Integrative Pediatrics

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Children have a wonderful potential to heal themselves when provided the correct guidance.

Integrative pediatrics is fully integrated healthcare (osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, nutrition, supplements) and  conventional health care that is based on evidence-based research. IP supports the innate capacity of the human mind, body and spirit to heal. Integrative pediatrics acknowledges that there is a place and time for conventional treatments when balanced with holistic care.  Often, in emergent situations, state-of-the-art conventional medical care is needed. In other cases – is. common cold, sinus infection, ear infection -- a more gentle, holistic option is most useful .

Osteopathy

The main principle of osteopathy is that  structure (anatomy), function (physiology) and biochemical processes  are interdependent. There are many levels of both subtle and concrete movements that can be both seen or felt like pulses or subtle cranial flow.  Problems arise when there are blocks to the natural movement or flow of things, such as arterial blood flow (arteries bring oxygen and nutrients), venous drainage (veins remove toxins), lymphatic drainage (lymph removes inflammation), nerve messages (our brain relies on proper CSF flow), connective tissue tension (a continuous layer throughout the whole body), and energy flow.  Osteopathy removes blockages through gentle manipulation. 

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy extends the concepts described above to our most central rhythm – the cranial-sacral rhythm – which can be felt anywhere in the body and from which all other rhythms arise. The cranial-sacral rhythm is the driving force behind all healing.   Chronic symptoms occur when this rhythm is overwhelmed and blockages occur.  

Nutrition

Nutrition is one of the basic building blocks of health.. We personalize a nutritional program that fits a person’s lifestyle, age, and abilities.  Areas of nutrition we have studied include functional medicine and holistic nursing approaches.

Supplements

Children may not be able to get all the nutrients they need from their diet and supplements may be temporarily recommended.   Children can be finicky eaters, or have certain allergies, or have an illness that would benefit from extra nutrition. We can also help a person understand what supplements to take or avoid.   

Conditions Treated

Integrative pediatrics can be used to address any condition as well as for preventative care and wellbeing. Some commonly treated conditions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Headaches

  • Concussion

  • Vertigo

  • Sinusitis

  • TMJ

  • Torticollis

  • Recurrent ear infections

  • Recurrent throat infections

  • Yeast & fungal infections

  • Asthma

  • Pneumonia

  • Allergies

  • Chronic abdominal pain

  • Colic

  • Reflux

  • IBS

  • Leaky gut

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Bedwetting

  • Growth problems

  • MTHFR variants

  • ADHD

  • Autism

  • Language delays

  • Motor delays

  • Anxiety

  • Mental health conditions

  • Tics

  • PANDAS

  • PMS and other menstrual problems

  • Autoimmune disease

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • PCOS

  • Back/neck pain, sciatica, scoliosis

  • Wellness

  • Vague or specific problems without a diagnosis