Parents who often appreciate the importance of checkups for their child's teeth, hearing, eyes, ears, nose and throat draw a blank when it comes to the spine.
A spinal checkup could be one of the most important of your child's life! Why? In addition to the stress of childbirth, the constant jumping, falling, running and bumping of a normal childhood often cause vertebral subluxations, with serious health consequences if left uncorrected.
The clinical picture ranges from central motor impairment and development [sleeplessness, uncoordination, seizures] through impairments of vegetative regulatory systems [vomiting, digestive problems, elimination problems], to lowered resistance to infections, especially to ear-nose-and-throat infections.
For over a hundred years doctors of chiropractic have observed often dramatic responses from some infants after a chiropractic spinal adjustment with conditions as varied as Erb's Palsy (in which an arm is limp and undeveloped), unbalanced facial and skull symmetry, foot inversion, colic, torticollis (twisted neck), "nervousness," and ear, nose and throat infections.
Today we find more parents bringing their children to doctors of chiropractic for spinal checkups. With a healthy spinal column, a child's body can better deal with the sore throats, ear infections, stomach-aches, fevers, measles, mumps and the 101 other problems that often make up young life. Without chiropractic care some children will live in continued sickness, condemned to a life of taking medicines and perhaps even surgery.
Correction of vertebral subluxations in children's spines can have a powerful effect on many aspects of their lives.
For decades many parents have noticed positive changes in the physical health, behavior and emotional states of their children following a chiropractic adjustment. Among the observed effects of subluxation correction have been improvements in emotional, behavioral and neurological problems such as asthma, anxiety, low mental stamina, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, dyslexia, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, discipline problems and even low grades.
For many of the millions of school children in the United States alone who suffer from a learning impairment, chiropractic holds promise as a non-drug alternative. All children with learning disabilities and similar problems should have a chiropractic spinal checkup.
Chiropractic care is one of the best things you can give a child suffering from an ear infection. Doctors of chiropractic have often noticed chiropractic's profound effect on ears and hearing. Among many chiropractic case histories, those of T. & P. Roger, ages 6 and 9, are common. Both children were medically diagnosed with chronic ear infections and had been on antibiotics for years. "Both children have been free of medication and over-the-counter drugs for the three years since their first spinal adjustment."
Dr. G. Thomas Kovacs, D.C. described a 4-year-old-girl with chronic ear infections, a 50% right ear hearing loss and adenoiditis: "After six weeks of chiropractic care, a follow-up visit was made to her pediatrician, an ENT specialist. Not only was there absolutely no sign of ear infection or inflammation, her adenoids, which were the worst the ENT had ever seen, were perfectly normal and healthy... the family was told to continue chiropractic care because it had obviously worked."
It is essential that anyone with an ear infection consider a chiropractic spinal checkup. Keeping your child's spine free from vertebral subluxations will help your child's natural defenses against disease.
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There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine treatment for most chiropractors. Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman's body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. A chiropractor who is versed in the needs of women who are pregnant will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy and compliment any adjustments made to your spine.
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joint:
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy may provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman's pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis makes it easier for a breech baby to turn naturally. The technique is known as the Webster Technique.
It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.
Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
As more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are seeking trained doctors of chiropractic in their communities to refer their pregnant patients to. Discuss these options with your health care provider. If they are not yet familiar with chiropractic care in pregnancy, ask them to find out more about its many benefits. Most importantly, seek options that support your body's natural abilities to function and find a team of providers who are respectful of your choices.