Chiropractic care for children is different from that for adults. Tailored to their age and weight, their adjustments often require no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato. Children seem to innately enjoy their chiropractic care and look forward to their visits.
Can you identify the signs of spinal nerve interference in your children?
Proper maternal nutrition, exercise and regular chiropractic care help create the best opportunity for healthy prenatal growth. Baby clothes, bassinets and car seats are also concerns. These are important, but consider the trauma of the birth process. Pulling, forcing and twisting a baby from the birth canal are still too common. Cesarean section, forceps, suction extraction or eager hands can do unseen damage. Even “natural” birthing methods can cause subluxations. Subluxations are areas of your baby’s spine that interfere or distort controlling nerve impulses between the brain and body. With vital neurological signals compromised, your child’s health may be impaired from his or her first breath. Other problems can appear years later.
How can something as natural as being born cause subluxation?
Being born is a natural phenomenon. It’s what we’ve done to the birth process that has become increasingly suspect. In hospitals, birth is often treated like a disease. A newborn’s introduction to the world is often accompanied by a severe drop in temperature, loud noises and other insensitivities. The administration of drugs and anesthesia can have a profound effect on a newborn.
Will adjustments hurt my baby?
This is a common concern among parents who mistakenly think that their child will receive adjustments like the ones they receive. Adjusting techniques are modified for each person’s size and unique spinal problem, and an infant’s spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes a child’s chiropractic adjustments gentle, comfortable and effective.
Sadly, bedwetting and many childhood aches and pains are passed off as “growing pains” or “just a phase they’re going through.” Careful! Aches and pains at any age are a sign that something isn’t right. Subluxations may be involved.
As you make decisions about your baby’s health care and am confronted with the issues of antibiotics, vaccinations and the growing use of behavior altering dings consult with your chiropractor.
Seek accurate information and make an informed choice. First, make sure your child has the best chance to be all that he or she can be by having a nervous system free of subluxations.