Family care should start from the very beginning. Babies in utero can benefit from chiropractic indirectly while they are in utero because the birthing process is easier and can have less stress on the child. During this period many expecting mothers experience weight gain, changing posture, and hormonal changes that can be effectively helped by chiropractic care.
The birth process may be the cause of your first subluxation. The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic. During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, maybe injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. As the baby is compressed, the small bones in the spine may be pushed out of their natural alignment. This causes the nerves to become stretched or twisted (commonly referred to as a nerve “pinch”), and the vital communication system is disrupted. Chiropractors have been stressing for years the importance of having newborns checked for vertebral subluxations. Checking the spine of an infant is painless and easy. The importance of a developing baby is free of nerve interference from subluxation cannot be understated. Even infants that appear healthy may have subluxations due to traumatic birth syndrome. All babies deserve the best chance at a healthy happy life. Babies deserve Chiropractic.
As your child grows, other problems may arise. Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine which if not detected early may become a serious disfiguring problem. It is important that, when present, it is caught before a child begins his or her “growth spurt” at approximately 12-16 years of age because scoliosis can progress rapidly during these years.
Studies show us a much higher prevalence of back pain in children than previously thought. In a study of kids aged 12-15 years old (Olsen et al., 1992, Am. J. Public Health) 30.4% reported a history of low back pain. Mierau and Cassidy (1984) found that 22.8% of elementary school and 33.3% of secondary school-aged children complained of low back pain. So don’t simply pass off a child’s complaint of aches and pains as “growing pains” because there may very well be something real causing his or her pain.
Nowadays. Parents do not think twice about the importance of regular dental visits for their kids. Check-ups are scheduled every six months to help prevent cavities. When you consider that children use their teeth only when they eat, yet they use their spine every time they sit, stand, run, crawl, play and move. Shouldn’t they receive regular check-ups for one of the most important structures in their body? Remember, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”
Car Accidents, work injuries and the stress and strains of our busy lives can produce subluxations. A periodic chiropractic checkup can be helpful. Many patients report more energy, vitality and better overall health.
Seniors enjoying an active retirement stop by our office, too. Safe and natural chiropractic care makes sense. They see how the structure of the spine can affect the nervous system and how their body works.
Regardless of your age or condition, a better working spine is good for your health. Share your chiropractic experience with others by starting with those you love.