Surprisingly, the first stress placed on a child’s spinal column is during the birthing process. Equally surprising is the fact that 26% of children surveyed at school reported a history of back pain from carrying heavy backpacks.
A child’s spine is frequently subjected to repeated forces in the process of learning to walk as well as a multitude of childhood mishaps, sports related injuries, and postural strains. Many adults that come to a chiropractor’s office show evidence of childhood injuries to their spine that are a contributing factor for their pain today. This is why it is important to have your child’s spine checked regularly for any signs of spinal imbalances or misalignments.
Fortunately, chiropractic has had many positive results in treating some very common childhood conditions. Problems like colic, headaches, ear infections, scoliosis, asthma, and even some cases of behavioral problems and bed-wetting have been successfully treated with chiropractic care. In fact, a recent study showed that children under chiropractic care suffered from fewer ear infections than those whose parents sought medical care alone. I (Dr. Marshall) was that child. At the age of 3 I was diagnosed with chronic ear infections and went through with tubal ear surgery to help my ears drain. After several rounds of antibiotics and tubes that eventually fell out there was still no change to my condition. Finally a chiropractor adjusted my spine and my mom described it as nothing shorter than a miracle. I was not a fussy sick kid any more. My quality of life greatly improved and I stayed under chiropractic care throughout my lifetime. Now I am a chiropractor sharing the word with every parent I meet. Try conservative care with your children’s health. The nervous system and Immune system are tied closely together.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe for children? Absolutely!
Because a child’s skeletal system is still developing, there is a great deal of elasticity within the joints. Light pressure is usually all that is needed to adjust a child’s spine.
So the next time you visit a chiropractor, bring your children. The few minutes you invest in your child’s spinal checkup may save them needless suffering now and in the future.