The birth process, even under normal conditions, is frequently the first cause of spinal stress. As the head of the child appears, the physician often grabs the baby’s head and twists it around in a figure-eight motion,lifting it up to receive the lower shoulder and then down to receive the upper shoulder. This creates significant stress on the spine of the newborn. Dr. Godfrey Gutmann, a German physician, conducted a study of over 1,000 newborns shortly after birth. He discovered that over 80% of the infants had suffered trauma to their cervical spine, which resulted in spinal misalignments.

 

Birth is just the beginning of growth for children. Babies are constantly moving, falling down and bumping into things as they explore their new world. The typical child will fall an average of twenty five times each day while learning to walk.

 

Children fall while learning to walk, fall at the playground and off bicycles, bump their heads, and get into numerous injuries in sports. These spinal stresses build up in the body over their lifetime. Chiropractic care is needed in children to restore the alignment of the spine allowing for proper nerve function and optimum growth during the development of your child.

 

Is chiropractic care safe for children?

 

Yes! Several large-scale research studies verify the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. Dr. Myers has taken several courses specializing in the special chiropractic needs of children. His adjustments are very gentle, and he will treat your children with the utmost care.

 

 

Is chiropractic care for kids the same as it is for adults?

 

The basic premise for chiropractic care is the same whether the patient is a child or an adult.  However, children do respond much faster and more profoundly to chiropractic care than adults do because their bodies have not been subjected to years of abuse like adults have. Another major difference is that children do not always exhibit severe symptoms when chiropractic problems are present. As mentioned before, the type of care will vary depending on the unique needs of individual children and what stage of development they are currently in.

 

When should my child start seeing a chiropractor?

 

It is never too early to bring your child to the chiropractor. Newborn infants are often checked immediately by the family chiropractor. The birthing process is physically strenuous for both mom and baby, so it is best to have them both cared for as soon as possible. That being said, it is never too late either! Children can benefit from chiropractic care at any age or stage of development.

 

How often should I bring my child in?

 

Chiropractic for children will vary as much as chiropractic for adults. To help with this issue, we recommend setting regular Well-Child visits, the same way you would with your dentist and pediatrician. These help catch minor issues before they turn in to major problems and allow kids to truly maximize their health potential.

 

Here is an example of our Well-Child schedule:

 

  • Within 1 month of birth

  • Every 3 months for the first year

  • Every 6-12 months for every year thereafter

 

Other times to consider bringing kids in for an appointment include:

 

  • Major milestones (such as starting to sit up, crawl, walk, etc.)

  • After any trauma or falls

  • If you notice any signs of imbalance (limping, head tilting, etc.)

 

Common Childhood Conditions

 

When the nerves to a particular part of the body become compressed by a spinal misalignment, dysfunction and disease will occur to that area. “Organs supplied by compressed nerves exhibit pathological changes.” – Henry Windsor, MD Likewise, if a particular condition is being caused by a compressed nerve, the condition will improve when the nerve is restored to normal function. Here is a list of common childhood conditions that have been helped by chiropractic care:

 

  • ADHD

  • Ear infections

  • Immunity

  • Colic

  • Constipation

  • Growing pains

  • Scoliosis

  • Bed wetting

  • Nursing difficulties

  • Birthing Trauma

“Spinal cord and brain-stem injuries occur often during the process of birth, but frequently escape diagnosis.”

                                        – Abraham Towbin, MD

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