When we think about our senses, we think of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. We have also talked about the importance of our vestibular (sense of balance) and proprioceptive systems. Believe it or not, we actually have another sense, interoception. Interoception can be broadly defined as the sense of signals originating within the body, and is therefore, critical for our sense of embodiment, motivation and well-being. (1)
So, in short, this is the sense that helps us identify things like when we are hungry, thirsty or go to the toilet. And just like our other senses, our interoceptive sense can be high or low.
What could it look like in our kids if they are hypersensitive to their internal senses? It may be the child that is having trouble concentrating in the class room because they are preoccupied with what is going on inside them. This can lead physical or emotional overreactions due to input from our interoceptive system into our emotional centres of the brain. (2-3)
At the other end of the spectrum, we can see kid that have an under-reactivity to their interoceptive sense, and they do not get the internal information about what is going on in their body. As a result, they may miss the clue to go to the toilet, or going may make them feel unwell so that they do not want to go. This in turn will lead to a child struggling to keep on top of their emotional well-being. (2-3)
If you would like to learn more about thee internal signals or how we help manage these internal signals make an appointment with one of our Drs.
Ever wondered why kids go through those notorious toddler tantrums or terrible two’s… It is actually very important to experience those toddler tantrums as you will soon realise.
To gain a better understanding of why we go through the toddler tantrums, you should know about different areas of the brain. We have 2 brain hemispheres… Left and Right.
The left side of the brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. It also helps us perform tasks of logic including science, maths and is largely responsible for language processing, for speaking and fine motor skills. The right side of the brain is responsible for the left side of the body. It helps with emotional recognition/expression, facial recognition, visual imagery and spatial awareness.
Between ages 1-3, blood flow to the brain is more dominant in the right hemisphere and after 3 years, this dominance shifts to the left hemisphere . The development of our brain in early childhood appears to correlate with emergence of functions of the dominant brain hemisphere, which is initially the right side (responsible for our emotional expression and regulation) and then in the left hemisphere.
So it is really important to go through the emotional ups and downs (within reason) up to 3 years of age as it is integral part of our overall brain development. The early years of human development help establish function of the brain and stressful experiences in early life can affect these different stages of development.
Different stressors can include physical, chemical, environmental and emotional stresses. If you are worried that stress could be affecting your child’s development, book in with Little Sprouts today so we can assess and help your child reach their fullest potential.
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We believe most chiropractors get asked about leg length discrepancy, uneven pelvis, and shoulders.
There are two types of leg length discrepancy(LLD). (1) Firstly, true leg length or structural leg length discrepancy. It pretty much explains what it is. It is the measures of both of your lower limbs and one of your long bones is shorter than the other. For example, a traumatic event or fracture can result in different leg lengths.
Secondly, false leg length or functional leg length discrepancy. This is often caused by abnormal muscle tone in the lower limb or abnormal joint function. (1) Our pelvis has strong muscles, tendons and ligament to support the sacroiliac joints and hip joints. Pelvis dysfunction is likely to present when the muscles supporting the left and right of our joints are imbalanced or not activating properly. Some risk factors include weak core muscles, sitting crosslegged, kicking a ball with predominately one foot, always riding on one side of your scooter and shifting your center of gravity due to previous injury or pain (eg. knee pain). Be creative you can think of more than these!
Research has shown a strong link between LLD and degenerative joint disease! (1) Since most of LLD cases are very mild and sometimes difficult to notice, our bodyweight might have subtly shifted and become imbalanced. In other words, we might be putting more weight through one side of our body. Over time we observe the difference from the bottom of our shoes. What do you think might happen to your joints in the long run?
Being left-right balanced is ideal, but we would like to reassure you that no one on earth is ideal. We have dominant hand, left lungs have two lobes and the right lungs have 3 lobes. Yet, we would like to be as close to ideal as we can.
If you find your shoes or any pair of shoes at home are wearing out quicker than the other side, chat with our friendly staff members and chiropractors and see how we can help manage your concerns!
Migraine is common, in a survey of Australian chiropractors more than 50% of chiropractors manage migraine patients ‘often’. (1) Sometimes it may be only for a short time, but for some migraine sufferers it can be quite debilitating. In the US, 91% of migraine sufferers experience migraine-associated disability. (2-4) Do you or a loved one experience migraines? This is an important article that could make the world of difference to you.
“86% of people with chronic migraine in Australia report moderate to severe disability from migraines” (5)
Migraine is associated with a substantial burden, and people with migraine feel the impact in their day to day lives (5). Ineffective acute treatment and overuse of acute migraine medication has been shown to be a risk factor for migraines to develop into a chronic issue. Obesity, depression and stressful life events are also other risk factors (6).
In a recent research literature publication where a systemic review and meta-analysis was conducted, the preliminary results found that spinal adjustments may be an effective therapeutic technique to reduce migraine days and pain/intensity (7).
If you want to find out if chiropractic may help manage migraine for you or your loved ones, have a chat with one of our chiropractors to see how they can assist.
“When you are functioning at your best you are able to better perform in all aspects of your life!”
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2. Hu XH, Markson LE, Lipton RB, Stewart WF, Berger ML. Burden of migraine in the United States: Disability and economic costs. Arch Intern Med. 1999;159:813-818.
3. Lipton RB, Bigal ME, Diamond M, et al. Migraine prevalence, disease burden, and the need for preven- tive therapy. Neurology. 2007;68:343-349.
4. Lipton RB, Stewart WF, Diamond S, Diamond ML, Reed M. Prevalence and burden of migraine in the United States: Data from the American Migraine Study II. Headache. 2001;41:646-657.
5. Benhaddi, H., McCabe, S. and Lau, D.T., 2019. 070 Burden of migraine is australia: a systematic literature review.
6. May, A. and Schulte, L.H., 2016. Chronic migraine: risk factors, mechanisms and treatment. Nature Reviews Neurology, 12(8), p.455.
7. Rist, P.M., Hernandez, A., Bernstein, C., Kowalski, M., Osypiuk, K., Vining, R., Long, C.R., Goertz, C., Song, R. and Wayne, P.M., 2019. The Impact of Spinal Manipulation on Migraine Pain and Disability: A Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 59(4), pp.532-542.
The Drs and Staff of Little Sprouts Chiropractic