Infant Colic and Chiropractic

baby-19295_1920Results obtained from a recent study indicate chiropractic care may have a positive effect on the long-term sequelae of infantile colic. In the study, researchers evaluated the behavioral and sleep disturbances experienced by two groups of post-colicky toddlers – those who were previously treated with chiropractic care for their infantile colic (117 total) and those who had not received chiropractic as an infant while suffering from infantile colic (111 total). Those toddlers who were treated with chiropractic care for colic were twice as likely to not experience long-term sequelae of infant colic, such as temper tantrums and frequent nocturnal waking than those who were not treated with chiropractic care as colicky infants. In other words, parents of the infants treated with chiropractic care for excessive crying did not report as many difficult behavioral and sleep patterns of their toddlers.

Source: JMPT. Vol. 32, Issue 8; October 2009.
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Overweight Children At Risk For Spinal Disease

baby-885776_1920Most tend to believe spinal related disease such as disc herniation and degenerative disc disease are diseases reserved for adults and the elderly. However, a new research study now finds these diseases are also present in young children, especially those with weight/obesity issues. “Back pain and degenerative disc disease are yet another problem associated with obesity in children, along with type 2 diabetes,” Dr. Judah G. Burns, of The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York City reported at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2009). “Disc herniation and spinal disease are generally thought of as a problem of older people, but we’re seeing it in obese youngsters, too. This is the first study to show an association between increased body mass index and disc abnormalities in children,” Burns noted.

If you have a child, overweight or not, and he or she is suffering from back and/or neck discomfort, don’t assume it’s a minor sprain/strain. Contact our office today!

Source: Reuters. December 3, 2009.
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Headaches/Neck Pain In Children

girl-504315_1920If your child is suffering from headaches and/or neck pain, chiropractic is a very viable, safe and natural treatment method. According to new research, joint dysfunction in the lower cervical spine (fixations and abnormal movement in the vertebrae making up the lower neck region) was significantly associated with neck pain and/or headaches in preadolescents. Chiropractors spend years learning spinal evaluation and have a number of highly skilled techniques to identify and care for spinal abnormalities including vertebral fixations and movement abnormalities. In fact, the majority of chiropractic treatments utilize chiropractic adjustments that are forces applied to the spinal vertebrae that aim to restore normal motion and correct fixations. Another interesting finding from this study – there was a wide variation in the child’s self-report of trauma history and neck pain and/or headache prevalence and their parent’s reporting. Thus, many parents don’t seem to be fully knowledgeable in their children’s aches and pain. If you suspect your child might be suffering from neck pain, headaches, or any other spinal pain or condition, be sure to question them thoroughly. If you find your child may be suffering, please call your local chiropractor today and see if safe, effective chiropractic care can help your child to be pain-free and healthy!

Source: JMPT. Volume 32, Issue 8; October 2009.
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Increasing Number of Children Receive Pediatric Chiropractic Care

baby-feet-847204_1920A growing number of parents are adding pediatric chiropractic care as an integrative component of their children’s health care regimen.

Survey data indicates that the percentage of chiropractic patients under 17 years of age has increased at least 8.5 percent since 1991, says the American Chiropractic Association. Further, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study indicated that nearly 3 percent of children in the United States were treated with chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in 2007, making it the most common form of doctor-directed complementary or alternative medicine used by children.

According to Elise Hewitt, DC, a Portland-area doctor of chiropractic and president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Pediatrics Council, chiropractic care isn’t just for adults. Infants and children can benefit from spinal manipulation and other forms of chiropractic care just as much as their parents and grandparents.

“It’s very important that a child have both a pediatrician and a pediatric chiropractor. A pediatric chiropractor is not there to replace the role of the pediatrician,” says Dr. Hewitt. “The pediatrician provides medications when necessary and delivers care in times of serious illness and injury. A pediatric chiropractor is there for preventative wellness care and maintenance of the child’s structure. The two are very complementary.”

Studies are beginning to show that chiropractic can help children not only with typical back and neck pain complaints, but also with issues as varied as asthma, chronic ear infections, nursing difficulties, colic and bedwetting.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle. Doctors of chiropractic – commonly referred to as chiropractors – practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Following their undergraduate education, doctors of chiropractic obtain a four-year degree consisting of more than 4,500 hours of study and clinical experience. Pediatric specialists receive additional post-doctorate training.

“The vast majority of parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care,” Dr. Hewitt notes.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the nation’s leading chiropractic organization representing more than 15,000 doctors of chiropractic and their patients. To find a chiropractor near you, visit the ACA’s searchable member database at

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. January 29, 2009.
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School Bags and Low Back Pain In Children and Teenagers

school-1634755_1920For many years, chiropractors and chiropractic organizations have been warning of the harmful side effects experienced by children and teens who carry excessively heavy school bags and back packs and/or practice improper bag carrying techniques. A recent study published in the internationally recognized medical journal Spine has just reinforced what chiropractors have been teaching parents and their children for decades – school bags and back packs can be a serious threat to the spinal health of children and teens. In the study, researchers examined the relationship between low back pain and the various types of school furniture, physical dimensions of the teens and the physical loading generated by school bag carrying. In all, 446 adolescents aged 14 to 17 participated in the study by completing questionnaires and having their body dimensions and school bag weights examined. Surprisingly, more than 50 percent of the adolescents reported to having low back pain in the prior 3 months and approximately 25 percent reported reduced daily function or care seeking due to low back pain. After evaluating all the evidence, researchers found the low back pain experienced by the adolescents was not a result of their varying body dimensions or the school furniture. Rather, researchers found the low back pain was positively associated with carrying the school bag on one shoulder resulting in significant asymmetry and spinal stress to the body.

Source: Spine. 32(24):E713-E717, November 15, 2007.
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Is It Time To Put The Run On Your Children?

kid-974181_1920.jpgIt’s staggering that more than 60 percent of the population is overweight or obese in the United States and many European countries. This makes it essential for scientists and researchers to determine how best to manage this health problem, especially in children. An interesting new study out of the U.K. indicates that children who participate in just 15 minutes of moderate exercise daily are 50 percent less likely to be obese as compared with inactive children. Researchers also commented that higher intensity type physical activity could be more important than the total amount of physical activity. Researchers were surprised at how such a small amount of activity per day could have such significant results.

Source: PLOS Med 4(3): e97.
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Back-To-School Backpack Safety Checklist

backpack-copyIt’s about that time when our children and teens begin heading back to school. Given that, we’d like to share a few important tips, compliments of our friends at the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), with the parents of those lugging around those backpacks filled with books, laptops and other school related materials.

Backpack Safety Checklist:

  • Is the backpack the correct size for your child?  The backpack should never be wider or longer than your child’s torso, and the pack should not hang more than 4 inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • Does the backpack have two wide, padded shoulder straps?  Non-padded straps are not only uncomfortable, but also they can place unnecessary pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Does your child use both straps?  Lugging a heavy backpack by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, low-back pain, and poor posture.
  • Are the shoulder straps adjustable?  The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. The backpack should be evenly centered in the middle of your child’s back.
  • Does the backpack have a padded back?  A padded back not only provides increased comfort, but also protects your child from being poked by sharp edges on school supplies (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack.
  • Does the pack have several compartments?  A backpack with individualized compartments helps position the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back, and try to place the heaviest items closet to the body.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. August 17, 2006.
Copyright: 2006

The Unbreakable Wolfe’s Law

2498102489_619d2b53af_zWolff’s Law shows that weight bearing exercise leads to increased bone density. Interestingly, X-rays of a professional baseball pitcher will show a much larger, denser, stronger bone in their pitching arm. A recent study supports adolescent sports and physical activity in general to improve bone health and lessen the likelihood of bone fracture later in life.

Specifically, jumping and running help increase the long-term bone density of the hips and pelvis where many osteoporotic fractures occur. Bone fractures in the elderly all too often result in a cascade of failing health and death.

Fortunately, the long term effects of activity early in life will likely reduce the likelihood of bone fracture by as much as 50 percent later in life.

The Hall Chiropractic system of health begins with 30 years’ experience. It includes addressing the causes of a problem – not just the symptoms. Our comprehensive care plan includes clinical and home work to strengthen muscles, improve posture and increase mobility. Call Dr. Hall at 803.421.2240 or visit us at 1171 Market Street, Suite 104 in Fort Mill’s Baxter Village for a no-obligation consultation.

Our office is open from 7AM Monday through Friday and we accept most health insurances.

1 The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, July 2006.

Sensory Processing Disorders Improve with Chiropractic Treatment

Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are impairments in detecting, modulating, interpreting, or responding to sensory stimuli. One study estimates that 5 percent of elementary aged children met the criteria for SPD. These conditions are closely related to other neurodevelopmental disorders and often overlap with autism and ADHD. Recent studies have shown the benefits of chiropractic in enhancing the functionality of individuals with SPD and Autism.

In 2011, we have more children and young adults affected by neurodevelopmental disorders than ever before. There are many factors involved in this such as birth and/or early childhood trauma, environmental toxins, food allergens, the avoidance of breast feeding and heavy vaccination. These are all areas that show promise as causative factors in the formation of neuro-developmental disorders. 

Birth trauma can come in the form of a forceps or vacuum extraction delivery. Even normal vaginal or cesarean birth processes can be traumatic. The most vulnerable area of the infant’s body is the upper cervical spine. This also happens to be the area where the brain stem ties into the top of the spinal cord. Birth trauma can significantly damage this region and create a neurological insult that is referred to as subluxation. Dr. Hall has provided conservative, effective care for children with issues like these for 30 years. 

At Hall Chiropractic Center, our holistic approach to back pain and other common complaints begins with a whole body assessment to help identify the true underlying cause of certain pain syndromes and other problems.  Our whole-body system of care includes joint mobilization, exercise, therapeutic massage, nutritional support and more. . If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today at 803.412.2240

Counting Sheep Even More Important for Children

While there have been countless sleep studies done, a recent Canadian study published on line in Pediatrics focused on children. To no parent’s surprise, the study showed that children who got more sleep were better behaved in school and the sleep-deprived kids were easily frustrated and prone to temper outbursts.

Children age’s seven to eleven were put on an average 9.3 hours of sleep nightly. They were then split into two groups. The first group were given an hour more sleep while the second group lost one hour. Results were as expected; the kids getting more sleep were better behaved while the children with less sleep struggled. While the importance of more sleep is obvious to most, finding additional sleep time is often a challenge. The researchers suggested a little earlier to bed and a little later to wake.

At Hall Chiropractic Center, our holistic approach to back pain and other common complaints begins with a whole body assessment to help identify the true underlying cause of certain pain syndromes and other problems.  Our whole-body system of care includes joint mobilization, exercise, therapeutic massage and nutritional support.

Call us today at (803) 412-2240 to learn more or to schedule a consultation.