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Children, Teenagers and Chiropractic

Children, Teenagers and Chiropractic

Healthy habits are formed, or not formed, at a very early age. b+b specialize in the health issues of infants, children and teens. We specialize in health care for all ages, including children and teenagers. We provide useful information necessary in raising a health family. Healthy habits are formed at a very early age. Thus, we urge parents to take an active role in their children's health and teach children through health example.

Dr.Kieu's TOTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM for CHILDREN


CHIROPRACTIC CARE for Kids

Thousands of infants, children and adolescents benefit from the fruits of regular chiropractic care everyday. Chiropractic has become much more than an effective treatment for adult back pain. It has become a safe, effective health resource for all members of the family. Relief from pain, correction of neuromusculoskeletal conditions and overall health optimization for all ages is what chiropractic can provide. In addition to providing safe, effective treatment for back pain, scoliosis, headaches and the more obvious "chiropractically responsive" treatments in the young, we can also provide effective care for many other conditions. Common childhood conditions such as ear infections, asthma and infantile colic, have been shown to respond favorably to chiropractic treatments. Chiropractic is...
  • a holistic approach to the health and management of health conditions
  • safe, natural and noninvasive treatments
Dr.Kieu's total healthcare system includes chiropractic spinal adjustments, exercise and stretching programs, diet and nutritional counseling, soft tissue techniques and more.

Has your child's spine been checked?

Having your child's spine checked for problems is important - perhaps more so than having your children's teeth checked for cavities. You can't fill in, or replace spine.

CHOOSE CHIROPRACTIC instead of medicine

Chiropractic care is safe for children.

Spinal Length and Growth

At birth, the spinal column comprises 40% of the total length of the infant - identical to the adult. However, the average length of the spinal column in the newborn is just 24 cm or 9.6 inches. The spinal column grows 50% in length during the baby's first year of life. Over the following 4 years the spine will continue to grow another 15 cm reaching a length of 51 cm or 20.4 inches. From ages 5-10, the spine grows an additional 10 cm. Once puberty is reached and until the age of 18 the spine will typically grow another 20 cm in males and 15 cm in females.

Should Children be Checked?

CHILDREN NATURALLY ENJOY THEIR CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS. The birth process may be one of the most traumatic events of our lives. Even so-called "natural" birthing methods can stress a still developing spine. The resulting irritation to the nervous system can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, unexplained crying, poor appetite, breathing problems, and allergic reactions can often be traced to nervous system dysfunction caused by a malfunctioning spine. Head support, followed by crawling, and a baby's first few steps should be followed by chiropractic checkups. If neglected, the bumps and falls during this period of rapid growth may lead to serious spinal deformities later in life. This can set the stage for scoliosis, "growing pains," and a weakened immune system response. Chiropractic adjusting techniques are modified to fit a child's size, weight, and unique spinal problem. Parents often report that their children seem healthier than other kids their age. Many spinal problems seen in adults begin in childhood. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health.

Nutrition & Supplement

Experts recommend that from birth to at least age 1, an infant's diet consist of breast milk. Non-formula cow's milk is not recommended especially prior to 1 year of age. This is due to its ability to cause allergies, gastrointestinal tract bleeding, and because it lacks sufficient vitamins and essential fatty acids vital for infant development. If formula must be used, limit it to 1/3 of the day's total caloric intake.

Our recommendation: TOTALCHILDREN'S CHEWABLE

  • Supportive Function: Pleasant tasting multiple vitamin and mineral for children
  • Ingredients: Each Chewable Tablet Supplies Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-1 Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E and many kinds of minerals and herbs are well-balanced including.

TREATMENT of COMMON AILMENTS


Scoliosis in children, Dr. Kieu specializes in Scoliosis!

While most cases of childhood and adolescent scoliosis stop progressing once spinal maturity is reached, progression of the curve past spinal maturity is not uncommon. Roughly 5% of children aged 10-14 have detectable scoliosis. If the lateral curvature continues to progress, cardiovascular compromise can result - ultimately leading to severe disability or possibly death. Dr.Kieu's Scoliosis treatment in the child consists of: chiropractic spinal adjustments to minimize spinal stresses and keep the nervous system functioning properly, therapeutic spinal exercises and stretches to strengthen spinal muscles on the convex side and keep muscles flexible of the concave side. Dr. Kieu is one of the few CLEAR Intensive Care Certified doctor in the world.

Asthma

Asthma is a highly common and potentially fatal condition affecting almost 5 million under the age of 18. Asthmatics usually experience wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath, although, the frequency and severity of attacks varies greatly from sufferer to sufferer. Chiropractic care has been shown to provide some benefits in asthma sufferers. In one study, 31 adults taking asthma medication were given either "sham" chiropractic spinal adjustments or "real" chiropractic spinal adjustments for a period of 4 weeks. Although there were no changes in measured lung functions, sufferers experienced a 34% reduction in their subjective asthma complaints. Further studies are needed to determine the extent of benefits, however, most chiropractors find many of their asthma patients obtain extraordinary results while under regular chiropractic care.

Back Pain In Children

In a recent study, children were surveyed and back pain was found to be cumulatively prevalent. Adolescents who participate in sports experience a higher incidence of back problems due to the excessive spinal loading which accompanies most sports. Similar to adults, chiropractors obtain excellent results treating back pain in children and adolescents. Chiropractic care in children and adolescents is safe, effective, and focuses on treating the cause of their discomfort rather than masking symptoms. Many of our most satisfied patients are children and adolescents.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a common disorder in mostly young male children and is characterized by developmentally inappropriate inattention, restlessness, and impulsivity - with or without hyperactivity. Many children are inadvertently diagnosed as having ADHD simply because of hyperactivity and are unnecessarily placed on Ritalin (methylphenidate) as a means of controlling the child. Unfortunately, Ritalin is associated with many common side effects including: sleep disturbances / depression and sadness / headache / stomachache / appetite suppression / elevated blood pressure / reduction of growth The cause of ADHD is unknown to date but a group of chiropractic researchers has hypothesized that this condition may be caused by or worsened by vertebral fixations and misalignments (subluxations) which result in autonomic nervous system hyperactivity. The researchers performed a small scale study and found chiropractic treatment beneficial in children with hyperactivity disorders.

Heel Pain

Heel pain in a child is commonly caused by a condition known as, "Severs Disease." It's caused by chronic strain at the achilles tendon attachment on the calcaneus. It is generally found in 8-13 year olds and the complaint is pain in the area of the heel. Chiropractic care focuses on correcting any biomechanical problems, utilizing therapeutic stretches and exercises, manipulating any "locked" extremity and spinal joints, and various manual therapies.

Knee Pain

In Osgood-Schlatter Disease, the affected age is from 9-15 years and pain, tenderness and swelling is experienced just below the knee. This is actually the patellar (knee cap) tendon pulling away from its bony attachment on the tibia. Chiropractors can effectively treat this condition through chiropractic adjustment to the knee and manual therapies including therapeutic quadriceps stretching and exercises. Chondromalacia patella is common in adolescent females and young adults. In this condition, the underside of the patella (knee cap) begins to roughen and become painful. There is generally deep knee pain which is made worse by climbing or descending stairs as well as sitting with the knee flexed for extended periods of time. This condition can worsen and it should receive corrective care which focuses on correcting any biomechanical faults and stresses present in the spine, hip, knee and foot.

Bet Wetting

Bedwetting is stressful for everyone involved. Lack of bladder control can cause embarrassment, shame, and interfere with normal social development. All of the causes of bed-wetting are not fully understood, there are children whose bladders are underdeveloped for their age and who have difficulty recognizing when their bladder is full. This is much more common in children under four years of age. If a child, who had been dry at night for a period of time - weeks or months - suddenly start bed-wetting again, this may be a sign that something is wrong. Most often this happens when some form of stress is in the child's life: a new baby in the home, moving to a new neighborhood, or a divorce. Bedwetting may also be a sign of physical or sexual abuse, some other disease process. If your child wets the bed after having been dry at night in the past, it is important that they be seen by a doctor. The bed-wetting may be a sign that stress or a disease is causing the problem. Chiropractic can help by removing any irritation that may be affecting the nerves that control bladder function. These nerves exit an area of the spine called the Sacrum. In adults, the sacrum is one large fused bone that is very resistant to injury. However, during childhood, the sacrum is separated into five individual segments. If these segments become misaligned, due to a fall or other type of trauma, they can compromise the nerves that are responsible for bladder function. While chiropractic is not typically a treatment for bedwetting, countless children have been helped by being adjusted. In fact, a number of clinical research studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care can help many children suffering from bedwetting.

More ailments

Long hours of TV viewing and game staring, scoliosis, asthma, back pain, knee pain, leg length unbalance, heel pain, ADHD, bad posture, otitis media, headache, growing pain, colic, unexplained crying, poor appetite, breathing problems, allergic reaction, weakened immune system response

Contact our chiropractor . . . we can help!

School Screening Programs for the Early Detection of Scoliosis


Dr.Kieu Specialized in SCOLIOSIS

Early detection of scoliosis will prevent large scoliosis curvature from developing. Large curvature which could lead to more serious health problem down the road. Remember . . . all large scoliosis curvature started out as small curvature.








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