Childhood is an exciting time of learning, developing, growing and exploring the world around you. During these crucial years children’s young bodies are subjected to the physical and emotional demands of school, sports and play as well as a lot of common illnesses which are becoming more frequent.
With the invention of new technologies and small screens as well as larger, heavier back packs children’s postures have become worse than ever and consequently more children are reporting complaints of back and neck pains, headaches and recurrent illnesses.
Chiropractic is one of the safest, most gentle techniques available to help your children heal and stay healthy without the need for unnecessary medications or procedures.
in 2019 the Victorian Government led a review into the safety and efficacy of Chiropractic care for children under 12. They found zero evidence of harm in the history of Chiropractic care for children in Australia. Of the 21,284 public submissions received 98% reported their children improved after Chiropractic care.
Chiropractic may be able to assist with:
- Optimum growth and development
- Posture correction, education and maintenance
- Spinal and joint pains
- Ear, nose and throat issues
- Digestive complaints including constipation
- Concentration and attention
- Sleep disturbances
- Respiratory issues including asthma
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Delayed milestones
- Poor muscle tone ‘floppy baby’
- Misshapen head
But how does a baby or child get any interference to their nervous system in the first place?
In the case of newborns interference to their spine and nervous system can often be introduced from birth as the force placed on the baby as it exits the birth canal can be quite great and certainly enough to disrupt the normal signalling and function in their little bodies so they start to show symptoms of discomfort like unsettledness and trouble feeding. Statistics show that falls are the most common injury to children age 0-19, with approx 2.8 million children presenting at emergency with a falls related injury every year, and these statistics don’t include the potentially thousands of very minor stumbles and falls a child has in its first 2 years learning to walk, run and jump. Each one of these incidents presents a time where damage may have been done somewhere in the body which can change the pathway that strength will be built upon-children are at the very foundational stages of who they will become as adults- you don’t build a house on an unstable foundation, why build a child on one?
What do Chiropractors check babies and children for?
Our primary goal with children is that they grow to their absolute fullest potential and there are a lot of things we can check along the way to make sure this is on track to happen! These include developmental milestones such as rolling, crawling and walking. Reflexes such as the hand grasp or startle reflex. General muscle tone and strength. Mobility of the cranial bones in the skull. Co-ordination, balance and gait. Mobility in the jaw for feeding or speech issues….and many, many more!
Do Chiropractor’s ‘Crack’ babies?
Chiropractic treatment of children is vastly different to that of adults, we adapt our techniques to the size and condition of the child so that our treatment is incredibly gentle. The force involved in the treatment of newborns is often no more than what you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato. The treatment of babies involves gently increasing mobility in joints, releasing muscular tension and other tension in tissues such as fascia. Even as they grow into children our treatment still reflects the flexibility in their bodies and the force and techniques we use are changed accordingly.
Your nervous system controls and coordinates every function in the body. Chiropractors ensure it is working correctly to allow your body to heal naturally. Your children deserve the best chance to grow and develop to their full potential. Their health is in your hands!