People ask us all the time: why would babies or children need chiropractic care? The answer is actually quite simple! Everyone has a spine after all, so everyone can benefit from a nervous system that is functioning as it should. There are many issues that are suffered predominantly by children that chiropractic care can help with including asthma, ear infections, torticollis, reflux, and colic.
Our pediatric chiropractors specialize in infant and child chiropractic care. We use gentle techniques on infants, toddlers, children, and teens of all ages. The doctor will evaluate the nervous system status, pelvic position, muscle tone, spinal alignment, and sensory cognition.
Most people don’t think of getting chiropractic care for their newborn, but infancy and childhood are the most important time in a person’s life to receive chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments aim to clear the interference in your nervous system caused by spinal misalignment. The nerve system controls all signals from your brain to the rest of your body; it controls and coordinates every other cell, tissue, and organ. A well-functioning nervous system improves the ability of the body to function and develop optimally.
From the time they’re born through about age 18, children’s spines are constantly growing, making this both a precarious time in a person’s physical development and an opportunity as well to influence that development in a positive manner. What’s more, a child’s natural growth processes are only a small part of the physical stresses a child’s body endures: falls, spills, playground, and athletic injuries, carrying heavy book bags and sitting in a classroom all day. All these cause physical stress to a child’s spine and nervous system.
Even before a baby is born, when still a fetus, the spine can be shoved, jammed, and bent out of place, causing problems both for the mother in delivery and the infant in its earliest stages of development. This means at any point in a child’s growth and development, problem with their spine can occur. And as we know through countless medical studies, problems with the spine can cause or contribute to chronic pain and other health problems. Spinal and cranial misalignments have been scientifically linked to irritation of the nervous system, which can be responsible for a host of newborn and childhood health problems, including:
colic and reflux
colds and sore throats
sleeping difficulties or disturbances
restricted head or neck movement
We also know that spinal alignment impacts many of a baby’s developmental milestones, including holding up their own head, sitting up on their own, crawling, and of course walking. At these key times especially, a baby chiropractor can be invaluable. Having a child’s spine checked regularly—just like you would for their eyes or teeth—are a first line of defense against postural abnormalities and related health problems, and your first line of offense for growing into optimal physical condition to promote perfect health and wellness.