Chiropractic Adjustments for Kids - A parent's Guide

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Chiropractic Adjustments for Kids - A parent's Guide

25 January 2023

Most people recognize 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 its “just a phase they’re going through,” wise parents consult our office.

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 would use to test the ripeness of a tomato. Children in our office enjoy chiropractic care and look forward to their visits.

Can you recognize signs of spinal nerve interference in your child?

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

Sublaxations are areas of your baby’s spine that interfere or distort controlling nerve impulses between the brain and the body.
With vital neurological signals compromised, your child’s health is impaired from his or her first breath.  Other problems can appear years later. Only a chiropractic examination can tell if sublaxations are involved.

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 spine function and impaired nervous system. Chiropractic care has been shown to be helpful for infants suffering from colic.

As sublaxations are reduced, more normal sleep patterns 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.

“My Ears Hurt”
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. Sublaxations 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, slip, trip, stumble and tumble. A kiss and a bandage may be comforting, but what about the unseen injury to their spines?
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 are essential.

What’s the difference between children who seem to get “the bugs that are going around” and those who don’t?
Spinal subluxations can hamper your child’s ability to ward off infections. 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 office 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. 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 results years later in adults with chronic, expensive and hard-to-fix problems. Parents who want their children to enjoy their fullest potential consult our office 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 other medications. But should you? Worse, what do you teach your child when you help them feel better by taking a drug? How will you explain the difference between a “good” drug and a “bad” drug? Virtually every drug has a side effect. 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 the underlying cause without drugs.

A common symptom during adolescence, especially in girls, is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine called “scoliosis.” Alert parents may notice that a high shoulder or a low hip make clothing fit poorly. Back and leg pains may be present. 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 and posture can improve. Safe and natural chiropractic care has helped many young women avoid braces, surgery and the psychological effects of this underlying deformity.

Our Duty as Parents
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. 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 the use of Ritalin or other personality-altering drugs? Or will you truth the ability of their bodies 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 recognize the self-healing properties of the body. We know regardless of their age, a subluxation-free nervous system gives your child the opportunity to be at their very best.
Schedule an appointment for your child or grandchild today!

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