This past week I saw Derrick (true story – name has been changed). I started seeing Derrick last year when he was four months old! You may wonder why a chiropractor would be seeing such a young child. Derrick was referred from his grandmother, who clearly understands what chiropractic is about. Having Grandma’s understanding will help clarify why chiropractic is so valuable for kids.
Here is what she understands: Chiropractic is not about treating aches and pains, it is about restoring the body to balance: Balance structurally, chemically, and neurologically. The idea is simple, if the spine is in good alignment the body functions better!
Derrick’s mom brought him in because he was restless and cranky, rarely slept well, had trouble with elimination, and cried a lot. After his first adjustment Derrick’s mom reported that virtually all of these symptoms improved dramatically. After a few follow-up appointments, I have only needed to check Derrick’s spine a few times over the last year. All of those initial improvements held for many weeks after his first adjustment and have only returned a few times over the last year. Each time they have returned – a spinal adjustment has been successful in restoring Derrick to his normal, sweet little boy demeanor!
There have been numerous case studies published that show chiropractic potentially valuable with a number of childhood conditions, such as:
- Sleep issues
- Acid reflux
- Wetting the bed and digestive issues
- Preventing injuries
- Strength immune system
- Improve posture
It’s not that chiropractic is a “cure-all” for all these conditions; it’s that the chiropractor adjusts the spine to restore proper brain-body communication, and then the body’s own natural healing potential is more fully realized.
Here is a case study that shows how a child with Autism, Asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Strabismus, and Illness Susceptibility responded to specific upper cervical chiropractic. Click here to read the study.
And for further reading on children and chiropractic you can read the introduction to the book, The Chiropractic Way – How Chiropractic Can Stop Your Pain and Help You Regain Your Health Without Drugs and Surgery.
Keeping your spine in great health is so important for overall health and wellbeing! Chiropractic is a big part of keeping your health potential as fully expressed as possible!