THE FREE, EASY, EXERCISE THAT’S RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE!

THE FREE, EASY, EXERCISE THAT’S RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE!

Most of us can do it, and you don’t need a gym membership to sign up to this lifetime club. You know it, you love it, and you do it every day… it’s walking!

We talk about walking a lot, but that’s because we want to stress how great it is, not only for your spinal health, but overall fitness and well-being.

New Study Reveals Impact of Spinal Manipulation on Cortical Drive to Limb Muscles

New Study Reveals Impact of Spinal Manipulation on Cortical Drive to Limb Muscles

The team at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic have done it again! A new study looking at whether chiropractic adjustments lead to changes in the way the brain controls muscles was recently accepted for publication in the Journal ‘Brain Sciences.’ The study was made possible by funding from the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, the Hamblin Chiropractic Research Fund Trust, the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. This latest piece adds to an important body of evidence surrounding chiropractic care, and examines whether changes in muscle drive occurred at a brain or spinal cord level.

Chiropractic Care and the Management of ADHD

Chiropractic Care and the Management of ADHD

ADHD… If you don’t know a kid who’s been diagnosed with it, you’re in the minority. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most controversial topics in child behaviour today. Firstly, there’s the hotly debated question over its actual existence. Followed by the heavily contested views over the medical treatment employed to manage it – the use of psychotropic drugs treating children. We covered this topic at length here.

Unique Nerve Signal Propagation Discovered in Chiropractic.

Unique Nerve Signal Propagation Discovered in Chiropractic.

Recent ongoing research at the University of Southern California, USA, is studying the mathematics of a unique spinal wave generated in Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractic Care.  This research on the electrophysiology of the Network Wave is reinforcing the paradigm suggested by Danish researchers Heimberg and Jackson, which proposes that the nervous system communicates through acoustic, or pulse pressure waves, and that the electrical signal is likely a by-product of this communication

Educating Local Communities

Educating Local Communities

Today’s children are involved in many and varied types of sports and activities.  There are children in swimming, dancing, ice skating, soccer, baseball, netball, footy, cricket, rugby and many more.  Each of these sports have specific skills required for accurate execution of the game.  If neurologic imbalances affecting parietal awareness, balance and comprehension are left unaddressed in the infant and toddler, we may see children in sport that are clumsy, lack eye hand coordination, don’t follow instruction or find certain postures and movements scary and/or uncomfortable.  Clinical experience and case studies from chiropractic offices around the world tell a story of how chiropractic care in early childhood assists the function of nerve pathways necessary for motor skills of developmental milestones as well as language development.  These skills are necessary when playing sport either with a team or as an individual.   

Chiropractic and Down Syndrome

What is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is the most common genetic chromosomal disorder and cause of learning disabilities in children. Trisomy 21 is due to an extra chromosome 21 in all of the cells. This is caused by abnormal cell division during the development of the sperm cell or the egg cell. Mosaic Down syndrome is when not all the cells of the body have the exta chromosome 21. This mosaic of normal and abnormal cells is caused by abnormal cell division after fertilization and accounts for 2 to 4 percent of people diagnosed with Down syndrome. Translocation Down syndrome. This occurs when part of chromosome 21 becomes attached (translocated) onto another chromosome, before or at conception. These children have the usual two copies of chromosome 21, but they also have additional material from chromosome 21 attached to the translocated chromosome. Not all cells of the body will have the extra chromosome 21.  This is the only form of Down syndrome that can be inherited. It only accounts for about 4 percent of children with Down syndrome.   

Health Risks
Heart defects: About half the children with Down syndrome are born with some type of heart defect. These heart problems can be life-threatening and may require surgery in early infancy.
Dementia: People with Down syndrome have a greatly increased risk of dementia — signs and symptoms may begin around age 50. Those who have dementia also have a higher rate of seizures. Having Down syndrome also increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Sleep apneaBecause of soft tissue and skeletal changes that lead to the obstruction of their airways, children and adults with Down syndrome are at greater risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
Other problems: Down syndrome may also be associated with Increased Risk of Leukemia, obesity and infections. Other health conditions, including gastrointestinal blockage, thyroid problems, early menopause, seizures, ear infections, hearing loss, skin problems such as psoriasis, skeletal problems and poor vision.

How We May Help
First and foremost, see the child first. Put the child before the syndrome and don’t refer to the syndrome first, for example we don’t want to say“ A Down’s child” . Please refer to a “ A child with Down syndrome”.

With increased risk of sleep apnea, infections and gastrointestinal issues, gentle cranial and dural techniques are ideal. Helping to decrease stress at the brainstem level where our sleep and wake centres, digestion, respiratory control, heart rate and sensory and motor pathways are found is ideal for these infants.

Low tone will be present in the majority of infants so core tone strengthening exercises are fantastic. Ball rocking and tummy time for babies. Superman and skydiver for older children. Plenty of daily repetition is essential. Exercises that help cross the midline are also very helpful.


Sensory stimulation for face and body. Massage of the trigeminal nerve to help give the brain more feedback. Encourage breast feeding as it works the facial muscles and tongue far more regularly and efficiently than oral motor/speech therapy. This helps with tongue position and speech.

Lots of sensory massage. TacPacis great and uses different textures to different music http://www.tacpac.co.uk/TP-order-online.htm.

Nutrition is very important as there may be malabsorption from the gut as a result of genetically-induced weaker digestion or subclinical gluten intolerance (Gale et al 1997). Low thyroid function my be linked to Zinc deficiency. Increased metabolism of Vitamin C which can lead to Vitamin C deficiency. A nutrient dense diet is recommended, including whole foods, green smoothies, low to no gluten or dairy due to common intolerances. Nutrients that have been found to be deficient in children with Down syndrome include:

  • Zinc, Vitamin E, (Cengiz et al 2000)
  • Vitamin A (Baer et al 1990)
  • Vitamin B6 (Coburn 1983)
  • Selenium (Neve et al 1983)
  • Vitamin C (Hilty et al 1991; Colombo et al 1989)
  • Folate (David et al 1996)
  • Magnesium (Monterio 1997)

Try good quality whole food supplements or referral for co-management with a Naturopath/Nutritional consultant.

Lots of movement, dance, martial arts, gymnastics, yoga, sports and playgrounds to build good body awareness and tone by plasticising pathways. 
Written by Lorene Dennis, Chiropractor
Auckland, New Zealand
 
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Extremity Adjusting: An Interview With Dr Mark Charrette

Extremity Adjusting: An Interview With Dr Mark Charrette

Dr Mark Charrette has been a busy man. Over the course of his chiropractic career, he has notched up nearly 1,800 seminar speaking appearances. It’s an impressive number, all in service of an area of chiropractic that he is passionate about – extremity adjusting. According to Dr. Mark, it’s an area that shouldn’t be an add on or an extra. Rather, it should be part of the everyday protocol for chiropractors.

D.D. Palmer’s Chiropractic Theory of Neuroskeleton

D.D. Palmer’s Chiropractic Theory of Neuroskeleton

The neuroskeleton is a unique chiropractic model developed by DD Palmer. In 1995, Gaucher, Wiese, and Donahue acknowledged that Palmer was one of chiropractic’s greatest theorists and yet the profession has never made use of his concept of the neuroskeleton as a regulator of tension and of the subluxation as “a mishap that interferes with such regulation and requires an adjustment.” Few chiropractors have read Palmer’s writings and fewer understand his central ideas. Thus, we should probably assume the profession doesn’t really know what he meant by the term.

Chiropractic Research Update

The Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic is working on many exciting projects at present.  Two of these projects we are particularly enthusiastic about were part-funded by the CCNP. These projects are investigating the effects of chiropractic care on the brains ability to integrate sensorimotor information in those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how it controls eye-tracking in children with ADHD.

Scoliosis Treatment Using a Combination of Manipulative and Rehabilitative Therapy: A Retrospective Case Series - Research Overview

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) in the literature details many different approaches when trying to define an optimal treatment for the condition at what age and at varying severities. Below are 2 articles that have varying approaches to treatment. As chiropractors we can have a beneficial effect on the neurology in any patient with a biomechanical/neurophysiological distortion, however some cases may require further referral and co management. Something we all need to consider as practitioners wanting to give our patients the best health outcomes as possible.

Neurological Snapshot Of The Subluxation

Neurological Snapshot Of The Subluxation

Time and time again Chiropractors have read articles in both the indexed literature and popular press that in one way or another address the subluxation. From Rome’s work on the nearly 300 synonyms for the subluxation to the various institutions that consider the subluxation to be only a historical concept and should be abandoned for clinical practice. The aim is to try not to bore you with a litany of scientific references as you can easily find those in the Subluxation Summit but rather motivate a more visceral response in your thinking. Many of us have discussed at one time or another the impact of traumas, thoughts, and toxins on neurological health and well-being. Maybe those weren’t the exact words used but I think you’ll get the gestalt. If we focus on “thoughts” for a moment, how do thoughts affect our nervous system. Well, for one, negative thoughts can elevate the rates of our heart and lungs, decrease our digestive secretions, and increase the tone in our flexor compartments. While on the other hand positive thoughts can relax our heart and lungs, increase our digestive secretions, and relax the hypertonic flexors. This has been shown in multiple studies across the indexed literature

Should Early Scoliosis Checks Be Routine For Parents And Health Professionals?

Should Early Scoliosis Checks Be Routine For Parents And Health Professionals?

 “How could I not have noticed her back was like this before?” a parent asks, “What could I have done?” Almost every parent of a child who is diagnosed with scoliosis utters similar words. It’s a common scenario – a parent unfamiliar with what scoliosis is, how to notice the warning signs in their children, or what to do about it if they do notice something. The fact is, scoliosis is not on people’s radars until it’s too late.

Ground-Breaking Results: Chiropractic And Pelvic Floor Control

Ground-Breaking Results: Chiropractic And Pelvic Floor Control

This is big news for women and chiropractors alike.  This study [1] demonstrates that chiropractic care has an important impact in pregnancy. It’s just been published and in it Dr. Heidi Haavik and her co-investigators, Dr. Jenny Kruger and Professor Bernadette Murphy, show that adjusting vertebral subluxations alters pelvic floor muscle function.

Studies Find Opiods Often Ineffective For Back Pain

Studies Find Opiods Often Ineffective For Back Pain

Every now and then a study comes along that makes you smile and think “Ah, I knew it!” This one landed quietly in JAMA Internal Medicine while we were all looking the other way. The New York Times did a tiny little blog piece on it, but for the most part, the world didn’t know the results of studies looking at nearly 8,000 participants that found opioids are often ineffective for back pain [1].