I was asked the other day by a friend from my moms group to write about chiropractic care and children. My immediate response was everyone needs chiropractic care it does so much for your body and healthy if you understand what a chiropractor can do for you, you would then wonder why you have been going to the MD all the time. Below is my explanation though it maybe lengthy about Why kids need chiropractic care.
First Let;s discuss the premise in which chiropractic is built upon. Chiropractors believe that the relationship between your spine and nervous system is very important and when there is dysfunction or misalignment in your spine this can cause dysfunction in your nervous system (NS). By locating and removing this spinal misalignment your NS can communicate correctly with your body and function at it’s highest potential.
Why Do Kids Need Chiropractic?
A child encounters many physical stresses during their growing years. The resulting problems in children’s spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth.
The earliest challenge a growing spine faces is the position it is forced to adopt in utero. Many women will experience varying fetal positions such as breech or brow that can cause problems during labor . What is less well known is that these foetal positions can also cause problems in the baby’s spine as well. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by the position of the baby in the womb. If this position is less than optimal, it can result in a longer and more difficult trip through the birth canal. In this way, even natural birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and nervous system. Interventions such as induction, forceps, vonteuse suction, or ceasarean section can also impact the baby’s spine. These interventions are very common in the US and often result in a traumatic birth for the child, can actually create additional traumas and compromises to the infant’s future health and well-being.
The cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections can often be traced to nervous system irritation caused by spinal and cranial misalignments.
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at, or prior to birth, many parents elect to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. Additionally, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s spine and nervous system.