Chiropractic Care for Children
Some of the issues that can be helped with chiropractic include colic, reflux, torticollis, constipation, diarrhea, growing pains, bedwetting, ear infections, headaches, asthma, eczema, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, postural abnormalities, and many other things. Chiropractic does not cure these conditions but it allows the body to function better through aligning the spine and reducing pressure/irritation to the spinal nerves. When irritation is reduced off of a spinal nerve the nerve can then send signals faster and more efficiently. This allows the body to heal itself and restore function.
Gardner Chiropractic: Family and Wellness Center makes children feel welcome and comfortable. There is a playroom where children can play while parents get adjusted. Dr. Gardner works with the children getting chiropractic care at their level and doesn’t rush them. She will either use her hands to adjust or her adjusting tool called an Activator. The Activator is a spring loaded instrument that does the same as the manual adjustment.
During the adjustment, they will feel some momentary light pressure. Babies who come in for chiropractic care can be adjusted on mom or dad and will usually sleep through the adjustment. They may cry, not because of pain, but because of uncertainty of what is going on. Toddler age to pre-schooler/early elementary age will usually say that it tickles when they get adjusted.
Dr. Gardner recommends for children to receive chiropractic care and be adjusted shortly after birth, through developmental milestones and if there are any kinds of traumas (such as falls, bumps, car accidents, etc), along with any of the above-mentioned conditions. Why shortly after birth? Birth is a stressful and traumatic process for not only the mom but also the child. The last trimester of pregnancy, the baby is cramped in the womb. When they travel through the birth canal, the body is twisted and pushed out of the body. That is an uncomplicated vaginal birth where everything goes according to plan. When complications arise, then there are other stressors placed on the child’s body. The reason for the adjustment is to make sure that your baby starts out life as healthy as they can be and make sure no indications or malposition, irregularity or trauma had occurred either in utero or during labor.
It is recommended to get the children adjusted when they are starting to become sick as well. The nervous system and the immune system communicate, and when the nervous system is working how it is intended, then the immune system can function better. When the immune system gets a “boost” this way, it will help reduce the child’s sickness (cold, cough, asthma, fever, ear infection, etc).
Chiropractic does not cure any of these conditions in children, but it allows the nervous system to function at its best and when the nervous system functions at its best, then the rest of the body can as well.
- Ear infections
- Growing pains
- Muscle Injuries
- Delayed Milestones
Contact Gardner Chiropractic: Family and Wellness Center with any questions.