Summertime Chiropractic Care: Prepping for School

Summer FunSummer is finally here! Longer days, no school, vacations, and relaxation! While your kids are shutting down and turning their brains off for the summer, now may be a great time for you to look back and reevaluate last school year and look forward and set goals for this coming school year.

Healthy FoodHow did your child do in all of their classes? Were their grades, attitude, and attention all where you wanted them to be? How was your child’s school attendance? Were they sick more than usual? Did they have a cold that seemed to last the entire fall, winter, and spring?  Were your mornings always rushed, often having an unhealthier choice for breakfast on the go? Did your child end up having school lunch more often than bringing a healthier option from home? Are there things that you would improve upon from last year?

If you are looking to improve on some of these areas this coming school year chiropractic care starting this summer may be just what you need.  If you have seen any of our previous blogs or checked out our website or Facebook page, then you know at Valley Family Wellness we can help with way more than just back pain.  With advanced training in neurology, natural health care options for pregnancy and children, and nutrition and functional medicine, an initial consultation with me in our clinic may be the perfect place to get a different view on improving your child’s brain and body function for next school year.  Chiropractic and natural health care options have been shown to help improve attention, mood, cognitive ability, immune system function, and overall health.[i] [ii] [iii] [iv] [v] [vi] [vii] [viii] [ix] [x] [xi] [xii]

Specific Chiropractic adjustments, comprehensive neurological evaluations, nutritional and metabolic assessments, nervous system and brain balancing exercises, along with nutritional and dietary counseling are just a few of the things we can offer to help improve next years outlook. We hope you enjoy your summer and stay healthy! And we look forward to hearing from you!


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[viii] Moens, Maarten, et al. 2013, Spinal cord stimulation modulates cerebral neurobiology-a proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. Neuroradiology. 55, p1039-1047.

[ix] Moss, M., et al., 2003, Aromas of rosemary and lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults. International Journal of Neuroscience. 113, p15-38.

[x] Ota, K. T. and Duman, R. S., 2013, Environmental and pharmacological modulations of cellular plasticity: Role in the pathophysiology and treatment of depression, Neurobiology of Disease, 57, p28-37.

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[xii] Vojdani, Aristo. 2013, For the Assessment of Intestinal Permeability, Size Matters. Journal of Alternative Therapies. 19, p12-24.

About Dr. Andrew

Dr. Andrew Dodge lives in Staunton, Virginia, with his wife Nicole and their children Luke and Josie. Dr. Andrew is a graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic at Parker University in Dallas, Texas.

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