pediatric chiropractic

Improve Behavior, Organ Function, Memory, Attention, Intelligence, Motor Control...

Chiropractic Adjustments

Improve Brain Function!

[1] Lelic, D, Niazi, IK, Holt, K, Jochumsen, M, Dremstrup, K, Yielder, P, Murphy, B, Drewes, A and Haavik, H (2016), “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016

In this study, lead author Heidi Haavik has demonstrated that Chiropractic Adjustments of spinal joints will have a positive impact on the brain.  In practice, I have seen some amazing things improve and resolve following an adjustment that had absolutely nothing to do with the patient's pain but rather "symptoms" of a body not expressing life to its fullest - Colic, ADHD, Balance, Coordination, Strength, Poor Immune Function, Digestive Issues, and so much more.

This research shows that when we adjust the spine, we significantly increase activity in the prefrontal cortex which is where higher learning and cognition occur.  The increase in activity is “by almost 20% on average."

Dr. Haavik goes on to explain:

“An effect on the function of the prefrontal cortex could explain many previous research results, such as improvements in sensorimotor function relevant to falls-prevention; better joint-position sense in both the upper limb and the lower limb; improved muscle strength in lower limb muscles; better pelvic floor control; and better ability to carry out mental rotation of objects.”

“ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT THE CHANGES WE OBSERVED WAS THAT THE PREFRONTAL CORTEX IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BEHAVIOR, GOAL-DIRECTED TASKS, DECISION MAKING, MEMORY AND ATTENTION, INTELLIGENCE, PROCESSING OF PAIN AND EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO IT, AUTONOMIC FUNCTION, MOTOR CONTROL, EYE MOVEMENTS AND SPATIAL AWARENESS.”

This research suggests that Chiropractic Adjusting can improve behavior, decision-making, memory, attention, intelligence, pain processing, emotional response, organ function, muscle control, eye movements, and spatial awareness.  So, every time you get adjusted not only do you have a huge effect on the brain but you will also have a positive effect on the whole body!

Since this study looked at people who were asymptomatic, no current pains or illnesses, we can conclude that CHIROPRACTIC BENEFITS EVERYONE EVEN IF THEY DON'T FEEL BAD!

This is why I recommend people get their spines checked on a regular basis.  Your brain can be working at a lower capacity, negatively affecting the body, and you can be totally unaware of it!

Chiropractic is Safe.  Chiropractic is Effective.

Live Better!

Dr. Aaron Wahl

Great Trails for the Family

LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL

WHAT: Rated as the “Most Scenic Hike in the Metro St. Louis Area,” the Lewis and Clark Trail is a 7.4 mile loop (moderate lewith a beautiful view of the Missouri River and limestone bluffs.

WHERE: Weldon Spring Conservation Area, on Highway 94 west of Highway 40


ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE

LOCAL REVIEW: “It’s a 2-mile walk to the Missouri River bluffs overlook, which is awesome and would probably take less than an hour with kids. You could go back the way you came or continue on the Clark trail about 3 more miles back to the trailhead. The Lewis section adds about 3-4 more miles so I wouldn’t suggest that with kids.” 
- Aaron C.

RIVER SCENE TRAIL

WHAT: This trail features the state park’s most spectacular views, including a forested hillside and stunning views of the Meramec River Valley more than 200 feet below.


WHERE: Castlewood State Park (Ballwin, MO)
 

ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE

LOCAL REVIEW: “ I have taken both of my kids on the 3-mile loop out at Castlewood Scenic River Trail. You just have to keep your eye on them at the top of the bluff. It is a little challenging but my daughter does it without complaint. Grotpeter is a good trail out there, too. No Bluffs. Rolling Hills through the woods. 
- Anna T.

POWDER VALLEY NATURE AREA

WHAT: One of the best places in the area to take your curious kids to see wildlife, including deer! There are several paved trails, including a quarter-mile trail that is great for very young children and strollers.

WHERE: 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy

ROCK HOLLOW TRAIL

WHAT: Does your family enjoy biking? The Rock Hollow Trail is a paved trail surrounded by nice scenic views. The 4.6-mile round-trip ride is downhill from the trailhead to the Meramec River, and uphill heading back.

WHERE: Wildwood. Manchester Road to Old State Road, south to Ridge Road, east a quarter mile to the entrance.

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy

I hope you can get out on the trails!

Chiropractic is Safe.  Chiropractic is Effective.  

Live Better!

Dr. Aaron Wahl

Low Back Pain

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Did you know Low Back Pain is the most common cause of disability in this country?

It has gotten so bad in the country that it is resulting 149 million lost days of work and $200-300 Billion of money with 2/3 of that in lost wages and time at work every single year. 

 

I find this trend rather disturbing since Chiropractic, time and again, has been proven to be a safe form of care and the most effective form of care for back pain.  

Not every case of low back pain can be resolved with Chiropractic adjustments but the vast majority will resolve.  My conservative guesstimate would be 80+% of all back pain cases, regardless of age will get better by getting regular Chiropractic adjustments of the spine.  I make this estimate based upon the fact that in 12+ years of practice, I have only had a handful of cases that did not get better.  

This is great news for you because that means there is a very conservative approach to care that doesn't involve giving you drugs or cutting you open...AND IT HAS A REALLY HIGH SUCCESS RATE.  

The high success rate lies in the fundamental law that our bodies have an innate ability to self-heal.  Chiropractic understands this fundamental law and works to free the body of anything that may interfere.  

When you have a symptom, like low back pain, that isn't resolving on its own then your inner alarm should be going off.  It should be going off because something is interfering with your ability to self-heal and that is why you have a pain that keeps coming back or doesn't ever go away.   In fact, your problem will never go away and will get worse if you don't figure out the cause of interference.  

Chiropractors have been so successful at helping people with pain because we are experts at finding interference.  We find the areas of interference in the spine, called Vertebral Subluxations, and adjust them so that the nervous system functions better.  When the nervous system can function better it can heal better and that results in a body that expresses less pain (i.e. less low back pain) and more life.  Who doesn't want that?

We now know there are 4 things that happen every time your spine receives an adjustment:

  1. You Breath Better
  2. You Digest Food Better
  3. You Sleep Better
  4. You Have More Energy

Doesn't it make sense that if you are functioning better like that after each adjustment then it is just a matter of time before you feel better?

The more regular you are with Chiropractic adjustments the more likely you are to heal and the more likely you are to see your low back pain go away.  

If you are having low back pain or just want to be as healthy as you possibly can you must know the status of your spinal health.  

We use the following to find out how healthy the spine is right now:

  1. A digital postural evaluation
  2. Functional muscle testing called Applied Kinesiology
  3. A detailed exam of the spine
    1. spinal movement
    2. spinal muscles
    3. inflammation of the spine

Science has shown that a sick (unhealthy) spine results in a sick brain, which results in a sick body.  Give us a call today to get your spine checked:  314-681-8388.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Chiropractic is Safe.  Chiropractic is Effective.

Live Bett!

Dr. Aaron Wahl

Meet Dr. Aaron Wahl

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Check out this video that introduces me - Dr. Aaron Wahl, a Chiropractor in Chesterfield and Chiropractor for kids.