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For many parents, they appreciate the importance of regular check ups for their child's teeth, eyes, and ears but draw a blank when it comes to a spinal check-up.  The first thought of many parents is my child doesn't have back problems.

The most important pathway or lifeline between your child's brain and the rest of the body is the spinal cord.  There are literally billions of nerve fibers that send messages and communicate with the rest of the body.  If there is any blockage or irritation along the spinal column it can put the spine in disharmony, setting up dis-ease (lack of ease) that can result in generalized weakness of your child's body, lowering resistance, and the inability of the child's body to properly fight infections and disease.

Blockage of nerves caused by tiny fixations or misalignments of the spinal vertebrae are what chiropractors call subluxations.  The cause of subluxations can be the result of many factors.  One is injuries to a baby's spine caused by a difficult delivery.  Health problems early in infancy can be traced back to a difficult delivery.  Other causes of subluxations are major slips & falls, and other accidents attributed to an active childhood during development.  A well know French obstetrician Frederick Leboyer states, "We know very little about our bodies, so little that we forget the importance of the spine.... Why, when the vulnerable spine has always been curved, do we insist on holding the newborn upside down and jerking the back straight?"1   Dangling a baby by the feet immediately after birth can cause damage.  An infant's spine is very susceptible to injury.  

Chiropractic is the only profession that corrects and fixes vertebral subluxations.  By adjusting and correcting spinal distortions or subluxations, the child's spinal, postural, and nerve stress reduces, which can have a powerful effect on many aspects of their life.  After chiropractic care positive changes have occurred in the child's physical health, behavior and emotional states.  Among the observed effects of subluxation correction have been improvements in emotional, behavior, and neurological problems such as hyperactivity, asthma, anxiety, low mental stamina, inability to concentrate, discipline problems, and even low grades.1-4

Below is a list of common conditions.  It is essential to get his/her spine checked for vertebral subluxation - not because the doctor of chiropractic is treating your child for these conditions, but because all children need healthy spines, especially if they are ill.

Scoliosis Ear Infections Colic Cough
Hypertension Nervousness Poor Posture Constipation
Asthma & Wheezing Irritability Skin Disorders Neckaches
Bronchitis Bed-Wetting Croup Sore Throat
Frequent Colds Poor Concentration Painful Joints Arthritis
Eye Problems Hip, Leg, Foot Pain Arm, Shoulder Pain Sinus Problems

Because subluxations do not always represent in pain, it is very important to have your spine, as well as your children's spine checked for subluxations.  Some of the warning signs that your spinal column may be out of alignment:

Chronic Fatigue Hip or Shoulder Higher Shoulder Blades Flared Out
Hyperactivity Frequent Falling "Noisy Bones"
Skin Conditions One Foot Turned Out or In Joint Aches
Neck Tilt Can't Stand Still One Leg Shorter

 More and more families are discovering how chiropractic can naturally improve not only their own health, but the health and vitality of their children. 

 

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References:

1. Leboyer, F. Birth without violence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984, pp. 21;28.

2. van Breda, W.M. & van Breda, J.M. comparative study of the health status of children raised under the health care models of chiropractic and allopathic medicine. Journal of Chiropractic Research, Summer 1989, pp. 101-103.

3. Griesen, J.M., Center, D.B. & Leach, R.A. An evaluation of chiropractic manipulation as a treatment of hyperactivity in children. JMPT, 1989, 12, pp. 353-363

4. Walton, E.V. Chiropractic effectiveness with emotional, learning and behavior impairments. International Review of Chiropractic, Sept. 1975, 29, pp. 2-5; 21-22.