Spine and nervous system health are fragile during the developmental stages of childhood. These systems are capable of becoming off balance, just like in adults, and as a result, different conditions can develop. Pediatric chiropractic care specialists have extensive experience and education to manage and alleviate symptoms related to these childhood conditions.
Pediatric chiropractic care focuses on nervous system function and correcting subluxations. It promotes nerve and brain development, improves immune system function, assists in proper growth, and helps the spine and nervous system develop properly.
The most common ailments treated with the aid of pediatric chiropractic care include ear infections, asthma, infantile colic, and scoliosis.
1. Ear Infections
Children have small Eustachian tubes in the ear that are prone to bacteria resulting in the development of ear infections. A majority of children suffer from frequent ear infections at some point during their early stages of development. Most parents reach for medication to ease their child’s symptoms, but these remedies are ineffective in preventing the return of the infection.
Pediatric chiropractic care ensures a child’s immune system is optimally functioning. Chiropractic practices place the spine into healthy alignment, returning the nervous system to normal function and improving the immune system for long-term ear infection prevention.
2. Infantile Colic
Characterized by persistent whining, screaming, and crying, infantile colic is frustrating for both parents and children. It can develop as early as the second week of life causing parents to become extremely concerned about their child’s health. Colic causes stomach pain and acute irritability, as well as Aerophagia or swallowing of the air.
Disrupted bowel function in relationship to misaligned spinal vertebrae is the primary cause of infantile colic. Pediatric chiropractic specialists specialize in correcting spinal alignment to alleviate colic in infants.
One of the most common disorders children suffer from; asthma seriously influences a child’s ability to live normally. Roughly, 7.1 million children have asthma. Symptoms of asthma may dissipate with age, but in some cases, it remains for the remainder of a child’s life.
The nervous system controls the purification of air while entering the lungs. Spinal misalignments inhibit nervous system control and lower the body’s natural filtration ability. Therefore, allowing harmful substances to enter a child’s lungs.
Spinal adjustments provided by pediatric chiropractic care helps return the body’s natural purification capabilities, relieving asthma symptoms.
Scoliosis, a well-known childhood condition, directly affects the curvature of the spine. Symptoms of scoliosis typically develop between ages 10-14 and worsen significantly if left untreated.
The early stages of scoliosis are difficult to detect without the help of a specialist. Pediatric chiropractic care specializes in identifying scoliosis early on and works with children throughout the entire treatment process.
Spinal adjustments, exercises, and massage are a few of the many treatment options chiropractors offer to correct and prevent symptoms of scoliosis.
Additionally, pediatric chiropractors alleviate conditions including but not limited to learning disabilities, flat head syndrome, digestive issues, bet wetting, ADHD/ADD, torticollis, and so much more.
Pediatric chiropractic care is a small yet growing field. Michigan Chiropractic Specialists is one of 175 qualified pediatric chiropractors that practice within the United States. Pediatric chiropractors are required to undergo specialized education to ensure the safety and development of young patients.
Chiropractic care for children requires slightly faster adjustments with less force than that of regular chiropractic adjustments. Due to the flexibility of developing joints, chiropractic joint mobility treatment is sometimes preferred.
Remember to research the credentials of pediatric chiropractors before booking an appointment for safe, effective treatment.