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Kids and Chiropractic Care

Most people recognize the value of chiropractic care for adults. But a more normally working nervous system can help everyone. Before subjecting their children to risky drugs or hoping it's "just a phase they're going through", wise parents can consult our office.

Chiropractic care for children is different from that for adults. Tailored to their age and weight, their adjustments often require no more pressure than you'd use to test the ripeness of a tomato.

Children in our office enjoy their chiropractic care and look forward to their visits

Prenatal/Newborns

Proper maternal nutrition, exercise, and regular chiropractic care help create the best opportunity for healthy prenatal growth. Baby clothes, bassinets, and car seats are also concerns. These are important, but consider the trauma of the birth process. Pulling, forcing, and twisting a baby from the birth canal are still too common. Cesarean sections, forceps, suction extraction, or eager hands can do unseen damage. Even "natural" birthing methods can cause subluxations. Subluxations are areas of your baby's spine that interfere or distort controlling nerve impulses between the brain and the body. With vital neurological signals comprised, your child's health is impaired from his or her first breath. Other problems can appear years later. Only a chiropractic examination for your child can tell if subluxations are involved.

Infants & Toddlers

Many infants or toddlers will rub or tug at their ears. Subluxations are often found in children who suffer from chronic earaches. An impaired nerve supply can make their middle ear and eustachian tubes susceptible to fluid buildup or even infection. The traditional treatment of the antibiotic amoxicillin has shown that this compromises the child's immune system functioning. Instead, restoring proper nerve supply with safe and natural chiropractic has helped thousands.

Without the language to explain what's wrong, some newborns exhibit unexplained crying, lack of appetite, allergic reactions, or other difficulties. Newborns and infants often show a tendency to hold their head to one side or prefer breast feeding from one side. These are ways to cope with abnormal spine function and an impaired nervous system. Chiropractic care has been shown to be helpful for infants suffering from colic. As subluxations are reduced, more normal sleep patterns emerge. Many parents notice that other aspects of their child's health improve as well. Chiropractors are alert to the many way nerve interferences can negatively affect your baby's health.

Children

As children grow and explore their world, crawling leads to walking. Walking leads to running. Tricycles lead to bicycles. Before we know it, their mobility and curiosity produce a whirlwind of nonstop activity. Along the way they lose their balance. They fall. They slip. They trip. They stumble. They tumble. Even though your child's young body has a tremendous capacity to adapt, uncorrected subluxations can set the stage for problems often seen later in adults. Regular chiropractic check-ups during this time of rapid growth are essential.

Spinal subluxations can also hamper your child's ability to ward off infection. Weakened by a compromised nervous system, his or her stomach, lungs, nose, ears, and throat can welcome viruses and other microbes. Restoring the integrity of the nervous system and the workings of every cell and tissue is what chiropractic care is all about. Many parents who consult our office report that their children miss less school and seem healthier than other children.

Pre-Teens/Teens

Pain relievers With puberty comes hormonal changes, a new self-consciousness, awkwardness, and a lack of coordination. A host of non-specific aches, pains, and muscle spasms appear. These "growing pains" may be common, but they are not normal. Uneven leg length, unbalanced hips, and other underlying spinal distortions often go unnoticed. We see the results later in adults with chronic, expensive, and hard-to-fix problems.

Aches and pains at any age are the signs that something isn't right. It's convenient to treat the symptoms with a couple of aspirin or other medication. But should you? Worse, what do you teach your child when you help her feel better by taking drugs? How will you explain the difference between a "good" drug and a "bad" drug? Virtually every drug has side effects. Will your child be the one to experience stomach bleeding, liver damage, or other side effects from popular over the counter pain relievers? Rather than dangerous symptom-treating, the chiropractic approach detects and helps correct the underlying cause. Without drugs.

A common symptom during adolescence, especially in girls, is abnormal sideways curvature of the spine called a "scoliosis". Alert parents may notice that a higher shoulder or lower hip make clothing fit poorly. Back and leg pains may be present. A thorough chiropractic examination can help detect scoliosis in it's earliest stages. That way, corrective action can begin with a program of specific chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments help reduce subluxations and improve spinal structure and function. Muscles can strengthen. Posture can improve. Safe and natural chiropractic care has helped many young women avoid braces, surgery, and the psychological effects of this underlying deformity.