A child's nervous system is the controller and regulator of all the other systems in their growing body. From blood flow, to brain function and bone growth, the nervous system plays a central role in keeping things working and healthy. Stress and misalignment of the spine can have serious impacts on your child's overall health, behavior, and development. Pediatric Chiropractors provide care that is gentle and non-invasive therapy that works to correct underlying issues before they become hard-wired during development, providing support for a pain-free and successful childhood.
It may be difficult to imagine that a child would need chiropractic care. They seldom complain of chronic pain the way adults do and their bodies appear to be made of rubber in the way they bounce back from injury. The truth is, children's bodies are under a lot of stress while they are in a state of development and keeping them healthy requires maintenance. Stress and trauma to the body and spine commonly begin with the birthing process. Infant’s spines can easily become misaligned from the intense pressure involved in both natural and Cesarean births. Unfortunately, other than crying, they have no way of communicating their pain, and it's source, to us.
Throughout infancy they may sleep in awkward positions, and occasionally take a tumble.
As children, they grow into toddlers who strain, and twist, and fall, while learning to crawl and walk. Luckily, they are very resilient and can take a lot of impact, but it is not uncommon for these injuries to develop into patterns of movement that will pull a child's bones out of alignment over time.
As kids, they may start to develop bad posture. Sitting in front of a computer or TV can have serious repercussions on the spine. Playing contact sports, wearing heavy backpacks (most likely the wrong way), and even sitting in desks can all cause issues.
As teenagers, they begin to deal with the stress of more daily responsibilities, like becoming part of the work force, and use their bodies to perform physical labor such as painting houses, serving tables, and the like. As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities throughout development for a child's body, and particularly their spine, to become out of alignment which will affect other aspects of their healthy nervous system function and development.
Kids and Chiropractic care is safe and effective at all stages of childhood.
Your Pediatric Chiropractor's goal is to allow the brain + body to maintain constant communication. This communication and Nervous System function are critical for a child's optimal growth & development. The inference from dysfunction within the spine irritates the Nervous System and can result in common ailments including:
Cold/Upper Respiratory Infection
Misshapen Head or Face
Arching of Back
Limited Range of Motion
Weak Immune System
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Forward Head Posture
Neck + Back Pain
Pediatric Chiropractic care is safe, gentle and effective. Your San Diego Pediatric Chiropractor will assess a child's spine and pelvis to detect areas of dysfunction. Adjustments require mild pressure applied via a gentle tool or hand. It feels like a light thump or tickle. For infants the pressure required is that necessary to check the ripeness of a tomato.
After an adjustment, a child's response may be a long nap and a bowel movement.
A child's spine can become quite misaligned without any awareness on their part of pain or discomfort. Children have not always developed enough awareness of their bodies to identify a subtle chronic issue developing. Even when a child is experiencing pain, they may not be able to communicate it to you and it can come across as grumpiness, acting out, or incessant crying. Issues with the spine can also be the source of many other childhood issues, such as colic, ear infections, and ADHD.
After a gentle assessment your San Diego Pediatric Chiropractor can give you a better indication as to whether or not Nervous System dysfunction is contributing to these symptoms.
90% of a child's brain capacity develops by the age of five. Complete Brain function is essential to normal growth & development. Pediatric Chiropractors provide adjustments to restore Brain & Body communication & function for maximum development without interference.
There is a range of benefits to care, however, the most consistent benefit is improving Brain & Nervous System Function. Below is a list of additional common benefits:
↓ Brain Fog
Enhanced Immune System
↓ Sensitivity to Stimuli
↑ Range of Motion
Functioning GI System
Healthy Bowel Movements
↓ Ear Infections/Colds
↓ Allergic/Autoimmune Reaction
Interested in obtaining optimal function for your little ones with Pediatric Chiropractic Care? Schedule a
COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION + ASSESSMENT
with your local San Diego Pediatric Chiropractor at Ocean Beach Family Chiropractic.