Chiropractic Care and Children

Chiropractic care is beneficial equally to infants, children, adolescents and adults. Children can experience problems with neuromusculoskeletal functioning in the same way that adults can. For example, back pain is a prevalent condition among children.It is the labor and delivery when the newborn’s spine is first affected by the mechanical forces present during the process. Spinal segments can be misaligned from the trauma of passing through the birth canal and from the birthing process itself. Medical research has identified the fact that many problems early in a child’s life can come from birth traumas.

During the first years of life, when children learn to walk and fall frequently, fall from bed or down the stairs, further compromise to the functioning of the spine occurs. Later in childhood, Injuries during games and sports, such as falls from a bike, as well as carrying heavy backpacks during the school years, having poor posture while studying – these are all normal activities in life that continue to affect neuromusculoskeletal alignment and neurological functioning.

Chiropractic treatment for infants and young children employ light finger-tip adjustments, no more than 8 ounces, to correct subluxated segments. Sometimes, a “popping” sound results when the spinal joints are moved, however this sound is not always heard when children’s spines are adjusted. Young children’s spines are more flexible than those of adults and usually respond to care faster.

Symptoms of nerve interference may be expressed in children as: difficulty nursing, disturbed sleep, frequent ear and throat infections, colic, bed wetting, growing pains, headaches, foot imbalances, leg pain and back pain.

In the presence of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, and in the absence of contraindications, chiropractic adjustment is an appropriate and effective procedure. When diagnosis does not indicate chiropractic care or when co-intervention is needed, referral to the appropriate health practitioner will be made.