Should Your Children Have a Chiropractic Check-Up?
As a concerned parent, you no doubt wonder if your child is as healthy as possible.
Many factors contribute to your child's overall health. A major component is the communication between your child's brain and body, a vital link controlling the growth repair, and function of every tissue and organ in the body. Diet, exercise, rest, and emotional and spiritual support are other important factors.
Chiropractic recognizes the importance of each of these factors as they contribute to your child's health.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Vertebrae (the bones in your back) fit together so that the life (nerve supply) produced in your brain may filter down your spinal cord and out over your nerves. This LIFE is responsible for growth, repair, and healing in your entire body. When vertebrae are out of their natural alignment, nerves become stretched or twisted (commonly referred to as a nerve "pinch"), and this vital communication system in the body is disrupted.
This neurological disturbance is called a subluxation, and it may result in the failure of one or more parts of the body, as well as health in general. Subluxations can also foster the onset of sickness and malfunction as the body weakens.
The Doctor of Chiropractic specializes in the detection and correction of subluxations. Instead of treating the symptoms of the disease, the chiropractor corrects the subluxation so that normal body functions may take place. This is done by laying our hands on your back and gently lining up (adjusting) the vertebrae in their natural position. This process may take weeks or months, depending on the amount of misalignment. Nerve supply may then be restored throughout the body, and normal healing can take place. As your body heals, the symptoms begin to diminish.
By having subluxations corrected throughout childhood, your child will have a better opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
When Should Your Child be Checked for Subluxations?
Ideally, newborn infants should be checked within hours after birth. The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic. During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, may be injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. The most frequent subluxation experienced by newborns of results from the pulling, twisting, and compression of the infant's spine during birth.
Although birth subluxations may cause immediate symptoms, such as respiratory distress, there may be far-reaching effects that are manifested years later. The child's ability to fight against diseases, for example, may be lowered. Frequent colds, ear infections, colic, and other common illnesses may result.
Subluxations may also interfere with internal organ function, resulting in the inability to produce chemicals responsible for raising and lowering body temperature as needed. Research has also indicated that the body's immune response in the production of anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents to fight infection is greatly compromised due to nervous system interference.
Chiropractic is Safe and Natural
The chiropractic approach to health care is natural. It does not try to stimulate or inhibit normal body function. Instead, the chiropractor addresses the important relationship between the nervous system and normal healthy function. The systemic effect of vertebral subluxations is complex. Many childhood illnesses may be manifested in the pediatric patient due to abnormal body function caused by nervous system interference. In light of this, your chiropractor may be the best doctor to help your child.