Each day more parents are turning to chiropractic care for their children as a gentle and safe way to ensure that a child starts life with the best possible chance to grow and thrive.
The birth process causes significant spinal stress — even with the most natural delivery. Many parents choose to have their newborns checked right away. The earlier a child is checked for interference within their nervous system, the faster their body responds to care and the less likely they will experience common newborn and childhood health complaints, such as breastfeeding issues, reflux or constipation, or ear infections. Chiropractic adjustments for infants involve only as much pressure as would be used to check the ripeness of a tomato, making it a very pleasant experience for baby.
During the next few years of life, essential developmental changes are constantly occurring — physical, immunologic, and neurologic. Physically, a child’s body is developing at an incredible rate. Head to body mass ratio is very high as a baby learns to hold his/her head up, crawl and walk. This creates a great deal of stress on the upper spine. In addition, the extreme flexibility of a child’s frame creates risk of damage to the delicate nervous tissues housed within the spine as he/she experiences the repeated bumps and falls common for little ones.
Accelerated development is also occurring within the immune system. The nervous system and immune system are intricately involved with one another. Regular spinal checks can give children the advantage of a stronger immune system and quicker recovery from illness.
Neurological development is also happening at an incredible rate. A child learns by integrating the many types of sensory information his/her body encounters, developing an understanding of what it all means, and determining an appropriate response based on experience. Proper movement, especially within the spine and weight bearing joints, is essential to this process because it greatly increases both the amount and accuracy of sensory information to the brain and significantly effects a child’s ability to process information. Many parents, therefore, choose to have their children checked by a chiropractor regularly to help with performance in school. Neurologic wellness also benefits a child’s social and emotional wellbeing.
As they progress through the school aged years, children continually experience additional stressors, such as heavy backpacks, competitive sports and other physical activities, chemicals and irritants from foods and environment, mental struggles and hormone changes. These stressors have a cumulative effect on a young person’s body. Maintaining a child’s frame and nervous system can ensure optimal function so that a child can best adapt to the ever changing demands experienced throughout youth.
Instead of waiting for a symptom of illness or disease to present itself in your child, consider the benefits of being proactive with chiropractic care. How we support children during these years determines their expression of health and well-being for a lifetime.
Experience & Research
Dr. Gina is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). She is near completion of the ICPA’s Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics. This is an extensive program involving advanced training in all aspects of family wellness, pediatric and maternity care, and care of the challenged child. Dr. Gina also participates in the ICPA’s practice based research program, designed to compile and publish research pertinent to a child’s well-being from conception through pregnancy and childhood. An extensive amount of pediatric and family wellness research can be viewed at http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/.