Posted by: Dr. Jessica Caruso
Many people know that chiropractic care is beneficial for adults, but so many do not know how crucial it is for children.Most people are SO surprised when I tell them that my youngest patient to date was 18 hours old when she received her first chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic care is for all ages, and absolutely safe for children.Chiropractors use very gentle and specific techniques for children. This is what is so awesome about chiropractic…it can be tailored for the individual patient!
Children are very susceptible to trauma in their spines. Childhood is such a physical timeof life– learning to walk, riding a bike, climbing trees, playing sports, and so much more.Spines grow at a rapid rate during the first five years of life. Checking for abnormalities during this time especially is critical for proper structural and nervous system development.
Many parents understand the importance of regular dental check-ups, but a spinal check-up can be one of the most important check-ups a parent can bring their child to.
The spine protects billions of nerve fibers, where signals travel from the brain to the body and back again.If there is any interference along these nerve pathways from misalignments in the spine, also known as SUBLUXATIONS, then a state of dis-ease can develop. If this state of dis-ease is ignored, then pain, sickness and disease can occur over time.
Subluxations can occur as early as in utero from abnormal positions in the womb.Injuries can occur to a baby’s spine at birth due to delivery in these abnormal presentations. Also, C-section, vacuum or forceps extraction, and even induction can all create subluxations.This is why it is so important to have your children’s spines checked sooner rather than later.
Health problems in childhood or even adulthood have been traced back to spinal damage at birth.Many parents bring their children in to a chiropractor for such things as frequent colds, asthma, colic, reflux, ADHD, and ear infections. However, they quickly discover that chiropractic care for their children is so much more than symptomatic care, but rather quite vital to their overall wellness and proper growth and development.
We all know that if one person in the household is sick, everyone is affected.This is why at Healing Hands Chiropractic we encourage everyone in the family to get their spine checked. We believe that Happy Families Are Healthy Families!