Some adults may wonder why more and more children are starting to see chiropractors. That’s a good question and the answer is simple: whether we have a large spine or a tiny little spine, if that spine is creating nerve distress then our magnificent bodies cannot operate smoothly…
The nervous system is the ‘Master Controller’
The nervous system is the master controller of our body and if its communication channels become fuzzy, distorted or damaged then we experience all sorts of communication errors. For babies and children, this ineffective communication may play out as colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestion issues, asthma, behavioral problems, low energy, inability to concentrate, headaches, etc – the list is endless. In fact, regardless of what the end result or symptom may be, all roads lead back to the nervous system – to the body’s ability to self-regulate and function at a peak level.
While chiropractic may be able to help with a number of health issues, our focus is not treating or curing ailments; our focus is ensuring the nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and effectively.
Another question you may ask is…
“How do little kids get nerve irritation?”
Nerve irritations (or vertebral subluxations) occur as a part of normal daily life. They result from physical, chemical and emotional stressors or ‘insults’ to our health, such as bad posture, prolonged postures, sleeping on the tummy, knocks and falls, poor food choices, dehydration, exposure to chemicals and toxins, and stress and anxiety. Even before these lifestyle stressors have an impact, nerve irritation can occur in the uterus from awkward positioning, restriction of movement, and exposure to toxins, and from birth complications such as long labors, very fast labors, or forceps or caesarean delivery.
When we appreciate how important the nervous system is and how easily it can be hindered and impaired it makes sense that all children deserve to have a well-adjusted spine and nervous system … it makes sense that chiropractic is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
“I have been adjusted as an adult. Will my child be adjusted the same way?”
Adjusting a child is not like adjusting a grown adult. Chiropractors use special tests and reflexes to distinguish what parts of the body to adjust on an infant or child. They then use a small amount of pressure to adjust the subluxation. The amount of pressure used is similar to pressing your finger into a tomato without breaking the skin. It is very safe and very effective.
Labor and Delivery….The First Subluxation
Birth is a trauma. It is a series of compression. Contraction torques and traction. When fetal size, presentation or neurological immaturity complicate this event, such forces may lead to tissue damage, edema, hemorrhage or fracture in the baby. The use of obstetric instrumentation may further amplify the effects of such forces or may induce injury alone. Under certain conditions, delivery by cesarean delivery can be an acceptable alternative, but does not guarantee an injury free birth.
Most Important Times to check for Subluxation:
Right after birth (see picture above)
When starting to pick the head up on the belly
At onset of crawling
As child begins to sit
When child first learns to stand
During the initial walking stages
10 reasons parents take their children to see a chiropractor:
1. To maximize their child’s neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
2. To enhance their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
3. To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
4. To help with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
5. To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
6. To improve spinal posture.
7. To improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
8. To assist with behavioral disorders and enhance emotional wellbeing.
9. To help alleviate digestive problems.
10. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.
As chiropractors we don’t claim to cure any disease or illness. We simply want to remove that nerve stress so the child has optimal wellness and well being back in their spine.
Your child’s health is their greatest asset.