Children are some of the biggest beneficiaries of chiropractic care. Surprised? Those who think of chiropractic as primarily a solution for neck and back problems are often amazed to learn that chiropractic can be helpful for many types of childhood health problems. In fact, children often respond faster to chiropractic care than adults do because their nervous system is able to grow and adapt easier than that of an adult. Children also tend to prefer a more natural approach because a chiropractic visit is always less invasive than a traditional medical or hospital visit. Here are just some of the ways that chiropractic can help address children’s health and wellness.
Nervous System Disturbances
The nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of the body, controls and regulates the entire body. Many childhood health problems are merely the result of nervous system interference, usually along the spine. Gentle adjusting techniques help reduce these disturbances so your child’s body can resume working as it was designed. Better health is the natural result when the brain and body have clear communication pathways. Upon examination, we often find nerve disturbances associated with many types of common childhood health complaints. While the effects of these nervous system compromises go by a variety of names, chiropractic is not a treatment for them! Our primary aim is to locate and reduce the underlying nervous system dysfunction.
Infertility. Even before birth, restoring nervous system control of reproductive organs has blessed many chiropractic patients with the child they thought was impossible.
Traumatic Birth. The effects of in-utero constraint, Cesarean section, vacuum extraction, and other aspects of a stressful birth can cause major nervous system disturbances that might impede an infants health and wellness. Chiropractic for newborns is extremely gentle and non-invasive. In fact, many an infant who has visited my office hasn’t even bothered to wake for his chiropractic check up and slept right through it!
Colic. Birth trauma, even from so-called “natural” birthing experiences, can often produce a child’s first nerve compromise. Your baby cries and cries because he or she lacks the ability to communicate this disturbance to you. This results in a frustrated, unhappy baby which, in turn, causes frustrated, unhappy parents. Sometimes the fix is an easy one.
Ear infections. Biomechanical restrictions in the upper spine can compromise the nervous system and immune system, making your child’s ears a breeding ground for viral infection. Chiropractic helps release these restrictions so that fluid can more easily drain from the ear canal and eustachian tubes.
Bedwetting. Nervous system compromise in the lower back can block the nerve messages responsible for bladder control. Once those nerve communication pathways are re-established, bladder control resumes and children regain their confidence and self-esteem.
ADHD. Many parents investigate conservative chiropractic care before exposing their children to psychotropic drugs. Reducing tension to the nervous system has produced excellent results for many and can improve virtually every aspect of your child’s performance at school and at home.
Asthma. By reducing neurological compromise to the bronchial tubes, lungs and diaphragm with chiropractic care, attacks can often be reduced and sometimes eliminated completely.
Growing Pains. Pain of any type is a warning that something isn’t right. While once considered a “phase they’re going through,” instead, it’s usually a sign that biomechanical stress to the nervous system is present.
Scoliosis. Instead of crude bracing of the back or the all too common “wait and see” approach, chiropractic care has helped countless children with this common physical problem.
Wellness. An obvious symptom isn’t required! Enjoy the peace of mind of having your infant or child checked to uncover structural or neurological problems before they become serious.
Unfortunately, many of the hard-to-correct problems we see in adults are long-standing problems that began, and remained undetected, in childhood. The earlier these problems are addressed, the easier it is to maintain healthy function as we age.