He has such a short fuse – what’s going on?

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Do you know a child with a short fuse?  A child that just really doesn’t seem to be able to process or manage emotion very well? 

This short fuse – this inability to process emotion may look like…

Behavior struggles, school struggles, home struggles, social struggles.

After many conversations with parents, the explanation that seems to make the most sense to parents is a brightly colored volleyball.  Kinda like a Van Gogh painting. Lots of swirls and geometrics and bright, bright colors.

short fuse vball

Perhaps you ask them simple things like, “Hey bud, could you help put on your shoes?” Or, “could you finish your homework?” “Can you do this chore?” 

And all of the sudden, it’s like going from 0 to 60 and out of control because they’re trying to process things – and it’s so many different thoughts coming in at one time – that processing effectively isn’t possible.

So as parents, what do we do to try to help our children?  It’s most often things like, behavioral therapy, changing diet, occupational therapy, movement therapy, vision therapy, the list goes on.

And why do we go to such lengths?  We just really want to help our kiddos.  Right?!

Why does the emotional meltdown happen in the first place?

The brain is like a processor.

The brain is like a processor. Just like your computer. It needs input in order to process things so that the output can be clear. 

More often than not, the issue isn’t with the processor (brain).  Rather with the quality of the input that the processor is able to receive.

As pediatric chiropractors, we are able to measure the input the brain is receiving and adjust your child’s spine accordingly.  This allows an adjustment to the quality of the input to the brain and as a result, affects the symptoms (behaviors) that we see.

A child that has difficulty processing emotion or having emotional control, their brain is getting poor input. 

Imagine trying to do your job and your boss has given you really bad instructions. How would that feel? It would be stressful and you’d have a short fuse too. And it would be difficult to complete the task very well. 

So the question becomes…

How do we present helpful therapies like behavioral therapy, etc in an order that’s helpful? It’s important to start with the spine. We need to take a brain that is overwhelmed with thoughts, emotions and responses and give it an ability to receive proper and appropriate input.

We measure the input the brain is getting and go from there.

In our office, we measure the input your child’s brain is getting.  The input is the perception they’re getting of their reality. In other words, what this child with a short fuse is experiencing – is real.  And it’s hard for them. 

Working with you is a beautiful thing.

You may notice, as your child gets more and more chiropractic adjustments, they seem to magically be able to handle transitions better. What a beautiful thing to witness.

Wanna chat about your child and their struggles with sensory overload? Click here and tell us what’s going on. Helping kids like yours is exactly what we do best.  And you’ll find, it helps not just your child but your whole family.

We’re here for you!

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