Babies & Chiropractic

NEWBORN CHILDREN

Newborn Moms

During your child's first nine months, you'll experience hormonal changes, a loosening of the connective tissues of your joints and a shifting of your center of gravity. This puts additional stress on the low back, pelvis, and other spiral areas that often respond beautifully to chiropractic care. Not only do you benefit, but so does your developing child.

Women who receive regular chiropractic care during pregnancy often report healthier pregnancies and more comfortable deliveries.

Chiropractic Care For Newborns
Even with natural childbirth methods, the birth process can be one of the most traumatic events of your child's life. The spine, which houses the important nerve pathways of the spinal cord, can be injured during delivery.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research suggests that spiral damage can interfere with the nerves that control a newborn's ability to breathe. More and more parents are having their newborns checked for spine-related problems immediately after birth.

Every patient is different and chiropractic adjustments are always tailored to each patient's age, strength, size and individual spinal problem. Naturally, adjusting techniques are modified for newborns, infants and small children.

Uncorrected spiral problems caused by the birth process are often quite apparent during examination later in life. A normal nervous system, free of the interferences of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex, can give your newborn the best chance for a normal, healthy life. Have your newborn checked immediately after birth.

Few of our efforts have such consequences as bringing a new life into the world. It changes the world we live in. And it begins a lifetime of joy, worry and responsibility.

Your responsibility begins long before you buy your baby's first toy or choose his or her name. It starts by preparing a healthy environment, free of the interferences of drugs, chemicals or avoidable stress. With this sensitivity, you have the best chance of fulfilling every parent's greatest wish: having a healthy baby.

Can Chiropractic Help?
The birth process can cause vertebrae that protect the spinal cord to lose their normal motion or position. Delicate nerve tissue can be damaged, resulting in interference with brain's ability to control associated organs and tissues. Lost muscle tone weakens the important support of the spine. Discs, blood vessels and other soft tissues can swell and become inflamed.

The body responds with bone spurs and abnormal growth, and various systems throughout the body may malfunction. Pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present, yet optimum health and well-being are compromised.

Spinal problems that go undetected or neglected in children become more serious problems in adults.

INFANT CHILDREN

Infant Children

All infants need a healthy spinal column. All babies need to have their spines checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic for the presence of vertebral subluxations or spinal nerve stress. Why is this important? It's important because an unhealthy spine can interfere with the normal function of the nervous system and may cause serious health problems in infancy and later in life. With all you do for your newborn child, please ensure his or her spinal health with a chiropractic spinal check-up.
Comprehensive Health & Chiropractic Centre - Infants & Toddlers
Infant Spinal Trauma
Many studies have shown that the majority of newborns have spinal nerve stress that is threatening their health and in some cases, their lives! But how can that be? The answer will surprise you: spinal trauma!

A newborn's spine traumatized? How?
The newborn that knew only the warmth, softness, darkness, quiet and comfort of the womb is suddenly exposed to a cold, noisy, hard, harsh, blinding world. Separated from mother, often dangled from its heels and struck on its rear, these procedures can cause permanent physical trauma and emotional scarring.

Many studies have shown home birth to be safer for both mother and child. The following study conducted by Lewis E. Mehl, M.D., of the University of Wisconsin Infant Development Center reviewed 2,000 births, nearly half of which had taken place at home. There were 30 birth injuries among the hospital-born children and none among those born at home. Fifty-two of the babies born in the hospital required resuscitation versus only 14 of those born at home. Six hospital babies suffered neurological damage compared to one born at home. The best way to avoid hospital horror stories is to consider home birth as an alternative to hospital birth."'

Chiropractic Approach
Chiropractic is a health care system that removes distortions and stress from the spinal column and the nervous system to allow the body to work as naturally as possible. Chiropractic is founded on the premise that our bodies possess an inborn natural wisdom that works best without interference. This meComprehensive Health & Chiropractic - Infants & Toddlersans delivering in the most natural position by which to give birth without drugs or intervention of any kind unless absolutely necessary. This means bonding and breastfeeding. This means birth without violence.

For these reasons, you'll find natural childbirth, home birth, breastfeeding and similar practices very common among chiropractors' families.

Neurological Dysfunction and Crib Death
Various studies have confirmed that spinal lamage in infants can cause disease and even death.

Abraham Towbin, a Harvard University Pathologist found evidence of spinal injury in many cases of unexplained crib deaths, hyaline membrane disease, pneumonia and respiratory depression. But there are others:"...there must exist a large number of instances with mild injury, with minimal neurologic symptoms, going unnoticed clinically or being relegated to the category of cerebral palsy."

In 1984 the Academy for Research in the Chiropractic Sciences (ARCS) concluded an 18 month study on the relationship of Crib Death and spinal structure and found that babies that had died if Crib Death had abnormal spinal alignment in the upper neck area.

Testing procedures are not refined enough to completely assess all the damage spinal nerve stress may cause to the baby. Gross learning and behavioral problems are more easily seen but the damage may at times be too subtle to be tested, perhaps the loss of a few I.Q. points? Perhaps average rather than above average abilities? There can be rather small, yet significant differences between the average and exceptional child. Less oxygen at birth? A minor pull on the neck at delivery? A small spinal misalignment? Since we don't know let's play it safe and do our best to avoid dangerous procedures and promote natural, safer infant and newborn care.

Conclusion
Do all you can to give your baby the best possible chance to have a healthy life. That includes childbirth without violence, breastfeeding, and avoidance of drugs and medical procedures (except n emergencies).

We urge you to respect your child's, as well as your own, natural healing mechanisms and make sure you are all under chiropractic care.

You have your baby's eyes checked, heart checked, hearing checked-why not include a chiropractic spinal check-up?

TODDLER CHILDREN

Comprehensive Health & Chiropractic Centre - Infants & ToddlersWith boundless energy and curiosity children test their new world. Their ability to support their head is quickly followed by crawling, and suddenly they are standing while holding onto furniture. Their first steps are just around the corner! Bumps and falls are natural consequences.

These bumps and falls cause trauma to the spine. When spinal bones lose their normal position or ability to move during this stage of tremendous physical growth, permanent deformities can occur. Left uncorrected, these small cumulative traumas can have far-reaching affects. Even spanking and other forms of discipline can have long-term consequences during this critical stage of development.

Comprehensive Health & Chiropractic Centre - Infants & ToddlersUnexpected Crying
Lacking language skills, our young toddler communicates with simple sounds, smiling, laughing and crying. Many parents interpret these signs and respond with food, a toy, a blanket or a hug. Yet sometimes we are unable to decipher their cries. Interferences to the nervous system caused by a malfunctioning spine can affect the digestive system, the immune system and cause other health problems that a blanket or soothing lullaby can't help.

Children of all ages can respond quickly to chiropractic care. Special adjusting techniques are used and toddlers seem to have an intuitive sense that adjustments are good for them.

During the first months and years of your baby's life, he or she grows from a helpless infant into a fearless adventurer. A child's natural curiosity about the world is accompanied by dramatic physical growth, weight gain, and emotional development.

Comprehensive Health & Chiropractic Centre - Infants & ToddlersConclusion
The vertebrae that protect the spinal cord can lose their normal motion or position from the normal slips and falls while a child is learning to walk. Delicate nerve tissue can be damaged, resulting in interference with the brain's ability to control associated organs and tissues. Lost muscle tone weakens the important support of the spine. Discs, blood vessels and other soft tissues can swell and become inflamed. The body responds with bone spurs and abnormal bony growth and various systems throughout the body may malfunction. Pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present, yet optimum health and well-being are compromised.

Spinal problems that go undetected or neglected in children become more serious problems in adults.

PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN

Hyperactivity, learning disorders, bed-wetting, and other health problems may be the result of nervous system interference or malfunction caused by spine-related problems. Appropriate chiropractic care can help locate and correct these problems and restore normal spinal and nervous system function.

Preschools, day care centers and other groups are often breeding grounds for a variety of childhood diseases. Weakened by undetected and uncorrected spinal injury, many children suffer from chronic ear infections and other so-called "normal" childhood diseases. Sadly, instead of using conservative chiropractic care to help normalize their children's own natural defenses, many parents are advised that the only solution is a makeshift, manmade drainage system!

Parents of children who receive regular chiropractic care often report that their children seem healthier than other children and get fewer colds and other childhood diseases. There is a relationship between physical, mental and emotional growth that cannot be overlooked. When childhood damage to the spine is ignored, it shows up years later, creating chronic health management problems. Aside from the pain, which may or may not be present, uncorrected spinal problems prevent your pre-schooler from enjoying his or her fullest health potential.

Growing communication skills are accompanied by an active life of make-believe and physical activities. As they try to master their bodies, pre-schoolers encounter tree-climbing, tricycles, bicycles and other activities. A bandage and a comforting word may seem to help the normal slips and falls, but what about undetected injury to the spine?

Conclusion
Many childhood activities can cause the vertebrae that protect the spine to lose their normal motion or position. Delicate nerve tissue can be damaged, resulting in interference with the brain's ability to control associated organs and tissues. Lost muscle tone weakens the important support of the spine. Discs, blood vessels and other soft tissues can swell and become inflamed. The body responds with bone spurs and abnormal bony growth, and various systems throughout the body may malfunction. Pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present, yet optimum health and well-being are compromised.

Spinal problems that go undetected or neglected in children become more serious problems in adults.

PRE-ADOLESCENT CHILDREN

Posture can become a telltale sign of spinal problems and related injuries. Improper posture can cultivate scoliosis, a devastating sideways curvature of the spine. If caught in its early stages, it is more easily corrected. A chiropractic examination, followed by any necessary care, can help prevent surgical intervention, braces or the possibility of a lifetime of neurological compromise.

This is often a time when team sports are pursued. Many of these activities require repeated one-sided swings, kicks or throws that tend to overdevelop one side of the body. This imbalance can affect the muscles that support the spine. Overdevelopment and atrophy can cause individual vertebrae to interfere with the nervous system.

Your child is also experiencing significant growth in mental capacities. Nervous system interferences can affect study habits and interest in school. Because this growth is controlled by the nervous system, a chiropractic examination at this age could detect potential problems. In fact, the very first chiropractic patient sought help because of a hearing problem!

Spinal hygiene at this age is easy to teach and can pay a lifetime of dividends.

Conclusion

When your child is 6 to 12 years of age, he or she is experiencing a time of increased physical and mental development. The once sweetly compliant preschooler is becoming independent and opinionated. Peer pressure can become a major influence, prompting your child to exceed his or her physical limits. This can produce cuts, bruises and other so-called "normal" injuries that can have an unseen effect on the spine and future physical development.

The vertebrae that protect the spinal cord can lose their normal motion or position from one-sided sports activities and the bumps and bruises of growing up. Delicate nerve tissue can be damaged, resulting in interference with the brain's ability to control associated organs and tissues. Lost muscle tone weakens the important support of the spine. Discs, blood vessels and other soft tissues can swell and become inflamed. The body responds with bone spurs and abnormal bony growth, and various systems throughout the body may malfunction. Pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present, yet optimum health and well-being are compromised.

Spinal problems that go undetected or neglected in children become more serious problems in adults.

ADOLESCENT CHILDREN

During this period, teenagers experience the last major period of physical development. The growth plates which allow their bones to assume adult proportions will soon disappear, making permanent any current deformities or imbalances. Often these very real, but unrecognized problems, are shrugged off as "growing pains." Not true. This is the time to locate and correct spine-related abnormalities before they become permanent adult problems.

In their idealism, adolescents often act as if they are indestructible. The pressure of academic achievement, emotional problems, contact sports and other physical or emotional activities can stress the spine. The resulting pain or discomfort may be shrugged off, or not recognized as a warning. A nervous system that functions without interference from the spine can help our adolescent better adapt to the tumultuous world around them.

Because the nervous system controls the function of virtually every cell, tissue and organ, of the body, chiropractic care can help a variety of health problems. The skin, the body's largest organ is no exception. And while acne and other skin-related conditions can have various causes, many teens report improvement with regular chiropractic care.

As your adolescent matures, improve his or her chances of a healthy future with regular chiropractic care. The teenage years are a time of great change and confusion as your child develops into a young man or woman.

Hormonal changes, social pressures, awkwardness and new freedoms press for maturity. During this critical time, your child will adopt dental hygiene, nutritional concerns, exercise, personal grooming and a host of other habits. A regular program of spinal care now can be an excellent lifetime investment.

Conclusion
The vertebrae that protect the spinal cord can lose their normal motion or position from a variety of teenage activities. Delicate nerve tissue can be damaged, resulting in interference with the brain's ability to control associated organs and tissues. Lost muscle tone weakens the important support of the spine. Discs, blood vessels and other soft tissues can swell and become inflamed. The body responds with bone spurs and abnormal bony growth and various systems throughout the body may malfunction. Pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present, yet optimum health and well-being are compromised.

Spinal problems that go undetected or neglected in children become more serious problems in adults.