Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Kids
It must be understood from the outset that chiropractic does not treat diseases and conditions. Rather, chiropractors believe that there is a very important link between the spinal column and general wellbeing.
The spinal column protects the spinal cord, which is an extension of the brain. The spinal column carries vital information to and from the brain. If there is any “stress” put on the spinal column, through whatever reason, that flow of information is impeded. This will result in a general susceptibility to other ailments, due to an impeded and compromised immune system
Children are no less susceptible to the effects of this misalignment of the spinal column and associated skeletal and muscular attachments. More and more parents are coming to the realisation that regular chiropractic visits are a way of ensuring that their children’s immune systems perform with optimal efficiency.
The trauma could have been caused through a variety of reasons:
- Trauma caused by the actual birth itself.
- Trauma caused by the normal processes of physical development, such as learning how to sit, crawl, stand and walk.
- As the child grows older and learns to ride a bike and partake in other sporting activities, trauma can by caused by physical injury caused by those activities.
Because of the misalignment of the spinal column, resulting in a compromised immune system, the child might be a lot more susceptible to common childhood maladies, such as:
- Ear Infections
- Common Cold
- Bed Wetting
- Stomach Aches
- And Many More
In addition to the above, the child’s immune system helps him or her to better cope with germs, humidity, pollen, toxins and changes in temperature. Correct alignment of the spine ensures that the information highway of the spinal column is unimpeded, the immune system is enhanced, and the chiropractor, therefore, ensures that your child has the best defense possible.
The First Visit
What happens on your child’s first visit to a chiropractor, depends very much on which practise you go to; but generally, the chiropractor will start by asking for a complete medical and dietary history. This will be followed by a physical examination using sophisticated neurological equipment, to assess your child’s condition. The chiropractor will then recommend a course of adjustments.
Adjustments for adults can involve considerable pressure, but this is not the case with children. Adjustments made on children are very gentle, and more often than not only involve a gentle pressure on a particular spot. The adjustments are done with no discomfort for the child and are performed very smoothly.
A Last Word
Parents, who make use of chiropractors for their children, swear by the benefits these regular visits bring to their children. However, the American Academy of Paediatrics does suggest that treatment by chiropractors should not replace primary health care.
One should consult a paediatrician first to make sure that there is no medical cause for the ailment or condition, before consulting chiropractors or other alternative practitioners. Make sure that the paediatric chiropractor has plenty of advanced training and experience. It is possible to injure the child if the treatment is applied incorrectly.