The majority of parents are diligent in taking their children to the pediatrician, dentist and optometrist for regular checkups, but fall short when it comes to the health of their children’s spine. While Chiropractors focus on the spine, the fact is that the nerves passing through the spine provide nerve impulses to almost every part of the body. As a result, spinal issues can also be responsible for issues in other parts of the body.
Children are particularly prone to falls and other activities (like sports) that can jar the body and throw the spine out of alignment, and some babies spines can become misaligned during the birthing process. If a segment of the spine is misaligned (this is called a subluxation), it can interfere with nerve impulses to various organs and other body parts. Regular chiropractic adjustments return the spine to its normal position and allow a young spine to grow straight and strong.
Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to help with asthma and digestive issues in addition to postural issues, sports injuries and back or neck pain. One of the most significant findings regarding Chiropractic and common childhood ailments is its effectiveness in treating ear infections, or otitis media.
Over 35% of pediatrician visits in the United States are because of actual or suspected ear infections. The usual treatment is a course of antibiotics. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective treatment for otitis media. In roughly 80% of the children studied who received Chiropractic treatment for ear infections, there was no recurrence of the ear infection within six months. In contrast, children treated with antibiotics tend to have recurrent ear infections and the antibiotics may contribute toward the child developing resistant strains of bacteria.
Many of modern medicine’s remedies can be life saving, but in instances where there is a safe, natural AND effective choice, why subject a child to all of the unpleasant side effects? Chiropractic adjustments can be an important tool for helping parents to keep their children healthy without accompanying risks.