Chiropractic care for Infants and Children can seem confusing to people because the public views chiropractors as back doctors, however, chiropractic is much more than this. Chiropractors are trained to find and correct misalignments in the spine called subluxations. Subluxations cause interference to the nervous system which causes miscommunication from the nervous system and all of the cells of the body. Dysfunction in the spine can have a wide range of effects on a person’s health. The first subluxation usually occurs by the position in the womb or the birthing process itself. Even the most natural pregnancies and births can still result in the infant having physical stressors on their spines and nervous system. Births that unfortunately result in interventions like forceps, vacuum extraction or cesarean section can result in major spinal and cranial misalignments. This causes irritation to the nervous system may result in a variety of infant health complaints in the following:
Due to the significant spinal irritation that can occur during pregnancy or a birth, many parents choose to have their infants checked soon after birth to help prevent the health complaints listed above. It is also very important to have the infant checked at major milestones such as lifting the head, rolling over, sitting, crawling, standing, and walking since spinal alignment is a key component in each of these.
Older children should be checked throughout childhood due to the regular physical stressors on the body that occur such as sports, wearing a back pack, playground activities, falls, and sitting all day in school. Some common childhood health complaints that may show up when the nervous system is irritated by spinal and cranial misalignments are:
Chiropractic care is safe and effective for children of any age. The doctors at Keough Chiropractic use gentle fingertip pressures which are personalized to infants and children to adjustment the spine and cranial bones to help decrease the interference to the nervous system and help the body function at its optimal potential. The adjustments are gentle and painless and require the same amount of pressure on the spine as you would use to check the ripeness of a tomato. Parents report that children often enjoy getting adjusted and look forward to coming to visit the chiropractors at Keough Chiropractic. Children typically respond to chiropractic care very quickly, with their symptoms usually resolving within a few visits. The parents often bring the child back for regular spinal check-ups to make the nervous system is functioning optimally during this rapid time of growth.