For some parents, it can be difficult to imagine a child needing chiropractic care. Children don’t often complain of chronic pain as adults do and their bodies seem incredibly durable, especially considering how quickly they tend to bounce back after a fall or other types of injuries. The truth is that children can sustain subluxations, just like adults do, which can cause significant pain and discomfort, impacting many aspects of their life.
Chiropractic treatment is an important part of a child’s spinal health and overall wellness. Beginning preventative care early on in life can set your child up for a lifetime of well-being and health.
The body consists of a complex network of systems that can be challenging to figure out. In the central nervous system, the spine protects the spinal cord, which sends out messages from the brain to the organs, tissues, muscles, and other systems in the body. If a single vertebra is slightly out of alignment, it can negatively impact the function of the other systems in the body. A child can sustain an injury to the spine during birth, from a fall, or another type of trauma.
The body has many ways to warn you if something is not quite right. These warning signs of subluxations in children appear as behavioral or physical issues. Some warning signs that can indicate your child has a vertebral subluxation include:
The body’s immune system is a perfect example of how the complex systems in the body work. The brain recognizes threats, such as a virus, and will then order the body to produce antibodies that will fight the invaders. When a child’s immune system is functioning the way it should, it will not catch every virus or flu they come into contact with, since their immune system is strong enough to fight off threats.
However, when the child’s spine is misaligned, these important messages sent from the brain to produce antibodies gets interrupted, preventing the body from functioning properly, and resulting in frequent illnesses.
When the spine is out of alignment, it can have a major impact on many areas of a child’s life, including how well they sleep at night. Depending on how old the child is, they may require eight to fourteen hours of sleep. When a child does not get enough rest, it can result in impaired problem-solving and reasoning skills, poor concentration, and impaired cognitive function.
If a child has a spinal subluxation in the upper cervical spine where the neck and head meet, it can negatively impact the nerves that create impulses that flood the brain with sleep hormones. This can cause a disruption in their sleep cycle, making it difficult for them to fall asleep and remain asleep.
Many children spend an average of over eight hours a day using electronics, which can cause poor posture, as they’re bent over their laptops, phones, or video games. Habitually poor posture can result in childhood subluxation. If you believe that your child may need chiropractic adjustments, don’t hesitate to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Chiropractic care can provide relief from common allergy symptoms. In some cases, nerve interference can cause all types of allergies, and is just another signal the body is sending out to alert you that something is wrong. Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to airborne substances or food that it mistaken as harmful. The body will then create antibodies to fight off these invaders, even though the body is in no danger.
Vertebral subluxations can block the proper flow of information between the brain and the nervous system, which can weaken the immune system. Spinal adjustments can restore balance to your child’s nervous system and improve immune system function. A nervous system that is healthy will keep other systems in the body functioning properly.
The central nervous system is in charge of overseeing digestion and elimination of waste. When there is nerve interference it can impact how the body functions. This can result in common elimination and digestion problems, such as diarrhea, constipation, reflux, and colic. Many children that have experienced these issues have seen significant improvements with regular chiropractic treatment, making it a great alternative to traditional drug therapies.
At The Chiropractic Doctors, we provide treatment to patients of all ages, using natural methods that focus on the underlying cause of pain, poor health, or discomfort. If you have noticed your child displaying any of these signs of subluxations, contact The Chiropractic Doctors today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your family and providing quality, effective, gentle treatment for a healthy spine and improved wellness.
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This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Matthew Phinney.