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Why Children Need Chiropractic Care

Children and babies can suffer from vertebral mis-alignments. Chiropractic adjustments offer a safe and effective way to help children feel better

Many people simply do not know how much of difference Chiropractic adjustments can make to an infant or child’s health because infants and toddlers are usually unable say that their necks or low backs are hurting.  A sure fire way to tell if When a child is old enough to tell an adult about his or her neck or back pain, it can easily be dismissed.  Worse yet, children have so much stimuli coming in that they themselves dismiss the aches and pains.  Not correcting this problem sets up the body for a lifetime of compensation and chronic conditions later in life.  The truth is that Chiropractic adjustments can easily treat the ailments of many infants and children.

Chiropractic for Babies

The birth process can be very traumatic to an infant, especially if the baby’s head and neck are pulled during labour and birth. Have you ever watched a live birth!  Also C- sections are not cutting a "hole" and lifting the infant out of its mothers womb.  There is significant pressure and pulling on the baby's neck and shoulders.  One easy method to tell if a baby’s neck is misaligned is to watch where he or she looks in a car seat or if the baby can and will only nurse to one side. If the baby constantly looks in the same direction, the vertebrae in his or her neck are most likely "stuck" or subluxated.  Subluxated vertebrae can often be irritated or sore and an adjustment will help those joints to move in a more normal range of motion, while reducing the discomfort that the baby experiences.

Colicky babies find great relief with Chiropractic adjustments. A Denmark study (Klougart N, Nilsson N, Jacobsen J. Infantile colic treated by chiropractors: a prospective study of 316 cases. J Manip Physiol Ther 1989; 12(4): 281-8) showed that 94% of the infants who received chiropractic care noted a significant decrease of crying time within two weeks of treatment.

As babies grow, and learn to crawl and walk, their spines are modified by their newly acquired body positions and by gravity. It is important to have a child’s spine checked at the major milestones of development, especially at the crawling and walking stages to ensure that the vertebrae are all moving in a normal pattern of motion.

Chiropractic for Toddlers

Another concern for Chiropractors with regards to children are bumps and falls. As babies learn to navigate their bodies in space, they fall frequently, and these jolts can cause mis-alignments in their spine. Anatomically, the spinal cord is housed by the vertebrae, and nerves exit in pairs from between each vertebra. When the vertebrae are out of alignment, they press on the nerves as they exit the spine. The result is that the nervous system is not able to function as well as it could.

Chiropractic for Children

Sports, especially contact sports, can cause back or neck pain and non-painful spinal mis-alignments for children. Heading the ball when playing soccer, sliding into the boards head first in hockey, being hit by the ball or by other players in baseball, football or basketball can all cause mis-alignments in a child’s spine. Chiropractors can make the most difference the earlier they treat a child who has hurt his or her neck or back.

Children can suffer from migraine headaches. While Chiropractic care cannot help all types of migraines, some migraine headaches originate from fixed or subluxated vertebrae in the neck. Adjustments can help to reduce or eliminate the frequency and intensity of these types of migraine headaches.

And what about backpacks!!  Have you seen the posture your child adopts when a heavy backpack is placed on their back!  Bring your child in, with their backpack and we will show you the proper way to where one to avoid spinal problems and poor posture.

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