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Pediatric and Family Drug-Free Experts: Transforming Children’s Health with Neuro-Focused Care 

Family Wellness

Are you a parent who feels like you’ve exhausted all options when it comes to your child’s health? Have you tried conventional medicine only to be disappointed by its focus on symptoms alone rather than causes? Or perhaps you’ve tried numerous natural remedies yet still find something lacking? If any of this resonates with you, please know you’re not alone.   

Millions of families share your frustration, seeking answers while feeling trapped in a cycle of doctor visits, therapies, and medications. But what if we told you there’s a really important piece missing from the puzzle? A crucial system in your child’s body that most is often overlooked. One that holds the key to your child’s health and wellness.

So, if you are tired of bandaid solutions and are eager to learn about the underlying causes of your child’s health challenges, read on to learn about the most crucial system in the body – the brain and the central nervous system. 

Neurologically-focused pediatric chiropractic care is the key to getting your child’s health back on track. So keep reading to learn all about The Perfect Storm affecting our child’s health and how our drug-free approach aims to reverse it.

Understanding the Nervous System: The Foundation of Health

We go way beyond surface symptoms and dig down to the root cause of each child’s unique challenges. At the center of our approach is the nervous system— a complex network of nerves and cells that serves as the body’s master controller. The nervous system is responsible for coordinating every function, from breathing and digestion to movement and emotional regulation. When this system experiences stress or imbalance, it can present in your child as a multitude of health challenges. 

Picture a car stuck in overdrive, revving at full throttle without pause. This is similar to what happens when a child’s nervous system gets stuck in a state of constant stress, known as sympathetic dominance. This prolonged activation of the fight-or-flight response can wreak havoc on your child’s body. Affecting every other system in their body, including: 

  • Digestive and gut health
  • Immune health
  • Gross and fine motor development
  • Focus, cognition, behavior, and emotional regulation

This non-stop stress mode is what we call subluxation, dysautonomia, and nervous system dysregulation. All of which mean an overstressed and imbalanced nervous system. This overwhelming stress and neurological dysfunction can lead to a wide range of health challenges. Such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and so much more.

Identifying the Triggers

Understanding the triggers that contribute to sympathetic overdrive is important for getting to the root causes of your child’s health challenges. The three most common “Perfect Storm” triggers are: 

  • Prenatal Stress: high levels of stress, anxiety, and complications during pregnancy 
  • Birth Trauma: interventions such as forceps, vacuum, induction, and c-section
  • Environmental Factors: early exposure to toxins, chemicals, and medications like antibiotics

While genetics, gut health, and nutrition are all essential to your child’s health, addressing the underlying neurological dysfunction is key when addressing chronic health challenges.  We need to assess and measure the health and function of the nervous system first and foremost, and that is exactly what we do as neurologically-focused chiropractors. 

The Power of INSiGHT Scans and Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care

We use technology called INSiGHT Scans to detect and measure the presence and level of subluxation and dysautonomia in every patient. These noninvasive scans help us find out if subluxation and nervous system dysregulation is present in your child. They also help to measure it and determine its severity and where the tension and imbalance is within the neurospinal system.

Once we have this information, we can create a personalized and individualized care plan for your child tailored to their unique needs. By addressing the root cause, restoring proper nervous system function, and improving regulation, your child can experience lasting improvements in their health and well-being. 

At RCW, we specialize in this drug-free, neurologically focused approach to healthcare for the entire family. To learn more about our practice and how we can support your family’s well-being, please reach out to us today!

We are here to help you take charge of your family’s health and prioritize neurological health. Setting the stage for a lifetime of resilience in your children!

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Tackling Nervous System Dysregulation for Lasting Health

Family Wellness

Are you or your child is struggling with chronic health issues? Such as digestive problems, sleep disturbances, anxiety, or intense emotions, you’re likely familiar with the frustration of trying numerous remedies without success.  Despite seeing specialists, trying medications, and making lifestyle changes, you’re left without answers. 

What if we told you that the key to unlocking these answers lies within the nervous system? 

This blog is for you! If you are sick of temporary fixes and want to uncover the root cause of these chronic health issues. By gaining a deeper understanding, you can help find lasting relief and wellness. 

Let’s dig into what nervous system dysregulation is, what its underlying causes are, and how it appears in both children and adults. Most importantly, how neurologically-focused chiropractic care can help in identifying, measuring, and addressing this often overlooked condition. 

What is Nervous System Dysregulation?

Nervous System Dysregulation refers to a malfunction or imbalance within the nervous system that disrupts its ability to effectively regulate responses to stimuli. This disruption can present itself in various ways and impact physical, psychological, and cognitive functions in your child. 

Nervous System Dysregulation differs from a specific disease. Rather than a clear pathological process, it represents a disruption of normal functioning. If left unaddressed, it can lead to more serious disorders over time.

Understanding the root causes of Nervous System Dysregulation is crucial for effectively addressing and managing it. Several factors contribute to this condition, many of which we commonly encounter:

  • Preconception and Prenatal Stress. The stress experienced by parents before and during pregnancy can affect the development of the baby’s nervous system.
  • Birth Trauma. Interventions such as forceps delivery, vacuum extraction, or c-sections can impact the nervous system by causing injury to the upper neck and brainstem that house the vagus nerve.
  • Environmental Triggers: Exposure to environmental toxins and stressors can disrupt neurological function. 
  • Lifestyle Factors: Diet, physical activity levels, and excessive screen time can all play a role in Nervous System Dysregulation 

Recognizing the Symptoms of Nervous System Dysregulation

You may observe a range of symptoms associated with nervous system dysfunction in your child. These can manifest in various ways: 

  • Physical: Chronic pain, digestive issues, headaches, and other bodily ailments may indicate underlying Nervous System Dysregulation
  • Cognitive: Memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and learning challenges can stem from neurological imbalances
  • Emotional: Mood swings, anxiety, and emotional dysregulation may be linked to dysfunction of the nervous system. 
  • Behavioral: Changes in sleep patterns, social withdrawal, and other behavioral changes can be signs of underlying neurological issues.

Nervous System Dysregulation isn’t limited to one specific disorder. It is associated with a range of conditions. Including sensory processing disorder, autism, anxiety, constipation, immune system challenges, and sleep issues.

Exploring Neurologically-Focused Pediatric Chiropractic Care

If you are seeking out drug-free options to support nervous system health, neurologically-focused chiropractic care is a perfect care option. Our approach focuses on restoring optimal function and balance to the nervous system. With an emphasis on activating and restoring the function of the vagus nerve. 

We use advanced technology called INSiGHT Scans to access neurological function. These scans can detect, quantify, and locate subluxation patterns disrupting communication within the nervous system. Allowing for personalized care plans tailored to your unique needs. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at RCW today to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our trained and ready pediatric and family chiropractors! By addressing the root causes of Nervous System Dysregulation and getting chiropractic adjustments specific to you, you can be proactive in supporting yours and/or your child’s health. Together we’d love to help reach your full potential, one step at a time!

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Understanding Sensory Issues in Kids: A Comprehensive Approach

Pediatric Chiropractic

When your child struggles with sensory issues – daily meltdowns, refusal to wear certain clothes or eat specific foods, difficulty sleeping – it can be exhausting and isolating. Each sensory-related tantrum or meltdown in public can make you feel the weight of judgmental stares from people unaware of the neurological root causing your family’s daily struggles.

As parents, there’s nothing we cherish more than our children. Witnessing them struggle with overwhelming situations like large crowds, loud noises, or certain textures is not just frustrating but heart-wrenching. Many mistakenly believe sensory issues in kids are mere phases, dismissing them as “boys being boys” or the “terrible twos.” However, these issues don’t resolve on their own and can escalate into significant challenges later in life.

So, if you are a parent who is seeking to fully understand sensory issues in your child and better explore natural solutions because traditional therapies and avoidance tactics are falling short, this is for you. We want to help you discover the nature of sensory issues. Their manifestations, impact on children’s lives, and underlying root causes like subluxation and vagus nerve dysfunction. We’ll dive into drug-free care options such as neurologically-focused chiropractic care, calming techniques, and more. 

The Science Behind Sensory Issues

Sadly, the prevalence of sensory issues in kids has skyrocketed over the past few generations. Estimates today showing rates as high as 1 in 6 children. Despite this surge, providers often fail to recognize a child’s struggles and their true root causes Leaving parents feeling isolated and lost.

Sensory issues in children can be alarming for parents. Often, they’re linked to conditions like Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and ADHD. Imagine a scenario where your child’s brain is bombarded with constant “noise” and confusion due to sensory overload. It disrupts their focus, cognition, and emotional regulation, making everyday tasks seem daunting.

Sensory Issues and the Brain-Body Connection

These sensory challenges often stem from disruptions in the body-to-brain connection. The brain and body are intricately linked through sensory nerves. So, when the digestive system, muscles, or immune system falter, it sends ripples of tension and inflammation to the brain, worsening sensory issues.

Two vital pathways play a crucial role in sensory processing. The proprioceptive movement-based pathway, and the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the number one most intricate and important sensory processing nerve in the entire body. These two sensory pathways are designed to calm, relax, and regulate the brain, which is exactly what kids with sensory issues struggle to do.

When disruptions occur in these pathways, leading to what we term subluxation, sensory issues can arise early and frequently for the child. The primary triggers for such disruptions include birth interventions such as forceps, vacuum extraction, induction, or c-section deliveries. These can cause interference to the brainstem, vagus nerve, and proprioception. These disturbances can significantly impact the child’s sensory development and overall well-being.

Parents often seek Occupational Therapy (OT) as the initial solution for addressing sensory issues. OT professionals put together plans that include exercises, integrative activities, and therapeutic tools to improve fine motor and sensory skills. Despite these efforts, movement-based therapies fail to address the deeper underlying issues. Such as subluxation, altered proprioception, and vagus nerve dysfunction originating from the brainstem, upper neck, and neurospinal system.

Sensory Issues and Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care

So, if your child is struggling with sensory meltdowns and you’ve exhausted traditional approaches without success, it’s likely that deeper neurological and vagus nerve dysfunctions need attention. This is where neurologically-focused pediatric chiropractic care steps in. A specialized form of care we provide at RCW.

In our office, we utilize INSiGHT Scans. These scans directly measure the location and severity of subluxation within your child’s nervous system. Armed with this information, we can formulate a customized care plan to address the root cause of their sensory struggles.

As we address this subluxation and neurological dysfunction over time, your child’s nervous system can better calm, relax, and regulate. This often results in better sleep, smoother transitions, fewer meltdowns, and an overall improved quality of life for your child.

By addressing the true root cause of sensory issues, we hope to offer relief and improvements that positively impact your child’s day-to-day experiences. Please reach out to RCW today! We’re here to support you every step of the way. ​

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The Perfect Storm: Insights into Childhood Neurological Disorders

The Perfect Storm

If you’re a parent struggling with the challenges of chronic neurological conditions in your child—ranging from autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder to anxiety, seizures, and OCD—then you’re likely familiar with the emotions that come along with these challenges. Such as frustration, exhaustion, and a relentless pursuit of answers. Despite navigating traditional medical avenues, searching online resources, and trying out various therapies like PT, OT, and speech, you might still feel like you’re stuck without solutions or definitive answers. 

Welcome to what we call “The Perfect Storm”. An accumulation of traumatic events, toxins, and developmental disruptions that can leave your child’s nervous system in an endless state of imbalance.  This can begin as early as during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and/or early childhood, causing your child to go off track. 

This blog is for parents who refuse to resign themselves to the status quo of chronic illness and medication dependency. It’s for those who seek genuine understanding and drug-free alternatives to support their child’s well-being. As we dive into the details of The Perfect Storm, our aim is to empower you with knowledge and actionable insights to reclaim control over your child’s health journey.

Understanding The Science of The Perfect Storm

Before discussing what we call The Perfect Storm, it’s important to understand the scale of this issue. Shockingly, statistics reveal that 1 in 4 children struggle with chronic illness. While sensory issues affect 1 in 6 kids, and Autism Spectrum Disorder affects 1 in 36 children. These numbers shine a massive light on the urgency of addressing the root causes behind these health challenges in our kids today.

One of the fundamental truths often overlooked is the interconnectedness of various health issues in children. 

Conditions like colic, constipation, eczema, and ear infections aren’t isolated incidents that children outgrow. Rather, they serve as precursors to more complex neurological conditions. This interconnectedness forms the blueprint of The Perfect Storm, a sequence of events that shapes a child’s developmental trajectory.

The Origin of The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm very often begins during pregnancy, where high levels of maternal stress can profoundly impact fetal development. As a pregnant mother, if your nervous system is stuck in a “fight or flight” sympathetic stress response, then all those stress hormones are shared with your developing baby’s nervous system.  The umbilical cord doesn’t just bring nutrients and oxygen to your baby. It also serves as the electrical “power” cord that connects your nervous system to your baby’s nervous system. 

Next is the birthing process, which only aggravates the storm. Particularly with interventions like forceps, vacuum extraction, and c-sections. All put immense pressure on your baby’s head, neck, and delicate brainstem area as they yank, twist, and pull on a brand-new infant. These procedures can subject infants to significant physical birth trauma, particularly affecting the brainstem and nervous system. 

This immediately shifts your baby’s nervous system into a sustained “fight or flight” sympathetic response. This results in subluxation and shuts down or suppresses the function of the vagus nerve and parasympathetic nervous system. Which is the system in charge of rest and digestion.

It’s crucial to understand that when your child’s nervous system becomes overstressed and imbalanced, a host of challenges arise. Their immune and digestive systems bear the brunt, leading to frequent illnesses. When this happens, unfortunately, the typical response from pediatricians often involves prescribing antibiotics and other medications. However, these medications can worsen the situation by disrupting the connection between the gut and brain. Further derailing the child’s health. 

This downward spiral can eventually manifest as asthma, allergies, ADHD, anxiety, and more. Despite each condition being treated separately, they all stem from underlying issues. Issues like subluxation, neurological dysfunction, and dysautonomia—a state where the autonomic nervous system has lost its equilibrium and functionality.

The Role of Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care in Restoring Balance

We know about this deep foundational, true root neurological cause of chronic illness in our kids. We are equipped with advanced technology that can help restore nervous system function by identifying and addressing subluxation and neurological imbalances. Using our INSiGHT Scans, customized care plans, and adjustments, the aim is to alleviate stress, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and facilitate better brain-body communication for your child.

We never want you to feel alone in the storm, so if you’re ready to start down a new path toward understanding the true root cause and healing for your child, we want to help. 
Please reach out to RCW today! By equipping yourself with knowledge and embracing proactive measures, you can rewrite the narrative of your child’s health journey. We want to help you and your child navigate the storm and emerge stronger on the other side.

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Understanding Stress Impact on Baby’s Nervous System in Utero Development with HRV


The moment those two lines appear on the pregnancy test, the most joyful journey begins for expectant mothers. It’s a time filled with wonder, excitement, and, undoubtedly, a touch of anxiety about your baby’s health and future.

As your little one grows within the womb, you might find yourself thinking about the effects of your stress and any potential disruptions that could happen during childbirth. It’s common to wonder if your emotional state could influence your baby’s neurological development.

Fortunately, advancements in research and technology now offer mothers a remarkable opportunity to play an active role in shaping their baby’s neural health from the earliest stages of pregnancy. Heart rate variability tracking emerges as a cutting-edge insight among these innovations.

So, if you’re curious about how your emotional well-being impacts your baby’s well-being and resilience, this is for you. Together, we’ll dive into the science behind proactive measures for nurturing your baby’s nervous system. We want to help mothers eager to nurture nervous system growth in their developing baby by moderating stress.  You’ll learn about the direct impact of maternal distress and anxiety on babies in the womb, affecting their neurological development.

Alex’s Story of Hope

Before welcoming their beautiful baby Boden, Alex and Griffin prioritized preparing Alex’s body for pregnancy with neurologically-focused chiropractic care. Their journey began with preconception chiropractic sessions aimed at optimizing Alex’s health.

After conceiving, Alex continued chiropractic care throughout her pregnancy, ensuring her body was well-prepared for labor and delivery. When Boden arrived, they welcomed him into the world with ease, a testament to Alex’s proactive approach to wellness.

At just 3 days old, Boden received his first chiropractic adjustment, setting the stage for a healthy start to life. From improving latch to addressing newborn discomforts, chiropractic care has played a crucial role in Boden’s early development.

Through their journey, Alex and Griffin have witnessed the profound impact of chiropractic care on Boden’s health and happiness. Their story serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive care in the journey from preconception to parenthood.

Understanding the Science: Nurturing Your Baby’s Development

Alex and Boden’s journey is truly inspiring. To understand how maternal health impacts your baby’s development in the womb, let’s look into the crucial role of the nervous system during pregnancy.

The autonomic nervous system, anchored by the vagus nerve, orchestrates vital functions supporting fetal growth and regulating conditions in the womb. This intricate “command center” ensures your baby receives oxygen and nutrients and maintains a healthy heartbeat and development.

Your nervous system serves as the “mission control,” driving the proper development of your baby’s brain, organs, and tissues. Remarkably, your baby’s nervous system remains connected to yours via the umbilical cord. Sharing not just DNA, but also stress signals.

Research reveals that maternal anxiety and distress can activate fight-or-flight responses in your baby, impacting developmental milestones. Chronic tension can interfere with emotional regulation and sensory processing even before birth, potentially leading to birth complications.

Emerging prenatal assessments, like heart rate variability (HRV) tracking, offer insights into nervous system health. HRV scans measure variability between beats, providing clues about your baby’s neurological growth and stress resilience.

Advanced HRV tracking now offers insights into nervous system patterns in pregnant women. Higher readings indicate balanced signaling that benefit the baby’s growth. While lower readings are associated with pregnancy, birth, and future challenges.

With this knowledge, expectant mothers can implement tailored interventions like, most importantly, consistent neurologically-focused chiropractic care. Also breathing exercises, mindfulness training, and stress relief regimens to benefit both mother and baby.

Learn More About HRV Technology

So, if you’re intrigued by how HRV technology can empower you as an expectant mother, please reach out to RCW today!

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Understanding the Impact of Individualized Care Plans

Family Wellness

As parents, one of the most profound responsibilities we have is safeguarding the health and well-being of our family. When faced with challenges – whether physical, developmental, or emotional – our search for answers and solutions becomes all we think about. Central to this journey is the question: “When will I see the results I’m looking for?”. It’s a natural concern rooted in our love and desire to see our kids grow up healthy and thriving.

The truth is, the answer isn’t always straightforward. It depends on so many factors. Starting from your child’s struggles at birth to their current developmental stage and the severity of their current challenges. For you as a parent, the list of factors is even longer. Injuries, medications, work stress, burnout, etc. And even then, there are objective measures and test findings that can influence the timeline of improvement.

As chiropractors with extensive experience in neurology, pediatrics, and confronting tough conditions, we understand the urgency and need for clarity in yours or your child’s healing journey. We can often predict, with a fair degree of accuracy, when and how healing will occur. 

Our ability to make these predictions stems from years of working with people facing similar struggles, understanding neurology, and leveraging scientific knowledge. We take yours or your child’s story, and key neurological metrics into account to craft what we call “Your Care Plan.”

This isn’t just any plan; it’s a tailored roadmap to recovery. It’s personalized, grounded in neurology and science, and shaped by our collective experience. All providing insights into the unique healing journey. 

So let’s dive deeper into what constitutes a care plan and why it holds the answers to the burning question:. “When will I see results in care?”

Understanding the Science Behind Your Child’s Care Plan

Every single aspect of care we provide at RCW is focused on the nervous system and promoting what’s called neuroplasticity. It’s a big, nerdy word, but its essence is quite simple and important. Especially for little ones and for us as parents navigating the demands of everyday life. 

Neuroplasticity is all about ensuring that the body’s most critical system – the nervous system – can do what it does best. Rest, relax, heal, grow, and adapt. These five elements are the cornerstones of well-being. From the tiniest infant needing ample sleep to parents and children alike requiring resilience in our chaotic, stressful world.

When we craft a care plan, every aspect revolves around nurturing neuroplasticity. It begins with our doctors taking the time to genuinely listen to your concerns, setting goals collaboratively, and leveraging cutting-edge technology to assess the state of yours or your child’s nervous system.

We use advanced tools like the INSiGHT Scans. A remarkable set of three scans that dive deep into the central nervous system. These scans help us identify and measure stress, tension, and dysfunction that might be lurking within the autonomic nervous system. Terms like subluxation, dysautonomia, and vagus nerve dysfunction may sound daunting, but they simply point to an overstressed, fatigued, and malfunctioning nervous system. 

From there, our team constructs a precise, customized care plan tailored to your specific needs. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach: it’s a personalized roadmap designed to optimize neurological function and well-being. Our clinical care planning system integrates history, neurological examination, and INSiGHT scan findings to determine the ideal frequency and duration of care. 

At the report of findings visit, we sit down with you to review the scan and exam results, and present your personalized care plan. It’s an empowering moment – a clear action plan to guide toward health and healing. This visit marks a pivotal moment for families, offering clarity, direction, and hope.

The Incredible Power of Care Plans

The incredible miracles we witness daily at RCW all begin with a care plan. These initial changes set the stage for even greater transformations. Here’s where the beauty of chiropractic shines through: we address neurological interference and imbalance naturally without reliance on drugs. Once we restore balance to a nervous system, remarkable shifts occur: 

  • Better sleep
  • Improved digestive regularity
  • Reduced symptoms tied to ADHD and anxiety
  • Enhanced ability to manage sensory processing challenges
  • Increased energy levels
  • Decreased emotional and behavioral stress

Just take a look at the chart showcasing the most common responses to neurologically-focused chiropractic care. Who wouldn’t want to experience these incredible long-term benefits firsthand?

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These incremental yet significant changes provide the momentum the nervous system needs to achieve major milestones and results. Such as improvements in speech, behavior at school, immune balance, developmental challenges, and beyond. 

There’s nothing more powerful than parents seeking hope, answers, and help for their children. Never cease pursuing those avenues; it’s always worthwhile. 

For your next steps, reach out to us today and connect with one of our dedicated care advocates to have all your questions addressed. Especially those concerning the timeline for neurological healing and restoration. Your healing journey starts at RCW.