You may have wondered why many babies and children have their spines checked and adjusted by chiropractors. The reason is that a large percentage of children may have vertebral subluxations – a condition of the spine that disrupts not only normal movement of the spinal bones, but also disturbs normal function of the nervous system.
Babies spines may become subluxated both before and during the birth process. Plenty of pressure goes on the head and neck during contractions and when the baby passes down the birth canal. Assisted deliveries such as forceps or ventouse are especially hard on a baby’s spine. Even caesarean deliveries place a lot of stress on a delicate spine.
As a baby grows into a toddler they begin to learn to stand and walk, usually having many falls and crashes in the process. They get knocked over, fall off bikes, carry heavy school bags… all sorts of insults and trauma to the skeletal and nervous systems.
Subluxations may or may not cause obvious symptoms in children. The best way to find out if your child could benefit from chiropractic is to have them checked thoroughly by a chiropractor to ensure correct spinal function.
Subluxations are usually easily correctable at a young age. Chiropractic methods for checking and adjusting babies and children are very gentle and safe. Adjustments are often made by hand with light pressure, or by a gentle adjusting instrument to help ease the vertebra back into place.
All children may benefit greatly from having regular chiropractic checks as they grow and develop. Reducing nerve interference may keep children healthier as they grow and develop. Children are our future; as parents the decision is yours, and the benefits are theirs.