1. To promote proper growth and development and to limit health challenges such as issues with nursing and reflux.
2. To allow a child’s nervous system and spine to grow optimally and without interference. To reduce ear infections, bed wetting, asthma and allergies.
3. To improve a child’s immune system and digestive health and to limit colic and constipation.
4. To encourage nerve and brain development (neural plasticity) and promote proper perception and awareness preventing labels such as ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
5. To be proactive about your child’s overall health and well-being which will limit and support them through colds and infections and allow them to meet their optimal potential.
I am constantly getting asked why are so many parents taking their children to a chiropractic physician. I tell them the answer is simple, children have spines and a nervous system just like adults and we want to make sure they are taking good care of it especially during the developmental years.
The Nervous System Controls Everything
The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. From the spinal cord are nerves that go to every organ, gland, tissue, muscle and cell of the body. The nervous system is set up much like a big fuse box, and if there is a “blown fuse” a child could react with constipation, colic, bed wetting, ear infections, torticollis, fussiness, trouble sleeping, reflux and so on. Pediatric chiropractors can help with many childhood conditions, but our focus is not on treating disease or disorders. Quite the opposite, our focus is on allowing the nervous system to function without interference or to remove the “blown fuse” known as a Subluxation.
How Do You Want Your Tree to Grow?
The integrity and function of the nervous system is very important for proper growth and development, especially for children. So, it is very important that the spine, which protects the nervous system, is moving properly and in proper alignment. If the spine is misaligned it will cause a “blown fuse” and lead to many health issues. Think about a tree that is growing in your back yard. We want that tree to grow nice and straight so it can be strong and as healthy as possible. If we help the tree grow correctly from early on, it is much easier then to try and correct a tree that has grown “crooked” for 20 years. The idea is that by being proactive with children and allowing their spine and nervous system to grow properly early on we are preventing issues and the need to correct spinal misalignments later on in life.
How Do Children Get “Blown Fuses”?
Children unfortunately are over stressed much more than ever before. The trauma that they encounter at an early age or even before they are born such as intrauterine constraints, birth trauma, malpositioning (breech), c-section, birth intervention (forceps/vacuum suction) and even falls are enough force to shift the spine out of alignment. Furthermore, a child that encounters chemical stress (vaccines, antibiotics, medication, diet) and emotional stress (fear) will also cause a protective (fight/flight) response or tension within the musculature that supports the spine. These tense muscles can also misalign the spine and cause Subluxation. Bottom line: When a child has been through trauma and the spine becomes misaligned and Subluxated (blown fuse) it needs to be corrected with safe and effective chiropractic adjustments. If the “blown fuse” is not removed, the spine will continue to grow “crooked” and the Subluxation will continue to cause health challenges such as constipation, colic, bed wetting, ear infections, torticollis, fussiness, trouble sleeping, reflux. Later on in life it can create trouble with focus, behavior, mood, hyperactivity, digestion, asthma, allergies, headaches and sensory integration.
The health and happiness of your child is the most important thing. Chiropractic care has been proven to be safe and effective at improving the wellbeing and happiness of children.
Just start talking to other mothers and families that have seen the benefits of chiropractic care. The positive results are endless.
Chiropractic care along with proper lifestyle choices are the foundation for proper growth, development, health and happiness.