Babies and children grow quickly, and their muscles, ligaments and bones develop rapidly. Because of this, they may particularly benefit from a drugless, painless and surgically-free approach to good health. The goal of chiropractic is to help allow the body to best function and repair itself. Here are a few of the ways this practical care may be helpful to your child.
It’s an incredible fact that 40-50 pounds of pressure are exerted on an infant’s neck during the birth process. The baby’s head is forced to rotate by 90 degrees while contractions squeeze their small frame. This stress, combined with the weight of the baby’s head, puts considerable pressure on the neck, spine, nerves and muscles.
Such trauma may contribute to several painful conditions often found in babies. Symptoms can begin in the first months of an infant’s life and may plague a child throughout the early years. Fortunately, your doctor of chiropractic may offer help for your baby – and peace of mind for you.
Signs to watch for include posture signals such as tilting the head, neck sensitivity, inability to lie on their back, crying when moved out of their favorite sleeping position, difficulty in breastfeeding, unusual motion (perhaps with a leg or an arm), a bent body position and unusual differences in the appearance of one side of the body from the other (such as one hip being higher). Swelling, pain or constant crying and irritability are also signs of distress that should be evaluated, along with any unusual problems with eating, sleeping or playing.
Approximately 20% of all babies will suffer colic. Colic is believed
to be a baby’s response to pain –
although the exact cause of colic is
not known. With colic, the baby is
otherwise healthy, but will cry vio-lently for lengthy periods of time for no apparent reason. Oftentimes, a colicky baby will not stop crying even when held, given a bottle or diaper change.
Other symptoms can include a swollen abdomen (with “rumbling” noises), passing excess air and irritating digestive problems. Colic is very stressful to the baby, the parents and the family.
An encouraging new study from Denmark suggests that chiropractic may be helpful to infants with colic even when more traditional treatments had failed. The data included 316 babies treated by 73 chiropractors in 50 different clinics. Improvement was reported in more than 90% of these children.
Ear infections are often painful and difficult in both infants and children. Your chiropractor is especially sensitive to detect any changes in muscles or joints that may be associated with or aggravating this condition.
You may find this most helpful when evaluating stubborn repeat infections or when conservative treatment is preferable to medication or surgery.
Children are active – and their lifestyle demands that their bodies be in peak form to minimize injury and illness. Chiropractic care, with its holistic and surgically-free approach, may be a welcome partner to help ensure your child’s healthiest growth.
The chiropractic methods of adjustments, nutrition, exercise, posture and physical conditioning may also be valuable to your child’s general health and safety. Each year, four million children are injured in playground or team sports incidents. You may fmd your child benefits from your chiropractor’s preventive and educational focus as well as their ability to treat sprains and strains.
Obesity increases the chances of having heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can also aggravate respiratory problems, arthritis, skin disorders, as well as depression. What many people don’t realize is that obesity can also increase the risks of common cancers such as breast, uterine, colon, kidney, and esophagus cancers. Well over 90% of us will die from the diseases just mentioned, and obesity is the key to making them all more possible. If all these diseases were like the branches of a tree, then obesity is the trunk of this disease tree. It must be cut down.
Many of us find that diet and exercise just no longer work. The alternative is to leave your disease tree intact. You do have an option. You can reclaim power over your weight by using a doctor-prescribed, FDA-approved medication in a physician-supervised program. You can’t give up. It’s too important. You must control it. Give yourself permission to be healthy and more beautiful.
Contact a board certified physician, with years of experience helping people lose weight. A physician who has struggled with weight issues and has lived the frustration will have a sympathetic ear, and not be critical. You must realize that it is not all your fault. If it were, it would actually be easier to conquer. Medication can overcome some of the genetically-based forces causing this disease. It is not just a simple matter of will power.
Call forth your mental energy and call a doctor today. Give yourself the power to be healthy and beautiful. You’ll be better when you lose weight!
Cancer and its treatments cause fatigue. You probably already know that. Cancer itself can zap your energy. Some treatments also make the body use more energy. Your body needs to get rid of the toxins that cancer cells set free when they are killed. Lack of sleep, poor appetite, pain, nausea, lack of physical activity and low white blood cell count (as well as a common culprit, anemia) can lead to or worsen fatigue. Those who experience these symptoms call the problem chemo brain. This cognitive dysfunction is often associated with other distressing symptoms following successful treatment for cancer, including pain, fatigue, depression and sleep disturbances. Additionally, several recent (but very small, non-randomized, non-controlled) studies show that mild memory loss appears to be a potential side effect of chemotherapy.
There is growing agreement that chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction may contribute to substantially reduced quality of life in cancer survivors. EEG neurofeedback and other forms of biofeedback specifically target central nervous system functioning. These non-invasive, gentle treatments offer a new approach to improving quality of life and enhancing the recovery of those struggling with chemo brain.
Chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction (i.e., disturbing and disruptive changes in attention/concentration, memory, thinking or other cognitive functions) in women with breast cancer is becoming an increasingly important clinical issue. Several recently published studies describe moderate to severe cognitive dysfunction in breast cancer survivors who were treated with adjuvant chemotherapy one to five years before undergoing extensive neuropsychological testing. These studies suggest that approximately 15% to 25% of chemotherapy-treated breast cancer patients will demonstrate evidence of cognitive dysfunction some years after chemotherapy compared with about 10% of survivors who did not receive chemotherapy.
[Related Research: (1)Barton D, Loprinzi C: Novel approaches to preventing chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction in breast cancer: the art of the possible. Clinical Breast Cancer 2002;3 Suppl 3:S121-127. (2)Management of Cancer Symptoms: Pain, Depression, and Fatigue. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment: Number 61, July 2002. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/csympsum.htm. (3)Valentine AD, Meyers CA: Cognitive and mood disturbance as causes and symptoms of fatigue in cancer patients. Cancer 2001;92:1694-1698.]
Cancer is common in pets, and the rate increases with age. Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, while cats have fewer instances of cancer. Cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age.
How is it Diagnosed?
Strong circumstantial evidence of cancer can be attained from x-rays, blood tests, the physical appearance of the cancer, or the physical signs caused by the cancer. Most cancers, however, will require a biopsy (removal of a piece of tissue) for confirmation.
Common Types of Cancer in Pets
Skin - Skin tumors are very common in older dogs, but much less common in cats. Most skin tumors in cats are malignant, but in dogs they are often benign. All skin tumors should be examined by your veterinarian.
Breast - Fifty percent of all breast tumors in dogs and 85% of all breast tumors in cats are malignant. Spaying your pet between 6 and 12 months of age will greatly reduce the risk of breast cancer. Surgery is the treatment of choice for this type of cancer.
Head & Neck - Cancer of the mouth is common in dogs and less common in cats. A mass on the gums, bleeding, odor, or difficult eating are signs to watch for. Many swellings are malignant, so early aggressive treatment is essential. Cancer may develop inside the nose of both cats and dogs. Bleeding from the nose, difficulty breathing, or facial swelling may occur.
Lymphoma - Lymphoma is a common form of cancer in dogs and cats. It is characterized by enlargement of one or many lymph nodes in the body. A virus causes most of these cancers in cats. Chemotherapy is frequently effective in controlling this type of cancer.
Feline Leukemia Complex - The feline leukemia virus is contagious among cats and will occasionally cause true cancer. There is no proof that it is contagious to humans. While a great deal of research is ongoing, no consistently effective treatment is presently available for virus-positive cats.
Testicles - Testicular tumors are rare in cats and common in dogs, especially those with retained testes. Most of these cancers are curable with surgery.
Abdominal Tumors - Tumors inside the abdomen are common. It is difficult to make an early diagnosis. Weight loss and abdominal enlargement are common signs of these tumors.
Bone - Bone tumors are most commonly seen in large breed dogs and rarely in cats. The leg bones, near joints, are the most common sites. Persistent lameness and swelling of the leg is an early sign of disease.
How is it Treated?
Each cancer requires individual care. Your veterinarian may use surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, cryosurgery (freezing), hyperthermia (heating) or immunotherapy to effectively treat cancers. Combination therapy is commonly employed.
What is the Success Rate?
This depends strongly on the type and extent of the cancer as well as the aggressiveness of therapy. Some cancers can be cured and almost all patients can be helped to some degree. Your veterinarian will have a better chance to control or cure your pet’s cancer if it is detected early.