Why would kids or babies need chiropractic care?
If one major spine injury made Christopher "Superman" Reeve paralyzed and his organs stopped functioning properly, wouldn't it make sense that smaller but repetitive multiple injuries to the spine and nervous system, over time, cause decrease in health and well-being? Ask any parents who regularly bring their kids to the chiropractor, they will tell you that their kids sleep better, take less prescription drugs, less likely to get sick, do better in school (no more childhood headaches! yay!), and overall a better healthy child.
Spinal Injuries Often Began at Birth
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. It is very common for newborns to have their tiny fragile neck or head being twisted and yanked at birth, sometimes over and over again.
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 and cranial trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right after birth by doctors of chiropractic. Having a large head and tiny neck with underdeveloped neck muscles makes it very easy for newborns or toddlers to develop spinal misalignments especially when their heads flopped forward or to the side during car trips on car seat, when being held by others, or even during the sitting-crawling-and initial walking stages.
These are the important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Daily Childhood Activities Often Cause Undetected Injuries
As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like climbing up the couch, skating or riding a bike and experiences traumas associated with these activities, 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 reason parents seek care for their child is trauma from an injury of some sort. These spinal 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.
We have treated many student athletes, cheerleaders, gymnasts, soccer players, softball players, who have multiple spinal problems due to these high impact, injury-prone sports. The worst part is if these teenagers go through their growth spurt (3-12 inches in a year) but they start out with "crooked" spine and hips or feet that are structurally imbalanced, they will grow up with multiple health problems, from frequent and weak back pain, scoliosis, migraine headaches, scoliosis, upper back hump, and many more.
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.
It is important to understand that the doctor of chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function.