What Can Chiropractic Do for Your Child?
Chiropractors support the growth and development of little brains and bodies by optimizing spine and nervous system function. Chiropractic’s purpose is to remove interferences to the natural healing power running through the body. When that power is unleashed the healing that results may be profound.
Chiropractors Do Not Treat Disease
It’s most important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. Its purpose is to correct skeletal misalignments (vertebral subluxations) that interfere with the proper function of the nerve system. Vertebral Subluxations are a serious and often painless condition most children (and adults) have in their bodies.
When the nervous system is allowed to operate free from interference, the healing power of the body is unleashed and your child’s body functions more efficiently. Your child can respond to internal and external environmental demands more efficiently.
So although children with diseases are often brought to the chiropractor, the chiropractor is not treating their diseases but is instead freeing them of subluxations, thus permitting their body’s natural healing potential to function at its best.
What Exactly is a Vertebral Subluxation?
A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment or distortion of the spinal column, skull, hips, and related tissues (the structural system) that irritate, stretch, impinge or otherwise interfere with the proper function of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves and outlying or peripheral nerves). Since the nervous system controls the function of the body, any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.¹
What causes Subluxations?
Subluxations may start in the womb, with the baby lying in a distorted or twisted manner. Subluxations in newborns are more common than previously realized. They may be caused by a traumatic or difficult birth which can introduce great strain to the infant’s skull, spinal column and pelvis. Throughout childhood, the normal childhood traumas every child experiences can be a source of spinal and cranial trauma. Most of the time, the pain from the initial injury “goes away” however the damage incurred continues to affect the future function of the child’s nerve system.
How Does the Chiropractor Reduce Subluxations and their Effects on the Body /Correct Subluxations?
This is accomplished first by analyzing the spinal column and related structures for balance and proper function. Where the spinal column is found to be functioning improperly, the Doctor of Chiropractic performs precise corrective procedures called spinal adjustments.
The chiropractor uses his/her hands and/or specialized instruments to gently and specifically correct areas of the spine, pelvis and cranium that are functioning abnormally and the nerve system is given an opportunity to function free from interference.