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Feb 14, 2016 11:37AM ● By Steven Jack

By Dr. Garrett Gripp

We have some of the best hospitals and doctors in the world, yet our kids have never been sicker, the environment has never been more challenging and there have never been more options and opportunities for parents like you.  Therefore, my goal is to challenge your thinking and create a pivot point to improve the path of your child’s health.

Neurodevelopmental disorders are the result of abnormal growth and development of the brain or central nervous system.  And according to Dr. James Chestnut, 65% of a child’s nervous system develops within their first year of life, with 90% development by the age of two (as cited by Barnham-Floreani, 2009).

Therefore, the problem that needs to be addressed is waiting.  There is no time to wait.  Too often we hear ‘It’s no big deal’ and ‘It’s only…’ or ‘Some kids take longer than others.’ 

Appropriate neurological development is a journey, not a destination and pediatric milestones are the landmarks confirming the child is on the correct path.  The milestones must occur at the right time.  We cannot say ‘They will grow out of it’ or ‘It will happen sometime.’  The idea is not to get there eventually.

So I often have folks ask us how pediatric health and development relates to our style of chiropractic and what we do in the office, so I’d like to take a minute to address that question.  First you must understand there is a large assortment of techniques utilized by chiropractors.  

Most of them focus solely on temporarily reducing pain, increasing range of motion and decreasing muscular tension and spasm, and many of my colleagues are great with these conditions. 

I primarily take care of kids, with a focus on Structural Correction.  And I correct Structural Shifts, or shifts in the spine that irritate the spinal cord or spinal nerves.  This irritation alters the messages being received by the brain and therefore, alters the messages being sent by the brain.  

Causing dysfunction of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) which may prevent appropriate neurological development and lead to a variety of secondary conditions including, but not limited to: Autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies as well as abnormal latch (nursing) and acute otitis media (ear infection).

Similar to a blown fuse, does it make sense that a Structural Shift in the upper neck may alter the function of the ear canal, prevent appropriate drainage and ultimately cause an ear infection?  Or a Structural Shift may alter behavior and attention? 

We are able to determine the presence of a Structural Shift by means of our complete chiropractic examination.  It includes objective indicators specific to pediatric Structural Shifts and technology certified by the Space Foundation that is very clear on the degree of any Structural Shifts that we may discover. 

We also perform a primitive reflex examination to monitor brain development.  Many primitive reflexes appear at birth to stimulate neurological learning and development but then disappear once normal development has occurred.  However, because of a lack of development in neurodevelopmentally challenged children, these reflexes have often failed to disappear and therefore need to be addressed. 

This comprehensive examination allows us to make a reasonable determination in how long it is going to take to improve or correct any Structural Shifts and the function of the nervous system as well as any secondary conditions that may be present.  We then create a plan that is customized to each child’s needs. 

So rather than waiting or using a medication for your child’s condition, at Foundation Chiropractic we look to remove the Structural Shift, or the cause of the condition. 

By locating and specifically adjusting the areas of a Structural Shift we are able to re-establish the communication between the brain and the body, restoring appropriate neurological function and eventually improving or completely resolving the secondary condition naturally.


As a “thank you” for taking the time to read this article I would like to offer you a gift certificate for savings off of our Structural Correction chiropractic examination.  Email us at or call us at (630) 608-2885. 

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