Chiropractic for Infants and Children
Chiropractic care for infants and children is safe, gentle, and effective. The youngest baby Dr. Hall has ever adjusted was one day old. Newborns can be checked very shortly after birth for any spinal misalignments that may be putting undue tension and stress on their nervous systems.
How do children benefit from chiropractic care?
Birth is a miraculous, beautiful event. However,
birth is also physically daunting. It is possibly the
very first physically traumatic experience a child
will have in their life. Whether your baby is
delivered at home in a water bath or in the hospital
by Caesarian section, stress is placed on the
newborn baby’s spine, impacting the rest of their
functioning systems. And some births are more
traumatic than others. When a baby is extracted by
the use of a vacuum or forceps, their necks may be
pulled to one side or the other, resulting in a
subluxation. A subluxation is amisalignment of a
spinal vertebra, which puts stress on the spinal cord
that is in constant communication between the brain
and the rest of the body. This results in dysfunction
of the nervous system and can affect a newborn
baby’s breathing, heart function, and overall health
and immunity. When these subluxations are not corrected, they can lead to short term or long term dis-ease in a child’s life. However, subluxations in children are easily detected and corrected by chiropractors, allowing the body to adapt and thrive.
Why does my child need chiropractic care? They don’t have back pain.
Chiropractic care is not only for back pain in children or adults. Specific chiropractic adjustments allow the body to adapt and heal from any kind of stress placed on the body. There are mechanical stresses such as falling, playing sports, or even sitting for long periods of time. There are chemical stresses such as fast food diets, prescription medications, or air pollution. And there are emotional stresses such as relationships and especially in children, the need for a sense of belonging. Children experience these stresses every day. Chiropractic adjustments rid the nervous system of any interference by increasing motion in the spine allowing your child’s body to take over and adapt to stresses that they experience.
What kind of conditions can chiropractic help my child with?
Chiropractic care is extremely effective in children because their bodies are rapidly changing all the time. They integrate change, adapt to stress, and heal much quicker than adults. Chiropractic care is highly effective for multitudes of childhood illnesses and disorders such as:
Otitis media (ear infection)
GERD (acid reflux)
Talk to Dr. Hall about these childhood illnesses and disorders to understand your options in caring for your child.
At what age is it okay to bring my child to the chiropractor?
Day one of a child’s life is a great time to bring them to your chiropractor to get their spine and nervous system checked. Give them the best chances to grow and adapt to the changing environment around them. Chiropractic adjustments for children are extremely gentle and sometimes consist of little more than the chiropractor applying slight pressure with their finger. Let Dr. Hall know if you have any concerns regarding the adjustment of your child.
How often does my child need to be checked?
A few age landmarks that benefit children being checked by the chiropractor are when a child starts crawling, eating solid foods, walking, playing sports, and as often as the chiropractor deems necessary, depending on the individual child. Talk to your chiropractor about regular visits for your child to keep their nervous systems fully functioning and their health at its highest peak!