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Posted on 10-18-2015
IBaby Chiropractic - Do they go together?
Because more and more parents are self-educating in the areas of optimum health these days, a new awareness in the option of pediatric chiropractic is coming to the forefront.
Health for the Entire Family
As a Pacific Beach Chiropractor here in San Diego, my concern is for the health of the entire family and that includes not only the children, but infants as well. I have as a goal “to make Pacific Beach the healthiest community in San Diego.” Obviously that includes the children and infants. Baby Chiropractic allows families to be fully healthy from the start.
If the idea of a Baby Chiropractor is new to you, I certainly understand. That’s why I’m sharing the subject in this blog entry. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what is involved here.
First let me point out a few basics regarding health and the spine. The spinal column is designed to protect the nerves in the body. From the spine, the nerves go out to every muscle, organ, and tissue in the entire body. The healthier the nerves are (the freer they are to function correctly) the healthier the entire body will be.
I like to explain it this way: the spine is similar to a circuit breaker box in the body. Simply put, chiropractors fix the switch. Since, as I stated previously, the spine affects every nerve in the body, the key is to eliminate the subluxations in the spine. (A subluxation is a slight dislocation or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae.) This then allows the spine and the nerves to function properly.
Subluxations in Infants
Subluxations can occur in the womb as well as during childbirth. Think of the extreme pressure that happens within the birth canal during labor! Once a child is outside the womb, there is no end to the ways that subluxations can occur. Think of all the tumbles and falls that an infant experiences in just the first year of life as he learns to crawl, toddle and then walk. How many times does his head hit that coffee table? Or his bottom his that hard wooden floor. How often have you seen a toddler go off the end of the slippery-slide and land hard on his little bottom? According to OSHA children will have 7,000 of these encounters by the time they are 14 years old! Misalignments of the spine can happen due to any or all of these. A Pediatric Chiropractor can assess and treat these.
Starting from Birth On
I encourage parents to bring their infants in when they come for their regular adjustments. The child can be checked and adjusted early on. Regular checkups and regular adjustments prevent an accumulation of strains on the spine. This means every part of the body can function at top form.
What do we see in children and infants who undergo regular pediatric chiropractic care? First on the list is fewer of the maladies mothers almost expect in young children, such as colic, bedwetting, asthma, allergies, ear infections and so on. This is because the proper alignment of the spine allows nerves to function at their highest level. This brings health to every muscle, organ and tissue in the infant’s body.
What’s the Treatment Like?
Most parents want to know what a treatment is like for an infant. Obviously the technique is different for an 8 pound baby than for a 175 pound man. It involves light finger-tip adjustments to correct malfunctioning spinal structure. By using no more than two pounds of pressure, the baby chiropractor is able to restore mobility to spinal joints. There may or may not be the “popping” sound that is usually associated with the adjustment of an adult. It is neither uncomfortable nor painful for the infant.
While an adjustment will probably not be needed for the children every time their parents come into the office, still it offers the opportunity for them to be checked. Just as with the area of dentistry, early and ongoing chiropractic care can work as a preventative and deterrent to illnesses and disorders of the body.
Also like dentistry, it’s difficult for a parent to detect the problem without the professional. Just as you cannot always see a tooth cavity, few parents can diagnose a spinal misalignment.
Results of Chiropractic for Children
I’ve seen it over the years of my practice that children who receive regular chiropractic care have fewer illnesses and have a greater sense of well being. This means a happy child who sleeps well and has a calm demeanor. These are children who learn quickly and do well in school. Many of the harsh drugs such as antibiotics and Ritalin are never needed. Nor are invasive surgeries such as inserting ear tubes or having tonsils removed.
Pediatric Chiropractic in the offices of Personalized Chiropractic does not end with checkups and adjustments. I feel parents want to know more about optimum health for the entire family. For that reason our office goes the extra mile to educate parents in the area of nutrition and proper exercise. It does little good to maintain a healthy spine if the body is continually abused in other ways such as in poor eating habits. Optimum health is a many-faceted endeavor.
We try to cover as many bases as possible regarding healthy families, and it begins with early care and ongoing maintenance. From babies to the elderly, chiropractic can play a big part in maintaining optimum health.
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-Dr. Ryan Curda
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Watch our video about Chiropractic Care during and after pregnancy. https://youtu.be/WkvCJCxHVBE