If you have a sound understanding of chiropractic care, you may understand the benefits of regular spinal check-ups for children. Correcting blockages in the nervous system is critical for proper growth and development. If you aren’t quite making the link between the need for chiropractic care and your child’s current health, allow us to explain the major role it plays in a healthy, happy child.
The First Subluxation
Subluxations, or blockages in the nervous system, can be caused by nearly everything. Studies have shown that an infant can be affected by a subluxation as early as labor begins. As the birthing process continues, breeched babies, or those who require vacuum extraction or eager hands, are at a very high risk for spinal subluxation. These subluxations experienced during birth, if not cared for, have proven to cause health problems throughout life and into adulthood.
The subluxations experienced at birth may cause ailments ranging from central motor impairment to decreased chances of reducing infections. If a child is not having their spine checked by a chiropractor, their physical and emotional health are likely in a state of dis-ease. Warning signs can include:
- Lack of appetite and breast feeding difficulties
- Frequent ear infections
- Bed wetting
- Sinus problems
- Skin conditions
- Stomach aches
- Poor concentration
This list is far from all-inclusive so it is important to know that if your child is not in a state of ease, a spinal adjustment can help them. It is also important to understand that subluxations or blockages can be present without symptoms. As a child develops, their spine takes on a lot of stress. Therefore, it is critical to their current and future health that they receive routine chiropractic check ups.
The Importance of Spinal Check Ups
Although your child may not be experiencing back pain, a spinal check up could be the most important appointment for your child. Many children receive regular checkups on the health of their teeth, vision, and hearing, but having their spine checked may be even more vital. The spine protects billions of important nerves that are responsible for delivering messages and energy to every part of the body.
Benefits of Having Children Under Chiropractic Care
Many parents who place their families under chiropractic care notice instant improvement in the physical, emotional, and behavioral health of their loved ones. It is not uncommon for a child with irritability, frequent crying, and sleeplessness, to receive an adjustment and show immediate quieting, cessation of crying, and muscular relaxation that leads to sleepiness. Children who are hyperactive, autistic, anxious, or showing to have a low IQ, have shown improvements while being under the care of a chiropractor. Many children go through life experiencing health challenges that are passed off as a phase or growing pain. To a chiropractor, this means the patient has a subluxation that deserves a spinal adjustment.
Will It Hurt My Child?
No! Chiropractic adjustments on children usually use a different technique then what is used on most adults. The process is non-invasive and painless. Dr. Schulte will gently press on the spine to restore proper motion and relax the muscles around the joints. The pressure he will use is no more than the amount of pressure you would use to check the ripeness of a tomato. The technique may seem simple, but because most children do not have long-standing muscle tightness, these adjustments are very comfortable and effective.
Watch here as McKenna, who is 14 months old, gets adjusted by Dr. Schulte:
See What Our Patients Have to Say
Chiropractic care will provide your family with an opportunity to live happy, healthy lives free of dis-ease and continuous medical expenses. It will be very important for you to make this decision for your family.
Listen to the drastic differences chiropractic care has made in the lives of Jamie and her 5 year-old son Emmett:
Thank you Jamie! Please feel free to browse through our other chiropractic success stories as well!
How can you help your child?
- Schedule a chiropractic appointment with Dr. Schulte today!
- Lift infants with support under their back and neck.
- Pick children up under both arms – never by the hands or legs.
- Use appropriate car seats that are approved for your child’s height and weight.
- Give your child a firm bed – make sure your child is getting adequate sleep.
- Provide your child a well-balanced diet with ample amounts of water.
- Not sure how to provide a well-balanced diet? – We can help with that!
- Ensure your child is wearing appropriate gear while playing sports.
- Encourage your child to wear their backpack on both shoulders.
Please call us with any questions you have. We would love to meet with you and be a part of your new, healthy lifestyle!