2If we as adults are able to correct our health problems and stay healthy through chiropractic care, it only makes sense that the same holds true for children. There may be some misconceptions about who the “ideal” chiropractic patient is, but truth be told everyone can benefit from chiropractic–including children. Our pediatric patients at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic (Augusta, GA) not only look forward to their visits, but their parents especially are estatic to find how much of a difference even just one treatment can make.
The nervous system is the ‘Master Controller’
The nervous system is the master controller of our body and if its communication channels become fuzzy, distorted or damaged then we experience all sorts of communication errors. For babies and children, this ineffective communication may play out as colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestion issues, asthma, behavioural problems, low energy, inability to concentrate, headaches, etc – the list is endless. In fact, regardless of what the end result or symptom may be, all roads lead back to the nervous system – to the body’s ability to self-regulate and function at a peak level.
While chiropractic may be able to help with a number of health issues, our focus is not treating or curing ailments; our focus is ensuring the nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and effectively.
Can you cook at night with the lights out?
For example, imagine your nervous system is like the lighting system in your home. If the lights start to dim, you might not be able to cook dinner very well, you may start banging into furniture, you may trip and hurt yourself, you may feel frightened, etc. Exactly how the dim lights influence you will vary but the issue is still the same – there is a communication problem between the wiring and the intended outcome which needs detecting and fixing.
In the same way, chiropractors spend years studying the nervous system to be able to detect and correct these ‘communication errors’ in the body.
Another question you may ask is…
“How do little kids get nerve irritation?”
Nerve irritations (or vertebral subluxations) occur as a part of normal daily life. They result from physical, chemical and emotional stressors or ‘insults’ to our health, such as bad posture, prolonged postures, sleeping on the tummy, knocks and falls, poor food choices, dehydration, exposure to chemicals and toxins, and stress and anxiety. Even before these lifestyle stressors have an impact, nerve irritation can occur in the uterus from awkward positioning, restriction of movement, and exposure to toxins, and from birth complications such as long labours, very fast labours, or forceps or caesarean delivery.
When we appreciate how important the nervous system is and how easily it can be hindered and impaired it makes sense that all children deserve to have a well-adjusted spine and nervous system … it makes sense that chiropractic is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
10 reasons parents take their children to see a chiropractor:
To maximise their child’s neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
To enhance their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
To help with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
To improve spinal posture.
To improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
To assist with behavioural disorders and enhance emotional wellbeing.
To help alleviate digestive problems.
To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.
Your child’s health is their greatest asset.
At Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic we want to make sure your visit is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. If you are unsure about how chiropractic can help your child, you can schedule a complimentary consultation, and we will sit down one-on-one to discuss your child’s specific health condition(s). We welcome questions, and always encourage our patients and their parents to ask questions, whether they occur before, during or after their treatment. That’s why complimentary consultations are an important part of the patient experience at our clinic. We want you to remain in control of your child’s healthcare, and we believe the best way to do so is for you to know exactly what is going on and understand the why’s and how’s behind it. We look forward to working together with you in taking care of your child’s health.
This article includes an excerpt from Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani’s website on children and chiropractic.
Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic is conveniently located off Furys Ferry Rd in Martinez, Georgia and provides quality chiropractic care to the Augusta, Martinez, and Evans communities. Visit our main website at www.georgia-clinic.com. To schedule an appointment, call (706) 814-5053 or use our online form to schedule online.
Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic is the one of the few chiropractic clinics in the Augusta area to offer the option to receive a gentler form of treatment for childern, with treatments that require no twisting, bending and “popping”.
The Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog is written by Dr. Mark Huntsman.