Why You Should Take Your Child to a Chiropractor
If you think chiropractic is only for pain relief, then you probably won’t understand chiropractic for kids. However, chiropractic isn’t for pain. Chiropractic actually focuses on improving the function of the nervous system, since it is the system that controls and coordinates everything else going on in the body. If your nervous system is only functioning at 80%, then there is no way that the systems that are controlled by the nervous system (i.e. digestive, immune, respiratory, etc.) can function at any higher than 80%.
So what does that have to do with kids?
Well, it starts with the birthing process. The modern birthing process is not only difficult on moms, but also on the newborn babies. Dr. Godfrey Gutmann, a German medical doctor, conducted a study of over 1,000 newborns and found that over 80% of infants had suffered trauma to their cervical spine (neck region). Other studies have shown that 95% of infants have vertebral misalignments after birth. During birth, especially C-sections and births involving forceps or vacuum intervention, the head and neck of the newborn experiences a lot of stress, and this is where we tend to see areas of misalignment and nerve interference. Although an infant will not tell us they are experiencing pain, some of their symptoms may be the result of this birth-induced nerve interference. Common complaints include colic, reflux, digestive issues, and breastfeeding difficulties. Gentle adjustments, with the amount of force used to check the ripeness of a tomato, can help restore proper communication between the brain and body. When nervous system function is improved, often many of those complaints begin to improve as well.
As children get older, they experience additional physical traumas while crawling, walking and falling. These increase as kids become involved with sports and other activities, carry heavy backpacks, deal with poor posture, etc. Many children also deal with chemical traumas in the form of poor nutritional choices. These physical and chemical traumas constantly bombard the nervous system, so it is important for children to be checked by a chiropractor. Other symptoms that have responded well to neurologically-based chiropractic care are allergies, chronic ear infections, asthma, ADHD, and other sensory processing disorders. Chiropractors do not treat these symptoms, but it is amazing how the body responds when you look for the root cause of issues and aim to improve overall body function.
As the Twig is Bent, So Grows the Tree
At Radiant Life Chiropractic, we believe that to make a lasting impact on the health of our community, we need to start with the health of the youth. Healthy kids grow up to be healthy adults, and healthy adults make up healthy communities. We do not wait until we are 47 years old to see a dentist; we shouldn’t wait until we are older to see a chiropractor. It is much easier to stay well than to get well.
For more information about the benefits of chiropractic care for kids, visit icpa4kids.org. As a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), Dr. Andrew stays up-to-date with pediatric and prenatal chiropractic topics and research. If you have children in the Hatboro, Horsham, Warrington or Warminster areas, call 215-259-5100 or click here today to schedule an appointment!