Overall Health and Wellness for Kids: Dr. Montieth talks about healthy options for children
Aug 01, 2011 12:46AM
By Beth Davis
For Lauren Montieth, D.C., of Optimal Wellness Center (OWC) in Zionsville, keeping kids healthy is a priority—so much so that she devotes part of her practice to the health and wellbeing of children by specializing in holistic pediatric care.
As a chiropractor, Dr. Montieth understands that the body was designed to heal itself and believes the mind, body and spirit contribute to overall wellness. She has had extensive training in functional medicine, nutrition, pregnancy and pediatrics, Reiki and spiritual healing in order to fulfill her passion for holistic family wellness—from newborn to adults.
“It is so much easier to keep kids healthy than it is to fix a ‘broken’ adult,” says Montieth. “We know that what we do now will impact them for the rest of their life.”
The Center offers neuroscience testing and technology to help kids reach optimal wellness and get them off medications. She says contrary to popular opinion, chiropractor care is not so much about pain and bones as it is about enhancing and improving neuro development. “It’s all neurological,” she explains. “If we can implement good chiropractor care in children, we can change their life for the better.”
In fact, she has helped many children with ear infections, allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD/Sensory Integration, eczema, psoriasis, digestive and bowel issues, and more.
Realizing some parents may be concerned about the pressure of chiropractic on, say, an infant, Montieth describes it as the amount of pressure one would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
Dr. Montieth says wellness is about more than just chiropractic. Wanting to give kids ages three and up the opportunity to explore their imaginations, strength, and flexibility, OWC began offering kids yoga taught by OWC’s marketing director and certified yoga instructor, Angie Cast.
“It is a great way to teach kids how to relax and take care of their bodies—without them even knowing it,” notes Cast.
She uses imagery, games and children’s stories—Where the Wild Things Are is a favorite—to explore a wide variety of poses and breathing techniques. The benefits, Cast says, are numerous. “It helps them in other sports, helps them deal with emotions, make better decisions, builds confidence and so much more. It is really a big part of the overall plan for optimal health and wellness of the child.”