Chiropractic Care for Children
Many more parents are seeking
Chiropractic care for their children than ever before. Chiropractic is very
important for children because even in the most “natural” of births babies
turn, twist and contort themselves to make it through the birth canal causing
stress on their spines and the developing nervous system.
The nervous system is important
because it sends messages from the brain to the entire body, with spinal misalignments caused by stress on the spine these nerves can become irritated
and inflamed, which decreases the ability of these nerves to transmit their
messages properly, messages that are important for growth, development and
function. Inhibition of these messages may cause issues in childhood or later in
life in the adult.
Nervous system irritation can cause many of the issues that newborns deal with including colic, trouble nursing, acid reflux, allergic reactions, and ear infections to name a few. The job of the chiropractor is to correct the spinal misalignment that cause nervous system irritation.
As children grow and learn to sit up, crawl,
stand, walk and run these activities can also cause spinal misalignment and they should be checked
and corrected to prevent irritation of the nervous system. The same goes for
children once they start to ride bikes, skate, participate in sports
and go to school. We know that sitting at a desk all day isn’t good for adults
so why would sitting in school all day be any different? It’s not. All of these
activities can cause misalignments in the spine and should be corrected to aid in proper growth and development. Children who receive regular chiropractic care have less behavioral issues, do better in school and are sick less often than their counterparts.
How exactly do we adjust children?
Chiropractic adjustments for young children are extremely gentle and use no more pressure than you would apply to bruise a ripe peach. Adjustments are performed using a variety of treatment options including vibration, sustained pressure holds, and drop table to name a few. We also use a variety of treatment positions: sitting, standing, laying or even playing depending on your child's needs and their comfort level. Generally newborns and very young children do not cavitate, meaning they don’t make the “crack” sound adults may be aware of. As children get older more traditional techniques that adults have generally experienced are used, keeping in mind the age and size of the child – keeping the adjustment pressure gentle. As the joints and body develop it is more common that as children age they will start to have adjustments that do cavitate. Most children find the cavitation, when it does occur, funny and will laugh or giggle.
Is Chiropractic for Children Safe?
Chiropractic care is extremely safe for children. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association does extensive research and training for the benefit of children. Their website with scholarly articles can be found here: ICPA. ICPA also certifies Chiropractors in the treatment of children, Dr. Severson is currently working towards certification. The images found below are from the ICPA and results of their research.
Drop piece used here at Bath Chiropractic for the most gentle and comfortable adjustment for your child