What symptoms can Chiropractic help with?
How can Chiropractic help my child?
Chiropractic's goal is very simple: To restore and maintain spinal alignment and function to re-establish the brain-body connection to allow 100% function and healing to your baby or child's developing body, so that he/she can regain maximum health and healing and continue growing stronger than ever before!
Once you understand how important the function of your spine and your brain-body connection is, you'll not only want to get checked yourself, you'll also want your family and friends to get checked regardless of where they are now. Chiropractic allows your child's body to live a life of dynamic ease, harmony and balance.
How does my child's body really work?
To answer this question, lets have a quick lesson in anatomy and physiology.
First, it is important to understand that whether in the womb or celebrating your 100th year of life, your body is constantly changing. It is impossible for your body to stay the same from day to day as there are thousands of things happening in your body every second. That change occurs in one of two ways: your body can either grow a little bit stronger or a little bit weaker each day. The physiological strength of your body is determined by the level of organization expressed by the cells of your body.
As you know, your child's body is made up of trillions of cells, and these cells make up every part of your child. In order for these cells to function properly (in harmony and health), they require organization, much like an orchestra needs a conductor to organize and direct the individual instruments and sections to create harmony and rhythm. The conductor of your child's body happens to reside within the brain and nervous system. The brain directs and organizes all of your child's cells. The brain sends messages, via the nervous system, to the body telling the body what to do, and then receives messages from the body which tell the brain what is happening and what is needed.
The nervous system connects your child's brain to its body. The spinal cord becomes what is known as the "lifeline." All life and healing comes from the brain down the spinal and out through the nerves to every tissue and cell in the body. If your child loses spinal alignment (referred to as 'subluxation') and function to any one of the 33 movable vertebra, he/she partially loses the neurological connection between their brain and their body. This loss of connection leads to dysfunction in the body.
How can Chiropractic care help my child if she doesn't have any symptoms?
Just because your child my not have any signs of subluxation (misalignment) along their nervous system does not mean that it does not exist. In fact, many times parents don't know that there is something interferring with regulation and development in the body until it has been building for a long time. The same goes for adults too. By the time that this occurs, your child’s body has not been functioning to the best of its ability for some time. That is why it is critical to your baby or child's health to keep their body as balanced as it can be so they can continue to grow and develop the way their body was intended to all along.
What is treatment like for a child?
Children look forward to coming in for care. Their adjustments do not cause pain and are soft and gentle. A child's body is smaller and different from an adult, therefore their adjustments are different. Every child's body is unique so their adjustments may vary according to their specific needs.
Does yoga/massage therapy/physical therapy do the same thing that Chiropractic does?
No. Chiropractic is the only profession that seeks to detect and correct spinal subluxations (misalignments). Subluxations can only be corrected by a Doctor of Chiropractic. There are many therapies that are valuable and can be used while correcting and maintaining your child's spinal health but corrective Chiropractic care is the only one that corrects subluxations.
Newborns and Chiropractic
Childbirth is an amazing miracle. However, delivering a newborn can often be a physically and chemically stressful entry into this world. Some of these stressors can start before birth, while your baby is still in utero. Although externally induced physical stress upon a baby in utero is difficult to achieve because of the liquid-muscle-fat protective barrier, it is nonetheless possible. Certain medical diagnostic procedures, while possibly life saving, may inflict a detrimental physical stress on the developing fetus. Likewise, chemical stress through the use of medications and other drugs by a mother during pregnancy and labor affects the developing fetus and newborn. These include the use of anti-inflammatories, anti-biotics and anti-depressants. Other causes of chemical stress, often overlooked, can come from environmental toxins and dietary toxins.
Intra-uterine constraint (torsion and twisting of pelvic ligaments due to loss of pelvic alignment) may place physical stress upon the developing baby's spine and body by limiting the space in which the developing fetus lies. The delivery, as the baby's still developing spine, muscles, ligaments, and nervous system are pulled upon, usually at the head, is by far the greatest cause of physical stress upon the newborn. Unfortunately, although at times necessary, medical intervention during the birth process may cause a loss of spinal and cranial alignment, as the sheer force exerted upon the joints and structure of the baby due to manual, forceps, or vacuum delivery. The spinal and cranial stress caused by intra-uterine constraint and delivery is detrimental to development, while intra-uterine constraint may also decrease the option of a natural birth, free from intervention.