Chiro for Kids
Chiropractic care for children is not new. In 1986 a chiropractor in the U.S. helped re-establish chiropractic care for children as a legitimate area of focus but, in fact, the founder of chiropractic indicated as far back as 1910 how important it is to check a child’s spine from birth.
Many would ask: Why in the world would a child need to see a chiropractor? What good does chiropractic do for a toddler, or even a newborn?
Chiropractors have answers: They may see a one-week-old child who is already showing signs of favouring, turning her head to one side versus the other. If they can determine any imbalances or asymmetry with the muscular function or the joint alignment, and address it early, it’s better. Once those postural patterns and habits develop as they grow, they can be much more difficult to change. Also, children may have symptoms like ear infections, difficulty breathing, colic, attention deficit. Chiropractors do not treat those things per se. They see those as expressions of the body not interpreting the world properly. The organizing system for us to respond to the world is the nervous system. So chiropractors would ask themselves if there is something going on with the child’s nervous system, what is it and can chiropractic care help? Even birth can be traumatic and can cause physical damage that leads to difficulties later. Something like a misalignment to the spine from the birth process could lead to breathing trouble for a baby.
Techniques for children are safe. DC’s who treat children do not apply heavy pressure. Often it’s a matter of moving the child into a position of ease, holding that position and things will reset quite nicely on their own.
Chiropractic has the potential to improve a child’s immune system, a child’s sleep, and digestion as well. It can help with colic, IBS, earaches, bed wetting, allergies and asthma. And chiropractors communicate frequently with pediatricians and MD’s. In our clinic, I also have the opportunity to communicate with Dr. Erika, our naturopath to offer further therapy. So consider chiropractic for your own child or the child of a friend.