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Children have recently finished a summer break from school that was filled with changes in routine, extra play time, sunshine and fresh air.  Activities of summer are typically invigorating and healthy for kids.  At the same time, as you have watched your children play with youthful energy while they run, fall, dive, suddenly change directions, jump, twist and interact with others with playful contact, wouldn’t you say that their primary shock absorber has been put to the test?

The primary shock absorber for the body is the spinal column, with its fiber-cartilage discs between the bony vertebrae and the forward and backward curvatures that afford the body’s framework with both elasticity and rigidity.  Sure, children are far more resilient than adults when it comes to tumbles and impacts, but they too are subject to spinal misalignments that result in vertebral subluxation and congestion upon the nervous system.

With youngsters, if a structural impediment is present it may be so slight that it is not readily discernible to parents.  The evidence that all function is not up to par may not be noted.  The child may not complain about pain in the back or neck.

Now children are back in school, back to a daily routine and less physical activity.  The restrictions and confinement of the classroom are restraints to which youthful nervous systems are challenged to adapt.  The attentiveness and effort to complete lessons are, to many children, a further strain upon their nervous system.  These stresses, coupled with slight structural impediments to nerve action, can result in digestive disorders, throat or breathing complications, ear problems, urinary and elimination upsets, and much more.

There are symptoms that result from spinal nerve pressure that parents, nor teachers, consider to be illness when confronted with these recognizable problems such as inattentiveness, lack of concentration, declined motivation and increased listlessness.  The poor kid is too often punished for bad grades, or worse still, labeled as ADD or “hyperactive” and medicated with dangerous drugs to artificially control perception and behavior.

Many parents have witnessed a dramatic improvement in their school children’s performance and enthusiasm following chiropractic intervention.  The chiropractor checks the child’s spine for subluxations and methodically analyzes and adjusts to remove interference to the nervous system.  When the congestion and pressure are cleared from the circuitry that keeps all the bodily systems working in harmony and at their optimum, the possibilities are so great that no child should be deprived of the advantages of chiropractic examination.

Reinforce the health of your children and their progress in school with regular chiropractic care.

from Voice for Health

Why is Chiropractic care important for babies and children?

Doctors of Chiropractic recognize the vital relationship between the structure of the body and the way the body functions. They treat subluxations, which are alterations of spinal joint motion or position that affect both the surrounding muscles and connective tissues as well as the nerves that exit the spinal cord at that level. Chiropractors strive to balance the body biomechanically. Not only does this minimize stress on joints and relax tight muscles, it also improves the function of all of the body’s systems by affecting the central nervous system. This type of care can benefit everyone, but perhaps the most crucial time to be checked by a chiropractor is during infancy and childhood.

The birth process is one of the most traumatic experiences our bodies ever go through. Whether delivered by cesarean section or vaginally, and whether the birth is natural or involves interventions such as forceps or suction, there is a tremendous amount of force placed on the joints of the spine and cranium. Intra-uterine positioning (within the womb) can also contribute to joint dysfunction in the newborn. In the first year of life, the spine grows by 50% and the brain undergoes 65% of its post-natal total lifetime growth! For all these reasons, it is extremely beneficial for the newborn to be checked by a chiropractor trained in pediatrics and Cranio-Sacral Therapy to ensure that all of the spinal and cranial joints are functioning properly.

As the baby grows and becomes mobile, tumbles and bonks on the head become daily occurences. Once they become toddlers and young children, they are constantly running, jumping, climbing and beginning sports participation, all of which involve significant chances of falls and injuries. These can cause joint subluxations and abnormal tension in the muscles and connective tissues of the body. Regular chiropractic care throughout childhood can help minimize the effects of these structural problems on the way the body functions.

Is Chiropractic care safe for babies and children?

Absolutely! In over one hundred years since Chiropractic began, there has not been even one case of a child being hurt by a chiropractic adjustment. Young bodies are very flexible and children’s bones are not fully ossified (or completely turned into bone). Therefore, very little force is needed to perform an adjustment. It is not the amount of force applied to the spine that affects the subluxation, it is the precise location and direction of force that is the key. With years of training and development of great finesse and the ability to detect subtle changes in joints and the surrounding tissues, the chiropractor is able to use very gentle techniques to effect change at a specific joint. It is much less forces than the child’s body absorbs in just one fall.

What kinds of conditions respond to Chiropractic care?

Subluxations affect the function of our body’s master system: the central nervous system. If the affected nerve goes to a muscle, spasm is the result. If it goes to an organ, the organ won’t function the way it should. Problems with nursing, ear infections, headaches, colic, asthma, chronic bedwetting, and neck or back pain can all result from subluxations, and have been shown to respond well to chiropractic care.

The muscles spasms that result from subluxations can have profound effects on the body. For example, spasms in the upper neck create tension on the membrane that surround the brain and spinal cord, the dura mater. This tension can constrict the cranial nerve that controls the tongue, which exits the brain through the dura. If the tongue can no longer function properly, nursing difficulties result. Subluxations can also cause spasm in the small muscles that surround the opening of the Eustachian tube into the back of the throat, which can cause excess fluid in the ears and leads to chronic ear infections. Once the skilled chiropractor removes the interference to the nervous system, spasms decrease and the condition may improve dramatically.

Conclusion

Chiropractors concern themselves with the structure and biomechanics of the body (including the spine, cranium, extremities, and the muscles and fascia that connect it all) and the way that subtle alterations in this structure affect the function of the nervous system, which controls every aspect of the body. Infants and children can benefit tremendously from regular chiropractic care. When their bodies are in proper alignment and free of subluxations they will feel better, function better, and have a more balanced foundation to grow on. We all know that tiny alterations int eh alignment of the tires on a car may be completely asymptomatic for 20 or 30 thousand miles, but eventually will cause a major blowout that brings us to a screeching halt on the side of the road. In much the same way, subtle alterations of joint function and imbalances in the connective tissues of our body may not bother us in the short-term, but can have profound effects over time if they are not treated. With preventative and maintenance care during childhood, the chiropractor can help prevent blowouts from occurring further down the road. Children need chiropractic care to ensure optimal health and body function.

References.

  1. Hewitt, Elise G DC DICCP. Pediatrics Lecture, Western States Chiropractic College, Summer 2002.
  2. Levy, Peter J DC. Personal correspondence.
  3. Fysh, Peter N DC FICCP. Chiropractic Care for the Pediatric Patient. International Chiropractors Association Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, Arlington VA. 2002.

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