old can a person be before he or she begins Chiropractic care?
There is no such thing as to young or to
old for Chiropractic care. Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age.
Regardless of age, vertebrae can become misaligned. If a vertebrae become misaligned
it can cause pressure or irritation to nerves thus causing them to malfunction. This
process is known as a "Subluxation".
For example, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. If left
uncorrected, the vertebral subluxation may disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves
which control the infants muscles and organs. In some cases, an uncorrected
subluxations may lead to a deformity of the spinal column. An early chiropractic checkup
may detect subluxations while they are still easily correctable.
When should I start my child under Chiropractic care?
Your child should have a chiropractic examination as
soon after birth as possible. Spinal trauma to an infant's or child's spine can
occur during the birth process as well as from any number of tumbles while learning to sit
up or walk. Your child's spine grows almost 50% in length during that first year
(the equivalent of a six-footer growing to nine feet in just 12 months!). It's this
kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make continued chiropractic
examinations so important in the early stages of your child's life.
In Chiropractic we believe it's much more important to prevent diseases
than wait till some illness occurs. Through regular adjustments, as well as awareness on
proper diet, exercise and posture, Chiropractic can help you raise a child free of
subluxations whose body is structurally and functionally sound. Your child will also learn
good health habits at an early age which can be very beneficial to him or her as an adult.
Youngsters suffer numerous accidents and falls while learning to walk,
riding a bike, or even while jumping or running around. But after their tears have dried,
underlying injuries could go undetected--such as a subluxation during the spine's most
Regular Chiropractic spinal exams can provide corrective and preventive
care for your son or daughter and peace of mind for you.
It is especially important to have your child under chiropractic care when
your child takes part in athletic activities. The "sack" of a young
quarterback could twist a young spine. A softball pitcher could throw a vertebra out
of alignment. In Chiropractic we can do more than correct these problems, we
can also help improve performance on and off the field by helping the body function at its
optimum level, naturally without stress and without drugs.
How effective is chiropractic
care for children?
Doctors of Chiropractic have been providing safe and effective care or
children for nearly 100 years. There are several published studies conducted by
researchers in Germany, Australia, Denmark and the United States which confirm the
effectiveness of chiropractic for a variety of childhood illnesses. The scientific
evidence is growing every day.