Have you ever wondered why some older children might experience a regression of symptoms when undergoing chiropractic adjustments?

My Observations on the Visual Development Journey

From my experience, children begin their visual development journey around the age of 18 to 32 months. During this phase, they start to have more steady and predictable fixation with their eyes. By the age of five, most children typically exhibit more visual cognitive functions, recalling past and future events, and engaging more with their surroundings.

However, any disruption during this developmental trajectory, such as altered proprioception, sensory integration challenges, or subluxation, can lead to visual challenges. These disruptions might manifest as strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), or even slight errors in eye movement.

The Role of Chiropractic Care in My Practice

When I encounter a child with such visual challenges in my practice, I often identify subluxations or postural distortions. Upon correcting these subluxations, the child’s input to the brain changes, leading to more efficient processing. However, this sudden change can sometimes result in regressive behaviors, especially in older children who have developed a pattern of processing their world in a particular way.

I often liken this process to making a room messier before cleaning it up. The child’s perception of space, learning, and interaction with others might temporarily become more challenging before it improves.

Preparing Parents for the Journey

It’s crucial for me, as a chiropractor, to understand this potential outcome and prepare parents accordingly. If a child exhibits regressive behaviors after chiropractic adjustments, it doesn’t necessarily mean the treatment is harmful. Instead, it indicates a shift in the child’s processing, which might initially be overwhelming.

For children who exhibit such behaviors, I often recommend the Brain Blossom program. This program offers brain-based exercises that help children develop new tools to process their world more efficiently.

Final Thoughts

The world is evolving, and with it, the challenges faced by the younger generation. Stress and its impact on developmental milestones are becoming more evident. As a chiropractor, I believe it’s essential to be equipped with the knowledge and tools to navigate these challenges and ensure the holistic development of children.

For those interested in diving deeper into this topic, my FOCUS program offers valuable insights and training. It’s designed to educate chiropractors, educators, and other medical professionals about Neuro-Deflective Disorders™ and my FOCUS approach to comprehensive patient care.