CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR CHILDREN
From birth to their 18th birthday children are prone to subluxations (misalignments of spinal segments) from everyday playing, falls, sports and poor posture. Every bump, bruise and ear infection affects the developing spine and nervous system. Spinal patterns are made as early as birth, even in a routine and uncomplicated labor and delivery, and can affect their spine, joints and muscles. Coming into the world can be really hard on a child's spine. If not treated the body will accommodate and conform to these changes, making permanent patterns that affect us as we age.
A CHILD'S FIRST SUBLUXATION
A child's first subluxation can occur while in the uterus (poor positioning while in-utero) or during the birthing process when tremendous stress is put upon their body either by c-section or when passing through the birth canal. Their first subluxation is often under diagnosed because there isn't any obvious sign of injury. Other times the child is born with obvious signs of trauma such as a misshapen head, shoulder injuries, clavicle fractures or torticollis, which is a neck injury that results in their head being tilted to one side. Signs of subluxation of the head or neck can include difficulty nursing, colic, asymmetry of the skull and delay in meeting milestones. Chiropractic has evidence showing it can help with many of these problems including spitting up and GERD, trouble sleeping, ear infections, constipation and prolonged crying. As kids grow older chiropractic has been shown to also have a positive effect on the symptoms of ADHD, bed-wetting, allergies, torticollis, asthma and to help kids bounce back from injuries faster.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO START CHIROPRACTIC CARE AT INFANCY
Once your beautiful baby has arrived, we can evaluate them for issues that have arisen during pregnancy or labor and delivery. Approximately 50% of the newborns we see have no need for an adjustment. The ones that do require care can sleep better, have improved nursing latch, eliminate torticollis (wry neck) and many other issues that can result from spinal and cranial stress. We urge new moms to come in with their babies within a few weeks of delivery.
The time period between birth and age two is the most dynamic phase of brain and neural development. In the first year of your child's development they undergo approximately 50% of their total spine growth and 60% of their total brain growth!
The techniques used at our family focused chiropractic office are specific, gentle and appropriate for children and infants. We apply no more pressure to their body during an adjustment than you would when feeling the ripeness of a tomato. Many parents comment they see almost immediate improvement in the well-being of their child.
Our chiro-kids are awesome and very well-adjusted, if you know what we mean!
To ensure specific, gentle, appropriate care for your little ones, Dr. Cosh has completed extensive additional pediatric and prenatal training hours to attain her C.A.C.C.P. degree, specializing in safe and effective pediatric and prenatal chiropractic care and management.
Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers
choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being.