Why Do Kids Need Chiropractors
Have you ever considered seeking Chiropractic Care for your child?
“My child doesn’t have back pain.” You know what, you are absolutely right! Most children do not feel musculoskeletal aches and pains. Their energy is endless. Their tumbles and turns only stall them briefly until mommy or daddy kisses the booboos away. And, they bounce back.
It contributes to every child and young adults’ attitude of invincibility.
It’s part of the reason young adults don’t always take the pain they have seriously. It takes most of us until the 30-year hump to be aware that we can’t get away with the things we did thoughtlessly in our high school and college days. Least not without serious regrets for days following!
Most of the time if a child is complaining of true musculoskeletal pain it is something to be taken seriously, and when that is the case, chiropractic probably is not the first order of business. So why is chiropractic called for in kids?
Let’s first understand the premise and point of chiropractic, which goes back to spinal and nervous system health. We aren’t simply the doctors of back pain.
The nervous system is all-encompassing.
It connects all cells, tissues, and organs in your body by an intricate network of nerves to your brain. That’s a big deal, but more importantly, to note is that nervous system health is just as important to infants and kids as it is to adults!
Alright now, why do kids get nervous system dysfunction and what does that look like? There are many factors at play when we look at nerve interference. An example of a mechanical cause of interference is birth trauma. Forceps, vacuum extraction, and dystocia are all factors that can lead to negative effects on the spinal cord, brainstem, and nerves. It can lead to issues with dural tension (torque in the meninges of the spine) reflux, colic, and torticollis to name a few. Other common childhood issues that can be linked back to the nervous system health are bed-wetting, asthma, and ear infections.
Now some may be confused as to how nervous system deficits and poor biomechanics have an influence on ear infections.
After all, an infection is caused by a pathogen like a bacteria or virus. However, these pathogens are opportunistic. They are unlikely to take hold in the body if there isn’t an environment that supports their proliferation. Children have a horizontal orientation of the Eustachian tube that becomes more vertical with maturity. This tube is a drain for the middle ear into the nasopharynx.
When children have nervous system or biomechanical dysfunction in the upper levels of the spine, it can cause tightening of the muscles in the head and neck that connect to the Eustachian tube. In the end, this creates further tension in the tube, making it even more of a challenge to drain properly. It winds up creating the perfect environment for viruses and bacteria to set up shop. Many children have avoided tubes in their ears with the help of chiropractic care.
We don’t prescribe antibiotics. We technically don’t even treat ear infections.
Rather, we improve biomechanics and remove interferences so kids can function at their highest potential, heal, and protect themselves.
The last reservation about chiropractic and pediatrics I hear goes something along the lines of, “I’m not letting anyone twist and crack my baby’s neck!”
Yikes! Neither would I!
There are appropriate techniques and an amount of force that is gauged for different populations.
I wouldn’t adjust a baby the same as an adult, the same way I wouldn’t adjust an athlete as I would a pregnant woman. There is a time and place for higher force adjustments, and it is not on infants and small children. Instead with our young, chiropractors engage safe and gentle adjustments that most often include sustained pressure. This pressure is only enough to bruise the skin of a tomato and more often than not, less is more.
What I love most about adjusting children is how well and quickly they can respond to care. They don’t have years of poor habits and compensation patterns. They heal quickly given the opportunity and there is no placebo effect. When they feel good it’s genuine. There is nothing more gratifying than being present for a parent’s relief and triumph as their babies heal and make positive changes. This is why I love working with families.
Doctor, Gabrielle Cohen
Dr. Gabby has a passion for holistic wellness and empowering her patients to take charge of their own health and well-being.
Dr. Gabby values one-to-one personal care, and her passion for wellness is truly what makes her care second to none. She started her own practice for just this reason; because she wants to be able to provide the quality of care that she knows is best for her clients.
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