Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Care for Chil­dren, When and Why

There is no such thing as to young or to old for Chi­ro­prac­tic care. Chi­ro­prac­tic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regard­less of age, ver­te­brae can become mis­aligned. If a ver­te­brae become mis­aligned it can cause pres­sure or irri­ta­tion to nerves thus caus­ing them to mal­func­tion. This process is known as a “Sub­lux­a­tion”. For exam­ple, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. If left uncor­rected, the ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tion may dis­turb the del­i­cate spinal cord and nerves which con­trol the infants mus­cles and organs. In some cases, an uncor­rected sub­lux­a­tions may lead to a defor­mity of the spinal col­umn. An early chi­ro­prac­tic checkup may detect sub­lux­a­tions while they are still eas­ily correctable.

When should I start my child under Chi­ro­prac­tic care?

Your child should have a chi­ro­prac­tic exam­i­na­tion as soon after birth as pos­si­ble. Spinal trauma to an infant’s or child’s spine can occur dur­ing the birth process as well as from any num­ber of tum­bles while learn­ing to sit up or walk. Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length dur­ing that first year (the equiv­a­lent of a six-​footer grow­ing to nine feet in just 12 months!). It’s this kind of tremen­dous growth and devel­op­men­tal changes which make con­tin­ued chi­ro­prac­tic exam­i­na­tions so impor­tant in the early stages of your child’s life.

In Chi­ro­prac­tic we believe it’s much more impor­tant to pre­vent dis­eases than wait till some ill­ness occurs. Through reg­u­lar adjust­ments, as well as aware­ness on proper diet, exer­cise and pos­ture, Chi­ro­prac­tic can help you raise a child free of sub­lux­a­tions whose body is struc­turally and func­tion­ally sound. Your child will also learn good health habits at an early age which can be very ben­e­fi­cial to him or her as an adult.

Young­sters suf­fer numer­ous acci­dents and falls while learn­ing to walk, rid­ing a bike, or even while jump­ing or run­ning around. But after their tears have dried, under­ly­ing injuries could go undetected-​such as a sub­lux­a­tion dur­ing the spine’s most for­ma­tive period.

Reg­u­lar Chi­ro­prac­tic spinal exams can pro­vide cor­rec­tive and pre­ven­tive care for your son or daugh­ter and peace of mind for you.

It is espe­cially impor­tant to have your child under chi­ro­prac­tic care when your child takes part in ath­letic activ­i­ties. The “sack” of a young quar­ter­back could twist a young spine. A soft­ball pitcher could throw a ver­te­bra out of align­ment. In Chi­ro­prac­tic we can do more than cor­rect these prob­lems, we can also help improve per­for­mance on and off the field by help­ing the body func­tion at its opti­mum level, nat­u­rally with­out stress and with­out drugs.

How effec­tive is chi­ro­prac­tic care for children?

Doc­tors of Chi­ro­prac­tic have been pro­vid­ing safe and effec­tive care or chil­dren for nearly 100 years. There are sev­eral pub­lished stud­ies con­ducted by researchers in Ger­many, Aus­tralia, Den­mark and the United States which con­firm the effec­tive­ness of chi­ro­prac­tic for a vari­ety of child­hood ill­nesses. The sci­en­tific evi­dence is grow­ing every day.

Ran­dom Article

From the Feb­ru­ary 2004 issue of the Jour­nal of Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atrics, comes a doc­u­mented case study of a 28 year old women who

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