Children

“Should your children have a chiropractic check-up?“

Healthy children

As a concerned parent, you no doubt wonder if your child is as healthy as possible.
Many factors contribute to your child’s overall health. A major component is the communication between your child’s brain and body, a vital link controlling the growth, repair, and function of every tissue and organ in the body. Diet, exercise, rest, and emotional and spiritual support are other important factors.
Chiropractic recognizes the importance of each of these factors as they contribute to your child’s health.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Vertebrae (the bones in your back) fit together so that the LIFE (nerve supply) produced in your brain may filter down your spinal cord and out over your nerves. This LIFE is responsible for growth, repair, and healing in your entire body. When vertebrae are out of their natural alignment, nerves become stretched or twisted (commonly referred to as a nerve “pinch”), and this vital communication system in the body is disrupted.
This neurological disturbance is called a subluxation, and it may result in the failure of one or more parts of the body, as well as health in general. Subluxations can also foster the onset of sickness and disease as the body weakens.
The Doctor of Chiropractic specializes in the detection and correction of subluxations. Instead of treating the symptoms of the disease, the chiropractor corrects the subluxation so that normal body functions may take place. This is done by laying hands on your back and gently lining up the vertebrae in their natural position. This process may take weeks or months, depending on the amount of misalignment. LIFE may then be restored throughout the body, and healing can take place. As your body heals, the symptoms begin to diminish.

By having subluxations corrected throughout childhood, your child will have a better opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

When should your child be checked for subluxations?

Newborn infants should be checked within hours after birth. The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic. During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, may be injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. The most frequent subluxation experienced by newborns results from the pulling, twisting, and compression of the infant’s spine during birth.
Although birth subluxations may cause immediate symptoms, such as respiratory depression, there may be far-reaching effects that are manifested for years. The child’s ability to fight against disease, for example, may be lowered. Colds, ear infections, colic, and other illnesses may result.
Subluxations may also interfere with internal organ function, resulting in the inability to produce chemicals responsible for raising and lowering body temperature as needed. Research has also indicated that the body’s immune response in the production of anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents to fight infection is greatly compromised due to vertebral lesions (subluxations).

Chiropractic is safe and natural.

The chiropractic approach to health care is natural. It does not try to stimulate or inhibit normal body function. Instead, the chiropractor addresses the important relationship between the nervous system and disease. The systemic effect of vertebral subluxations is complex. Many childhood illnesses may be manifested in the pediatric patient due to abnormal body function caused by subluxations. In light of this, your chiropractor may be the best doctor to help your child.

Pregnancy

Chiropractic care can be quite helpful during all stages of pregnancy. This period of rapid development, hormonal changes, the laxity of connective ligaments, and shifting of weight-bearing structures, may cause many pregnant women to experience low back pain.Chiropractic care can be quite helpful.
Besides helping to relieve the discomfort many expectant mothers experience, chiropractic care helps normalize nervous system function. This is an important component of overall good health.  The benefits of chiropractic care may also be noticed during delivery. Many chiropractic patients report that their deliveries were faster and more comfortable than deliveries previous to chiropractic care!

Your Doctor of Chiropractic will take special precautions with you during your pregnancy. Modifications to the table or adjusting techniques are made during each stage of pregnancy. Pamper yourself and your baby with regular chiropractic checkups.

Chiropractic

Chiropractors are primary health care providers who diagnose and treat patients focusing on the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems of the body. Treatment may include spinal and extremity adjusting, physiotherapies, nutrition, including supplementation and diet changes, physical rehabilitation and acupuncture.
The principal therapeutic procedure utilized is the chiropractic adjustment, which is a quick, gentle, hands on motioning of a joint which may be misaligned and or lack proper movement. This is called a subluxation. Subluxations may cause irritation to nerves, muscles and surrounding connective tissue and may manifest as pain or other systemic condition. Restoring proper motion to subluxated joints may regulate the nervous system and allow the body to heal, muscles to relax and alleviate pain. It is important to remember that when you are receiving Chiropractic care, you need to be an active participant in your care which may include postural changes, at home stretching and strengthening, alterations in diet, massage therapy and stress management.
Chiropractic care is available to men, women and children of all ages, including babies and pregnant women. Some of the benefits of receiving Chiropractic care include improved muscle and joint mobility and stabilization, regulation of the nervous system, improved biomechanics, decreased pain, quicker recovery after injury, re-injury prevention and optimization of health, to name a few.

We are available to listen to you, answer your questions and decide whether Chiropractic

care would be of benefit to you!

 

 A Parent’s Guide to Chiropractic:

Accepted and Respected

Most people acknowledge the value of chiropractic care for adults. But a more normally working nervous system can help everyone. Before subjecting their children to risky drugs or hoping it’s “just a phase they’re going through,” wise parents consult our practice.

Chiropractic care for children is different from that for adults. Tailored to their age and weight, their adjustments often require no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato. Children seem to innately enjoy their chiropractic care and look forward to their visits. Can you identify the signs of spinal nerve interference in your children?

Proper maternal nutrition, exercise and regular chiropractic care help create the best opportunity for healthy prenatal growth. Baby clothes, bassinets and car seats are also concerns. These are important, but consider the trauma of the birth process.

The First Subluxation

Pulling, forcing and twisting a baby from the birth canal are still too common. Cesarean section, forceps, suction extraction or eager hands can do unseen damage. Even “natural” birthing methods can cause subluxations. Subluxations are areas of your baby’s spine that interfere or distort controlling nerve impulses between the brain and body.

With vital neurological signals compromised, your child’s health may be impaired from his or her first breath. Other problems can appear years later. Only a chiropractic examination can tell if subluxations are involved.

“Waaaaaah!”

Without the language to explain what’s wrong, some newborns exhibit unexplained crying, a lack of appetite, allergic reactions or other difficulties. Newborns and infants often show a tendency to hold their head to one side or prefer breast- feeding from one side. These are ways they cope with abnormal spinal function and an impaired nervous system.

Chiropractic care has been shown to be helpful for many infants suffering from colic. As subluxations are reduced, more normal sleep patterns often emerge. Many parents notice that other aspects of their child’s health improve as well. Chiropractors are alert to the many ways nerve interference can negatively affect your baby’s health.

Many infants and toddlers will rub or tug at their ears. If they can talk, they complain. If they can’t, their crying makes us feel helpless, even desperate.

“My Ear Hurts.”

Subluxations are often found in children who suffer from chronic earaches. An impaired nerve supply can make their middle ears and Eustachian tubes susceptible to fluid buildup or even infection.

Traditional treatment usually involves the antibiotic amoxicillin. The result? A recent study showed that children taking amoxicillin compromise their immune system function. They are twice as likely to have recurring ear problems as those taking just a placebo. Instead, restoring proper nerve supply with safe and natural chiropractic care has helped thousands.

As children grow and explore their world, crawling leads to walking. Walking leads to running. Tricycles lead to bicycles. Before we know it, their mobility and curiosity produce a whirlwind of nonstop activity. Along the way they lose their balance. They fall. They slip. They trip. They stumble. They tumble. A kiss and a bandage may be comforting, but what about the unseen injury to their spine?

“I Have A Boo Boo.”

Even though your child’s young body has tremendous capacity to adapt, uncorrected subluxations can set the stage for problems often seen later in adults. Regular chiropractic checkups during this time of rapid growth can be helpful.

“My Tummy Doesn’t Feel So Good?”

What’s the difference between children who seem to get “the bugs that are going around” and those who don’t? Spinal subluxations may inhibit your child’s ability to ward off infection. Weakened by a compromised nervous system, his stomach, lungs, nose, ears and throat can welcome viruses and other microbes.

Restoring the integrity of the nervous system and the workings of every cell and tissue is what chiropractic care is all about. Many parents who consult our practice report that their children miss less school and seem healthier than other children.

With puberty come hormonal changes, a new self-consciousness, awkwardness and a lack of coordination. A host of nonspecific aches, pains and muscle spasms often appear.

“Why Do I Get Cramps in My Legs?”

These so-called “growing pains” may be common, but they are not normal. That they seem to resolve on their own is merely a tribute to the adaptive qualities of children’s growing bodies. Uneven leg length, unbalanced hips and other underlying spinal distortions often go unnoticed.

We see the results years later in adults with chronic, more difficult-to-correct problems. Parents who want their children to enjoy their fullest potential consult our practice to help assure proper growth and development.

“My Head Hurts”

Aches and pains at any age are signs that something isn’t right. It’s convenient to treat the symptoms with a couple of aspirin or some other medication. But should you?

Worse, what do you teach your child when you help her feel better by taking a drug? How will you explain the difference between a “good” drug and a “bad” drug? Virtually every drug has side effects. Will your child be the one to experience stomach bleeding, liver damage or other side effects from popular over-the-counter pain relievers? Rather than dangerous symptom treating, the chiropractic approach detects and helps correct a common underlying cause. Without drugs.

A common symptom during adolescence, especially in girls, is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine called a “scoliosis.” Alert parents may notice that a high shoulder or low hip make clothing fit poorly. Back and leg pains may also be present.

“I Don’t Like the Way My Clothes Fit.”

A thorough chiropractic examination can help detect scoliosis in its earliest stages. That way, corrective action can begin with a program of specific chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments help reduce subluxations and improve spinal structure and function. Muscles can strengthen. Posture can improve.

Safe and natural chiropractic care has helped many young women avoid braces, surgery and the psychological effects of this underlying deformity. We have high hopes for our children. Above all we want them to be happy, be healthy and reach their fullest potential. Raising children is a big responsibility that can produce extraordinary joy and satisfaction.

Our Duty As Parents

Along the way you’ll make many choices on their behalf. Will you allow needless antibiotics to tamper with your child’s immune system? Will you agree to ear surgery to install an artificial drainage system? Will you consent to the use of Ritalin or other personality-altering drugs? Or, will you trust the ability of their body to heal naturally, unhampered by subluxations?

Please Choose Wisely.

Today’s Chiropractic

Traditional symptom-treating is expensive and unattractive. That’s why more and more families include a chiropractor on their health team. We look at the total you. We acknowledge the self- healing properties of the body. We know that regardless of their age, a subluxation-free nervous system gives your child the opportunity to be their very best.

Schedule an appointment for your child or grandchild today! Phone 242-423-9328.