“Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Clinic (OCCC) specializes in providing chiropractic care for severely disadvantaged children,” said Dr. Steve Perry, a chiropractor at the Sparks FFC office. “Some of these kids are in financial hardships and don’t receive the care they need from other places. OCCC is a non-profit that doesn’t collect money from federal grants. Many of the doctors there donate their time and knowledge to help these kids out. It’s a large group effort.”
The Have a Heart campaigns ends on Friday. However, FFC will continue to collect donations throughout the year. Donors can also contribute funds to the OCCC website at www.chiropractic4kids.com.
“We’re asking everyone to donate to the cause so kids who really need this help can benefit,” said Dr. Perry. “Anyone can donate any amount. It not only helps the kids at the OCCC but some of these doctors travel abroad and help children out in other countries.”
OCCC has provided chiropractic services for children for the last 50 years, helping kids with various aliments such as cerebral palsy, childhood arthritis, ADHD and children on the full autistic spectrum. OCCC reports seeing a steady increase in the number of young children displaying severe conditions, and chronic degenerative diseases.
“Children respond quickly to chiropractic treatment as their bodies have great recuperative powers, and as they improve with each adjustment their parents start to see miracles happen that help their children reach meaningful lives,” said Dr. Perry. “Babies hold their heads up for the first time, sleep through the night, stop having seizures, eat without pain. Other children are able to feed themselves, learn to move independently, speak more clearly, run and play and are free of asthma or chronic ear infections.
These services do not only help children but they help their parents, as well, lifting the burden of a sick child.
“Many of these parents have lost hope in seeing their children get better until they received treatment at the OCCC,” said Dr. Perry. “It’s the greatest gift you can give — the gift of health to a child.”
The FFC office is also hosting a lecture series about living well. The Eat, Move and Think Well class series informs participants on how to sleep and look better, how to increase their happiness and how to create a healthier society. Taught by Dr. Perry, the next class will be held at the Sparks office March 11 at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on the effects of movement for a healthier life. The class is open to the public and is $10 per person; free, if you bring a guest.
The body is made to work well; it’s a beautiful design,” said Dr. Perry. “Stress could contribute to many interferences and it’s important to be educated about it. These classes teach you how to get rid of the interferences and help patients recognize indicators that they could avoid.”
For more information, visit renosparkschiro.com or call (775) 337-0184.