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 your child grows and begins to become mobile, they fall many, many times on their sacrum. This impact may also cause misalignments, restricted motion, or chiropractic subluxations in the spine and pelvis.
Children are beginning competitive sports at an earlier age than ever before. 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.Trauma can result from any sport, from football to dance. This trauma may be blunt trauma, as in football, or it may be more of a repetitive stress such as constant hyperextension in the gymnast every time they dismount. Either way, these stresses and strains, which may or may not cause pain, can cause harm to a developing child and their joints, muscles, and/or nervous system.
One of the most common reason 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.
Chiropractic care is safe and gentle for the pediatric population. Many think the pediatric adjustment looks like the adjustment which is performed on an adult. This is not true. A much gentler touch is used on the pediatric patient, typically using the fingertips of the doctor to sustain a gentle contact for correction. On the littlest patients this pressure is about that which could be applied to a ripe tomato without breaking or damaging the skin. Most kids like getting adjusted just like their parents!
Children have a variety of regular health check ups including dental cleanings to ensure proper health and development. Considering the many changes they undergo during development, regular neuromusculoskeletal exams can help ensure the same. We feel children should have the same opportunity to have proper spinal health.