It's all about the Kids!
Happy Summer - Happy Kids! This issue is all about keeping the kids straight - I mean aligned! ;) So many of our patients ask how Chiropractic can benefit children. We hope that you find this information helpful and educational.
A word from Dr. Rivera
The benefits children get from Chiropractic Adjustments are amazing! I often treat children for issues such as constipation, allergies, ear infections, problems sleeping and head aches to name a few . To give you an idea of what an adjustment to a Child might look like, we have included this video clip where I am adjusting my 3 year old daughter Gia. Enjoy and please call me anytime if you have any questions about chiropractic care for your child.
Healthy spine - Healthy child :)
You do so many things to ensure your baby's health during the pregancy and after your baby is born.
Have you had your baby's spine checked? How do you know if your child's spine is healthy? An unhealthy spine can affect your child's health for his/hers entire life. Your doctor of chiropractic is specially trained to check your child's spine for areas of distortion causing nerve damage - the vertebral subluxation complex.
Sometimes a newborn's spine is harmed at birth. How can that occur? According to Abraham Towbin, MD: The birth process is potentially a traumatic event, mechanical stress imposed by obstetrical manipulation - even the application of standard orthodox procedures may prove intolerable to the fetus. Most signs of neonatal injury observed in the delivery room are neurological.
Research is confirming chiropractors' observations that infants may suffer from spinal subluxations. In one study, 1,250 babies were examined five days after birth; 211 of them suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity and sleeplessness. Subluxations were found in 95% of this group. Although the researchers in this study were MDs, they recognized the power of chiropractic care and these babies were given the spinal care they needed. They authors reported that the spinal adjustment "frequently resulted in immediate quieting, cessation of crying, muscular relaxation and sleepiness." The authors noted that an unhealthy spine causes "many clinical features from central motor impariment to lower resistance to infections- especially ear, nose and throat infections."
Common Pediatric conditions that respond well to Chiropractic care Infant Colic/Irritability, Poor Sleep, Nursing problems, Reflux/spitting up, Constipation, Asymmetrical head shape, sleep apnea or snoring, asymmetrical crawl or gait.
Toddler and Preschool-Age Child: Ear Infections, Chronic upper respiratory infections, Asthma, Growing pains/foot or leg cramping, bed wetting, incontinence (bowel or bladder), pervasive developmental disorders (including autism, ADD ADHD, learning disabilities).
School-Age Child and Adolescent: Back pain, neck pain, headaches, scoliosis, gait abnormalities, extremity injuries (chronic ancle sprains, knee pain, shoulder pain etc.), constipation, abdominal pain, chronic upper respiratory illness.
More on Chiropractic for Children...
Marlena was at her wit's end. Her first child had been a breeze, but her second was a different story. At 6 weeks old, Cameron hadn't slept longer than an hour at a time, was fussy when awake, had difficulty nursing and seemed to spit up more than he ate, a feat that continually perplexed his mother. Marlena had concerns about giving reflux medications to a baby so young. The pediatrician told Marlena to hang in there, that Cameron would eventually outgrow his symptoms. Marlena wasn't sure she could last that long.
Then a friend suggested she take her baby to a chiropractor. The friend said a chiropractor had helped ease her baby's colic and had helped her baby nurse more comfortably. Marlena was skeptical, but willing to try anything. She went to a chiropractor who specializes in treating children.
The chiropractor listened to Marlena's story of her baby and the birth, and thoroughly examined her child. The chiropractor paid special attention to the joints of Cameron's spine and cranium. After a few very gentle maneuvers to loosen joints in the baby that had gotten locked during the birth process, Marlena was amazed at the change in her son. Cameron immediately latched on to the breast more deeply and more comfortably.
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Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy summer!
Gitte Rivera - Office Manager x235
Rivera Chiropractic Group