Dr. Kelsie Lazzell is a chiropractic doctor in Chicago.
Chiropractic care is about much more than simply relieving pain. Insuring that your spine and nervous system function optimally are the primary functions of a chiropractor.
Your spine consists of 24 vertebrae and serves to support your musculoskeletal system and protect your nervous system. In fact, your nervous system controls every aspect of your body. Your brain sends information down your spinal cord and out your spinal nerves to every organ, system, and appendage to your body.
Therefore, it makes sense that it is necessary to have your spine in proper alignment for your nervous system and body to function properly, and for you live a healthy and pain free life. Chiropractic works by removing unwanted pressure from the nerves, allowing your body to function more efficiently. The side effects are decreased pain, decreased inflammation, improved organ/joint/muscular function, and better overall health!
Why do Kids need Chiropractic Care?
Children do not normally come to your mind when you think of chiropractic care, due to the common belief chiropractic is purely for pain relief. Children seldom complain of chronic pain like adults do and they tend to bounce back quickly after injury due to their vital immune systems. But the truth is, children's bodies are under a lot of stress while they are in state of development and keeping them healthy requires maintenance.
Trauma and stress to the body and spine commonly begin during the birthing process. Both natural and cesarean births place a lot of strain on the infant’s spines and shoulders leading to issues such as digestive concerns like colic, ear infections, reduced breast feeding ability, and a compromised immune system.
Throughout those first few years of life, kiddos may sleep in awkward positions and commonly take tumbles while learning to crawl and walk. Luckily, young kids are very resilient and can take a lot of impact, but it is not uncommon for these injuries to develop into poor movement patterns of that will alter the child’s proper musculoskeletal development over time.
As kids get older, they become less resilient as they start to develop bad habits like poor posture while sitting in front of the TV or while using their phones. They also start playing contact sports, wearing heavy backpacks (commonly the wrong way), and sitting in desks all day at school, all of which can have serious repercussions on their spines now and later in life.
Chiropractic care for children is in many ways like that for adults, with the exception being the amount of pressure applied for the adjustment. Even if your child is too young to communicate, or is too shy, a chiropractor has the skills to work to find out exactly what is going on before proceeding with treatment. Gentle and non-invasive adjustments are made to the spine, with the amount of pressure applied to an infant comparable to holding a tomato, as not to bruise it. Children will often become relaxed, giggle, have bowel movements, or even fall asleep following treatment, all good signs that it has been effective. If you are concerned about your child's spinal health, call to schedule a 15-minute complimentary phone consult today.
Dr. Lazzell works with pediatrics and adults. Her pediatric areas of specialty include:
- Cold & Flu
- Ear infections
- Skin rash
- Food Allergies
- Slow Weight Gain
- Minor injuries
- Behavior disorders
Dr. Lazzell works with adults on concerns such as:
- Chronic stress
- Weight loss
- Prenatal and postnatal care
- Reproductive health- fertility, PCOS, irregular menstruation, PMS, peri and post menopause
To learn more about Dr. Lazzell visit her website.