"Spinal adjustments and my child? Why? He doesn't have back pain or neck pain." Do you find yourself asking the same question? If you do read on. As chiropractors, we often encounter parents who understand the importance of regular exams for their child's eyes, ears, throat, hearing and teeth, but wo overlook routine spinal check-ups, In fact, they could be the most important check up your child will ever receive.
As a concerned parent, you want the best for your child and no doubt wonder if your child is as healthy as he or she could be. Several factors impact your child's overall health. These include: diet, exercise, proper rest, emotional and spiritual support, and a properly functioning nervous system.
A major component of health is the communication between your child's brain and body. This vital link controls the growth=, repair, and function of every tissue and organ. The spinal cord sends messages from the brain throughout the body via billions of nerves. Interference (nerve pressure or irritation) places the body in a state of disharmony. This can lead to decreased immune function and sickness.
Starting with the birthing itself, our bodies are subjected to many spinal traumas. Even the most 'natural" of births can cause stress when the infant is developing proper head support and is learning to sit up, crawl, and walk.
The home is the primary site where the young child receives spinal injuries. A study conducted by the National Safety Council, discovered that nearly 50% of children fall headfirst from a high place ( changing table, bed, etc.) during their first year of life. Many of these falls go undetected. Unfortunately, although immediate symptoms may not be apparent, spinal health can be compromised.