Why You Should Take Your Kids to the Chiropractor
Most parents never think about taking their children to a chiropractor. Why would they when their kids aren't hurt? To answer that you need to understand what chiropractic really is. Chiropractic is not only based on symptoms but on the important relationship between the spine and the nervous system. One of the most basic principles of chiropractic is that dysfunction in the spine and its joints will lead to dysfunction within the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the other systems of the body, spinal dysfunction can have wide ranging effects on the body's health. If we remove this dysfunction with gentle chiropractic techniques, then the body's normal function will be restored.
Children encounter more physical stress to their bodies than parents realize, starting with birth all the way up through adolescence. Abnormal positioning in the womb can jam vertebra, which can lead to a longer, more difficult birth. Also, many interventions such as forceps, the vacuum and c-sections can place abnormal pressures on the spine. Many infants start out life with spinal dysfunction and this can contribute to conditions such as: colic, breastfeeding issues, allergic reactions, and sleep disturbances, due to the abnormal stress on the nervous system. Consider that the human spine grows by 50% in length in the first year of life. If your child has an underlying problem, they will compensate for that dysfunction as they grow.
There are many important developmental milestones that you look for in infants such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling and walking. These are activities that can be affected by the function of the spinal column and nervous system. If there is an abnormality, these milestones can be delayed or cause abnormal development.
Finally, children are hard on their bodies as they get older. Imagine how many falls, sports injuries and playground bumps they get, along with carry heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom. These are all significant sources of physical stresses to the growing spine and nervous system. If any of these spinal joint dysfunctions are not fixed, there will be continued stress on the nervous system and that can lead to many common childhood disorders such as: recurrent ear infections, persistent sore throats and colds, colic/reflux, asthma, scoliosis, headaches, bedwetting and/or constipation, growing pains, and ADHD. These conditions can continue into adulthood if uncorrected.
A Doctor of Chiropractic can help fix these spinal malpositions by gently moving the spinal vertebra back to their normal position with specific adjustments. This in turn will remove the stress on the nervous system by allowing the joints to move properly. Once spinal and nervous system function is restored, the child's natural, in-born potential to be healthy is restored and you have a happier, healthier child. Children who are adjusted regularly have stronger immune systems and respond to stressful situations much better. Chiropractic care maintains a healthy nervous system so that the child can be and act their very best. If children are taught young that going to the chiropractor regularly is a good way to stay healthy, just like going to the dentist is healthy for your teeth, then they will continue to go as adult, who in turn will be happier, healthier, and more productive. So if your child has experienced any of the above situations, they probably should be checked by a chiropractor so that they too can reach their highest potential.
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