Children and Chiropractic
We are often asked here at King Chiropractic why should my child be checked by a Chiropractor? Or are the children that come here to be checked, sick or unwell?
The information below helps to shed light on both of these questions.
The main premise of Chiropractic is Chiropractic is based on the essential relationship between the spine and the nervous system. One of the fundamental concepts in chiropractic is that dysfunction in the spine and spinal joints can lead to dysfunction within the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the systems in the body; digestive, immunity, urinary, reproductive, and vascular and so on, spinal dysfunction can have a wide ranging effect on the body’s health.
From the ages of 0 to 7 years a child’s nervous system is developing at its fastest and most dynamic. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, walking, learning, speaking, engaging and growing are all activities that are affected and determined by spinal alignment and nervous system communication. Additionally falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom are added physical stresses to a growing child’s spine and nervous system.
These are important times and important to be checked by a chiropractor. Since spinal dysfunctions can occur at, or prior to birth, many parents choose to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth.
While chiropractic may be able to help with a number of health issues, our focus is not treating or curing ailments; our focus is ensuring the nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and effectively.
Can you cook at night with the lights out?
For example, imagine your nervous system is like the electric, lighting system in your home. If the lights start to dim, you might not be able to cook dinner very well, you may start banging into furniture, you may trip and hurt yourself. How the dim lights influence you precisely will vary but the issue is still the same – there is a communication problem between the wiring and the bulb which needs detecting and fixing.
In the same way, chiropractic focuses on the studying and analysis of the nervous system. We detect and correct these ‘communication errors’ in the body.
Another question you may ask is…
“How do children get nerve irritation?”
Nerve irritation occurs as a part of normal daily life. It may result from physical, chemical and emotional stressors or dysfunction to our health, such as bad posture, sleeping on our stomachs, knocks and falls, poor food choices, dehydration, exposure to chemicals and toxins, stress and anxiety. Some research suggests that even before these lifestyle stressors have an impact, nerve irritation may occur in the uterus from awkward positioning, restriction of movement, and exposure to toxins. Nerve irritation may also occur from birth complications such as long labours, very fast labours.
10 reasons parents take their children to see a chiropractor:
- To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
- To support their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
- To help strengthen their child’s immunity
- To assist with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
- To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
- To encourage good spinal posture.
- To help improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
- To assist with behavioural disorders.
- To help alleviate digestive problems.
- To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.