Chiropractic for KIDS!
As parents, you naturally wonder if your child is healthy…as healthy as possible. There are many factors that determine the health of your child, and the lack of sneezing or obvious illness does not necessarily mean your child is at their optimal health. Your child’s immune function, growth, repair, and overall function are determined by the communicated between your child’s brain and body. This occurs through the nervous system, the brain sends messages through the nervous system that tell the rest of your body what to do, and the rest of your body sends messages back through the spinal cord to the brain.
“Ok, so what does that have to do with my child’s back?”
The nervous system is protected by the vertebrae. These “bones in your back” fit together so that the LIFE (nerve supply) produced in your brain may filter down your spinal cord and out over your nerves. This LIFE is responsible for growth, repair, and healing in your entire body. When vertebrae are out of their natural alignment, nerves become stretched or twisted (commonly referred to as a nerve “pinch”), and this vital communication system in the body is disrupted. This neurological disturbance is called a subluxation, and it may result in the failure of one or more parts of the body, which may or may not cause pain, but can effect health in general. These misalignments or “subluxations” can also foster the onset of sickness and disease as the body weakens. The Doctor of Chiropractic specializes in the detection and correction of subluxations. Instead of treating the symptoms of the disease, the chiropractor corrects the subluxation so that normal body functions may take place. This is done by laying our hands on your back and gently lining up the vertebrae in their natural position. This process may take weeks or months, depending on the amount of misalignment. LIFE may then be restored throughout the body, and healing can take place. As your body heals, the symptoms begin to diminish, energy is increased, and overall vitality is improved. By having subluxations corrected throughout childhood, your child will have a better opportunity to be as healthy as possible, and limit the chances that they will have any of the problems you or someone you know has.
When should your child be checked for subluxations?
Newborn infants should be checked within hours after birth. The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic. During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, may be injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. The most frequent subluxation experienced by newborns results from the pulling, twisting, and compression of the infant’s spine during birth. Although birth subluxations may cause immediate symptoms, such as respiratory depression, there may be far-reaching effects that go un-noticed for years. The child’s ability to fight against disease, for example, may be lowered. Colds, ear infections, colic, and other illnesses may result. Subluxations may also interfere with internal organ function, resulting in the inability to produce chemicals responsible for raising and lowering body temperature as needed. Research has also indicated that the body’s immune response in the production of anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents to fight infection is greatly compromised due to vertebral subluxations. Subluxations also can lead to growth problems, balance issues, cognitive function disorders, digestive disorders…the list goes on and on.
Chiropractic is safe and natural.
The chiropractic approach to health care is natural. It does not try to stimulate or inhibit normal body function. Instead, the chiropractor addresses the important relationship between the nervous system and disease. The treatments utilized at Lindeman Chiropractic are incredibly safe and overwhelmingly beneficial. Children love getting adjusted, there is no pain, and they experience immediate benefit! The systemic effect of vertebral subluxations is complex. Many childhood illnesses may be manifested in the pediatric patient due to abnormal body function caused by subluxations. In light of this, your chiropractor may be the best doctor to help your child :).
Joel Lindeman D.C.