Chiropractic for Infants, Children and Adolescents
As parents today, we take a very active role in making sure that our children are as healthy as possible. We feed them nutritious foods, look for safe toys, encourage physical activity and maintain a wellness schedule for checkups at the dentist, eye doctor and hearing specialists.
Now more than ever, parents are also bringing their children to doctors of chiropractic for day-to-day health concerns we’re all familiar with: colds, sore throats, ear infections or fluid in the ear, fevers, colic, asthma, tonsillitis, allergies, bed-wetting, infections, growing pains, falls, stomach aches, and the hundred and one little and big things children go through as they grow up.
How does Chiropractic for Children work?
It’s most important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. Its purpose is to reduce nerve system stress, a serious and often painless condition most children (and adults) experience in their bodies. System stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system, can weaken internal organs and organ systems, lower resistance, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness and disorders of all kinds.
When a chiropractor frees the nervous system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed: the immune system works more effectively, resistance to disease increases, and your child’s body functions at full capacity. Your child can then respond more efficiently to internal and external environmental stresses such as germs, changes in temperature, humidity, toxins, pollen and other stresses that he or she comes in contact with.
So although children with diseases are often brought to the chiropractor, the chiropractor is not treating the disease but is instead reducing nerve system stress, thus permitting their body’s natural healing potential to function at its best.
Why do kids need Chiropractic care?
Nerve stress is caused by vertebral subluxations. Subluxations are misalignments or distortions of the spinal column, skull, hips, and related tissues (the structural system) that irritate, stretch, impinge or otherwise interfere with the proper function of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves and peripheral nerves). Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body, any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.
How Is Nerve System Stress Caused?
Nerve system stress can be caused by physical, chemical and/or emotional stress. Physical stress may start in the womb, with the baby positioned in a distorted or twisted manner. Spinal nerve stress in newborns is common today. This may be caused by a traumatic or difficult birth which can introduce great stress to the infant’s skull, spinal column and pelvis. Throughout childhood, the normal childhood mishaps every child experiences can be a source of spinal and cranial trauma. Most of the time, the pain from the initial injury “goes away” however the damage incurred continues to affect the future function of the child’s nerve system.
How can I recognize if my child has spinal misalignments?
There a few easy to read signs that can let a parent know if their child has a misalignment. They include:
- a head tilt to one side
- difficulty breastfeeding, whether it’s due to a poor latch or constrained neck movement
- restricted motion of the head to one side
- changes to appetite
- altered sleeping patterns as an infant or child
- change in behaviour, whether more withdrawn or more aggressive
- tugging on one or both ears
- colic or longs periods of constant, inconsolable crying
- changes to digestion
- changes to concentration and/or focus
Kids Make Great Patients!
Adjusting a child is not a difficult procedure. In fact, in most cases, a child’s spine is much easier to adjust than an adult’s. They have not had the long-standing subluxations, their muscles are usually not as tense and they are generally more relaxed than adults.
Not only are kids more straight-forward to adjust, but also in most cases, they hold their adjustments for longer periods of time and their corrective plans are almost always significantly shorter than the average adult. However, with the falls, accidents and the generally active lives most kids experience, regular check-ups are vital.
One of our favorite parts of chiropractic care is adjusting kids! The energy they bring into the office is endless and they can’t wait to get on the table.
Today’s parents desire to achieve a state of true health—this is leading them to seek health care options which support their children’s own natural ability to be healthy and well.
Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle and effective option. All children deserve the right to express their fullest potential and your family chiropractor can help them achieve it.
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