How Chiropractic Care Can Help Autistic Children

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When your child is diagnosed with autism, you may be left with many questions regarding cause, treatment and support. With so much mystery surrounding what causes autism, no cures and no medication options, it’s not always apparent what you can do to help your child which can oftentimes leave you feeling powerless.

As a parent, it can be a challenge to navigate so we are here to break it down and tell you how chiropractic care can help autistic children.

NOTE: chiropractic care is NOT a cure for autism, but we have found significant reduction in symptoms and improved motor/sensory function which allows these patients to live a much easier life.

What is autism?  

“Autism is a complex neurobehavioral condition that includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviours. Because of the range of symptoms, this condition is now called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”* Typically signs of autism start to show in the first three years of life.

What are typical symptoms of autism?

Children with autism have difficulties with social interactions and may be unable to express themselves verbally or physically. They may avoid eye-contact, show lack of empathy, have a language delay, and/or avoid playing with others. They may engage in repetitive behaviours and fixate on routines or objects.

How can chiropractic care help autistic children?

Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper function including the sensory, motor and the overall nervous system. Many sensory and cognitive functions are located in the spine so when stress or spinal misalignments (subluxations) are removed, there are significant improvements in overall bodily and neurological function.

In a study involving a non-verbal 4-year-old autistic boy, 15 visits to the chiropractor led to improvements in language development, sociability and cognitive skills.** Another study involved a 3 year old girl who was “non-verbal, had compulsive  disorders, daily rituals, head banging and violence. After chiropractic, care began within one month her parents and teacher noticed a 30% improvement socially. After one year of care, an 80% improvement was noticed. Head banging and other rituals diminished by 50% with less violent behavior.”***

There is more evidence that chiropractic care can help improve symptoms of autism. Find out how chiropractic adjustments can work for your child, book a consultation today.




Why Do Your Children Need to See a Chiropractor?

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As a parent, there is oftentimes so much that is beyond our control when raising children. We try to protect our kids from illness, shield them from injury and do anything in our power to promote optimal learning and development. There are many tools at our fingertips to encourage strong, healthy growth such as a healthy diet, plenty of sleep and exercise, but did you know chiropractic care was one of them?

Chiropractors can help your children reach their potential and promote good health through regular adjustments. Children start experiencing subtle spinal misalignments (subluxations) from birth and they continue to occur during playtime or participating in day to day activities or sports. These subluxations have an impact on the nervous system affecting overall bodily function. When the nervous system is comprimised, symptoms are not always obvious and instead manifest in other ways like digestion issues, sleep problems, lower immunity and even in children’s behaviour.

“The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for mis-alignments that impair nerve system function therefore affecting overall body function. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.”*

Once a child starts receiving chiropractic adjustments, they may experience the following benefits:

  • Less frequent colds or flu and fewer ear infections
  • Reduced bed wetting and improved sleep
  • Less severe asthma
  • Better digestion and a decrease in colic in babies
  • Improved ability to learn and focus
  • Reduced hyperactivity and behavioural issues

To help your child reach their potential, book a consultation at Jassal Chiropractic today.


Insomnia and How Chiropractic Care Can Help

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Sleep: We fight it as kids and beg for it as adults! If you’re like many people, you might struggle to fall asleep and find yourself awake most of the night causing frustration and exhaustion. Ask any parent of a newborn what happens from sleep depravation; your ability to react, concentrate, remember, reason logically, and control your emotions diminishes the bigger the sleep debt. Since sleep allows time for the body to rest, heal and process important bodily functions, sleep is not a luxury, but rather a necessity!

Did you know you may be experiencing insomnia? Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder which is defined as “difficulty falling asleep, difficulty remaining asleep, early morning awakenings or non-restorative sleep… An estimated 3.3 million Canadians aged 15 or older, or about one in every seven are considered to have insomnia, according to a study”* by Statistics Canada.

Instead of turning to sleep medication, chiropractic care can provide a natural solution to your sleep problems. A paper published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders suggests that insomnia could be caused by complex chemical interactions in the brain resulting from subluxation.** Subluxation is a misalignment of the spine and chiropractic adjustments can remove restrictions in the spine releasing stress on the central nervous system. Chiropractic care improves sleep by promoting a healthy endocrine system which has positive effects on your overall physical and mental health.

Rest easy, a good sleep is around the corner with these last few tips:

  • Make sure the room is dark and not too warm.
  • Use a white noise sound machine.
  • Avoid and turn off your devices before bed.
  • Do some deep breathing exercises to clear your mind.
  • Add a spritz of lavender essential oil spray onto your pillow case.
  • Get adjusted by your Chiropractor regularly.



Why Should my Child Have Chiropractic Care?

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Kids grow up so fast and as parents, we want to protect them from the first moment we hold them in our arms. To help our children reach their mental and physical potential, children need to experience the world through exploration, play and sports often leading to bumps, bruises and a few falls. These minor injuries may cause spinal misalignments and ultimately result in stresses on the nervous system.

A healthy nervous system free of strain and stress is essential as the nervous system controls and coordinates every function of the body, including healing and repair. So, you might be wondering ‘why should my child have chiropractic care?’ To protect our children, promote optimal health and to prevent illness, visiting a chiropractor can help.

How can a chiropractor help my child?

When children receive chiropractic adjustments, “the healing power of the body is unleashed: the immune system functions more efficiently, resistance to disease increases, and your child’s body functions more efficiently. Your child can respond to internal and external environmental stresses such as germs, changes in temperature, humidity, toxins, pollen and all the other stresses he/she comes in contact with more efficiently”.*

What are the most common reasons to seek chiropractor care?

  • To reduce frequency of colds, ear infections and illnesses
  • To help with asthma and/or allergies
  • To promote digestion, alleviate constipation and treat colic
  • To improve sleep and prevent bed wetting
  • To alleviate growing pains
  • To maximize brain development and learning potential
  • To improve concentration and emotional well-being

Chiropractic care for children improves all system functions in the body; “circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system.  Chiropractic adjustments restore nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.”**.

To take a proactive, preventative approach to your child’s health, and consider visiting Jassal Chiropractic.



How to Boost the Learning Potential in Your Child

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As parents, we want our kids to excel in school so we spend hours sitting across the table from them to help with homework and we spend money on tutors for various subjects. Despite our efforts and good intentions, our children may be struggling to learn and process information. It may be difficult to identify the issue preventing our children from learning and oftentimes children may be mistakenly diagnosed with ADHD. Before starting them on medication, it might be worth seeking chiropractic care for children.

Chiropractic care for children helps promote a fully functioning central nervous system which supports their ability to learn and process. Every chiropractic adjustment acts as a reset button to maximize health and healing in the body. In fact, a study with approximately 100 volunteers conducted an EEG before and after receiving chiropractic adjustments. Post chiropractic treatment EEG scans “revealed improvement in all areas of the volunteer’s brain function.”* This means brainwaves and the activity shown in the brain was significantly improved after spinal adjustments. When brain function is improved overall health improves but so does the ability to learn and retain information.

Research conducted by Swiss chiropractor Yannick Pauli, DC, president of the Swiss Chiropractic Pediatric Association confirms “chiropractic adjustments, even when no back problems are evident, can improve the function of the spine and strongly stimulate nerve pathways to the cerebellum and other parts of the brain. The cerebellum plays a vital role in learning. It helps the brain coordinate and integrate the various sensory information, as well as to increase the processing speed of the brain. In the case of children, this may, in turn, help brain functions necessary for learning.” **

If you are concerned that your child is struggling in school and their grades are not reflective of their true potential, please visit Jassal Chiropractic to learn more how chiropractic care can assist in the journey!



How To Prevent Sports Injuries (and improve performance) in Children

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If you’re like most parents, your year is defined by hockey or football season. Or perhaps it’s a never-ending cycle of gymnastics or basketball all year round. It’s no surprise that our schedules are busy carting children to and from games, classes or dance recitals. Children participating in multiple organized sports or other activities take a toll on their body and we sometimes find ourselves making a pit stop at the doctor to treat an injury.

Chiropractors have been known for treating sports injuries to improve recovery time for years. However, instead of waiting until children experience pain from an injury, chiropractic adjustments can actually prevent injuries from occurring.

In a study, Australian football players who were under chiropractic care had a reduced number of strains in their legs and lower back and in fact experienced improved health overall.* Chiropractors can discover and treat poor posture, muscle imbalance and nerve interferences that could potentially lead to injury if left untreated. Chiropractors offer young athletes early intervention strategies to help prevent painful injuries and avoid a relief-based approach like the use of painkillers.

Another benefit of chiropractic care for active children is an increase in athletic performance. “A study of athletes by the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation concluded that athletes who received 12 weeks of chiropractic care exhibited 30 percent improvement in reaction time, versus a group with no chiropractic care”.** Children who have regular appointments with a chiropractor benefit from spinal adjustments that balance their nervous system but they also get advice for a holistic approach to health like developing healthy sleep, eating and exercise habits.

As a parent, encouraging our children to be active AND healthy is a priority, and that’s exactly what Jassal Chiropractic can help you do!


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Ask The Chiropractors Pt. 2

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What have you always wanted to ask your Chiropractor? We all know that Chiropractic care is an important part of a wellness program, but do you know how chiropractic care works? In this new series, Dr. Jassal and Dr. Kim are sharing some answers to your burning Chiropractic questions. This is part two, so check out part one for other Chiropractic questions you might want the answers to!

Why do you see so many children at the clinic?

Children have nervous sytems and spines that control the function of all their cells in their body. So for most children that aren’t functioning at their greatest or have health challenges or aren’t developing at the right pace many times the underlying problem is that the nervous system is being compromised. Because of that we check the nervous system and the spines as young as possible to make sure that if there is an underlying problem that is causing dysfunction or disease we get that to correct so the body can heal itself.

How are we different than other chiropractors:

We look at the body as a whole and get the entire nervous system to function better looking at the cause of why the body isn’t working. With the torque release technique we don’t deliver manual adjustments here at the clinic. We use an instrument that delivers a very quick light speed of adjustment that a lot of patients find gentle. We are usually adjusting less segments – one ore two each time, so it allows the body to heal itself so it gains greater strategies and memory for how to heal itself in the future. The benefits with our type of chiropractic care is that the overall person functions better. That can be from better sleep, more calm, most women have better menstrual cycles, kids perform sports better, less injuries, stronger immune systems, better posture.

Why do you check the feet?

We use your feet to check for achilles reflex, which is a neurological reflex system.  We look at the changes in your neurological reflex system by using your feet in response to stress that is applied to specific segments of your spine.

When you say “good” or “much better” after an adjustment, do you really notice the changes happen that quickly?

Yes, your body changes immediately to each adjustments that are applied in each and every visit. Every visit, there are multiple different factors that we are evaluating, both before and after the adjustment.  For example, after each adjustment is performed, we are looking at the changes in your breathing pattern, muscle tone, temperature, heel tension, spine tension, fixation, and even posture.

Stay tuned for more answers to your questions! Send us a question anytime on any of our social media outlets.

How to Reduce Stress: 5 Ways to Manage Stress

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Work, kids, family obligations, relationships and social media take our time and energy on a daily basis. We are so busy with a to-do list that is so long that we can’t keep up. We also deal with high expectations set by others and even ourselves. It’s no wonder why we are stressed out and finding it harder and harder to cope.

Stress has a negative impact on our health, our bodies and our emotional well-being. Stress increases cortisol production in the body causing weight gain, a compromised immune system and food cravings.

Getting stress under control can help you find balance and improve your overall well-being. Here are 5 ways to reduce stress:

1)    Meditate: Whether you focus on a mantra, use a guided mediation app or simply practice deep breathing, meditation is very effective. To get started, sit in a quiet space, clear your mind and take some deep breaths to be in the present moment.

2)    Exercise: Do you only have 10 minutes? That’s okay, any amount of physical activity can lower cortisol and increase endorphins which is the happy hormone. Do some yoga, hop on your bike or go for a quick jaunt and you will feel better instantly.

3)    Turn off the tech: Constant notifications and mindless scrolling on phones or tablets takes time away from our goals and oftentimes leaves us feeling spread thin. Be mindful and purposeful in your actions by turning off your phone for even one hour a day to give yourself a break from your news feed.

4)    Listen to music: Did you know singing along to your fave song can reduce stress? Listening to music lowers cortisol levels and boosts your mood. Add a little dancing and you’ll be back in the groove in no time!

5)    Laugh it off: Have you heard of laugher therapy? It’s so effective because laughing causes a rush of endorphins to make you feel happier and automatically less stressed. Laughter can be shared and brings people together which ultimately makes us feel supported by others.

Don’t forget that regular Chiropractic treatments can help your nervous system function at its optimal levels to help you manage stress more efficiently. Book in with us to get your well-being in check!

What is the Webster Technique and How It Can Help your Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is a miraculous, joyous time for many mothers-to- be. But it’s also a time of morning sickness, swollen ankles and achy muscles. There are big changes happening in your body as a baby grows, internal organs shift to make room and hormones spike, so it’s not a surprise that you can become imbalanced and experience spinal and pelvic misalignment. This misalignment can cause lower back pain and achy hips that can become more uncomfortable as the pregnancy progresses. Not only that, but pelvic misalignment can reduce the space within the pelvis  and restrict baby’s movement in the uterus leading to a tendency toward the breech position in the last trimester.

Fortunately, prenatal chiropractic care can give you some relief and can promote a healthy pregnancy and easier birth for you and your baby. The Webster Technique is a chiropractic technique which establishes balance in the pelvis and reduces stress to the uterus and supporting ligaments and muscles.* When the ligaments supporting the uterus are balanced and relaxed, the baby has more room and a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth.*

During birth, babies who are in a breech or posterior position can cause concern and difficult labours for mothers oftentimes leading to back labour and sometimes C-Sections. “Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and, therefore, results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and the baby”.* Through chiropractic treatments, you can help your baby assume the best possible position and can help minimize the stress on the mother’s body.

Fostering optimal conditions for the baby and mother are the ultimate goal of prenatal chiropractic care so we invite you to book your consultation now to find out more.


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10 Ways to Sneak More Veggies and Nutrients into Your Child’s Diet

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If you’re dealing with a picky eater, meal times can be a constant battle. Many kids tend to gravitate toward pasta, bread or junk food, causing parents to worry that their children are not getting enough nutrients in their diet. Here are 10 sneaky tips to get your child to eat more veggies:

1)     Add minced cauliflower to rice. The veggie is almost invisible!

2)     Hide shredded spaghetti squash or zucchini in casseroles.

3)     Bake sweet treats with apple sauce instead of butter or oil and opt for carrot cake or chocolate zucchini cake when baking homemade goodies.

4)     Mix pumpkin puree in with pancake or waffle batter and top with fresh berries.

5)     Add tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers and/or mushrooms to an omelet or scrambled eggs for a savoury breakfast.

6)     Make eating veggies a game: Have crunch contests where the loudest crunch wins or design colourful veggie plates together with your child and then devour your creations.

7)     Add a little flavour…within reason! Adding a pinch of salt, dip or a healthy cheese sauce can get children accustomed to enjoying veggies.

8)     Add minced broccoli to mac and cheese or other fave pasta dishes.

9)     Smoothies: The perfect hiding spot for more greens!

10)  Roast kale, Brussel sprouts or sweet potatoes in the oven with olive oil, a pinch of salt and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for instant, satisfying snacks.

While children should be encouraged to try new foods multiple times before deciding whether they like it or not, they shouldn’t be forced to clean their plate if they really don’t like a particular food as it might create a negative association with that food. The trick is to keep trying, re-introduce foods often and lead by example by eating a variety of healthy veggies and fruits.

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