Could Your Child Benefit from a Visit to a Chiropractor?
above question is the title of an article from the national publication,
Parents and Kids, in the July 25, 2006 issue. The article was an informative
contribution covering good information in a magazine whose self-proclaimed
purpose is "A Guide to Smart Parenting From Baby to Preteen".
The article starts by
reviewing the fact that children are susceptible to spinal trauma that can
have an effect on the nervous system. The article notes that, "Nerve system
stress, left unaddressed, impairs the child’s ability to function in a state
of optimal health and well-being." The article further notes that
Chiropractors refer to this nerve system stress as subluxations of the bones
of the spine and cranium. They also note that these subluxations may
not cause any immediate symptoms and that "pain and malfunction may not show
up for many years."
The recommendations from the
article are that children should be checked soon after birth. They note that
the birth process itself can have a damaging effect on spinal structures.
Although a traumatic birth process is surely reason for alarm, the article
notes, "Even the most natural births are somewhat traumatic to the infant
and may cause hidden nerve system damage." Additionally, the article points
out that, "It has been shown that many children who experience
symptoms of difficulty sleeping breastfeeding, digestion (colic and reflux),
repeated ear and respiratory infections have impaired nerve system
The author of the article
notes that chiropractic care for children is specific and does not cause
pain or discomfort. They provide a list of some of the more common reasons
why you may want to consider having your child checked by a chiropractor. These include; difficult birth, difficulty nursing, colic, reflux,
trouble sleeping, ear infections, frequent colds and infections,
allergies/asthma, behavioral problems (ADD), and postural abnormality, head
tilt, high shoulder or hip.
The article concludes with a
list provided by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
(www.icpa4kids.org) of what they term, "Successful results from chiropractic
care." This list includes; increased immunity, fewer
colds/infections, increased athletic potential, increased energy, relief
from allergies/asthma, better sleep habits, reduction in hyperactivity, and