Special attention must be placed on children because most problems we see in adults usually have a start in childhood.
Often times when a new patient comes to our clinic and sees an infant or child being adjusted, the initial comment usually is " I didn't know you treated children". Think about this however; the spine is subjected to stress from the very moment of birth.
Childbirth itself is the first shock to the spine and nervous system that an infant receives. Think about the pressure on the infant spine at the time of labour, and the pull on the infant's head and neck even during "normal" uncomplicated delivery. 95% of Subluxations are caused by the process of being born - even in adults!
Dr. Towbin, a Harvard Medical School specialist, found that approximately 85% of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), is a direct result of trauma to the infant's spine during the process of birth.
As well, Dr. Gutmann, a German specialist, found that 80% of all children have a Subluxation in the upper part of the neck. He has shown this type of Subluxation can cause lowered resistance to infection, frequent colds, ear problems, chronic tonsilitis, etc. Clinical research also indicates that these problems respond faster with a chiropractic adjustment, than antibiotic therapy.
A common result of an uncorrected childhood Subluxation is a condition known as Scoliosis (spinal curvature) most often the result of a pelvic malfunction.
Vertebral Subluxations can also be caused by the following:
Then, there is the usual process of crawling, walking, running, and other activities. All of these can create vetrebral Subluxations. As youngsters become older, other incidents can create vertebral Subluxations such as a fall downstairs, off a bike, out of a tree, jumping on a trampoline, off a skateboard, or while ice skating, etc...
If allowed to remain, these Subluxations then become the starting point of nervous system and body malfunction. Much like a snowball rolling down a hill - gathering speed and momentum. If not corrected, vertebral Subluxations can lead to degeneration of spinal discs, abnormal calcium deposits, ligament instability and the onset of arthritis. Not a good thing.
Proper spinal care is essential to your child's health. Please let us check your children for Subluxations.