Questions Parents Ask
Why should children have chiropractic care?
Children are as susceptible to trauma in their spines from various activities and events. These microtraumas can subluxate the vertebrae of the spine, placing pressure on their spinal nerves and therefore decreasing their bodies’ ability to function normally. Although symptoms, such as pain and malfunction may not show up for years, injury to their vital nervous system can have a lifetime of damaging effects.
More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even natural birthing methods can put a lot of pressure and stress on an infant’s spine. The resulting spinal misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, torticollis, constipation and even infant relux can often be traced back to spine and nerve system stress.
As the children begin to participate in regular childhood activities like riding a bike or playing on the monkey bars, small yet significant spinal misalignments can develop. If neglected, these subtle injuries may lead to more serious problems later in life.
One of the most common reasons parents seek care for their child is trauma from an injury. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health. Another common reason for care is the resolution of a particular symptom or condition. Parents seek care for conditions such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies and headaches (to name a few).
It is important to understand that the Doctor of Chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for mis-alignments that impair nerve system function therefore affecting overall body function. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.
The nerve system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.
What can chiropractic do for your child?
It’s most important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. It’s purpose is to improve spinal structure to reduce nervous system stress. Nervous system dysfunction can be a serious and often painless condition.
Segmental dysfunction is a structural misalignment of the spinal column or pelvis that interferes with the proper function of the nervous system. Spinal misalignment interferes with the proper function of the nervous system, which can negatively impact the function of the rest of the body. Since the nervous system controls the function of the body, any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.
When a chiropractor corrects segmental dysfunction with a specific, chiropractic adjustment, interference to the nervous system is reduced and the body is able to function at a higher potential: the immune system functions more efficiently, digestion is more regulated, sleep is deeper and more recooperative...
So although children with diseases and conditions are often brought to the chiropractor, the chiropractor is not treating the disease, rather they are correcting nervous system dysfunction that has limited the body's ability to function at its best.
How did my child develop segmental dysfunction?
We always offer a complimentary consultations. This gives you an opportunity to meet Dr. Fowler, ask questions, learn more about chiropractic for your family and discuss your individual needs.
Physical stress can start as early as in the womb, with the baby lying in a twisted or constrained manner. Spinal nerve stress in newborns is more common than previously realized. It may even be caused by a traumatic or difficult birth which can introduce a large amount of stress to the infant’s head, neck and spinal column. Throughout childhood, the normal childhood traumas every child experiences can also be a source of spinal trauma and results in segmental dysfunction. Most of the time, the pain from the initial injury “goes away” however the damage incurred continues to affect the function of the child’s nerve system, which has negative impacts down the road.
Children should be checked right after birth because of the potential damaging effects of the birth process. Even the most natural births are somewhat traumatic to the infant and may have “hidden damage.” Studies show that many children who experience symptoms of colic, ear infections and asthma have spinal subluxations impairing their nervous system function. Early detection and correction can prevent layers of damage from occurring in the child's vital nervous system. Accumulated damage will have lifelong consequences.
Does it Hurt?
Chiropractors specializing in children use very specific, gentle techniques to care for children. On the very young, the adjustment is as light as a finger touch. Doctors of Chiropractic who are members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association have taken postgraduate classes on specific techniques for pregnant mothers, infants and children to enhance their skills in this field.