Chiropractic and the Developing Child’s Brain
Many see chiropractic care as physical solution to life’s aches and pains like back pain, neck pain, headaches etc. Although this is true, the reason why chiropractic works and more importantly why Neuro-Structural chiropractic is so effective, is because goes beyond just moving the spine in one direction or another. It goes to the cause of the problem.
The brain is an amazing super computer that has the ability to change and adapt throughout the course of its lifespan. That ability is known as neuroplasticity or brain plasticity. Although neuroplasticity occurs through adulthood and into old age, the greatest amount of takes place during childhood as we are learning to move, speak, walk and understand.
In recent years research has shown chiropractic care assists the brain by encouraging plasticity. Dr. Heidi Haavik, a PhD in neurophysiology, has demonstrated that chiropractic care creates changes in the way the brain processes pain and assists in helping the body move.
So can this affect a developing brain? The answer is yes! In the early stages of childhood, movement serves as the driving force for the creation and linking of neural-networks in the brain. Chiropractic care encourages proper, coordinated movement of the spine and surrounding muscles. When the body is able to move freely, pathways into the brain are stimulated and connect to different areas of the brain.
Neuro-Structural Chiropractic focuses on the functional connection between the brain and rest of the body. As the development of a child’s brain is ever growing, Neuro-Structural chiropractic addresses these needs specifically with the treatment that is most appropriate.