Children and Chiropractic
Parents should be made aware of possible risk associated with chiropractic treatment of children, particularly the services is offered by “pediatric chiropractors”. Chiropractic is a safe and effective form of healthcare for kids of all ages. Chiropractic for kids can be quite different them chiropractic of adults.
With pregnancy come hormonal changes, a shift in body weight and a laxity of ligaments. New stress is experienced by the lower back and pelvis. Many women report that their pregnancies were easier and their delivery times made shorter when they received chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy. Even today’s birthing procedures can put tremendous pressure on a baby’s spine. And while the injury from a forceps delivery may be less common today, vacuum extraction and eager hands can do even more damage by pulling, forcing and twisting the baby’s young spine.
Without the language to explain, many newborns experience colic, unexplained crying, lack of appetite, frequent ear infections or other signs of poor health.
If these things are detected, a gentle, life-affirming adjustment is given. With no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato, nerve-compromising subluxations can be reduced. Almost miraculously, many parents see instant improvement in the well-being of their child.
Additionally, regular chiropractic checkups are helpful to monitor spinal development as infants sit upright, support their heads, learn to crawl, and take their first brave steps.
Many experts believe that uncorrected spinal problems during this early stage of development cause the chronic, hard-to-correct subluxations seen in many adults.
Sadly, bedwetting and many childhood aches and pains are passed off as “growing pains” or “just a phase they’re going through.” Beware! Aches and pains at any age are a sign that something isn’t right. Subluxations may be involved.
As you make decisions about your baby’s health care and are confronted with the issues of antibiotics, vaccinations and the growing use of behaviour altering drugs, consult with your chiropractor. Seek accurate information and make an informed choice. Above all, make sure your child has the best chance to be all that he or she can be by having a nervous system free of subluxations.