The first question we hear from parents is: Why would a child have spine and nervous system problems?
By the end of pregnancy the spine has formed perfectly with few exceptions. But stress is a normal part of human existence from conception to death, and spinal segments can be pushed out of place by the position of the baby in the womb.
Subluxations can happen during labour from the trip through the birth canal due to medical assistance during delivery with a vacuum, forceps or c-section. Even the twisting motion of the doctor’s hands causes damage! Medical research has confirmed that many problems early in a child’s life come from birth trauma; labour and birth frequently cause subluxations which can immediately affect the proper growth and functioning of your baby.
As babies begin to gain the muscle strength and spinal curves for standing upright, it is important to have them checked so that their spine is well-adjusted during this important transition. As a child learns to sit upright, and then walk, there are many bumps and falls along the way.
Children suffer emotional stress from schoolwork, peer pressure, bullying and puberty issues. Improperly-fitted backpacks, sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents all cause trauma to the spine. In addition, there are chemical stresses from fast food, refined carbohydrates, and toxic cleaning chemicals. Children naturally recover and adapt faster than adults, so parents often brush aside the small stresses. The truth is that even minor stresses build up over time, causing subluxations that interfere with your child’s proper health, functioning and growth.
Common indicators of spinal problems may include:
- The child’s head consistently being tilted to one side
- Restricted head or neck motion to one side
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- Feeding difficulties in the very young infant
Chiropractic care has been shown, through research, to be helpful with nervous/muscular/skeletal system dysfunction in children with colic, unexplained crying, ear infections, poor sleep habits, bedwetting, scoliosis, ‘growing pains’, allergies, appetite issues, learning disabilities and the list goes on. When your child’s nervous system is clear of subluxations, he or she recovers quickly from illnesses and maintains excellent health otherwise!
It’s important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. Its purpose is to reduce nerve system stress – a serious and often painless condition with which most children (and adults) live. Nerve system stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system. It can weaken internal organs and organ systems, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness and disorders of all kinds.
When a chiropractor frees the nervous system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed: the immune system works more efficiently, resistance to disease increases, and your child’s body functions more efficiently. Your child can then respond properly to internal and external environmental stresses such as germs, changes in temperature, toxins, pollen and all other stresses.
Spinal dysfunction in adulthood can be traced back to childhood injuries and poor spinal hygiene. When you include chiropractic as part of your child’s regular health care check-ups, you are giving your child the gift of wellness and the security that they will live the fullest, most healthy life possible, achieving their maximum inborn potential.