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Keystone Chiropractic

Dr. Garrett Haponski D.C.
Dr. Chelsea Haponski D.C. Palmer College Graduates

320 Bawden St., Ste. 306
Ketchikan, AK 99901

(907) 360-8887

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My Baby is Unsettled: How Can Chiropractic Help?

My Baby is Unsettled: How Chiropractic Helps
Author // Lizette Botha, D.C.
Appearing in Issue #57 of Pathways to Family Wellness

Most new parents struggle when their baby is unsettled. It’s hard enough to adapt and care for a tiny human, but it takes an immense amount of energy and patience when that baby is uncomfortable and unwell. As a chiropractor, I know that chiropractic care can go a long way in helping with this process, but how does it work?

The Mind-Body Connection
A newborn baby grows at a rapid rate; this means that all its focus is directed toward feeding, digesting, and sleeping. When this goes wrong, havoc ensues, and your once-angelic human is now red-faced, screaming, and immensely uncomfortable.
You know the feeling you have after you’ve just eaten a big Christmas lunch? You might notice that you’re producing more saliva and digestive enzymes; your heart rate lowers and you feel slow and sleepy. Humans rely on the parasympathetic nervous system (a part of the autonomic nervous system) to shift their body into a “rest and digest” state. When the main purpose of your body is to grow and adapt— as it is for babies—you really need your parasympathetic nervous system to work properly. When there is interference to this part of the nervous system, an infant will be in a state of “fight or flight,” which means that the baby’s nervous system will believe it’s in a constant state of danger…not an ideal time for digesting and sleeping!
Infants that struggle to access the parasympathetic nervous system will only be able to sleep for short periods— and even then, their sleep will not be very deep. They might have an overactive fright response, and their digestion will be altered and inefficient. This can lead to the following symptoms:
Inconsolably crying for hours per day, particularly in the late afternoon and evening
A distended abdomen
Flexed-up legs and hands held in tight fists because of pain
The infant may seek pain relief through frequent feeding and for longer periods
The infant may arch his back and pull away from the breast
Reflux may be excessive, and sometimes projectile
Short-term relief is gained by being held or rocked
You may notice an uneven head shape beginning to develop

How Chiropractic Can Help
Chiropractors assess the intricate functioning of the skull and spine and its relation to the central nervous system. Interference to the movement of the skull or vertebrae at specific points causes interference in the nervous system and will inhibit its function. We call these restrictions vertebral subluxations. The parasympathetic nervous system is mostly housed in the skull, upper neck, and pelvis. It is common to find subluxations in these parts of the body; they lead to an increased fight-or-flight response, and thus to an unsettled baby. These subluxations are often due to intra-uterine constraint or physical stress during the birth process.
Chiropractors use light fingertip pressure to remove these interferences, allowing the body to function as it should. Even after years of practice, I am still constantly surprised by the small amount of input it requires to change a screaming and unhappy infant into a relaxed and happy one. To clarify, I am not pressing on special sleeping and eating “buttons,” but am instead removing the interference inhibiting the baby to do those natural and normal things.
Researchers have conducted a number of studies about the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments on irritable infants; the beauty is that chiropractic care is natural and drug-free, and a settled child will be able to grow and evolve in a much more natural fashion. One long-term study showed that children who were under chiropractic care as infants tended to have fewer temper tantrums and decreased frequency of waking at night 2 to 3 years later. That’s a sure sign of a happy nervous system!

Benefits of Acting Early
The longer we live with these restrictions in our nervous systems and bodies, the more we will create compensatory patterns for them. A child might become used to abnormal sleeping patterns and because of the inefficient digestion, her gut microflora might change. It usually takes adults a lot longer to get better because their nervous systems are so ingrained with compensatory patterns. That is part of the reason we really enjoy taking care of children— we know how much better their lives will be because of it! The sooner we can help these infants toward normal health, the better it will be for them in the long run.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the most common condition leading to disability among working men and women under the age of forty-five.1 At any given moment, approximately 2% of the entire U.S. population is either permanently or temporarily disabled by low back pain.2

Causes and Effects

The feet are the foundation of the body; they support its entire weight. If there isn’t enough support from the feet, various parts of the body—particularly the spine—will be exposed to a lot of stress, which can lead to a number of issues:

  • Poor posture and abnormal foot function
  • Low back, hip, knee and foot pain
  • Excessive shock transmission up through the body

An abnormal “gait,” or walk, contributes to imbalances throughout your lower extremities, which include the knees, ankles and feet, and eventually causes back pain.


One of the best treatments available is to visit your Chiropractor for adjustments, rehab and custom-made functional orthotics. Once he or she corrects your spine, custom orthotics will help balance your feet and support good posture.

This combination of adjustments and custom orthotics has been proven time and again to reduce stress throughout the body and restore proper function to the lower extremities. It will keep you pain-free for longer periods of time, improve your body’s foundation and keep the Kinetic Chain aligned: the ankle, knees, pelvis and spine.


  1. Cunningham LS, Kelsey JL. “Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Impairments and Associated Disability.” Am J Public Health 1983; 73:389-395.
  2. Andersson GBJ. “The Epidemiology of Spinal Disorders.” In Frymoyer JW, ed., The Adult Spine: Principles and Practice. New York: Raven Press, Ltd. 1991:107-146.

Plantar Fasciitis

Keystone Chiropractic offers custom orthotics through Foot Levelers to help with your foot pain.  Foot Levelers’ Stabilizing Orthotics are individually designed for you based on your specific needs and lifestyle.  Each pair is precisely measured, assessed and crafted by a specially trained Foot Levelers technician to properly support all three of your arches.  Give Keystone Chiropractic a call today to set up an appointment.


According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, “muscles and connective tissue shorten over time, which results in less flexibility causing muscles to become weaker and stiff.  The sudden use of those muscles can cause serious injury”.  It is important to take care of your body and stretch before and after any activity.  Most chronic and acute pain can be facilitated by proper stretching.  Please contact us today for tips on regular stretching exercises specific to your body and sport.

Healthy and Fit Athletes

The majority, if not all, sports are good, provided that the child prepares appropriately,” says Timothy Ray, DC, a member of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. “Without proper preparation, playing any sport can turn into a bad experience. There are structural and physical developmental issues that need to be taken into consideration before children undertake certain sports.”

Encourage your child to:

  • Wear the proper equipment
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Drink water
  • Drink milk
  • Avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated and carbonated drinks
  • Follow a warm-up routine
  • Take vitamins daily
  • Avoid trendy supplements
  • Get plenty of rest


Doctors of chiropractic (DC) are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition and injury prevention to young athletes.  Bring your young athlete into the office today to receive care.


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Gait Cycle

A correct gait pattern is essential for a healthy body and spine.  According to Dr. Mark Charrette, D.C., “the stance phase, which comprises 60% of the gait cycle, begins when the heel strikes the ground.  The force is equal to 2.5X the body’s weight when walking and 3.5X when running.  That’s like a 160-pound person being hit in the head by 80 pounds with each step!  The typical adult takes at least 5,000 to 10,000 steps per day; some take as many as 14,000.  Repetitive shockwaves start at heel strike cause ligaments that support the foot’s arches to stretch and cause various musculoskeletal symptoms in the lower extremity and spine to develop.”

Click Here to read the entire article to learn more about the gait cycle and how it affects the body

FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin

After many decades of promoting aspirin, the FDA now says that if you have not experienced a heart problem, you should not be taking a daily aspirin—even if you have a family history of heart disease. This represents a significant departure from FDA’s prior position on aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks.


Below is the link to the full article by Dr. Mercola:

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Link to the FDA’s article on aspirin:

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The Significance And Advantages Of Stretching

When we think of the way to ensure physical fitness and health, we often think of exercise and regular scheduled checks. We might also think about various types of alternate medication to treat any wounds, sicknesses or abnormalities. Stretching is a crucial element of overall health that is often forgotten before and after exercise and something which has found its way into alternate medical practices. The advantages of stretching are far reaching and can be used to prevent injury if used correctly and when used in conjunction with different types of care, can even help to correct injuries and ailments.