Healthier Children With Chiropractic
“Her back doesn’t bother her. Chiropractic care for my child? Why?” Many parents appreciate the importance of regular checkups for their children’s teeth, hearing and vision but draw a blank when it comes to a spinal checkup. A spinal checkup could be one of the most important checkups your children will ever have! The spine protects billions of nerve fibers that send messages and energy to every part of their bodies.
Blockages In The Spine
If there is blockage along any of the nerves along the spinal cord, any nerve damage at all, then a state of “dis-ease’ can develop. Dis-ease is a state of disharmony in the body which can lead to lowered resistance to disease, organ malfunction, sickness and disease. Blockage of nerves in the spinal column is usually caused by tiny misalignments of the spinal vertebrae called vertebral subluxations.
The First Subluxation
How can your child’s spine lose its natural alignment and develop subluxations? Vertebral subluxations have many possible causes, some of which may occur as early as during childbirth. Injuries can occur to a baby’s spine during labor due to a breech presentation or a difficult delivery that puts too much stress on the child’s body. Health problems in childhood or even adulthood have been traced back to spinal damage at birth. Immediately after birth, damage can occur if the baby is dangled by the feet. As the famous French obstetrician Frederick Leboyer has written in Birth Without Violence:
“We know very little about our bodies, so little that we forget the importance of spine”
Why, when the vulnerable spine has always been curved, do we insist on holding the newborn upside down and jerking the back straight?
A Family Affair
Doctors of chiropractic love to see the whole family, from babies to grandparents, coming in for spinal checkups. Many “chiropractic families’ report having more energy, improved health and less dependency on drugs and medication. It is not unusual to hear parents state that since starting chiropractic care their children get sick less frequently, less severely, have less ear infections and take less antibiotics and other drugs than their classmates.
For over a century parents, clinicians and researchers have noticed positive changes in the physical, behavioral and emotional health of children under chiropractic care. Among the observed benefits are improvements in children with hyperactivity, autism, anxiety, low mental stamina, lack of concentration, asthma and discipline problems. Improvements in grades and IQ have also been recorded.
The mechanisms explaining these results are varied. There is evidence that subluxation correction improves blood flow to the brain.
Spinal Checkups Are Vital
“If your child is suffering from any of the following common conditions, it is essential to get his/her spine checked for vertebral subluxations” not as a treatment for these conditions, but because all children, especially if they are ill, need healthy spines. Being free of blockages to the flow of energy and information over his/her nervous system can make a big difference in your child’s physical and emotional health.
- Arm, hand or shoulder pain
- Weakness or fatigue
- Poor concentration
- Vision problems Loss of hearing
- Skin disorders
- Ear infections
- Painful joints
- Eye problems
- Skin conditions
- Sinus problems
- Poor coordination
- Hip, leg or foot pain
- Asthma and wheezing
- Breast-feeding difficulties
- Poor posture
- Sore throat
Because it is possible to have subluxations yet be symptom-free, all children (and their parents!) need periodic spinal checkups. There are, however, certain warning signs indicating that the spinal column may be out of alignment:
- Shoulder blades flared out
- Frequent falling
- ‘Noisy bones’
- One hip or shoulder higher than the other
- Joint aches
- One arm looks shorter
- Neck tilt
- One leg looks shorter
- A foot turned in or out
More and more families are finding that periodic chiropractic spinal checkups for their children make a big difference in their health. Include chiropractic checkups as part of your family’s healthcare routine.