Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care
As children come into this world, their bodies will be subjected to various kinds of stress. Even at birth, infants can be susceptible to spinal misalignment due to fetal positions in utero, a slow birth or a c-section. Common newborn health issues can sometimes be traced to nervous system irritation caused by spinal and cranial misalignments.
Chiropractors have been performing adjustments on children and infants for more than one hundred years! Many childhood ailments respond well to chiropractic care.
This safe, non-invasive procedure involves the manipulation of the body to place the vertebrae in the correct positions in the spinal column. Chiropractic is based on the important relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Spinal dysfunctions caused by spinal misalignments, or subluxations, can alter how the body functions and affect health.
Most parents are surprised that chiropractic can help with the Six Silent Signs of Children’s Spinal Misalignments:
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Poor Posture
- Weak Immune
- System Behavioral Problems
- Respiratory and Food Allergies
- Digestion and Elimination Problems
Chiropractic can help with the following:
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Allergies/Sinus Issues/Asthma
- Bed Wetting
- Constipation/Digestive Issues
- Headaches /Migraines
- Scoliosis Detection and Treatment
- Breastfeeding difficulty
- Gait dysfunction
- Growing pains
- Other neurological disorders
About one in five babies develops colic. Babies with colic cry relentlessly, and usually seem to have abdominal pain. It’s often described as being untreatable, and babies simply suffer through it until they grow out of it. However, chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the symptoms of colic in as many as 94% of babies.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD is commonly seen in newborns and infants. The typical medical diagnosis is an underdeveloped, digestive track that they will grow out of and is conventionally treatment with an acid blocking medication. This helps reduce the symptoms but doesn’t address the underlying problem.
More than half of all babies experience reflux in the first three months of life. Babies with this condition spit up a lot, and the acid that leaks from their stomach into their esophagus causes considerable pain. Chiropractic care for babies has shown that the source of the problem is often food sensitivity along with a misaligned spine, putting unnecessary pressure on the diaphragm and upsetting the balance of the digestive system. With this underlying issue, chiropractic care relieves that pressure.
Ear pain is the number one reason for pediatric visits to chiropractors. During the birthing process, cervical (neck) vertebrae can become misaligned, disrupting nerve function, which can affect the eustachian tube. This may lead to fluid buildup in the middle ear and cause otitis media.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits.
Naturally Ensure Your Child is Happy and Healthy
The first thing a chiropractor will do is to conduct a thorough history of your child’s health and any complaints. This is followed by a complete physical examination of the child’s spine. Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve a gentle fingertip pressure to correct spinal misalignments. This helps restore mobility to spinal joints. A child’s spine generally responds quickly to treatments, in comparison to an adult.