Chiropractic Care for Temper Tantrums?

If your child experiences a lot of temper tantrums and you’re looking for help, there are some things here that might be of interest to you.  First of all, know that many kids have them and it’s not really a problem for the most part.  I’m a parent of a boy.  As I’m writing this, he’s 5 years old.  He had a few in his life and I always remembered how embarrassed and helpless I felt if he ever had one in public.  It was typically because he couldn’t get what he wanted.  This is a pretty common reason to have them.  If your child is experiencing them quite often and you aren’t sure why, then keep reading to learn about some other situations that you may want to consider.

temper tantrumHowever, if your child only really has a tantrum every now and then when they are being told something they don’t want to hear, you’re probably not the worst parent in the world and they’ll get over it.  On the other hand, if they struggle often or are very prone to frustration or overly sensitive to “no’s”, they may need some help.


All parents want their kids to be self confident, have high self esteem and know that they are loved.  In doing this, we sometimes overly protect them.  We might do this by insulating them from situations where they might have to do something on their own, challenging their skills.  Or, in older children, we see these sporting leagues where everyone gets a trophy and there are no winning or losing teams. In my opinion, this is not what is in the best interest of teaching our kids how to live in the world. That’s a completely different article, I’ll keep this one on point regarding tantrums and behavioral health.

A child may throw a fit like a tantrum in a store or at home in response to something you or someone they know has said.  In many ways, this is a natural response to ridding themselves of the stress or tension that the answer they got brought out in their body.

Think about this another way.  Have you ever had someone say something to you at work or at a party that made you just want to scream or wring their neck, but you just smiled and said something more ‘appropriate’?  Of course!  What do you think happens to that energy of the anger or disrespect you were just feeling?  It gets trapped or stored within the tissues of your body.  If this type of tension is not released in a healthy way, your body will develop symptoms and maybe even further compromise your health and well being.

Children don’t have this same filter that we adults have created to be more ‘civilized’ or mature.  Other animals would probably do the same thing our kids would do – yell, scream, howl or fight it out.  This can discharge the tension and allow the body to reset.

However, as was mentioned earlier in this article, there are some specific forms of behavioral outbursts or actions that would be of further concern.  If you notice that your child has a hard time dealing with loud sounds or sensations, maybe highly socially insecure, you might want to have them evaluated by a professional, like a child psychologist.  Other behaviors, like flapping of the hands and arms during a stressful situation, non-verbal, etc. are reflective of signs of autism and other autism spectrum disorders, like Asperger’s.  Just because your child exhibits some of these traits is not diagnostic for these disorders.  But, if you notice this as a regular pattern or behavior, you may want to look into it further.

Many of these behavioral disorders are either wrongly diagnosed as ADHD or they actually have ADHD but exhibit some of these signs earlier in life. In both of these scenarios, help is available for you and your child.

How we offer to help children and families living with these challenges is by helping the kids to better integrate their sensory experiences in their bodies.  This happens through a very gentle style of care known as Network Spinal Analysis.  As a chiropractor, I’m interested in the spine as it houses the delicate nerve tissue of the spinal cord and brain, the main communication and sensory pathways in the body.  By helping children to dissipate tension within the spine and nervous system, they can more effectively navigate their world in a physical, emotional and behavioral way.  If you’d like more information regarding our care, go to our About page or contact us today for your initial evaluation.  We’re looking forward to helping you.

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