As a concerned parent, you no doubt wonder if your child is as healthy as possible.
Many factors contribute to your child's overall health. A major component is the
communication between your child's brain and body, a vital link controlling the growth, repair, and function of every tissue and organ in the body. Diet, exercise, rest, and emotional and spiritual support are other
important factors. Chiropractic recognizes the importance of each of these factors as they contribute to your child's health.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
Vertebrae (the bones in your back) fit together so that the LIFE (nerve supply) produced
in your brain may filter down your spinal cord and out over your nerves. This LIFE is responsible for growth, repair, and healing in your entire body. When vertebrae are out of their natural alignment, nerves become
stretched or twisted (commonly referred to as a nerve "pinch"), and this vital communication system in the body is disrupted.
This neurological disturbance is called a subluxation, and it may result in the failure
of one or more parts of the body, as well as health in general. Subluxations can also foster the onset of sickness and disease as the body weakens.
The Doctor of Chiropractic specializes in the detection and correction of subluxations.
Instead of treating the symptoms of the disease, the chiropractor corrects the subluxation so that normal body functions may take place. This is done by laying hands on your back and gently lining up the vertebrae
in their natural position. This process may take weeks or months, depending on the amount of misalignment. LIFE may then be restored throughout the body, and healing can take place. As your body heals, the symptoms
begin to diminish.
By having subluxations corrected throughout childhood, your child will have a better
opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
When should your child be checked for subluxations?
Newborn infants should be checked within hours after birth. The birth process, even under
natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic.' During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, may be injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. The most
frequent subluxation experienced by newborns results from the pulling, twisting, and compression of the infant's spine during birth.
Although birth subluxations may cause immediate symptoms, such as respiratory depression,
there may be far-reaching effects that are manifested for years. The child's ability to fight against disease, for example, may be lowered. Colds, ear infections, colic, and other illnesses may result.
Subluxations may also interfere with internal organ function, resulting in the inability
to produce chemicals responsible for raising and lowering body temperature as needed., Research has also indicated that the body's immune response in the production of antiviral and anti-bacterial agents to fight
infection is greatly compromised due to vertebral lesions (subluxations).
Chiropractic is safe and natural.
The chiropractic approach to health care is natural. It does not try to stimulate or
inhibit normal body function. Instead, the chiropractor addresses the important relationship between the nervous system and disease. The systemic effect of vertebral subluxations is complex. Many childhood illnesses
may be manifested in the pediatric patient due to abnormal body function caused by subluxations. In light of this, your chiropractor may be the best doctor to help your child.