One of the things I love about being a health professional is that there is always more to learn.
I learn every day as I support you, our practice members, in your quest for vibrant health and well-being. Each of you is unique.
As an avid reader I learn by devouring books and research updates relating to the complex function of the human brain and body.
I learn by attending lectures, I’m delighted to be on the way to another one on March 10th and 11th.
Last weekend two of our Chiropractors were in Perth for Part 1 of a 5-day intensive workshop on baby and child development and the role Chiropractic plays in assessing if your child’s development is age appropriate. The results of this assessment enable us to determine how to help your child reach their milestones and thrive.
Here are just a few highlights from Dr Justin and Dr Jaquelyn.
Babies and childrens brains develop based on the stimulation provided. Tummy time is vital to brain development. Crawling facilitates the connection between the 2 halves of the brain. Later on this connection is essential to learning at school.
There is an important distinction between a cry of frustration and a cry of distress. When a baby or child expresses frustration it’s beneficial to let them struggle for a while. It is through the struggle that you child overcomes the ‘problem’, meets the challenge and develops physically, mentally and emotionally.
Many children need as much calming and soothing as possible to help them self-regulate and cope with the environment we live in.
A seemingly “well child” may have issues that haven’t surfaced yet. Careful assessment can detect this before it becomes a major problem. It’s relatively easy to help your child catch up on a missed developmental step or a mild delay whereas it takes huge effort and resources once the problem has escalated.
Many children we see in our office require calming. We encourage this at home with simple measures such as a “firm pressure tuck in” massage at bed time and tummy breathing exercises. Please ask us more about this if you feel it would benefit your child.