ChiroKids
Everyone Should Be Able To Get the Care They Need.

Your kids deserve a healthy future.
Your kids can benefits from chiropractic too! Even children with no pain can receive "wellness" benefits from regular chiropractic visits.

The "Wellness" Movement, which is the result of expensive insurance and medical care, makes more sense than "Crisis" Management. It's the fulfillment of the old adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Wellness care is focused on taking care of people, even when they have no signs or symptoms. The "Big Idea" is to allow people to reach their maximum health potential, aside from feeling good and having no symptoms.

Why so young?
The best time to get started with wellness care is during childhood. Children go through so many changes as they grow. All of the major systems go through countless developmental stages. The nervous system is the first to develop and controls all the others. It is therefore very important to have an optimally functioning nervous system in the growing child.

Research has shown that one of the worst interferences with the nervous system is a vertebral subluxation, a misalignment of the spine which results in pressure on the nervous system. Subluxations may occur very early in life. One of the most traumatic things to the spine is the birth process. Especially in a difficult delivery, the trauma to the cervical bones can be dramatic. Even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic.1 During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, may be injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. As the baby is compressed, the small bones of the spine may be pushed out of natural alignment. This causes the nerves to become stretched or twisted, and the vital communication system is disrupted.

It's an incredible fact that 40-50 pounds of pressure are exerted on the infant's neck during the birth process. The baby's head is forced to rotate by 90 degrees while contractions squeeze their small frame.1 This stress, combined with the weight of the baby's head, puts considerable pressure on the neck, spine, nerves and muscles.2

Most authorities believe that brain stem and spinal injuries at birth are essentially attributable to excessive longitudinal traction, especially when force is combined with flexion and torsion of the spinal axis during delivery.

Such trauma may contribute to several painful conditions often found in babies.3 Symptoms can begin in the first months of an infant's life and may plague a child throughout the early years.

Damage may be more severe in a difficult delivery, as noted by Doris Haire, C.N.M., infants may sustain skull fractures, intestinal hemorrhage, cord compression, brain damage, damage to the facial nerve and facial paralysis.4

Damage to the spine and delicate nerve tissue is also common. Brewer and Presser report that the vertebrae are easily pulled out of alignment by excessive and forceful extension of the infant's head with forceps.2

Complications of uncorrected subluxations may be serious, resulting in respiratory depression, and in some cases SIDS. Infants who survive and are properly diagnosed for subluxations have a better chance of having the neurological defects ultimately eliminated.6

A wide range of subluxations may occur, primarily due to the stretch injury and/or compression of the spinal cord and brain stem. As the vertebrae are forced out of their natural alignment, spinal and cranial nerve roots, as well as the dura and surrounding structures, may be torn.

Although birth subluxations may cause immediate symptoms, there may be far-reaching effects that are manifested for years. The child's ability to fight against disease, for example may be lowered. Cold, ear infections, colic, and other illnesses may result.3,5,6,7

That is why parents who understand the importance of being subluxation-free have their newborns examined by their chiropractor as soon after birth as possible.

Subluxations in Young Spines
As children begin to walk, they take hundreds of falls. In the early years they are always falling off bikes, out of trees, etc.All of these small traumas add up and eventually start to affect the spine.

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree!”

Toddlers are always taking a tumble, often resulting in hidden spinal faults, which go on to cause problems later in life. seats or during sports. One in four teenagers report having back pain. Computer games and television can aggravate problems. Tight muscles in the back and neck cause the spinal bones to lose their normal motion or position. This can irritate the nerves that branch out from the spine to all the organs. Once at school, the young spinal joints are often injured by carrying heavy school bags, and sitting in poor posture. These intensive traumatic injuries to the young spine cause the subluxation complex as a result of displacements of the vertebrae.

A subluxation causes a neurological disturbance. As the soft gelatinous material shifts between the vertebrae, due to shocks and injuries, the disc is then forced out of its natural central position and protrudes into the spinal cord or nerves in the spinal column.

Subluxations may result in the failure of one or more parts of the body, as well as health in general. Subluxations may also interfere with internal organ function, resulting in the inability to produce chemicals responsible for raising and lowering body temperature as needed.5 Kunert indicated that the body's immune response in the production of anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents to fight infection is greatly compromised due to vertebral lesions (subluxations).5

Many people who come into a chiropractor’s office for the first time as adults would have had far greater potential for regaining their health if they had received regular chiropractic care as children. By correcting subluxations at an early age, the damage that inevitably comes from functioning at less than optimal levels can be prevented. The longer a subluxation is present, the greater the damage.

If you wish to learn more about clinical research of children under chiropractic care, please read, "Infant and Child Chiropractic Care".

So what is a ChiroKid?
Like a dental check-up or a routine physical, a visit to our office is recommended to check the development of one of the most important structures of the human body, the spine. A ChiroKid is a child that receives a chiropractic adjustment to allow his or her body to be as healthy as it can be.

ChiroKids who get adjustments regularly are generally healthier than their peers. ChiroKids also miss less days of school and have fewer emotional and learning, neurological difficulties associated with childhood. ChiroKids receive better grades in school; they can jump higher, run faster, and throw a ball farther than regular kids. These facts are based on decades of clinical findings from chiropractic offices around the world.

Adjusting the Child
When should your infant be checked for subluxations? Newborn infants should be checked within hours to days after birth. Subluxations are a serious threat to your newborn's health.

We are proficient in gentle and painless spinal techniques for children. Not only are kids easier to adjust, but also in most cases, they hold their adjustments for longer periods of time and their corrective adjustment plans are almost always significantly shorter than the average adult.

Children may, on the first visit or two, be somewhat reluctant. However, they rarely hesitate to get on the table to be adjusted, especially when they see that visiting the chiropractor is a family affair. When they see Mom, Dad and their brothers and sisters getting adjusted, they are usually more than willing to be checked for subluxations too.

Clinical Research and Findings

It has been proven that adjusting the spine to relieve nerve pressure has a direct effect on the immune system. It also makes sense that a better functioning nervous system makes for a better functioning body as a whole.

A 1989 study which compared 200 children who had seen pediatricians with 200 children who had been under chiropractic care showed that the health of the children who had seen chiropractors was notably superior to that of children brought up under standard medical care. The chiropractic children, for example, had fewer ear infections, allergies, and cases of tonsillitis, and therefore required less medicine. Current research shows that 80% of all children are subluxated at birth. Studies also report before the age of six years of your child will fall 2,500 times.

If you wish to learn more about clinical research of children under chiropractic care, please read, "Infant and Child Chiropractic Care".

Ear Infections
46 five-year-olds with otitis media were placed under chiropractic care. 93% of all ear infections improved, 75% in ten days or less and 43% after only one or two adjustments. Improvement was based on parental decision (they stated that the child had no fever, no signs of ear pain and was totally asymptomatic), and/or the child was asymptomatic to the DC and/or the parent stated that the child's MD judged the child to be improved. Interestingly, those children who had a history of antibiotic use took longer to heal.

Asthma
Typical of chiropractic clinical studies is that of a six-year-old boy who had asthma since age three and was using inhalers up to three times a day. He received chiropractic care and made significant progress almost immediately. He was finally able to run during soccer games and began to sleep more soundly. After a short time he hardly ever had a blocked nose and his inhalant use stopped.

Bed Wetting
Another case history is that of a 34-month-old boy with asthma and enuresis (bed-wetting) who had not responded to medical care. More than 20 emergency hospital visits had taken place for the asthma attacks during a 12-month history. Three chiropractic adjustments were administered over an 11-day period and the asthma symptoms and enuresis ceased for more than eight weeks. The asthma and enuresis reoccurred following a minor fall from a stepladder but disappeared after adjustments. After a two year follow-up the mother reported no recurrence of the asthma or the enuresis.

Chest Infections
In this study of over 4,600 children with upper respiratory tract infections, only 95% of cases that received spinal care did not develop any secondary complications. These results were superior to antibiotic therapy, with no side effects. The author writes, "It would seem unnecessary to use any therapy other than manipulative therapy." (Purse FM. Manipulative therapy of upper respiratory tract infections in children. J Am Osteopathic Assoc. 1966; 65(9): 964-972.)

Developmental Communication Disorder
A two-year old child with a medical diagnosis of 'developmental communication disorder' was non-responsive to any external stimuli. He did not respond to sound or touch, even to receiving an injection. Chiropractic analysis revealed a neck problem. On the third visit he responded to something happening around him. By the sixth visit, he started to follow certain commands and stopped making repeated hand motions. He started to talk after the 12th office visit. (Goldman SR. Subluxation location and correction. Today's Chiropractic. July/August 1995;70-74.)

Colic
Approximately 20% of all babies will suffer colic.5 Colic is believed to be a baby's response to pain - although the exact cause of colic is not known.6 (It has also been found that some pain which mimics colic may be due to spinal joint pain which your chiropractor can assess.)7

An encouraging new study from Denmark suggest that chiropractic may be helpful to infants with colic even when more traditional treatments had failed. The data included 316 babies treated by 73 chiropractors in 50 different clinics. Improvement was reported in more than 90% of these children.8

Spinal adjustments were given to 316 infants with colic. 94% were symptom-free within a two-week period of treatment.

Danger Signals to look for in your child:

  • tilting the head
  • neck sensitivity
  • inability to lie on their back
  • crying when moved out of their favorite sleeping position
  • difficulty in breast feeding
  • limited motion (perhaps with a leg or an arm)
  • a bent body position
  • unusual differences in the appearance of one side of the body from the other (such as one hip being higher)

Swelling, pain or constant crying and irritability are also signs of distress that should be evaluated, along with any unusual problems with eating, sleeping or playing.

Scoliosis
Everyone's spine has natural curves. These curves round our shoulders and make our lower back curve slightly inward. But some people have spines that also curve from side to side. This condition is called "Scoliosis".

Scoliosis affects one in nine young women and approximately four percent of the total population. It is the most deforming orthopedic problem confronting children, affecting them during their active growth phase and essentially subsiding upon completion of spinal growth, leaving the child with a permanent deformity. Early detection and treatment can be effective in halting or slowing its progress and in many cases result in improvement.

A New Lifestyle for your kids
Babies and children grow quickly, and their muscles, ligaments and bones develop rapidly. Because of this, they may particularly benefit from a drugless, painless and surgically-free approach to good health. The goal of chiropractic is to help allow the body to best function and repair itself.

Here are a few of the ways this practical care may be helpful to your child:

  • Provide a firm bed
  • Insure your child has a well-balanced diet
  • Teach your child not to slouch
  • Use an approved car seat that supports your child's head and neck
  • When lifting a baby, always support the back and neck with your hands. Pick up an older child by grasping his body under the arms.
    Don’t put young children in walkers prior to the child learning how to walk on their own. This could put pressure on the lower vertebra of the spine and cause a fracture if the spine is not ready for the force of gravity.
  • Avoid the devices that allow a young child to bounce in a seat (the units that attach to an entryway). This may also cause a fracture of the spine if the child’s spine is not properly developed.
  • Discourage friends from throwing your child in the air as this can cause a whiplash injury to the neck.

The chiropractic approach to health care is natural. It does not try to stimulate or inhibit normal body function. Instead, the chiropractor addresses the important relationship between the nervous system and disease. Various symptoms, such as colic, respiratory distress, fever, earaches, and a lowered resistance may be manifested in the young child due to abnormal body function caused by subluxations.3,5,6 In light of this, your chiropractor may be the best doctor to help your child improve his/her health.

 

References
1.Biedermann H (1992) "Kinematic Imbalances Due to Suboccipital Strain in Newborns", Manual Med 6:155
2. Ref 1 supra
3.Ref 1 supra
4. Ref 1 supra, 151
5. Klougart N et al (1989) "Infantile Colic Treated by Chiropractors: A prospective Study of 316 Cases", J Manipulative Physio Ther, 12:281-288
6. "Infantile Colic: A New Study from Denmark," (1989) The Chiropractic Report; Vol4,1 ed Chapman-Smith, 1
7. Ref 6 supra, 5
8. Ref5 supra, 1; Ref 6 supra, 2

Additional References
Abraham, Towbin: Latent Spinal Cord Brain Stem Injury in Newborn Infants, 1969
Brewer, G., Greene, J.: Right from the Start. Emmaus Pa., Rodar, 1981
Fibelibus, J.: An Overview of Neuroimmunomodulation and a Possible Correlation with Musculoskeletal System Function, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, August 1989
Haire, Doris: The Cultural Warping of Childbirth, Milwaukee ICEA, 1972
Kunert, W.: Functional Disorders of Internal Organs due to Vertebral Lesions, CIBA Symposium 13 (3): 85-86, 1965
Peet, J.B.: Chiropractic Pediatric and Prenatal Reference Manual, The Baby Adjusters, Inc., 1992
Walton, E.V.: Chiropractic Effectiveness with Emotional Learning and Behavioral Impairments, International Review of Chiropractic, 29:2-2,21-22, September, 1975
Winsor, H., M.D.: Sympathetic Segmental Disturbances-11; The Evidence of the Association in Dissected Cadavers of Visceral Disease with Vertebrae Deformities of the Same Sympathetic Segments, Medical Times, 49:1-7, November 1921

If you wish to learn more about clinical research of children under chiropractic care, please read, "Infant and Child Chiropractic Care".

 
 


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