More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems found in adult patients begin as early as birth; even natural birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine, cranium and developing nervous system. The resulting irritation caused by spinal and cranial misalignments can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and head fixation to one side or the other can often be traced back to stress to the nervous system.
Because it is fairly common for spinal and cranial trauma to occur during birth, many parents have their newborns checked immediately after welcoming their little ones into the world. In addition to this, there are many other essential periods of spinal development where spinal alignment can be adversely affected, such as learning to crawl, sit and walk. As your growing child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating and riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments, also known as subluxations, can occur. When left untreated, injuries sustained during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious health issues later in life, as these subtle traumas incurred throughout childhood directly affect the continued development of the spine.
The nervous system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body, and because of this, all aspects of your child’s health may become impaired by nerve interference. With this, it is important to understand that a chiropractor does not treat conditions or diseases. Rather, the expertise of the chiropractor lies in assessing the spine for interference and restoring proper nervous system function. Think about it this way... The 26 vertebrae found in the spine house and protect the spinal cord, a direct extension of the brain. The spine carries essential information required for the body to function optimally from the brain to every one of our cells and back to the brain again. These subluxations interfere with and inhibit the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information. A healthy and proper functioning body should have an optimally functioning nervous system allowing for direct transmission of information, from brain, to spine, to body.
It is important to understand chiropractic adjustment procedures are modified to fit a child’s size, weight and unique spinal condition. Pediatric adjustments are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures, using the same amount of pressure as one would use while checking the ripeness of a tomato. Most parents report that their children enjoy their adjustments and look forward to coming into the office, while experiencing a greater level of health while undergoing regular chiropractic care. This sounds like a win-win to us.