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  • Writer's pictureIan Shepstone

Understanding Your Child's Anxiety: How Chiropractic Care Can Help

It can be incredibly heart-wrenching to see your child struggle with anxiety. Whether it manifests as school refusal, physical symptoms, or social avoidance, anxiety can have a major impact on a child's well-being. But did you know that anxiety is closely linked to the nervous system?

External factors, such as bullying or poor test scores, can contribute to a child's anxiety. In these cases, it's important to identify the source of the anxiety and provide support through therapy, counseling, or parenting. However, when anxiety becomes wired into the nervous system, it can be more challenging to overcome.

Think of the nervous system as a gas pedal and a brake pedal. When a child is anxious, the "gas pedal" is stuck in fight-or-flight mode, leading to physical symptoms like tension and stomach aches. The "brake pedal" is associated with rest, relaxation, and good health. When a child's nervous system is stuck in the gas pedal mode, it's crucial to switch it to the brake pedal mode to promote rest and better emotional regulation.

That's where pediatric chiropractic care can help. At a pediatric chiropractic office, a multi-faceted approach is taken to address a child's anxiety. Using the latest technology, we are able to locate nervous system stress, and remove it with care. The scanning technology we use gives the doctor scientific and objective findings to track and recommend individualized neurologically-focused care plans. Many children experience improvements in sleep, mood, and emotional regulation after starting care.

If you're a parent struggling with your child's anxiety, worry, or overwhelm, consider visiting a pediatric chiropractor. Each child is unique and requires a personalized approach to care, but with a multifaceted approach, a pediatric chiropractor can be a valuable resource for your family.

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