Children and chiropractic
Chiropractic care for my child? Why? Her back doesn't bother her?
Often my patients say they appreciate the importance of having check-ups for their child's teeth, hearing, eyes, ears, nose, and throat. However, when it comes to a spinal check-up, most patients don't realize it is also a necessary aspect of a child’s preventative healthcare.
A spinal checkup for your child could be one of the most important check-ups in his or her life.
The spine is the lifeline of the body. Inside the spinal column is the spinal cord, a bundle containing billions of nerve fibers that will travel to every part of your child's body. The nerves send messages and energy to and from the brain that regulate your child's health. If there is any nerve blockage along the spinal cord or any nerve damage, then a state of dis-ease will develop. Dis-ease causes a generalized weakening of your child's body, lowered resistance to disease and is a major contributor of body malfunction and sickness.
I modify my chiropractic adjusting technique to fit a child’s size, weight and unique spinal problem. The force needed to adjust an infant and child is so little that often when infants are adjusted while sleeping they don't even wake up. Parents often report to me that their children seem he healthier than other kids their age.
How can a child's spine lose alignment?
Spinal nerve damage, also known as vertebral subluxation, can have many causes. Some injuries to the spine are caused during the birth process by obstetrical procedures. For example, forceps are capable of causing damage to the newborn’s spine, especially when they're used to pull or twist the infant’s head and neck. The resulting irritation of the nervous system can be the cause of many newborn health complaints: colic, unexplained crying, poor appetite, breathing problems, ear infections and allergic reactions.
Childhood is a very physical time for all of us. The falls, the accidents, the jumping, and the running are all part of childhood. All of this can cause spinal misalignments, which may result in nerve dysfunction. It is wise for all patients to have their children's spine checked regularly.
A Family Affair
The most gratifying thing I see in my office is when an entire family comes in for chiropractic adjustments. I'm Dr. Tom and I invite your whole family to visit me for a spinal check-up.