Many parents ask me if their child might need chiropractic and how they would know if their child needs a chiropractic adjustment. The easiest way to find out is to ask your chiropractor to examine your child’s spine and to explain to you where they find fixations in your child.
What do chiropractors look for in people’s spines? Chiropractors determine when a joint doesn’t move as well as it is designed to move. Joints have a certain springiness and suppleness that is necessary for normal motion and for strong muscle contraction. When a joint cannot move in certain directions, the nervous system perceives this as an injury, and starts to shut muscles down around the joint as a self-protective mechanism. This is called a fixation.
Fixations in the spine occur at any age due to a number of factors, including physical stress (too much or too little movement), chemical stress and mental stress. The body tries to deal with this stress by clamping down certain muscles. This interrupts the natural flow of information and functioning of the nerves involved in these joints. The nerves are not only affected downstream, i.e. to cause pain in the shoulder or leg, but also upstream. A nerve that is overstimulated overstimulates the brain, and the brain tries to regulate this influx of negative information. This nerve interference is most commonly seen as being muscular, but the nerves that supply the body’s vital organs exit from these same points in the spine, and are also affected.
Chiropractic adjustments are judiciously applied to joints that are fixated to remove this interference in the normal function of the nerves, both upstream and downstream. For this reason, chiropractic care has an effect on symptoms like pain, and also on the wellbeing of the nervous system and vital functions of a child’s body.
Parents seek chiropractic care for many complaints. Parents commonly consult chiropractors for:
- Respiratory Tract Symptoms
- Ear/Nose/Throat Dysfunction
- Skin Conditions
- Gastrointestinal Complaints
- Well-being and neural development
Children have incredible healing capacity. It is incredible to witness a child’s self-healing capacity and how well their bodies heal and respond to gentle treatment and healthy habits. Never underestimate the value that a good meal, a good night’s rest and a good laugh can add to your child’s life. A healthy child needs little more than the basics to make their bodies and minds develop into the best they can be.