Chiropractic Care For Infants & Children
Chiropractic care for children is both safe and effective. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, chiropractic care offers great benefits to your health and well-being. The ICPA initiated a ground breaking study on the benefits of chiropractic care for children. The preliminary results showed that chiropractic care is immensely beneficial for children. Parents reported improved sleep, behavior and improved immune system function with their child's care.
A growing number of parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults are due to birth trauma. Even “natural” birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to nerve system distress.
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked soon after birth. As the infant learns to hold up their head, sit, crawl and walk, spinal alignment is affected, making it a good time to visit your chiropractor.
As children participate in regular activities such as skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to optimally function.
Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injuries or misalignments from bumps or falls, which will help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adulthood. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health. Parents can see improvements for conditions such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies, headaches and more. Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body, any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.
The modern Chiropractor can be called on to provide care to patients of all ages. There is no age limit on those who might benefit from Chiropractic care. Children are the easiest to help as their spinal issues are not long-standing, and they respond quickly. Many patients come to seek relief from long-term issues that other healing avenues have not been able to help. Many of the cases in which patients found relief was due to the Chiropractic treatment of the root cause of the problem rather than treating the effects and/or symptoms.
True wellness starts with an optimally functioning nervous system. Because of its focus on the nervous system, chiropractic care is an important part of a wellness lifestyle. The nervous system controls the function of every cell in our body. Making sure you have no nerve interference from spinal misalignments (subluxations) is essential if you want to feel your best. Few things can be fixed if ignored. That is why we highly recommend a schedule of regular check-ups. Like maintaining your teeth or your car, the health of your body requires an on-going investment. Good nutrition, exercise, plenty of rest, chiropractic care and other preventative measures are a big part of a wellness lifestyle.
The effects of vertebral subluxations have been well documented by leading scientists and researchers from all over the world.
"Nerve dysfunction is stressful to the visceral nerve and other body tissues and the lowered tissue resistance modifies the immune response and lessens the overall capability of the immune system."
"Subluxations of vertebrae occur in all parts of the spine and in all degrees. When the dislocation is so slight as to not affect the spinal cord, it will still produce disturbance in the spinal nerves passing off from the foramina."
"Pathological changes have been observed at the cellular level after experimental compression of neural structures. These include Wallerian degeneration, dystrophic axons and occasional loss of myleniated nerve fibers."
In an article published in the German medical journal, Manuelle Medizine, Dr. Gotfried Gutmann, a leading researcher in the field of manipulation medicine, reported on the examination and care of more than 1,000 infants and small children which revealed the following about spinal nerve interference and childhood immune disorders:
The science of Chiropractic is founded on the premise that a proper nerve supply is essential in controlling and regulating bodily function.
The nervous system controls the entire growth and development of the immune system. An infants immune system is immature at birth; fortunately, a newborn carries passive immunity from the mother for the first several months of life. The nervous system is protected by the spine, consisting of 24 moveable vertebrae. When the spine is in its proper position, it protects the nerve pathways. When vertebrae become misaligned, interference to the nerve impulses occurs, which reduces the overall functioning of the nervous system and of the particular organ to which it is assigned. These spinal misalignments are known as "vertebral subluxations".
The birth process even under normal conditions, is frequently the first cause of spinal stress. After the head of the child appears, the physician 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 baby.
"Spinal cord and brain stem traumas often occur during the process of birth but frequently escape diagnosis. Infants often experience lasting neurological defects. Spinal trauma at birth is essentially attributed to longitudinal traction, especially when this force is combined with flexion and torsion of the spinal axis during delivery."
"Most investigators in the past, in pursuing the problem of birth injury of the central nervous system, have been preoccupied with pathological changes in the forebrain. It is evident, however, that for the newborn, elementary biological activity is not dependent on the presence and function of the cerebrum. Survival of the newborn is governed mainly by the integrity and function of the vital centers in the brain stem. Yet, paradoxically, the importance of injury at birth to the brain stem and spinal cord are matters which have generally escaped lasting attention. Regrettably, in many institutions in which autopsies of newborns are performed, examination of the spinal structures is not carried out routinely; spinal injuries are thus often overlooked."
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