Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Adjustments
Why do infants and children need a spinal adjustment?
Significant spinal trauma can occur during the birthing process. As the infant grows, they are learning important activities such as supporting their head and learning to sit, crawl, and walk. These are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important reasons to get checked by a Chiropractor.
As the child begins to develop further, they engage in normal childhood activities such as bike riding, swimming, skating, etc. These activities can lead to small yet significant misalignments (subluxations). If neglected, injuries during the rapid growth process can lead to more serious problems down the road. Small traumas throughout childhood can affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function (ICPA). Any interference to the nervous system will affect the body's ability to function at it's best.
The nerve system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being (ICPA).
How are infants and children adjusted?
Chiropractors specialize in very specific, gentle techniques when caring for children. For infants, the adjustment are very light like a finger touch. Babies often enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and may even sleep through the treatment. For children, since their joints are not fully formed yet and the joints are more cartilaginous than bony, adjustments are applied with less force than what is applied to an adult.
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