KIDS AND CHIROPRACTIC
Making health care choices for your children is a big decision. Here are some of the most common questions parents ask when evaluating chiropractic care.
More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even so called “natural” birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to nerve system stress.
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right away. As the infant grows, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic.
As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.
One of the most common reasons parents seek care for their child is trauma from an injury of some sort. These misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, make the correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health. Another sought out reason for care is the resolution of a particular symptom or condition. Parents seek care for conditions such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies and headaches (to name a few) because they have heard from other parents that chiropractic care can help.
Yes. Adverse events linked to pediatric chiropractic care are virtually non-existent,estimated at 1 in 250 million pediatric visits. There is not a single medical procedure safer than that, but I would encourage parents seek out chiropractors who routinely take care of children in their practice.
When adjusting a newborn, a skilled chiropractor will only use the amount of pressure that you would use to comfortably push on your eye. The child gets checked by hand and with technology, then is placed in position (usually in mommy’s lap), and gentle pressure is applied. That’s all there is to it. Simple, safe, effective.
Birth Trauma is the most common cause of a misalignment in infants.
What can cause birth trauma?
Another common cause is learning to walk. Toddlers fall hundreds of times as they develop walking skills. A fall on the head/neck or against a wall etc can cause a spinal bone to misalign.
The number of visits for children is normally much less than for adults. Young spines haven't had the time to develop degeneration and their bodies heal at a much more rapid rate.
Initial care: Once per week for 2 to 4 weeks
Stabilization care: Every two weeks for 4 to 8 weeks
Maintenance care: Once every 2 to 3 months
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