Most people don’t think chiropractic and children go together; when chiropractic is very beneficial for children. When children receive chiropractic adjustments it can help prevent: ear infections, colic, constipation, bed-wetting, eating difficulties, and many other health ailments. Scoliosis is often a concern for children and could affect them throughout their lives but with chiropractic adjustments they could see a decrease in the degree of scoliosis and in any related symptoms.
How can chiropractic help with all of this? When a vertebra in the spine has moved out of it’s normal position this is called a subluxation. A subluxation can irritate nerves at that vertebral level and create muscle spasms, if left untreated the problem can get worse. Constant pressure on a nerve will cause a breakdown of the organs, tissues, and cells and could end up in a disease process. For example, an irritated 5th thoracic nerve can cause an upset stomach, which then in turn can cause a child to not want to eat. We had one child in our office who was 3 months old, he came in with his mom after spending the night in the hospital because he would not stop crying and would spit up every time they tried to get him to eat. He received 1 adjustment and stopped crying instantly and drank 5 ounces of formula before he left the office. His mom then said he slept the rest of the day.
I grew up in a chiropractic family with 5 children including me and we all received chiropractic adjustments by our dad within minutes of being born. We grew up with regular chiropractic adjustments and all 5 of us never suffered from ear infections and never received any ear tubes. All 5 of us still have all of our tonsils and gallbladders and were rarely sick growing up. Chiropractic helps your body function the way it should whether you are young or old.
Dr. Kelli Schram DC