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The Role of the Chiropractic Adjustment in the Care and Treatment of 332 Children with Otitis Media

One of the most common complaints we hear in the office from moms concerning their children is ear infections and rightfully so. Suspected ear infections or otitis media accounts for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the United States – that’s approximately 30 million doctor visits a year.

Redmond Chiropractor specializing in Pediatric and Family Chiropractic

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics found a strong correlation between specific chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections in 332 children with chronic ear infections. Additionally, the study noted that close to 80% of those children did not experience another ear infection within a six month period following their initial adjustments.

How does this work?

From birth, our children are in a constant state of falling, tumbling or simply growing causing stress on their developing spines and nervous systems. This stress causes subluxations, meaning a misalignment to their vertebrae causing interference and additional stress to their ever important nervous system. Subluxations cause havic on our ability to express health. In regards to ear infections, these misalignments can also affect the positioning and function of the eustachian tube, leading to buildup in the middle ear and therefore ear infections.

As a pediatric and family focused chiropractor it is my job and calling to assess and locate those subluxations affecting our nervous systems and remove them through specific chiropractic care in order for your families and children to live healthy lives without the need for drugs or surgery.

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Fallon, JM.   Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol 2, No. 2 1997 p.167-183.

Patient Appreciation Days!

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Tree of life Chiropractic has been blessed to serve the community for the past 2 years, as a celebration of our 2 year anniversary we are holding Patient Appreciation Days! Tuesday, April 28th will be FREE visits for all existing patients and Thursday, April 30th will be FREE consultations, exams, and x-rays for all new patients.

If you or a loved one have been struggling with your health or wanting to function at your optimal best, this is a great opportunity to see if chiropractic is the right path for you.

Appointment times are filling up fast, call the office today to schedule an appointment for yourself and you family and friends, 425-968-2262.


Can SPECIFIC CHIROPRACTIC help with colic?

Study #1:

The National Health Service in Ballerup (Copenhagen, Denmark) conducted a study involving 50 infants with diagnoses infantile colic. Half of the group was given the drug dimethicon while the other half was given chiropractic care. In this study nine of the 25 taking the drug dropped out of the study because the infants were getting worse. These infants were then not counted in the final results which would have shown a worse result for the drug than published. Even with the removal from the tabulations of the infants who got worst using the drug, the results showed a significant improvement in the group that were under chiropractic care. By days 4 to 7 of the study, the infants remaining in the drug group had reduced their hours of crying by only one hour while the entire chiropractic group had reduced crying hours by an average of 2.4 hours. The results after 8 to 10 day into the study continued to show the drug therapy infants at a one hour improvement while the chiropractic group further improved to 2.7 hours less of crying. The researchers noted that the removal from the study of the infants that got worse from the drug made the results from the drug look better than they actually were.

Study #2:

Probably one of the most frustrating situations new parents find themselves in is having to deal with a child that is suffering from colic. For these parents a recent study conducted in South Africa offers some good news. In a study by Mercer and Cook, thirty infants who had been diagnosed medically with colic were randomly divided into two groups. One group received chiropractic care while the other group did not. All infants in this study were newborn to 8 weeks old and had been diagnosed with colic by a pediatrician. For the purposes of this study, the infants in the chiropractic group received care for a two-week period with a maximum of six adjustments. The results of the study were very impressive. In the group that received chiropractic care, there was complete resolution of symptoms in 93% of the infants within the two-week period. Even more impressive was that in a follow up survey performed one month later, none of the infants had experienced a reoccurrence of problems from colic. The chiropractic care rendered in this study was spinal adjusting.

Study #3:

Case 1: A 6-week-old female infant crying almost continuously since birth, which the mother described as often “violent screaming,” had steadily gotten worse. She slept only 3 hours a night and had 15 minutes of rest 3 or 4 times per day from brief periods of feeding or riding in a car.

Her pediatrician diagnosed the infant with infantile colic, and the mother brought the infant for chiropractic evaluation after a nurse suggested that adjustments might help.

[Diagnosis of] T8 segmental dysfunction was made on the basis of the mother’s statements and observation of the child’s behaviors since entering the clinic. After a single adjustment the child rested for 11 hours during the following 24-hour period and slept for 9 uninterrupted hours during the night. The infant awakened smiling and laughing.

Case 2: A 9-week-old male infant had infantile colic. The mother had been taking Lorazepam T, Paxil T, Zyprexa T, and Wellbutrin T for the first 4 months of her pregnancy until she discovered she was pregnant. At that time she discontinued all medications except Zyprexa, which she continued throughout her pregnancy.

Child was diagnosed with acid reflux as a result of crying day and night; unrelieved by normal parenting behaviors, and Zantac T was prescribed. On entrance to the office 3 weeks later, the parents stated the crying had progressed to about 14 hours per day in spite of these interventions.

After 4 consecutive daily adjustments crying was reduced to 7 hours, uninterrupted sleep increased to 5 hours (from 3 hours before care), and total sleep in a 24-hour period increased to 13 hours (from 5 hours before care).

After 9 adjustments over 2 weeks, the infant was crying an average of only 2 hours per day, was sleeping 5 hours per night and averaging 14 hours of total sleep per day. The baby no longer screamed but smiled and remained awake without crying for long periods and responded appropriately to normal parenting efforts. On subsequent consultation with the pediatrician, all medications were discontinued except Benadryl T as needed. However, the mother occasionally gave the infant Mylicon T on occasion. Colicky behaviors, such as inconsolable crying and clenching of fists, did not return.

Differential compliance instrument in the treatment of infantile colic: A report of two cases Leach RA, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics January 2002, Volume 25, Number 1

Study #4:

In the 12 days of the study, the children under chiropractic care had a 67% reduction in crying while the group treated with drugs had a 38% reduction in crying. The mean number of adjustments given during the two-week study was 3.8.

The short-term effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of infantile colic: a randomized controlled clinical trial with a blinded observer, Wiberg JMM, Nordsteen J, Nilsson N. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 1999; Vol. 22, No. 8, pp. 517-522.

Study #5:

This is the case of a three-month-old male medically diagnosed with colic and projectile vomiting increasing in severity over the previous two months despite medical intervention. Care consisted of chiropractic spinal adjustments and craniosacral therapy with the resolution of all presenting symptoms within a 2-week treatment period. Proposed cranial and spinal etiologies are discussed as well as the connection between birth trauma and non-spinal symptoms.

Colic with projectile vomiting: a case study. Van Loon, Meghan. J of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. Vol. 3 No. 1 1998. 207-210.

Study #6:

This is the case of a 15-day old emaciated male infant experiencing inability to breastfeed and colic since birth.

When he entered the chiropractor’s office, he was crying constantly, “shaking, screaming, rash, and vomiting during and after feeding”. The baby also had “increased distress” 30 minutes after feeding and had excessive abdominal and bowel gas since birth. The mother reported the infant was given a Hepatitis B vaccination within hours after birth. The pediatrician prescribed formula but baby reacted poorly to it.

During the examination the infant continuously cried, with high-pitched screams, and full-body shaking. Child had a distended abdomen with excessive bowel gas.

After the first adjustment (to C1) a significant reduction of crying, screaming and shaking occurred. On the second visit, two days later the mother commented, “This is a completely different baby”. The vomiting before and after feeding had ceased. Another adjustment was given. By the third visit, a “significant decrease of symptoms” was reported and complete remission of abdominal findings. Baby had been successfully breastfeeding since last visit. No adjustment was needed.

The baby had been symptom free for 5 days and received a second Hepatitis B vaccination. All symptoms returned to a severe degree, plus a low grade fever. Adjustment was given but there was no reduction of symptoms. The patient was adjusted three more times over the next week with minimal reduction in symptoms. By the eighth visit, eight days after receiving the vaccination, the child began to show marked improvement and by the 11th visit, no symptoms were noticed and no adjustment was given. Seventeen days after vaccination there was a return of all symptoms; by the 13th visit “the infant did not exhibit any significant recurring symptoms.

Chiropractic management of an infant experiencing breastfeeding difficulties and colic: a case study. Sheader, WE, Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1999.

Study #7:

The authors list “organic disorders reported to be related to spinal lesions or affected by chiropractic manipulation,” including: “abdominal discomfort, asthma, Barre-Lieou syndrome, cardiac arrythmia, colic, constipation, dysmenorrhea, high blood pressure, low-blood sugar and hyperinsulinism, migraine, pulmonary diseases, ulcers, and vertebral autonomic dysfunction.”

Systemic effects of spinal lesions. Dhami MSI, DeBoer KF In Principles and Practice of Chiropractic, 2nd edition, Appleton and Lange, East Norwalk, CT 1992.

Study #8:

In this study, a retrospective uncontrolled questionnaire of 132 infants with colic, 91% of the parents reported an improvement after an average of two to three adjustments and within one week of care.

Infantile colic and chiropractic. Nilsson N. European Journal of Chiropractic 1985;33 (4) :264-65.


Thank you Dr. Evan White from Compass Chiropractic in Lafayette, CO for the great information.

Patient Appreciation Dinner

At Tree of Life Chiropractic our mission statement reads:

Our mission is to provide specific chiropractic care in an environment of love, compassion and clinical expertise. We aim to restore health and help our community members reach their God given potential by helping them raise healthy families free of subluxation.

Since opening our doors here in Redmond we have been blessed with amazing patients whom we now consider family. We also believe we have helped our community members reach their God given potential and raise healthier families free of subluxation.

This February 10th at 7:00 pm we are hosting a Patient Appreciation Dinner to share our gratitude, what’s been going on with our office, and share our vision and goals for 2014.

The great news is that you don’t have to be a current patient to attend. Any and everyone is encouraged to call the office and RSVP for the event. There will be amazing food, raffles and special gifts for all guests. Please call the office at 425-968-2262 in order RSVP.

“You never know how far reaching something you may say, think, or do will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” –B.J. Palmer, Developer of Chiropractic

A New Year – A New You

It’s that time of year again… When everyone is making resolutions, promises of change, and looking to make this year better than the last. People are flooding gyms, starting crazy diets, and making outrageous goals they will never reach. However, Only 8% of people are always successful in achieving their resolutions. 19% achieve their resolutions every other year. 49% have infrequent success. 24% (one in four people) NEVER succeed and have failed on every resolution every year. That means that 3 out of 4 people almost never succeed!

So, instead of running with the next fad diet or exercise programs that are never completed, we want to give you all some simple, yet relevant health principles to follow in order for you and your family to stay healthy this year.

EAT WELL– Eating is simple. If God made it, then you should eat it. If man made it (i.e. it comes in a box or out of a window) stay away from it. We are designed to eat whole, minimally processed foods. Enjoy healthy vegetables, fruits, grass-fed and organic lean meats, nuts/seeds, and lots and lots of WATER!! Stay away from, or limit, items like sugar, dairy, grains, and artificial products that are highly processed. Take time to prepare meals with your family, sit around the table and enjoy some stress-free time together.
MOVE WELL– Movement is LIFE. When organisms stop moving, they start dying. Think of an old car that you haven’t driven for a few years, what happens? The thing dries up and rusts, and won’t run anymore. The same thing happens to the body! Movement brings nutrients and hydration to all the joints of the body, keeping them from drying up and causing pain. Exercise increases blood flow, muscle tone, balance, mental function, heart health and the list goes on. Take the family for a walk, go for a jog, or actually take advantage of the gym membership you haven’t used in a couple months. Just Move!!
THINK WELL– We must think good thoughts, not only about ourselves but about our family, friends, finances, relationships, work and everything else in our lives. Spend time daily reflecting on the many blessings you have. Pray, meditate, read a good book, or take a walk in nature to stay focused on the positive things in life.
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. -Ghandi
FUNCTION WELL– Above all, we must make sure that our master control system, our brainstem and spinal cord, are operating at 100%! Your brainstem is the most important organ in your body and if it is functioning at less than it’s full potential, no matter how well you eat, move, or think will matter because your body will not be able to process it fully. Keep yourself and your family checked for subluxation, and make sure you are all RUNNING CLEAR!!

We wish you all an amazing 2014, and we look forward to serving you and your family to our fullest abilities this year.


Here are some things you can start doing now to help stay healthy through the winter season.

1) Wash your hands regularly

2) Get adequate sleep every night

3) Limit toxins and drugs

4) Eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables

5) Drink water throughout the day

6) Exercise and move daily

7) Sunlight and vitamin D

8) Control emotions and stress levels

9) Get your nervous system checked by a chiropractor

Studies show that regular chiropractic care can increase your immune system function by up to 400%. Call the office today and mention this post to receive a special discounted consultation, exam, and xray (if needed) to see if chiropractic is right for you and your family.


Accumulative Constructive Survival Value

Where do you want your health to be in the next 5, 10 or even 20 years? Nowadays so many people have become fixated on the short term, instant gratification that they have lost sight of the big picture. More and more people are focusing on the right now, rather than the what then. These are the drive-thru pharmacy, drive-thru fast food, drive-thru coffee days where you only have to wait 5 minutes for any one of those things. If one feels sick or has an ache or pain, they grab for whatever pill or potion will make them feel better for the moment. If you’re bored, turn on the television or pull out your iphone. So many people make decisions and take actions based on a current event, without looking at the possible consequences. Let me ask you, have you ever known a very happy, healthy and successful pill popping, fast food-eating, 6-hour-a-day television watching person on a constant caffeine high? I know I haven’t. Quick fixes maybe comforting in the moment, but they rarely provide long-term solutions.


I am asking you to think about what you want to be, not in the present moment, but in the future. Let’s take your health as an example. Your health is based on many factors: exercise, diet, rest, thoughts, properly functioning nervous system, etc., but the key thing to understand is your health today is the result of actions you took (or failed to take) in the past.  You may think that how you are today is just a current event, but in reality it is the result of a process. Looking at your health this way can literally be life changing.


This concept of looking at life as a process and not just a single event has been discussed in chiropractic for decades. In chiropractic, there is a concept of “survival values.”  Things that we do each day will have either a positive or negative effect towards our health and function in the future. Positive activities, such as having a proper functioning nervous system, eating nutritious foods, resting, a positive mindset, etc., are known in chiropractic as “constructive survival values.”  On the other hand, negative events like vertebral subluxation (a dysfunctional nervous system), injuries, drugs, toxins, emotional stress, watching too much television, eating fast food, etc., are known as “destructive survival values.”  In this model, your life and health are determined by the accumulation of both constructive and destructive survival values over time. When you look at your health as a process and not merely an event, you begin to realize the importance of constantly and continually striving to add constructive survival values to your life.


Since health is a major aspect of human performance and human performance is in large part regulated by the nervous system, chiropractic plays a key role in your health over time.  By having vertebral subluxations adjusted (spinal misalignments that interfere with nerve function), you allow your body to better express information through the nervous system.  This leads to better performance and better health.  The longer a vertebral subluxation stays corrected, you accumulate a constructive survival value towards your life and will be better for it in the future. For this reason, regular chiropractic care in order to continue to accumulate constructive survival value is crucial.

So where do you want your health to be in the next 5, 10, and 20 years?

At Tree of Life Chiropractic in Redmond, WA we strive to help the community live up to their God given potential. To find out how you and your family can benefit from chiropractic care call our office at 425-968-2262.


How does chiropractic help women with infertility issues?

You body is an amazing creation that accomplishes miraculous tasks such as creating new life. These miraculous tasks are accomplished under the direction of the nervous system. The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system.

In many cases, fertility issues may be associated with improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, high stress and poor lifestyle habits. Chiropractors are nervous system specialists and reducing interference in the nervous system is the primary goal.  Keeping the spine in alignment, the nervous system clear of interference and other natural modalities such as nutritional counseling, exercise counseling and lifestyle counseling make the chiropractor one of your best options to help your body function the way it was designed to.

At Tree of Life Chiropractic here in Redmond, I specialize in working with women and young children. To learn more about how chiropractic care can help you and your family, check out

-Dr. Chelsea Knapp

How the Intestinal Track Function Effects Your Childs Immune System

Leaky GutEvery tubal area in your body is made up of three layers (cellular, mucus, bacteria). The digestive tract is made up of 70% of any persons immune systems– things go in and it decides if what is in is safe or not. These layers help protect and remove every thing that goes in and out (via mucus). Mucus’s purpose is to protect integrity and help deliver material out. If there is a greater amount of toxic material coming into the body through the lining, it gets inflamed and mucus is produced more in that area.  The purpose of bacteria here is to produce vitamins and minerals, digest the food, break down bile acid, physical barrier  for harmful agents, help enhance removal of material (along with the nervous system).

When things are decided safe- they pass through, when things are decided unsafe- they get walled off and put through a rigerous system of detoxification. If by the end of this detoxification there is still toxic material there (due to the excess intake of junk) it is brought from the liver directly to the right side of the heart which goes to the airways and lungs. Here– it either exhale or go to the left side of the heart and through your whole bodys circulation.

I know this is a lot to understand–the linkage here is that the things you eat don’t just end up in the stool, it’s not a straight tube down. Food plays a huge roll in the health of the body. Food you eat then effects your heart and lungs. Symptoms start to show themselves here because the body is over loaded with toxins the body can’t get rid of fast enough. From here, asthma, allergies, coughs, runny nose, fever, and reflux are symptoms the body shows you that the body is trying to create balance from imbalance. The stressor starts from another place than where the symptom shows up.

This is why chiropractors spend our thoughts and energy towards finding the cause of what is going on in every persons body besides what surfaces. We don’t just put band-aids over cuts for example or pain medications for pain. But rather, Why are you in pain? Why are you showing these symptoms? We then aid the body in doing what it is designed to do and has the intellegence to do given to every one of us from God. All it needs is proper environment and healthy nervous system as well as healthy ingredients being put in (nutrition).

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