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Why do kids need chiropractic?
A child faces many physical stresses during their growing years. The resulting problems in children’s spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth.
Not many people are aware that the foetal position of a growing baby can cause problems to the baby’s spine. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by the position of the baby in the womb.
The cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections can often be traced to nervous system irritation caused by spinal and cranial misalignments.
Many parents elect to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. Additionally, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s spine and nervous system.
What does chiropractic care involve?
Chiropractic care is ‘tailored’ to the individual and their particular spine, and children are no exception. Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light fingertip pressure to correct spinal misalignments. This amount of ‘force’ is often not more than a finger touch.
Does it hurt?
Generally, chiropractic care for children is painless, except in cases where the child has an actual injury. In these areas, the child may be sensitive to touch, however, once the adjustment has been made and the area can heal more effectively, the sensitivity is alleviated.
How can I tell if my child has a spinal problem?
Unless a child has an obvious problem it can be difficult for a parent to recognise when a child’s spine is not working correctly. There are some signs which can indicate spinal problems. These include:
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- Breastfeeding difficulties in the very young
- Restricted head or neck movement to one side
- One shoulder higher than the other.
Common childhood disorders can also be linked with spinal dysfunction, these include:
- Recurrent ear infections
- Persistent sore throats and colds
- Bedwetting and/or constipation
- Growing pains
In addition to physical stress on the spine, parents should be aware that emotional and chemical stress affect the child’s nervous system and may also warrant a spinal check up.