It is common for parents to seek Chiropractic care for their children for a variety of reasons. Many common spinal problems seen in adults begin during birth or childhood. Natural birthing methods can cause mechanical stress to an infant’s spine and nervous system while they are still in the developing stages. Spinal and cranial misalignment can cause irritation to the nervous system which can lead to many common newborn health complaints such as colic, breathing problems, difficulty with nursing, disturbed sleep, allergic reactions and chronic infection.
Understanding that significant spinal trauma can sometimes occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked right away. During the first months of life, milestones such as learning to hold the head up, sitting, crawling and walking can all have an effect on spinal alignment; making them important stages to have a child checked by a Chiropractor.
Throughout childhood, common recreational activities such as running, skating, or riding a bike can cause small spinal misalignments that may lead to more serious problems if not addressed. A common reason for parents to seek care for a child is a trauma from an injury of some sort. The result on the joints of the spine or extremities may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular Chiropractic care can identify areas of injury or restriction, restore the function of the tissue or joint, and help to prevent more significant dysfunction later in life. Proper spinal maintenance is an important factor in achieving optimal health.