PEDIATRIC & CHIROPRACTIC

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Excerpt from Patient Media Children Pamphlet

The nervous system is so important that the first cells to differentiate at about 7 hours after conception become the brain and spinal cord!
Even today’s birthing procedures can put tremendous pressures on a child’s spine. And while the injury from forceps deliveries may be less common today, vacuum extraction and eager hands can do even more damage by pulling, forcing and twisting the baby’s young spine.
Without the language to explain, many newborns experience colic, unexplained crying, lack of appetite, frequent ear infections or other signs of poor health. A chiropractic examination is essential to determine if birth trauma to the spine is involved.
Then if indicated, a gentle, life-affirming adjustment is given. With no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato, nerve compromising subluxations can be reduced. Almost miraculously, many parents see instant improvements in the well-being of the child.
Later, regular chiropractic checkups are helpful to monitor spinal development as infants sit upright, support their heads, learn to crawl and take their first brave steps. Many experts believe that uncorrected spinal problems during this early stage of development cause the chronic, hard-to-correct subluxations seen in adults.
Sadly, bedwetting and many childhood aches, and pains are passed off as “growing pains” or “just a phase they’re going through.” Careful! Aches and pains at any age are a sign that something isn’t right. Subluxations may be involved.
As you make decisions about your baby’s health care and are confronted with the issues of antibiotics, vaccinations and the growing use of behaviour altering drugs, consult with your chiropractor. Seek accurate information and make an informed choice. First, make sure your child has the best chance to be all that he or she can be by having a nervous system free of subluxations.

Common Pediatric Condictions that respond well to chiropractic care include:

Neonate-Infant:

Asymmetrical crawl or gait
Asymmetrical head shape
Colic/irritability
Constipation
Cranial asymmetry
Nursing problems
Poor sleep
Reflux/spitting up
Sleep apnea or snoring
Torticollis/head tilt

Toddler and Preschool-Age Child:

Asthma
Bed-wetting
Chronic upper respiratory infections
Ear infections
Growing pains/foot or leg cramping
Incontinence (bowel or bladder)
Pervasive developmental disorders*
*including autism, sensory integration disorder, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities

School-Age Child and Adolescent:

Abdominal pain
Back pain
Chronic upper respiratory illness
Constipation
Extremity injuries (chronic ankle sprains, knee pain, shoulder pain, etc.)
Gait abnormalities
Headaches
Neck pain