Most Adults have experienced Chiropractic care and the relief that Chiropractic treatment can provide when suffering from a headache, back or neck pain.
What about our children? Can they benefit from chiropractic care?
The answer is a definite yes!
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. If the nervous system is not working at 100%, the body is not working at its full potential. It’s always easier to detect and correct a small problem early, rather than to try to reverse the damage that this misalignment has caused.
There is no difference in the science and the principle of care between adults and babies HOWEVER the methods used are extremely GENTLE. The light pressure of a fingertip is often all that is needed to correct misalignment of the spine. Also, babies and children may respond much quicker to care compared to an adult.
When should I start chiropractic care for my child?
Newborns can have multiple traumas during birth. Generally, the most common newborn injuries affect a baby’s head, neck and shoulders, which if untreated, can lead to other issues later in life. Therefore, chiropractic checkups and care can begin as early as the first month and as each milestone is achieved.
What are the signs of birth trauma?
The delivery process can be one of the most traumatic things that can happen to the spine. Birth trauma will often occur due to complicated deliveries when equipment such as forceps is used or due to the pulling or twisting during labour and delivery.
Your newborn will often not have visible signs such as bruising or swelling. Pain will often express as irritability or an inability to settle. Also, other subtle signs could be visible, their head may be tilted or rotated to one side, have difficulty feeding or prefer one breast over the other, difficulty sleeping, excessive crying and constant arching of their back.
A Chiropractor is trained to check and detect if there is any misalignment in the spine and ensure that this is corrected if necessary.
Ensuring a nervous system is free from interference during the early stages of childhood optimizes potential health in children as they grow and begin to participate in new activities and sports. Chiropractic care can be beneficial in supporting children’s health as they develop, and experience different stages of growth.