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3 Top Reasons Why Children with Sensory Processing Disorders Should Get a Chiropractic Check Up

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Pediatric Chiropractor in Vaughan Discusses How Chiropractic Can Benefit Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

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If your child has been diagnosed with a Sensory Processing Disorder, then read on …

Over the last 16 years, I have seen many children benefit tremendously from chiropractic care. As a pediatric chiropractor, I have especially seen immense health improvements in children who have been diagnosed with a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPDs) such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and other learning and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Some of the changes parents have seen in their child is more focus at school and when doing homework, that their skills and grades improve, their attention improves, they are more rested, and less irritable.

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Back To Health Chiropractic Centre Is Your Family Wellness Centre

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Over the last 6 years at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, we have had the extreme pleasure of serving over a thousand patients and their families.  Our vision is to see:


“Children, youths and families realizing their full potential,
Living with the full expression of  health and love,
Enjoying a long-lasting, healthy, happy and active quality of life.”

Our focus at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre is health and wellness for the whole family.  With childhood diseases on the rise these days (eg. asthma, allergies, obesity, diabetes, learning disorders, behavioural disorders) it’s not enough that mom or dad are the only ones on the path to health and wellness.  The time for children health and wellness is now.

Many parents today are more educated and more informed about health, wellness and prevention.  Many parents of our Centre are already making wiser health choices for their children, whether it’s about the types of foods their child eats or the amount of physical activity their child gets.  Make chiropractic care one of those health choices for your child.  Ask Dr. Walter how children can benefit from chiropractic care. If your children haven’t been checked recently for spinal misalignments, let us know and we will do spinal check up for them. They deserve it! Likewise, you can look for a family wellness chiropractor in your community that cares for children.

During this past year, Dr. Walter has completed an extensive chiropractic pediatric training with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA – www.icpa4kids.org). Dr. Walter is providing chiropractic care for children of all ages including infants and newborns. A component of family wellness care is chiropractic pregnancy care – chiropractic care before and during pregnancy for the mom-to-be. Chiropractic adjustments for pregnant women are gentle, safe and always performed with comfort.

If you know anyhow who is pregnant or is planning to be pregnant, let them know that chiropractic is an option for optimal health and wellness and recommend a chiropractic check-up.  We also have lots of resources and information we can pass on to them.

As always, we acknowledge you for your commitment to being the healthiest you can be and thank for sharing chiropractic stories and referring your family and friends to our Centre.

Can Chiropractic Help Children With Learning Disabilities?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Are school-aged children getting healthier or sicker?  I came across a Statistic Canada survey that helped shed some light on this question.  The results of this survey were quite revealing. I’ll review some of the findings here, but first let me share this story with you.

This week in our chiropractic wellness clinic, I had a conversation with a patient who is a grade 8 teacher.  I was particularly curious of the prevalence of children in his class with learning disabilities.  This is what I learned …

The teacher said that 1 in 5 (20%) students in his class have been diagnosed with a learning disability, such as ADD or ADHD.  He also said that a lot of learning disabilities go unreported, so the prevalence is likely higher.  And, that this is fairly common in most classrooms at his school.

Statistic Canada, in a 2006 study entitled “Participiation and Activity Limitation Survey”, reported that there is a increase in disabilities amongst children aged 14 and under.  The findings showed that amongst children aged 14 and under, about 202,350 (3.7%) reported a disability of some kind in 2006.  This is up from 2001 which was at 3.1%.

In this group, 69.8% of children aged 4 and under had a disability related to a chronic health condition – the most common health conditions reported were asthma, severe allergies, attention deficit disorder, and autism.

For children aged 5 to 14, the study reported that 66.6% of these children had chronic health conditions.  Learning disabilities affected 69.3% of children in this age group.

Overall, there was a large increase in learning disabilities from 2001 to 2006 for both children and adults.

At Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, our our vision is family health and wellness … which means our vision is for families in our community to be fully healthy, happy and flourishing.  To our Back To Health Chiropractic team, healthy families does not mean just mom or dad on the wellness path.  Family health  especially includes children living to their full human potential.

I really like the  World Health Organization’s definition of health, which is …

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 1

Unfortunately, many children are not living in a “complete physical, mental and social well-being” as the learning disability prevalence is increasing.

So if health means “complete physical, mental and social well-being”, how are we doing when chronic health conditions and learning disabilities are increasing in the school-aged population?

In our chiropractic wellness clinic, we care for children that present with chronic health conditions and learning disabilities.  Although most adults come into our clinic with pain complaints of some sort (like headaches, back pain, neck pain), most children in our clinic don’t present with pain conditions.  They present with health conditions such as asthma, allergies, bed-wetting, digestive problems, ADD/ADHD and autism.  I have seen chiropractic be helpful for children with these types of health conditions.  However, chiropractic is not a treatment for any of these health conditions.

A chiropractor assesses the spine to find spinal misalignments (subluxations).   Why is this important?  Because spinal misalignments can alter the quality and quantity of nerve input to and from the brain.  Altered nerve input to and from the brain can cause problems to the body.  To correct a spinal misalignment, the chiropractor delivers a specific scientific chiropractic adjustment, which removes interference on the nervous system and improves the nerve input to and from the brain.  Now, the body is in a position to function and heal optimally because all healing and body function is controlled by the brain. This is why chiropractors will see many people, adults and children alike, respond positively to a variety to different health conditions.

So can chiropractic help children with learning disabilities? Let’s look at this study…

In a 2007 literature review study by Dr. Yannick Pauli, published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), Dr. Pauli suggested that although more research is necessary in this area, chiropractic care may have a positive role in individuals suffering from learning disabilities and dyslexia.2   A lot has to do with restoring function to the child’s nervous system by correcting vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments).

Chiropractic care for children is safe and effective.  Ask your family wellness chiropractor how chiropractic can be of benefit to you and your family.

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1. WHO Website. http://www.who.int/about/definition/en/print.html

2. Pauli, Yannick, D.C.The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Individuals Suffering from Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR). January 15, 2007, pp 1-12.