Why would my child need a chiropractor?
Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?
I often am asked why so many parents are bringing their children to see a chiropractor. People often associate chiropractic with adults who have neck pain or back pain. However, an increasing number of people are utilizing chiropractic care from birth and throughout life for a variety of health challenges and most importantly, for wellness care.
The Nervous System Controls and Coordinates Everything
Children have spines and nervous systems just like adults and more importantly we want to make sure they are taking good care of it during their most important developmental years. As a chiropractor, my job is to keep you and your child’s nervous system free from any interference, so they can grow and develop at their full potential.
The nervous system is set up like a big fuse box, and if there is a “blown fuse” a child could show symptoms like decreased immune function, constipation, colic, ear infections, torticollis, reflux, poor sleep, and many other common conditions. Our focus is to allow the nervous system to function without interference and to address the cause of the problem. A chiropractor who is specially trained to care for children will use state-of-the art technology to detect nervous system interference.
To ensure proper growth and development for your child, chiropractic works to reduce three types of stressors our children (and us adults too) are encountering.
Physical stress (Trauma). While babies are still in utero they can experience physical stress if they are not in an optimal position. Often, if a baby is not in an optimal position that can lead to a difficult labor and delivery process that can be very stressful to the newborn’s spine and nervous system. Many common conditions infants experience such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances can be associated with stress on their nervous system. In addition to the physical stresses listed, think about how often kids fall and how stressful that can be on a developing spine and nervous system!
Chemical stress (Toxins). Chemical stressors are everywhere in todays environment. These are from the foods we eat, the cleaning products we use, the chemicals in children’s toys and clothing. These stressors also impact the health of the nervous system.
Emotional stress (Thoughts). Emotional stress can show up differently in children than adults. Children are busier than ever and experiencing high levels of anxiety and behavioral issues. Even very young children can feel experience this and it is a stressor to their growing nervous system.
To be sure your child is reaching their full potential, call us today to have your child checked! To find a pediatric chiropractor please visits icpa4kids.org