Whenever I tell people that I love seeing kids in our office, the usual response is “Really? Why do children need to see a chiropractor?” The number one reason that the general population visits a chiropractor is because of low back pain, and while that is not the same with children, there are a variety of reasons that we see kiddos in the office!
Our nervous system is the master controller of the body and if at any time, the communication becomes distorted or fuzzy, we begin to experience a variety of communication errors. In the case of babies and children, this lack of communication can play out as an inability to suckle or breastfeed, colic, irritability, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestion problems, asthma, behavioral problems, inability to concentrate, headaches, low energy, etc – the list is endless!
While chiropractic care helps with a variety of issues, our focus is not on treating these ailments, but rather to focus on restoring the nervous system to work more efficiently and effectively.
The next question that people usually ask is, “How can kids get misaligned or subluxated in the first place?” Believe it or not, the birth process itself is traumatic for both mom and baby. There are studies that show that approximately 80% of children have some sort of cervical trauma after birth. This can affect many things with the child, and that is why it is important to at the very least, have your child examined for the possibility of misalignments.
The following is a list of ten reasons why parents take their children to the chiropractor.
1) To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
2) To support their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
3) To help strengthen their child’s immunity and potentially reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
4) To assist with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
5) To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
6) To encourage good spinal posture.
7) To help improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
8) To assist with behavioral disorders.
9) To help alleviate digestive problems.
10) To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.