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Why would a child need to see a chiropractor?
A lot of people are surprised to hear that kids see chiropractors, I mean, they don’t get back pain and headaches, right? And the answer is no, usually not. Even if they did, we probably wouldn’t even hear about it. So why would a child need to see a Holly Springs chiropractor? Well to answer that question, you need to understand a little bit about the nervous system and what chiropractic care really is.
How does the nervous system work?
The brain controls everything in the body by sending healing messages down the spinal cord and out the nerves to the rest of the body. If this communication is happening properly, then the body is able to heal. However, if there’s interference in the communication between the brain and the rest of the body (also known as a subluxation), then the body is unable to heal and your child is unable to function properly.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is spinal misalignment that puts pressure on a nerve causing a breakdown in communication between the brain and the rest of the body.
What causes nerve interference?
The simple answer to that is stress – physical, emotional, and nutritional stress.
These stresses lead to nerve interference (subluxation) and result in symptoms and disease. Our children are also exposed to a lot of the same stresses that their parents are exposed to, but are often more susceptible to the effects of them as their delicate bodies and immune systems learn to adapt to an ever-changing environment.
From the physical stress of the birthing process and falls/accidents to the emotional stress of school and keeping up with their parents’ busy schedule to the nutritional stress of countless processed foods, children face a barrage of stresses early in life.
If life’s stresses are greater than your child’s little nervous system can handle, then nerve interference symptoms and disease are the natural result.
How is a child adjusted?
A child is adjusted very differently than an adult. There is no “cracking and popping” when adjusting a child. In fact, the amount of force used to adjust an infant is no more than the amount of pressure you can comfortably apply to your closed eyelid.
Childhood Conditions That Chiropractic May Help
The average hospital birth has become a fairly traumatic process. From epidurals to Pitocin to aggressive extraction procedures such as vacuum extraction and C-section, the infant’s spine is placed under an incredible amount of stress during birth. This is often where the first subluxation (nerve interference) occurs. While not every infant will have a subluxation, it is important that every infant be checked for subluxation and adjusted if necessary. Proper nervous system function is essential at such a critical age of growth and development.
Many mothers notice that their child feeds well on one side but not the other. Often, this occurs simply because it is painful for the child to turn his/her head to one side due to the presence of subluxation. Other times, nerve interference can affect the suckling reflex as can misalignment of the TMJ and other facial bones. There are many causes of difficult breastfeeding and a chiropractic check-up for your child can quickly determine whether the difficulty is due to subluxation or other biomechanical abnormalities.
Our bodies heal while we sleep and thus it is very important that our children are getting a good night’s sleep. Sleeping problems are often caused by an over-stimulated or under-stimulated nervous system. By balancing proper nervous system function, children are often able to sleep throughout the entire night.
Colic is a common but vague diagnosis given to babies who spend most of the day crying. Obviously, there are many things that could cause this condition. There have been many reported instances where a gentle adjustment to the child has immediately alleviated the child of their discomfort. Not only is the adjustment essential to the health of the baby, but a lifesaver to the mother as well!
Ear Infections are generally due to a plumbing issue. There is a tube that drains the ear and if that tube gets clogged for long enough, then infection often develops. Because the tube is so close to the spine, spinal misalignments may be responsible for causing a clog and preventing proper draining of the ear. By removing the spinal misalignment and giving the immune system an extra boost, chiropractic care is not only valuable for fighting off ear infections but for keeping them away!
Common Cold and Other Infections
Research shows a significant spike in immune system function including increased white blood cell count and antibody count within minutes of a chiropractic adjustment. Not only are chiropractic adjustments helpful in fighting off infection, but they are extremely valuable in preventing infection and helping your child stay healthy. People under chiropractic care just don’t seem to get sick as often as everybody else!
Asthma & Allergies
Asthma is caused by muscle constriction and inflammation in the airway passages which often occurs as a result of interference in the nervous system. Chiropractic care has been shown to effectively reduce these symptoms by removing the interference from the nervous system. With the help of their medical doctor, many children have been able to reduce or completely come off their asthma medications.
Bed-Wetting and Constipation
Spinal misalignments in the low back and sacrum often interfere with bowel and bladder function. It is common for constipated children to fill their diapers after a chiropractic adjustment. Children with bed-wetting difficulties are grateful to see this embarrassing problem go away with chiropractic care.
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. Chiropractic care has long been known as one of the best treatments for scoliosis. It is very important that your child is checked for scoliosis occasionally until they have stopped growing. If your child has scoliosis, it needs to be monitored over time to see if it is progressively getting worse. Chiropractic care has been shown to slow the progression and reduce the negative effects of scoliosis on the nervous system.
Learning and Developmental Disorders
(Autism, ADHD, Speech Disorder, and Stuttering)
Children with learning and developmental disorders are often described as “disconnected” and in many cases, that’s really all it is! By removing interference from the nervous system and helping the body “reconnect” through proper nervous system function, miraculous results are often found through chiropractic care. Because there are many contributing factors to these conditions, the child’s diet and lifestyle habits as well as the presence of retained reflexes will also be closely monitored.
Chiropractic care does not directly treat the above listed conditions. The only condition that chiropractors treat is vertebral subluxation (nerve interference). As we reduce nerve interference, the body is able to function better and in many cases, resolve these conditions. Remember, the best doctor already lives within you!