As a growing trend, many parents swear by chiropractic care for their child to relieve them of their symptoms. In fact, many parents are having children, including infants, receive weekly treatments by a pediatric chiropractor.
According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, in the United States, more than 17 percent of all chiropractic patients are under the age of 18, and out of which nearly 8 percent are five years or younger. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that almost 2 million American children have seen a chiropractor.
Chiropractic care gives children the ability to live life to the fullest potential, enabling healthy and robust growth.
A mother isn’t the only one to experience difficulty during labor and delivery—the infant is also likely to experience the physical stress and strain of the birthing process.
The first spinal stress for babies starts with the birth process, especially traumatic birth, cesarean, forceps, and vacuum delivery. All of which can put considerable pressure on the baby’s spinal cord and skull.
Birth injury (physical injury to the infant) in the United States are often reported in 2 percent of all births. However, most of the time, these injuries to the spine often go unnoticed as they are painless, making it challenging to identify. That’s when chiropractic care for kids comes in.
Some commonly reported injuries during birth include:
• brachial plexus palsy (injury to the nerves in the baby’s arm),
• bone fractures,
• cephalohematoma (hemorrhage of blood between the skull and outer membrane of the bone),
• facial paralysis,
• spinal cord injuries
• and caput succedaneum (swelling of the scalp)
These injuries may cause nervous system damage or interference leading to other health problems. Breathing difficulties, colic, chronic colds and infections, ear infections, asthma, and nursing difficulties in children can be traced back to their nervous system stress.
2) As the child grows older
Daily activities such as crawling, walking, jumping, running, tumbling, and falling can also cause spinal misalignments, which are often known as subluxations.
Spinal subluxations are also caused by prolonged and repetitive motions of lousy posture while watching TV, texting, and playing video games.
Subluxations neglected during the rapid growth period may have an impact on the child’s spinal development.
Correction of these subluxations is significant for the proper functioning and development of a child’s nervous system.
In the first five years of life, the body produces comparatively more neural pathways. So, this production must be optimized through an experienced children’s chiropractor, as the first few years are crucial to each child’s potential.
The Adjustment Process
Chiropractic care for kids specializes in checking their spine for subluxations and providing gentle adjustments using either hands or a small tool.
It is safe, gentle, and essential for their growing nervous system.
Children of all ages, including newborns, can receive these adjustments.
What to Expect from Your Houston Chiropractor
Dr. Franson, an experienced chiropractor from Houston, TX, will first assess your child’s spine for any subluxations. The chiropractor will perform gentle adjustment using either his hands or a small tool. These adjustments, alongside the use of chiropractic therapies, serves to remove the subluxation.
Reported Significant Improvements
Chiropractic care for kids may not be useful to treat a specific condition but has been promising to help with many childhood issues when the nervous system is functioning optimally.
The feedback from parents, young patients, as well as research on the benefits and improvements of chiropractic care for kids, include:
Most of the time, children may have a fear of the doctors’ office. However, they find going to the chiropractor comforting, as there are no needles, and parents are there to sit on the entire appointment.
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