Dysautonomia: Connecting the Dots in Childhood Health Issues

By Dr. Tony Ebel, DC, CPPFC, CCWP
Dysautonomia: Connecting the Dots in Childhood Health Issues | PX Docs

As parents, we all envision a future where our children are not just surviving, but thriving – where they’re full of endless possibilities. However, for some families, this dream seems so far in the distance. 

If you are a mom or dad whose child is struggling daily with a myriad of issues: mood disorders, gastrointestinal disturbances, chronic pain, unexplained weakness, and a host of other perplexing symptoms, please know you’re not alone. If they are still suffering despite countless medical consultations and treatments, and the root cause of your child’s suffering remains elusive, it’s heartbreaking and frustrating.  

It’s natural for you to ask yourself: could there be an underlying cause behind these relentless challenges? Is there a way to uncover the source of these struggles and help your child truly heal?

The truth is, amidst all of the uncertainty, there lies a significant yet often overlooked condition: dysautonomia.  

In this blog, we want to help demystify dysautonomia and empower you to take charge of your child’s health. We’ll dive into this condition, exploring its origins and why it frequently eludes conventional diagnosis. Moreover, we’ll uncover the role that Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care can play in restoring balance to the nervous system and offering hope to families navigating the complexities of dysautonomia. 

Francesca’s Story of Hope

Meet Francesca, a spirited 13-year-old whose childhood was overshadowed by health struggles. At the age of 7, Francesca began experiencing seizures, a horrible ordeal for any child and parent alike. As she transitioned through puberty, her challenges only intensified – fatigue, anxiety, and chronic constipation occurred on her way to adolescence. Despite tireless efforts and countless consultations, doctors found themselves perplexed by Francesca’s array of symptoms. It seemed as though they were merely addressing individual issues in isolation rather than finding the underlying root cause.

However, Francesca’s amazing mother’s chance encounter with a friend changed everything. In a conversation about health concerns, dysautonomia came up – a term unfamiliar to so many but emerged as a beacon of hope. With newfound determination, Francesca’s family sought the expertise of a specialized PX Doc chiropractor, starting a new chapter in her health journey. 

The Science Behind Dysautonomia

Dysautonomia, at its core, signifies a breakdown within the autonomic nervous system – the intricate network that governs virtually every organ and function in the body. From digestion and immunity to breathing and blood pressure regulation, the autonomic nervous system is in control of so many physiological processes essential for well-being. When this system falters, communication between the brain and the body becomes disrupted, giving rise to a myriad of symptoms that vary depending on the affected organs. 

Though dysautonomia manifests in various forms, common triggers in pediatric cases include prenatal stress, birth trauma (like c-sections, vacuum/forceps), recurrent infections, gut issues, and anxiety. These stressors instigate a cascade of events where the overlooked nervous system struggles to maintain equilibrium, perpetuating the cycle of dysautonomia. 

Regrettably, conventional medical practices often overlook nervous system imbalance as a root cause, resorting instead to symptomatic management through medications. This approach, while possibly providing temporary relief, fails to address the underlying dysfunction, leaving children trapped in a cycle of recurring symptoms and frustration. 

Enter Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic – the beacon of hope for families like Francesca’s. Armed with advanced INSiGHT Scanning technology to access nervous system function and precise neurological adjustments to alleviate NeuroSpinal tension (subluxation), our PX Docs network offers a tailored approach to restoring balance and harmony to the autonomic nervous system.

Helping the nervous system heal naturally has to happen in the same “order” or sequence that optimal neurological development is supposed to occur. At a PX Docs office, we know that before we can expect improvements in brain-based challenges such as seizures and anxiety, we must first get to work on the patient’s digestion, sleep, immune function, and motor system. 

In Francesca’s case, once we started to get her sleep, digestion, and immune system back online and healthy again, it was only a matter of time before her brain-based challenges started to improve.

Hope Through Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic

If your child’s health journey has been empaired by unexplained symptoms and relentless challenges, dysautonomia could hold the key to understanding their struggles. Take the first step towards clarity and healing by scheduling a consultation with a PX Doc today! Our innovative INSiGHT scans help us identify neurological dysfunction and tailor a unique care plan using non-invasive, gentle adjustments to your child’s specific needs, paving the way for restoration. 

Check out the PX Docs directory to find a trained and ready PX Doc near you. Because answers are within reach, there is no need for your child to endure another day of suffering. The journey towards healing begins now!

Author
Dr. Tony Ebel is the lead writer and educational guide for PX Docs. He is a Certified Pediatric + Wellness Chiropractor with 15 years of clinical experience. In addition, Dr. Tony has been teaching and training other Pediatric + Family Chiropractors for the past 10+ years, primarily teaching the clinical protocols he created for pediatric neurodevelopmental challenges such as Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Epilepsy, Anxiety, and more. This clinical program is now taught in collaboration with the Life University Postgraduate Department and has over 500 graduates. Dr. Tony’s passion is educating, empowering, and informing parents about the nervous system's role in natural, drug-free healing for all pediatric conditions and cases.

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