Parents often understand the need to get their child's teeth, hearing, eyes, ears, nose and throat checked out but they often don't think of the spine. A spinal checkup can be important for your child's development and well-being. It's all part of the overall health and wellness of your child.
The bones (or vertebrae) of the spine column protect and cover the spinal cord. The spinal cord is like a telephone line between the brain and the rest of the body. You know how lost and frustrated you feel when you can't get through to someone because their cell phone is off? Imagine the consequences if a similar thing happened in your body! A misalignment of the spine can affect the spinal cord and prevent messages from your brain from traveling back and forth to different parts of your body. This can lead to pain but also to malfunction.
As children grow up, there are many ways that their spine can become misaligned:
- During Birth - Difficult labours and births can have a traumatic effect on the newborn, especially in the neck.
- During Infancy - Up to 50% of infants have a significant fall in the first year of life, from a bed, crib or diaper table. And toddlers fall many, many times while learning to walk
- During Childhood - Accidents, playground injuries, falls off bikes, sports injuries and incorrectly carrying large knapsacks can cause spinal misalignments.
- During Teen Years - Teenagers have a history of slouching while sitting or playing video games or while studying. These can lead to improper posture and even pain in their back. Scoliosis is a sometimes serious condition that can be seen in the preteen years. If treated early by a chiropractor, the effects of scoliosis can be reduced greatly.
By keeping a child's spine free of misalignments, many different conditions can be helped. Parents report that their children who get adjusted don't get sick as often, have better posture and improved concentration. Chiropractic is a safe, gentle, drug free way of improving your child's health. Infants as well as teens can benefit from chiropractic adjustments.