Now more than ever children need chiropractic care. With our current technological birthing techniques, it is important that a child’s nervous system be checked of interference to it as even our normal birthing process where operative devices are not used can stress the infant’s spine and nervous system. The result of this irritation to the infant’s system is many times the cause of common health complaints that we as chiropractors see in patients that we care for. Things such as colic, torticollis, breathing problems, nursing problems, sleep issues and chronic ear infections and digestive issues can be traced back to nervous system stress and interference. Because of the trauma that can occur at birth many parents are seeking to have their children checked by a chiropractor as soon as possible. As baby continues to grow, hold their head up, crawl, sit up, and walk which are all activities that affect movement and alignment of the spine, these are great times to have your child checked by a chiropractor. How can chiropractic help your child? Let’s look further together.
Now as your child starts to participate in activities such as riding a bike, playing sports, etc. spinal misalignments may occur. If these misalignments are neglected when the body is in a state of accelerated growth more serious problems may occur later in life as they move to adulthood. It only takes a small amount of trauma to one’s spine to cause nervous system impairment. When we have any interference to our nervous system we affect how the body is able to function and for it to be at its optimal best.
Commonly many parents seek chiropractic care for their child due to an injury of some sort. Spinal misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms during this time, but regular chiropractic care can identify spinal injury due to some of these traumas and make corrections early enough to help avoid potential complaints later down the road. Another reason parent’s seek care is due to a particular symptom or condition they are seeking resolution for. Some of these conditions may include ear infections, colic, asthma, digestive issues, allergies and headaches.
One thing to note and understand is that Doctors of Chiropractic do not treat a disease or a condition. A chiropractor’s expertise is checking the child’s spine for misalignments that may be causing interference to their nervous system affecting their overall health potential and function. It is the bones of the spine, the vertebrae that house and protect the spinal cord. Our spinal cord is an extension of our brain and it carries all of our information from the brain to all the different parts of our body and then back to our brain again. When we have a misalignment or subluxation we have an interference to the nervous system that is carrying important information back and forth. When we have interference any aspect of our health can be impaired by this lost transmission as our nervous system controls and coordinates the function of all systems in the body including hormonal, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, elimination and immunity. When given a chiropractic adjustment the body is being helped and restored back to proper nervous system function and allowing the body to express an optimal state of health.
Doctor’s of Chiropractic will take a detailed and thorough chiropractic health history and perform an exam to determine if your child indeed has spinal misalignments. Adjusting protocols for children are modified based on the child’s size, weight, height and spinal condition. All of this is done with the utmost care, both gentle and specific to the child and their developing spines. For infants and the very young an adjustment is as light as a finger touch and many times infants sleep through it and older children enjoy and relax through care. Under regular care most parents say that their children enjoy getting regular adjustments and that they see improvement in their overall health and well-being.
I encourage you to seek a chiropractor who enjoys and who works regularly with infants, children and pregnant mothers. Many offer free consultations for you to meet and get to know them and find out how chiropractic care may help you and your families health needs.
It’s never too early to start Chiropractic Care!
Another great resource for more information on kids and chiropractic is to visit ICPA4kids.org.
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