Chiropractic Care for Children
According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, parents of children who receive chiropractic adjustments have reported the following unexpected improvements:
Improved behavior and attitude
Improved immune system function
In addition, we have seen great success in improving focus, attention disorders, performance at school, athletic performance, less illness during flu season, and much more.
Each treatment program is designed specifically to your child’s individual needs and comfort level.
It begins at birth
Being born is a lot of work. With all of the pressures and forces being exerted onto the baby’s body, it makes sense that 90% of newborns suffer associated strain through the neck and cranial areas following birth. When left uncorrected, this can impact your child’s spinal growth and development, and overall reducing the healthy function of their nervous system. Later on this can cause many health challenges that could have easily been prevented with regular chiropractic care.
During the toddler years children are constantly running into things, falling, and getting hurt. Having regular chiropractic adjustments will help alleviate the stress that is put on the child’s body and nervous system and help the body deal with illness and stress more efficiently.
School-age and Teenage Years
In these years, children are generally more coordinated. Some are very active whereas some are very sedentary. Whether they are in organized sports, active in outside play, or are more sedentary, they will benefit from regular adjustments in order to keep the nervous system working at its full potential. Having little to no disruptions in the nervous system allows their body and brains to function at their full potential. Increased focus and performance in social, physical, emotional, and academic arenas is what we see in regularly adjusted children of all ages.
A little background on the upper cervical spine and care
The upper cervical region (neck) has thousands of “sensors” that are responsible for maintaining both the proper posture and alignment of the spine, as well as the balance and stability of the head. These sensors are constantly monitoring the head position, making the necessary changes throughout the lower spine to assure that the head remains upright.
When the spine is properly aligned, it is extremely strong and stable. However, the top two segments are extremely vulnerable to injury or misalignment because of their mobility. When a misalignment occurs at the top of the neck, the entire spine compensates or adapts in an attempt to protect the vital nervous system that is encased inside your vertebrae. This triggers a chain reaction from the top of the spine to the bottom. When the head is off balance, the lower spine is compromised; the pelvis is tilted, or one leg may be drawn up or shortened, resulting in an internal weakness and a spine that is imbalanced. This chain reaction also makes the spinal muscles, bones, and discs more vulnerable to injury – an accident waiting to happen. If neglected, an upper cervical misalignment can lead to premature arthritis and irreversible spinal degeneration.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is a technique used by some chiropractors, where the adjustment is strictly done at the very top part of the neck. For children this method is done with very precise and gentle care, sometimes using what is called an activator where no manual manipulation is performed.
To learn more about what we do at Humfeld Chiropractic & Nutrition Center and to schedule a free 15-minute consultation, call or stop into our office.
119 Central Ave. Faribault, MN 55021 (507) 333-5388