Chiropractic is based on the important relationship between the spine and the nervous system. One of the most basic ideas in chiropractic is that dysfunction in the spine and its joints can lead to dysfunction within the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the systems of the body, spinal dysfunction (also called a subluxation) can have wide ranging effects on the body’s health.Chiropractors have been caring for children for more than 100 years. Many of the common childhood ailments will respond to this safe, natural form of health care. Parents, especially those already receiving chiropractic themselves, are seeking out Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP for the same safe care for their children.
Dr. Brooks is a Board Certified Pediatric Chiropractor (ICPA) and has many years of experience with children. This training makes it possible for her to evaluate and adjust the spinal misalignments and musculoskeletal systems in children. Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light
fingertip pressure to correct spinal misalignments. Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP offers specific, gentle adjustments appropriate to the infant/child’s spine and craniosacral therapy to allow the body to function at 100%.
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The chiropractic philosophy is based on the following belief statements:
- All bodily functions are connected and the healing process involves the entire body.
- A healthy nervous system, particularly the spine, is the key to a healthy body. The spinal cord carries information throughout the body and is responsible for all bodily functions. When the systems of the body are in balance, it is called homeostasis. Disorders of the bones, muscles, and nerves can disrupt homeostasis and increase the risk of disease and other health problems.
- When body systems are in harmony, the human body has the remarkable ability to maintain health and heal itself.
Why do kids need Chiropractic?
A child encounters many physical and biomechanical stresses during their growing years. The resulting problems in children’s spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth. The earliest challenge a growing spine faces is the position it is forced into to adapt in utero. Many women will have heard of the fetal positions that can cause problems with labor (brow, transverse, posterior, asynclitic, etc).
What is less well known is that these fetal positions can also cause problems in the baby’s spine. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by the position of the baby in the womb. If this position is less than optimal, it can result in a longer and more difficult trip through the birth canal, which can compound the spinal problems. In this way, even natural birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and nervous system, not to mention interventions such as induction, forceps, vacuum suction, or cesarean section.
The cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, constipation, failure to thrive and chronic infections can often be in part traced to nervous system irritation caused by spinal and/or cranial misalignment. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at, or prior to birth, many parents elect to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and are important times to have your child checked by Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP or another qualified provider. Additionally, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s spine and nervous system.
How can I tell if my child has spinal problems?
Unless a child has an obvious problem or complaint it can be difficult for a parent to recognize when a child’s spine is not working correctly. There are some signs that can indicate spinal problems. These include:
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- One shoulder higher than the other
- Restricted head or neck movement to one side or both
Common childhood issues/symptoms that can also be linked with spinal dysfunction, these include:
- Growing pains
- Persistent sore throat, coughs, or colds
- Recurrent ear infections
One of the reasons parents see Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP for their child is due to physical trauma from an injury of some sort. The spinal misalignments that may occur at the same time of the injury will not necessarily result in immediate pain or symptoms. In addition to physical stress, parents should be aware that emotional and chemical stress affect the child’s nervous system and may also warrant a spinal check up.
Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal dysfunction resulting from these stresses and chiropractic adjustments may help to enhance future function and well-being.