Chiropractic Care for Infants and Children
Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body's ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working with the nervous system--the communication system between your brain and body. Doctors of Chiropractic work to correct spinal, pelvic and cranial misalignments (subluxations). When misaligned, these structures create an imbalance in surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, the resulting nerve system stress may affect the body's ability to function optimally.
"With the birth process becoming more and more an intervening procedure....the chiropractic checkup becomes even more important to the child's future."
Larry Webster, DC of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
Why Chiropractic Care for Children?
A pediatric chiropractor can help your child attain true health, naturally. The chiropractor addresses the important relationship between the nerve system and disease.
In an infant, a chiropractic check-up can ensure that the stress of labor and delivery did not damage their delicate spinal structures. In children, common bumps and tumbles can result in spinal or cranial misalignments (subluxations) which interfere with the nerve communication between the brain and the body. This nerve system stress may affect the body's ability to heal and function optimally.
Research shows that chiropractic significantly improves common childhood ailments. Colic, ADD, Asthma, Allergies, Ear Infections, and Bed-wetting...just to name a few, all improve or are eliminated with chiropractic care!
Children are as susceptible to trauma in their spines from various activities and events. These microtraumas can move their vertebra slightly out of their optimal position (called a subluxation) which decrease their bodies' ability to function at the highest level. Although symptoms, such as pain may not show up for years, injury to their vital nervous system can have a lifetime of damaging effects. Every child needs periodic chiropractic check-ups to ensure that they grow up happy, healthy and with a straight spine.
Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being. The following articles will help you understand the importance of the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle.
When should I bring my child in for chiropractic care?
A child's spine should be checked by a chiropractor right after birth because of the potential damaging effects of the birth process. Even the most natural and normal births are somewhat traumatic to the infant and may cause "hidden damage". Studies show that many children who experience symptoms of colic, ear-infections and asthma have spinal subluxations impairing their nervous system function.
All infants should be given the opportunity to have a spinal check-up as soon after birth as possible. For infants who are colicky, constipated, having trouble sleeping, tugging on ears, or just moody, we recommend that you do not delay a check-up! At a minimum, we recommend checking a child's spine at each milestone (holding head up, sitting, creeping, crawling, standing, walking) and then every few months to make sure the spine is maintaining position during all the ups and downs of toddler-hood. For the older child check-ups are vital as well, especially after any injury, even the so called "minor" bumps and bruises. Has a chiropractor been checking the health of your child's spine and nerve system on a regular basis?
Parents who choose chiropractic care commonly say that their children are better behaved and do not get sick very often. We also have had amazing results with patients who have been diagnosed with learning difficulties, ADD/ADHD, allergies, nursing difficulty and more. Read our success stories here.