As a concerned parent, you want the best for your child and no doubt wonder if your child is as healthy as he or she could be. Several factors determine your child’s overall health. These include: diet, exercise, proper rest, emotional and spiritual support, and a properly functioning nervous system. A major component for health is the communication between your child’s brain and body. This vital link controls the growth, repair, and function of every tissue and organ. The spinal cord sends messages from the brain throughout the body via billions of nerves. Interference (nerve pressure or irritation) places the body in a state of disharmony. This can lead to decreased immune function and sickness.
Starting with the birthing process itself, our bodies are subjected to many spinal traumas. Even the most “natural” of births can cause stress and strain to the tiny developing spine. This initial damage can be compounded when the child is developing proper head support and learning to sit up, crawl, stand, and walk. During this time of rapid spinal growth, these tiny bumps and falls can be the cause of many unexplained health problems.
The home is the primary site where the young child receives spinal injuries. A study, conducted by the National Safety Council, discovered that nearly 50% of children fall headfirst from a high place (changing table, bed, etc.) during their first year of life. Many of these falls go undetected. Unfortunately, although immediate symptoms may not be noticeable, spinal health can be compromised.
Preschools, day care centers, and other groups are often breeding grounds’ for a variety of childhood diseases. Children with weakened immune function due to undetected and uncorrected spinal injury may suffer from chronic ear infections, asthma, allergies and other so called *normal’ childhood diseases.
School is the most common place for accidents to occur in five to eighteen year olds. A 1990 study, conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that almost a quarter of a million
Children under the age of 15 were treated for injuries related to playground equipment. The majority of these accidents are falls, with approximately 50% resulting in head and neck trauma. Bicycles are also a source of childhood trauma. More than 50,000 children a year are treated for head (not wearing a helmet) and neck trauma.
Common childhood activities, including surfing, skate boarding, water slides, horseback riding, and roller-skating, are often associated with falls that can result in pediatric spinal trauma. These types of activities and traumas can cause the spinal vertebrae to lose their normal motion and position. The delicate nerve tissue that these bones house can be damaged, impairing the brain’s ability to control the associated tissues and organs.
Many adult spinal problems actually begin in childhood. If left uncorrected, childhood spinal problems may lead to more serious conditions later in life, ‘As the tree is bent, so grows the tree.” Today, many progressive parents are choosing conservative chiropractic care to help maximize their child’s own natural defenses. Parents of children who receive regular chiropractic care often report that their kids seem healthier than other children, and that they get fewer colds and other childhood diseases. Children should have regular wellness visits to their Doctor of Chiropractic. With appropriate chiropractic care, these spinal problems can be located and corrected, restoring normal spinal and nervous system function.
The chiropractic approach to health is safe and natural. Therefore, your chiropractor may be the best doctor to help your child! Parents should feel encouraged to have a Doctor of Chiropractic as part of their health professionals network.
To obtain more information on current health trends and alternative health approaches, and for information on how chiropractic can help your family, For more information, and/or to schedule a FREE consultation with the doctors, call Drs. Daniel & Richelle Knowles, D.C. 303.998.1000