One of the most frequent questions I am often asked by parents is – “Why does my child need to see a chiropractor?”
To keep it short and sweet, I often ask my patients why they come in to see me for adjustemnts? The most common answers include: “to feel amazing”, “to get aligned”, “to make sure my spine is in the right place and that my nervous system is working”. All great answers!
Now think of it this way – babies and kids have spines and nervous systems too! Essentially, the nervous system is like the information highway. It coordinates all types of bodily functions including breathing, digestion and immune responses. If the communication to the nervous system is interrupted or damaged by misalignments (subluxations), we experience all sorts of information errors including pain, headaches, high blood pressure, digestive problems.
In babies and kids, this communication breakdown may show up as colic or irritability, poor sleeping habits, developmental/motor delays, digestion issues, lethargy or low energy, difficulty breastfeeding, asthma and more. Often, a newborn baby could have experienced a difficult birthing process or suffered from distress during his journey through the birth canal.
Chiropractic focuses on restoring function to the nervous system so that the body can work optimally and efficiently; invariably, letting the body heal itself.
Chiropractic adjustments for adults differ greatly from those performed on babies and are very gentle using light fingertip pressure.
Dr. Jennifer Barham from Australia has written an amazing book called Well Adjusted Babies. In it she lists reasons why children need to see a chiropractor. I’ve listed them below:
Top 10 Reasons Why Parents Take Their Children to See a Chiropractor (as adapted by Dr. Jennifer Barham of Well Adjusted Babies.
1. To encourage good neural plasticity
2. To support “first- class “ nerve communication throughout the body – promoting health and well-being
3. To help strengthen their child’s immunity thereby reducing frequency of colds, ear-aches and general illness
4. To help resolve breastfeeding issues and colic
5. To reduce the detrimental impact our modern world has on our children
6. Encourages child to thrive by supporting digestive strength
7. To help improve child’s ability to learn and concentrate
8. To promote body balance – resolving poor posture, and encouraging proper biomechanics
9. To help kids stay fun and light-hearted
10. To help kids stay in tip-top shape
Taking these things in mind – it may be time to have your little one checked by a paediatric chiropractor.