My children do not suffer from back pain, so why should I take them to a chiropractor? Many parents ask this question without realizing that millions of children visit chiropractic doctors every day.
Parents who understand the principles of chiropractic acknowledge that the spine and nervous system play an integral role in inner healing. Chiropractic is based on the truth that the nervous system is responsible for the optimal function of every cell, tissue, and organ of the human body. When everyday stress on the spine creates nerve interference, there exists the potential for the development of vertebral subluxations or spinal misalignments, which can cause detrimental health effects. Babies and children can suffer from many physical stresses, like everyday slips and fall while learning to crawl and walk, and birth trauma from forceps or vacuum birth extractions.
Over 90% of the time, we cannot feel subluxations, much like we cannot feel cavities in the teeth, but we do feel their effects. Lowered resistance causing increased colds and flus, ear infections, asthma, allergies, and even infantile colic have all shown an excellent response to chiropractic care. Research on colicky babies demonstrated a 94% success rate within a 2-week period of chiropractic care when compared to medical interventions. Chiropractic adjustments for children are light and gentle and enviably one of the safest forms of health care.