Chiropractic for Children
Did you know that the average child falls up to 18 times per day? With every bump, fall, slip and spill their bodies encounter stress that could cause a shift in the spine. A shift in the spine is a misalignment of the bones in the spine which can cause abnormal messaging between the brain and the body. This is why it’s important to get your child’s spine evaluated to make sure all is well.
Children, like adults frequently suffer from preventable health problems. Unfortunately while an adult can describe what they feel, children, especially infants, cannot. Adding more difficulty is that fussiness in newborns is often viewed as normal although it is not. There could be a very important reason for a child’s fussiness. Problems in a child’s spine can occur from birth trauma. It is estimated that up to 80% of children have a spine problem in “normal” deliveries. This percentage is higher if there is difficulty in labor such as medically induced birth, C-section, vacuum or forceps extraction. Please do not ignore it when your kids show pain or discomfort, it may be a sign that they have discomfort from a problem in the spine. Bring them in to the office just to get it checked out.
The good thing is kids heal quickly! They don’t need to see a chiropractor nearly as often as adults do because their bodies adapt at a much faster pace.
Will Chiropractic care hurt my child?
If you’ve ever seen Chiropractic videos on YouTube we understand your concern. Although the internet has many sensational and surprising videos on Chiropractic, they are not a good example of pediatric care.
When considering a Chiropractor for your child we recommend a Chiropractor that is listed on the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) website. www.icpa4kids.com
A Chiropractic Pediatric Exam can overlap with some of the same tests performed at your Pediatrician’s office. Most of the tests performed at your Chiropractor’s office will be specific to evaluating normal and abnormal spine and nerve function.
A Chiropractic adjustment is the gentle impulse that resets the joint and nerve impulses to the brain. An adjustment for a newborn would involve approximately 6 ounces of pressure (imagine squeezing a tomato at the grocery store).
Adjusting children is done far more gently (with less force and pressure) than with adults because they are much smaller. Newborn adjustments can even be done while mom or dad holds their baby. This helps the child relax and limits movement. Most kids love to be adjusted and say they feel better afterward. Sometimes the first trip to the Chiropractor can seem scary, but they usually calm down quickly when they realize it does not hurt.
Chiropractic for Infants
The birth process can be hard on a baby, and often nerve problems can start there. If you can imagine sitting and having someone stand behind you and attempt to lift you by only by your head. That’s what babies experience in most hospital deliveries. It’s not difficult to see that a newborn’s head and neck can be damaged by this process. Although most children are born this way most children never have a spinal exam before age 18. That’s why it can be helpful to have your baby checked out right from the start.
Problems in a child’s spine can aggravate common childhood conditions such as ear infections, colic, reflux, difficulty breastfeeding, and constipation. Correction of spinal problems can help resolve these issues.