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New Approaches to Health Care “Alternative” Therapies Now Mainstream for Many Families - Page 4

Written by Jolene Gensheimer   
Friday, 01 June 2007 00:00
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Studies of chiropractic care—which stereotypically is considered a treatment for adults with back pain but more broadly addresses the nervous system and its role in overall health—are also showing impressive results for children, including treatment for asthma, respiratory infections, colic, ear infections and ADHD.

Vasudeva points out that the way a child receives a spinal adjustment is very different from an adult adjustment. It looks more like a massage, and she compares the amount of pressure to the amount you would use checking to see if a tomato is ripe. And if her young patients are nervous, her pediatric chiropractic table shaped like a bus with an enticing net of sea creatures hanging above helps encourage the youngsters to relax.

“In this society we base so much on symptoms,” Vasudeva says. “When we are in pain we are not well, and if we are not having pain we seem to think we are OK—but that is where we are lagging and have to think more progressively.”


About the Author:

Jolene Gensheimer is a Bellevue-based freelance writer and mother of two.

Reprinted with permission from the May 2005 issue of ParentMap magazine (www.parentmap.com).

For references and additional information about the author and topic, please visit: http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/references.html


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