On Thursday, November 9th Dr. Tony Vizzini of Thrive Chiropractic was welcomed at Child’s Path in Naples, FL to speak with the students about the importance of good posture, and to perform pre-scoliosis screenings on 25 participating children.
Using infrared thermography, Dr. Vizzini was able to use a quick, non-invasive scan to determine if any abnormal curvatures or postural defects were present in the spines of children as young as one-years-old. This test – which is not performed at most physician offices, and traditionally costs up to $225 – allows chiropractors to make determinations before scoliosis sets in. With just a couple of minor changes in adjustments, they are then able to prevent large scoliosis braces and even surgery down the road.
The infrared thermography detects areas of inflammation and stress on the spine, focusing on the spinal nerves in particular. This is important to catch as young as possible since any type of curvature or misalignment puts pressure on the spinal nerves, creating defects down the line in organs, tissues and glands that are at the end of the nerve. Catching and adjusting this as early as possible enables a child’s entire body to develop the way it should.
“A lot more parents are choosing to have their children checked because a healthy child grows into a healthy adult, and that way we don’t have to ‘fix sick’. In speaking with the staff at Collier Child Care Resources, they mentioned that a lot of these kids might not have the opportunity to have their spines checked. So it was important to me to come to where these children are, and give them the best chance possible.”
Dr. Vizzini has pledged to provide free follow-up care to any child at Child’s Path who was found with an abnormality. Thrive Chiropractic is a member of the CCCR Business 100, an exclusive group of philanthropic businesses that support Collier Child Care Resources. Collier Child Care Resources strives to serve economically disadvantaged children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, providing partial scholarship assistance for the children of working parents who fall below the federal poverty level and cannot afford quality child care and early education.
“We’re trying to promote good health inside and out,” says Executive Director Niccole Howard. “We have a great food program here, so we’re trying to build healthy bones and healthy bodies, and this is a part of what we’re trying to do to keep the kids healthy.”