Kids fall and jar their spine on a daily basis. They fall on their rear 10 - 20 - 30 times per day when they are learning to walk! Children have regular tumbles, often times on their heads, as they begin to run and while still mastering their coordination. They fall repeatedly until they master their balance skills when learning to ride a bike or roller blading.
Kids do tend to bounce back quickly after these minor injuries. But the number and frequency of events have lasting effects in the spine. Minor problems can turn into much more serious health problems down the road if not adjusted through pediatric chiropractor care.
Even natural child birth can be a very traumatic event. The amount of force used in the delivery process may likely cause some nerve and spinal injury. Many infants are born with bruises and lacerations on their bodies. If this is what we see on the outside, imagine what happens to the baby’s delicate spine and nervous system!
Many parents figure since their child isn’t complaining of back or neck pain they don’t need to seek pediatric chiropractor care. The types of problems that cause pain in adults are generally not seen in children. However, many times this is when they start. Most adults see the chiropractor because they are having chronic pain after the problem has been there for 20-30 years. This is why we encourage all parents to have their kids and even infants checked for the need for chiropractic care. No parent wants their child to suffer from chronic pain in the future, so it is best to get them checked as soon as possible.
In addition, pediatric chiropractic care is much more than just pain relief. As chiropractors, we ensure that the spine is functioning properly. This eliminates nerve system interference and irritation. The nerve system controls every single cell, tissue, muscle, and organ in your body. The body will not function at its best when there is nerve system irritation. Because chiropractic care helps relieve nerve system irritation, kids who receive chiropractic care may see a decrease in common childhood issues like:
• ear infections
• enuresis (bed wetting)
• digestive problems
Yes, infant and pediatric chiropractic care is extremely safe for most kids. The amount of force used is not much more than the weight of a fingertip. Dr. Katie has completed a certification in pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Both Drs. Quintin and Katie Sleigh also understand that some parents may be apprehensive about taking their infant or child for chiropractor care. She always demonstrates the pressure of an adjustment both to the child (if age appropriate) and the parent prior to adjusting children. Parents are generally amazed at how little pressure she actually uses.
Every parent wants their child to grow up as healthy as possible. Now is the time to be proactive to ensure that your children will be healthy throughout their entire lives!