Infants & Children
Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being.
Chiropractic Care is the Best Strategy for Scoliosis Prevention
If caught early enough, Chiropractic care cannot only decrease the progression of scoliosis in spines but even prevent it from even developing. As growth occurs in our spine, our body has to compensate for the different stages of development. Sometimes the growth in the spine is too great for our muscles, ligaments, and tendons that it will actually sway the spine and develop abnormal curves in our spine. Through Chiropractic Care, those imbalances can be corrected and scoliosis can be prevented. The spine from the side view should be curved. Like bridges and large buildings, curves are important to maintain strength. The same is true with the spine from this angle. When these curves are lost or exaggerated (hunch-back, sway-back, and straight-neck), the spine is weak and vulnerable to injury.
Children's Chiropractic Safety Research
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association has initiated a ground breaking study on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. The preliminary results are outstanding and show that chiropractic care is safe for children. Even more significant is that parents reported three unexpected improvements with their child's care:
- Improved sleeping
- Improved behavior and attitude
- Improved immune system function
Is Your Child Getting Sick Often?
When your child gets sick, it is because their body’s immune system is not sustainable to fight off the cold. The nervous system and immune system are hardwired and work together to create optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately. Neural dysfunctions due to spinal misalignments are stressful to the body and cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the coordinated responses of the nervous system and immune system.
The autonomic nervous system is hardwired into the lymphoid organs such as the spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and bone marrow that produce the body's immune response. Growing evidence is showing that immune function is regulated in part by the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system.
Subluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways affecting organ systems of the body. Subluxations are an example of physical nerve stress that affects neuronal control. According to researchers, such stressful conditions lead to altered measures of immune function & increased susceptibility to a variety of diseases.
Inflammatory based disease is influenced by both the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Nerve stimulation directly affects the growth and function of inflammatory cells. Researchers found that dysfunction in this pathway results in the development of various inflammatory syndromes such as rheumatoid arthritis and behavioral syndromes such as depression. Additionally, this dysfunctional neuro-endo-immune response plays a significant role in immune-compromised conditions such as chronic infections and cancer.
Wellness based chiropractors analyze the spine for subluxations and give corrective adjustments to reduce the stress on the nervous system. A 1992 research group found that when a thoracic adjustment was applied to a subluxated area the white blood cell (neutrophil) count collected rose significantly.
So if you’re are trying to decide whether or not you want to bring your child in to get adjusted, just think how nice it would be if your child was getting sick less often.