel more at home. Take a deep breath, moms and dads; we’ve got you!