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Stress to the spine effecting alignment occurs first at birth and can occur when learning to hold up the head, sitting, crawling and walking. Then small traumas throughout childhood and activities such as riding a bike or throwing a ball may cause subtle yet significant spinal misalignments. These subtle traumas in infancy and childhood will affect future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous function.
The doctor of chiropractic is an expert in identifying and treating spinal misalignments. These misalignments are treated utilizing chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child's size and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures.
Regular chiropractic checkups can identify the misalignments (which may or may not be painful) and potential spinal injury. Corrections through chiropractic adjustments early in life can help prevent many of the health complaints seen later in adulthood.
Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.
It is the child’s nervous system that controls their development. The nervous system controls and coordinates the function of all systems in the body including the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine and immune systems. The spinal cord is a part of the nervous system that is basically an extension of the brain which carries information from the brain to other parts of the body and back to the brain again. The spinal cord is housed and protected by the bones (vertebra) of the spine. This is the only part of the body where nervous tissue exits through a moveable bony hole (intervertebral foramen). Therefore, spinal misalignments can cause stress to the nervous system by compressing, twisting or stretching the nerve tissue interfering with the nerves ability to transmit information to and from the brain.
Spinal misalignments that impair nervous system function effect overall body function. Irritation to the nerve tissue caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn and childhood health complaints. Colic, headaches, difficulty nursing, difficulty sleeping, breathing problems, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to stress on the nervous system.