Chiropractic care for children has often been viewed by many people as unsafe or unnecessary. However, more and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) has provided groundbreaking studies on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. Chiropractic offers families a solid foundation for wellness and a lifestyle that benefits overall health and well-being. Studies have shown improved immune system function, improved behavior and attitude, and improved sleeping.
Safe & Natural
Chiropractic is a safe and natural way for children to develop to their furthest potential. The nervous system helps control development and who they grow to be. It is imperative for the nervous system work properly, and for that to happen, children must to be free from vertebral subluxations. It is important to have a proactive, rather than a reactive approach to your child’s health. Chiropractic is the best hope to ensure just that. Many spinal problems seen later in adults can begin as early as birth. Birthing can put stress on an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The ICPA states that “these irritations to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections can often be traced to nervous system stress.”
Many parents have their newborns checked right away since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth. While very few kids have sciatica and severe pain, spinal alignment is vital as the infant grows and learns to hold up their head, sit, crawl, and walk. During these times, it is invaluable to have children checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic. As they continue to grow and take on physical activities such as sports or riding a bike, etc. subluxations can occur (small yet significant spinal misalignments). If these injuries are neglected during such a rapid period of development and growth, it can lead to more serious problems later in life. “Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.” Chiropractors help stimulate the nerve system so no future issues have a chance to develop.
Care for Injuries
As parents, all we can hope for is an injury and pain free childhood, but often times, our children do get hurt or injured. One of the most common reasons parents seek care for their child is trauma from an accident or injury of some sort. Misalignments do not always result in immediate pain or symptoms, but having regular check ups can identify potential issues and corrections can be made early to prevent health complaints down the line. Other common complaints are “ear infections, asthma, allergies, and headaches (to name a few) because they have heard from other parents that chiropractic care can help.”
Children deserve the chance to have their nervous system examined by a Chiropractic Doctor. Chiropractors are experts in checking the child’s spine for mis-alignments that impair nerve system function, which affects overall body function.
The spinal cord is involved in everything we do. It needs safe a home. “The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.” If we take a deeper look into the nerve system, it controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body. The “circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.” 1
At Keystone Physical Medicine, you can be sure your child’s health is in the best hands possible. Adjustments are modified to the child’s size, weight, and specific condition. Approaches are gentle and unique and we aim to increase your child’s ability to function in a greater state of health and well-being. We encourage you to come experience the difference that many children and parents know and love at our office. Give us a call, we are here to help and always put the health and wellness of you and your family, first.