Well­ness Arti­cles

Could Your Child Ben­e­fit from a Visit to a Chi­ro­prac­tor?

The above ques­tion is the title of an arti­cle from the national pub­li­ca­tion, Par­ents and Kids, in the July 25, 2006 issue. The arti­cle was an infor­ma­tive con­tri­bu­tion cov­er­ing good infor­ma­tion in a mag­a­zine whose self-​proclaimed pur­pose is “A Guide to Smart Par­ent­ing From Baby to Preteen”.

The arti­cle starts by review­ing the fact that chil­dren are sus­cep­ti­ble to spinal trauma that can have an effect on the ner­vous sys­tem. The arti­cle notes that, “Nerve sys­tem stress, left unad­dressed, impairs the child’s abil­ity to func­tion in a state of opti­mal health and well-​being.” The arti­cle fur­ther notes that Chi­ro­prac­tors refer to this nerve sys­tem stress as sub­lux­a­tions of the bones of the spine and cra­nium. They also note that these sub­lux­a­tions may not cause any imme­di­ate symp­toms and that “pain and mal­func­tion may not show up for many years.”

The rec­om­men­da­tions from the arti­cle are that chil­dren should be checked soon after birth. They note that the birth process itself can have a dam­ag­ing effect on spinal struc­tures. Although a trau­matic birth process is surely rea­son for alarm, the arti­cle notes, “Even the most nat­ural births are some­what trau­matic to the infant and may cause hid­den nerve sys­tem dam­age.” Addi­tion­ally, the arti­cle points out that, “It has been shown that many chil­dren who expe­ri­ence symp­toms of dif­fi­culty sleep­ing breast­feed­ing, diges­tion (colic and reflux), repeated ear and res­pi­ra­tory infec­tions have impaired nerve sys­tem function.”

The author of the arti­cle notes that chi­ro­prac­tic care for chil­dren is spe­cific and does not cause pain or dis­com­fort. They pro­vide a list of some of the more com­mon rea­sons why you may want to con­sider hav­ing your child checked by a chi­ro­prac­tor. These include; dif­fi­cult birth, dif­fi­culty nurs­ing, colic, reflux, trou­ble sleep­ing, ear infec­tions, fre­quent colds and infec­tions, allergies/​asthma, behav­ioral prob­lems (ADD), and pos­tural abnor­mal­ity, head tilt, high shoul­der or hip.

The arti­cle con­cludes with a list pro­vided by the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion (www​.icpa4kids​.org) of what they term, “Suc­cess­ful results from chi­ro­prac­tic care.” This list includes; increased immu­nity, fewer colds/​infections, increased ath­letic poten­tial, increased energy, relief from allergies/​asthma, bet­ter sleep habits, reduc­tion in hyper­ac­tiv­ity, and sco­l­io­sis improvement.

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