Chiropractic for Children

Reprinted from CAA VIC, Resources

As caring parents we are often confronted with decisions regarding the health and well-being of our children. Decisions such as: Should my child play body contact sport? Does my child need to take vitamin pills? And indeed does my child need to see a chiropractor? Let’s find out more about Chiropractic for children.

For over 100 years Chiropractors have maintained that your health and the health of your children depend to a large degree on the health of the nervous system. That is why your child’s spine is so important and why chiropractors emphasise the importance of looking after your spine.

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In fact extensive clinical experience supported by an ever increasing amount of scientific research has shown that a wide range of childhood symptoms may respond favorably to chiropractic treatment. These include migraines, gastric reflux, recurrent chest infections, hyperactivity, bed wetting, fatigue, recurrent throat infections, arm and leg pain, headaches, asthma, poor co-ordination, sleeping problems, irritability, back pain, stomach ache, visual problems, digestive disorders, scoliosis and poor posture.

It is a fact of life that our childhood years are crucial to our overall development, and the earlier childhood problems are resolved the less likely there will be permanent problems in later years. It is important for you as a parent to realize that it is not normal for children to have headaches or tummy aches or growing pains, nor are they likely, as you may often hear, to grow out of them. Indeed a particular symptom may pass but the underlying problem remains only to resurface at a later date.

As children grow they will experience the falls and bumps, which are an inevitable part of childhood. Many people view these falls as a natural part of growing up. But just as they bruise a muscle, scrape a knee, or twist an ankle so too can they jar their spine. However unlike the cuts and scrapes that will heal naturally with time, spinal problems, however minor, may not spontaneously fix themselves. If left undetected and untreated these conditions may progressively worsen with time until they become irreversible spinal problems.

How can you be sure these small childhood accidents are not causing damage to your young child’s spine?

The answer is: You can’t.

So what should you do?

Let us say your child experiences a fall. Being a caring parent you may do what many parents would do and race your child down to the local medical clinic. Your medical doctor will listen to your description of the fall and ask your child where he has his pain. He may examine the sore area and perhaps examine the child for concussion. He may send your child for x-rays to determine whether there are any fractures or dislocations present. But as he is not trained to specifically examine the spine and identify spinal dysfunction such as what is known as a Vertebral Subluxation he may often miss potentially serious spinal problems. Only your chiropractor through his specialized 5 years of University training can specifically locate potential spinal problems in children.

So what can you expect when you take your child to see a Doctor of Chiropractic? Your Chiropractor is interested in your child’s total health and well-being and therefore they may ask you specific detailed questions about your child’s health history. This may include questions about previous illnesses, accidents or even questions about your child’s birth. The answer to these questions can give your chiropractor vital clues to the source of your child’s problems.

Your Doctor of Chiropractic will then perform a physical examination. This will include a detailed spinal examination. Your chiropractor may also perform a postural examination, which can also give vital clues as to underlying problems. Postural clues such as head tilt, shoulder tilt, pelvic imbalance, a turned in or turned out foot, sideways deviation of the spine or scoliosis or perhaps an increased curve in the lower back The presence of one or more of these postural deviations may indicate underlying spinal problems. Relevant orthopedic and neurological tests may also be necessary depending upon the child.paediatric chiropractic care for kids

Once all the information from these examinations has been correlated your Doctor of Chiropractic will go through with you what is the best management program for your child. This may involve postural advice, perhaps dietary changes, maybe a heel lift or orthotics maybe suggested. The management program may include any or all of these but it will nearly always involve the chiropractor performing what is known as a chiropractic adjustment.

A chiropractic adjustment is a very safe, gentle and effective form of therapy. The chiropractic adjustment respects your child’s bodies innate healing and recuperative powers. Special adjusting techniques may be used for babies or the very young. Each adjustment is specifically tailored to the child’s age, size and unique spinal problem. Most children enjoy the experience and look forward to their chiropractic adjustment.

Chiropractic is more than merely fixing your child’s spine. Chiropractic respects your child’s innate ability to heal itself. Chiropractic restores and maintains vital communication between your child’s brain and body so that they may achieve their maximum health potential.

In fact, Chiropractors believe chiropractic care should be thought of as you would good dental hygiene or indeed good nutritional care, always essential for your child’s general good health.

The question here is not whether chiropractic works. Millions of children all over the world are testament to the effectiveness of chiropractic care, not to mention the numerous scientific papers which support chiropractic. The question for you as a parent is whether you’ll utilize this knowledge and through safe natural chiropractic care seek to achieve improved health for your children.

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