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10 Reasons Why Parents Take Healthy Children to Chiropractors

Many are starting to wonder why more and more kids are starting to be under regular Chiropractic care. For some, this may sound mysterious, but for others who understand what Chiropractic care provides for children, they realize it is much more than fixing back pain.
According to world renowned Chiropractor and author, Dr. Jennifer Barham- Floreani, “The nervous system is the master controller of our body and if its communication channels become fuzzy, distorted or damaged then we may experience all sorts of communication errors. For babies this ineffective communication may play out as colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed or poor sleep habits. For a child poor nerve communication may result in developmental delays, an inability to concentrate, behavioral problems, digestive issues, asthma, headaches – the list is endless.”

How can your child’s body lose its natural alignment and develop subluxations? Studies have shown that in the majority of cases, trauma (often unrecognized) from the birthing process or procedures causes subluxation of the infant’s spine. Subluxation damage can be caused by a constricted uterus, a breech presentation or a difficult delivery, and in cases of vacuum extraction or excessive force, the spine is always traumatized. Health problems in childhood or even adulthood have been traced back to spinal and structural damage at birth in many cases.

Abraham Towbin, MD states: “The birth process … is potentially a traumatic, crippling event … mechanical stress imposed by obstetrical manipulation-even the application of standard orthodox procedures may prove intolerable to the fetus … most signs of neonatal injury observed in the delivery room are neurological.”

Research is confirming chiropractors’ observations that infants may suffer from spinal subluxations. In one study, 1,250 babies were examined five days after birth; 211 of them suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity and sleeplessness. Subluxations were found in 95% of this group. Although the researchers in this study were MDs, they recognized the power of chiropractic care and these babies were given the care they needed. The spinal adjustment “frequently resulted in immediate quieting, cessation of crying, muscular relaxation and sleepiness.” The authors noted that an unhealthy spine causes “many clinical features from central motor impairment to lowered resistance to infections- especially ear, nose and throat infections.” The above study discusses an 18-month-old boy suffering from tonsillitis, frequent enteritis, therapy-resistant conjunctivitis, frequent colds, ear ache and increasing sleeping problems. He received a chiropractic spinal adjustment. The child demanded to be put to bed and slept peacefully until morning. His health returned to normal. One wonders, what would have happened to this child if he never had chiropractic care? A life of antibiotics and other medications? A life of continued sickness?

The authors of the above-mentioned study concluded that a chiropractic spinal checkup “should be obligatory after every difficult birth” and any spinal stress “should be … adjusted … the success of adjustment overshadows every other type of care.”

According to the Chiropractic pediatric specialist Larry Webster, DC, there are six times in a baby’s first year of life when chiropractic examinations are especially important:

  • After the birth process.
  • When the baby starts to hold his/her head up.
  • When the baby sits up.
  • When the baby starts to crawl.
  • When the baby starts to stand.
  • When the baby starts to walk.21

Toddlerhood through childhood is a very “physical” time. Those first hesitant steps soon evolve into jumping, running, falls and accidents which are all part of a normal childhood. While most falls are minor, at times they can cause nerve-damaging subluxations with serious long-term consequences. For that reason all children need periodic spinal check-ups.

What are the Benefits of Chiropractic for Kids?



Over many decades parents, clinicians, and researchers have noticed positive changes in behavioral, physical, and emotional health of children under chiropractic care. Many different behavioral conditions have been observed to improve with chiropractic care including ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and also focus, concentration, and grades in school.

Since the nerves collectively control and influence all bodily functions, removing nerve interference may result in improvement of many different health problems depending on the area of the spine and nervous system involved. Improvement is commonly seen in conditions such as colic, constipation, ear infections, allergies, asthma, sinus infections, persistent bed wetting, stomach aches, “growing pains” in the legs or arms, headaches, back and neck pain, scoliosis, and abnormal gait among others.

What’s the Best Reason to Have Your Kids Under Regular Chiropractic Care?

We believe that the best reason to do any health related activity is for wellness and prevention. And it is easier to grow healthy children than to repair damaged adults. Life is so much better when your children never seem to get sick or have health problems than when you are routinely going from appointment to appointment constantly treating the symptoms of ill health.

It is not unusual to hear parents state that since starting chiropractic care their children get sick less frequently and less severely, have less ear infections, and take less antibiotics and other drugs than their classmates. Our vision is to use chiropractic today for a better world tomorrow. Starting from birth, remove interference to the body’s inborn ability to heal itself and allow children to reach their health potential throughout their life.

10 Reasons Parents Take Their Children to See a Chiropractor

  1. To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
  2. To support “first-class” nerve communication throughout the body to promoting health and wellbeing.
  3. To help strengthen their child’s immunity – encouraging fewer colds, ear-aches and general illness.
  4. To help resolve breastfeeding issues and colic.
  5. To reduce the detrimental impact our modern world has on our children’s health.
  6. Encourages children to thrive by supporting digestive strength.
  7. To diminish nerve interference which may impact their child’s capacity to learn and concentrate.
  8. To promote body balance – helping to resolve poor posture, asthma, allergies and bed-wetting..
  9. To help kids stay fun and light hearted.
  10. To help kids stay in tip-top shape.



6 MOST COMMON QUESTIONS, OBJECTIONS & MYTHS

WE HEAR REGARDING PEDIATRIC CHIROPRACTIC CARE


  1. “Why hasn’t my pediatrician told me to bring my child to a chiropractor?”

Answer:Pediatricians receive no formal education regarding chiropractic care or the science of the vertebral subluxation complex in medical school.Most have never seen a chiropractic adjustment performed.

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  1. “Once the kids start under chiropractic care, I’ve learned they’ll have to continue for the rest of their lives.”

Answer:As with any healthy lifestyle choice, it’s always best to continue for a lifetime. Would it make any sense to begin working out, getting into the best shape of your life, feeling the best you have in years and then stop?If you begin to eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables to get your body working at its optimum physical and mental state, would it make sense to stop and go back to eating chips and soda?

“Once people achieve health, it makes sense to maintain it.”


  1. “My baby doesn’t need chiropractic care.He or she didn’t have any birth trauma. He or she was born by cesarean section.”

Answer:Contrary to popular misunderstanding, a birth by cesarean section is the most TRAUMA INDUCING for the mother and the baby.

THE DOCTORS ARE PERFORMING MAJOR ABNORMAL SURGERY ON THE MOTHER.THE ANESTHESIA GIVEN IS PASSED TO THE BABY AS WELL.THE DOCTORS HAVE TO FIGHT THE STRONGEST MUSCLES IN THE BODY, THE UTERUS, TO PULL THE BABY QUICKLY OUT THE SMALL INCISION.This pulling on the baby’s neck can often disrupt the delicate nerves leading TO SPINAL TRAUMA AND PROBLEMS LATER IN LIFE.

  1. “MY CHILD DOESN’T NEED CHIROPRACTIC CARE, HE OR SHE HAS NEVER BEEN SICK, EXCEPT FOR THE NORMAL CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES.”

Answer:CHILDHOOD DISEASES ARE NEVER NORMAL, JUST COMMON.CHILDREN AREN’T SUPPOSED TO GROW UP WITH COLIC, EAR INFECTIONS AND ASTHMA.THESE CAN OCCUR HOWEVER AFTER A MALFUNCTION IN THEIR NERVOUS SYSTEM.CHIROPRACTORS CORRECT NERVOUS SYSTEM INTERFERENCE WHICH ELIMINATES THESE TYPES OF COMMON CHILDHOOD PROBLEMS.

5.“MY KID DOESN’T NEED CHIROPRACTIC CARE.I SAY IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT.”

Answer:“HOW DO YOU KNOW IT AIN’T BROKE?”

Parent:“He feels good.”

Answer:“In most diseases, pain and symptoms appear in the last stages.For example, how do you know if you have a cavity in your tooth?Is it better to be checked periodically to find out and have it corrected during the early stages, or wait until the tooth is abscessed and causes pain?”

Parent:“To have it checked early.”

Answer:“It’s the same for your spine.But even more importantly, you can replace your teeth if they fall out, but you can’t replace your spine!

Most parents take their children for periodic dental, eye, and hearing tests during adolescence but forget the most important exam, the spinal exam.The brain and spinal cord house the master control system of the body--the nervous system.Due to frequent bumps and falls, it’s important for children to be checked regularly for spinal nerve stress (subluxation).The family chiropractor is the only type of doctor trained to check for and correct this health problem.

According to a National Safety Council study, approximately 50% of children (1 out of 2) fall head first from a high place (i.e.: BED, CHANGING TABLE, ETC…) DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR OF LIFE.DID THIS EVER HAPPEN TO YOUR CHILD?EVEN THE SIMPLE BUMPS AND FALLS OF CHILDHOOD CAN LEAD TO SPINAL DAMAGE.HAVE YOUR CHILD CHECKED TODAY TO ENSURE A HEALTHY AND HAPPY TOMORROW.

6.“IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN?”

Answer:Chiropractic care is not only safe and effective for pregnant women, but studies have shown that by restoring proper nerve function to mother and baby, chiropractic care may make your pregnancy more comfortable.It was also noted that chiropractic care reduced the need for pain killers during delivery by 50%.”

“IF YOU KEEP DOING THE SAME THINGS YOU CAN’T EXPECT TO GET DIFFERENT RESULTS”.




Pregnancy


Should a women see a chiropractor during pregnancy? Is it safe?

Chiropractic care is essential for women who are pregnant to ensure a healthy delivery for both the new mom and the baby. As the women body changes it is important to keep the brain and nervous system healthy.

Structural changes

A woman’s centre of gravity usually sits over her pelvis.As the baby grows and develops within the womb her centre of gravity moves forward with the protruding abdomen.This results in a great deal of stress through the joints and muscles of her low back.As a woman’s breast change in preparation for nursing the added weight also serves to pull her centre of gravity forward placing extra stress on the mother’s mid-back region.

Postural changes: as a woman’s abdomen pulls her forward she often compensates for the change in weight distribution one of two ways, either by rotating her pelvis forward and tucking in her buttocks, causing a straightening of the normal curvature of the low back, or by slouching their upper back to compensate for the stomach pulling them forward.Both cases result in extra stress being put through the joints of the spine and muscular imbalances.

Hormonal changes: a female’s body begins to produce excess of a hormone called relaxin.Relaxin causes the ligaments holding the joints in place to become loser and more relaxed in order to facilitate the birthing process.Relaxin is not specific to the joints in the pregnant woman’s pelvis, it affects all of the joints in her body.Changes to the joints in her feet may result in the collapsing of the arches of her feet.This is turn may affect the woman’s posture because much like a house the human body needs a stable foundation, changes in the feet will affect the body the entire way up.

As the baby grows and develops within the womb it places put physical stress on the woman’s internal organs, spine and nerves.It is not uncommon for a woman in her third trimester to suffer from irritation to the sciatic nerve, resulting in low back pain and/or leg pain.

The Webster Technique:

A technique used to establish the balance in the pelvis and the attatched uterine ligaments developed by Dr Larry Webster.The technique was originally used to help turn breech babies, however, it is now more commonly used throughout pregnancy to ensure balanced pelvic muscles and ligaments and decrease nervous system stress to aid in the reduction of intrauterine constraint, which in turn allows for a safer and easier delivery for both mother and baby.

http://www.cure-back-pain.org/back-pain-during-pregnancy.html