Bringing a child to a chiropractor! To many people that is a new concept, but if you think about it, spinal problems don't suddenly appear in adulthood. In many cases they have taken years to develop. To explain this, let’s look at what chiropractic is about.
Chiropractic's primary purpose is to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system. This is vital to health because it has been found that if the spine is out of its normal alignment and motion it will cause pressure and irritation to the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Since the nervous system controls and co-ordinates all function in the body, nerve irritation at the spinal level will affect many areas of health from lowered resistance, fatigue and pain, to poor posture.
How does this relate to children? Spinal misalignments (called subluxations) will occur due to slips, falls, poor posture and sleeping positions, stress, and unexpected impacts to the body. A Doctor of Chiropractic should examine your child during that all-important first year of life when spinal trauma can occur during birth as well as from tumbles while learning to sit up or walk. Improper lifting and carrying of your child can also contribute to spinal stress. Your child's spine grows almost 50% in length during the first year (the equivalent of a six-footer growing to nine feet in just 12 months!). It's this kind of tremendous growth and development changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of your child's life.
Tell tale signs of an unhealthy spine and stressed nervous system in children is poor posture (i.e. head tilt, hip un-levelling, etc), recurrent colds and infections, respiratory problems, digestive disturbances, sleeping difficulties... If a spinal misalignment (subluxation) is found in your child's spine a chiropractor will very gently correct spinal motion and alignment with a chiropractic adjustment. This takes the stress off the nervous system and allows the body to heal from within
so when should you take your child to a chiropractor? When do you want to give your child a head start in good health? Doctors of Chiropractic believe it's much more important to prevent diseases than wait till some illness occurs. Through regular adjustments, counselling on proper diet, exercise and posture, the Doctor of Chiropractic can help you raise a child whose body is structurally and functionally sound. Your child will also learn good health habits at an early age which can be very beneficial to him or her as an adult. After all, "as the twig is bent, so grows the tree"!