The following is a post from Contributing Writer, Dr. Kristin Marchman. Dr. Marchman is a Licensed Chiropractor at Vickery Chiropractic in Cumming, GA.
Chiropractic Care for Children
Most parents take their children to the doctor for regular checkups of their teeth, eyes, and ears. However, not many parents think to take their children for regular spinal checkups. Spinal stress begins as early as birth. Trauma to the spine during the birth process can lead to issues such as colic, nursing difficulties, and chronic infections in babies. Many parents choose to have their newborn baby checked by a chiropractor immediately after birth. Just a tiny misalignment in the spine can have a tremendous effect on the overall health of a new baby.
As children grow and learn to walk, the inevitable falls and bumps can further affect the developing bones of the spine and skull. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas. If the correction is made early in life, many associated health complaints can be avoided during adulthood.
While chiropractic has helped babies and children with everything from ear infections to digestive issues to sleeping problems, it is important to understand that chiropractors do not treat specific conditions or diseases. The skill of a chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function. It is the function of the nervous system that affects overall body function and health.
During a chiropractic visit, the chiropractor will take a case history and perform an exam to determine if there are any misalignments in the spine or extremities. The bones of babies and children are much different from those of adults and are adjusted differently as well. The adjustment is gentle and specific to the child’s developing structures. Many parents report that their children enjoy their adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health when under regular chiropractic care.