Chiropractic and the care of your child
Childhood is a period of risk for the spinal column. Chiropractic checkups are important to detect the less obvious health problems and treat them before they become real problems.
Children at play, with their natural tumbles and accidents, can, at times, be more at risk than they seem. Although children can seem like they are made of rubber, they are not!
Even the mildest bump can cause damage to the spine putting the future health of your child in jeopardy.
Recent studies have shown that 80% of back problems in adults stem from childhood. In the beginning, these disorders go unnoticed because at first glance there is nothing abnormal, and there is usually no pain.
Fortunately more and more parents realize that in order to prevent health problems, periodic checks of the spinal column are as essential as dental, eye and ear check-ups.
The traumas of childhood
Childbirth is often the first trauma. Even births that seem to have been problem free have in fact caused damage to the spine of the baby. The situation is further aggravated when forceps, suction cups, etc. are used.
As children in the first phase of childhood are extremely active, they may damage the spinal column more times in a single day than some adults do in an entire year.
At school-going age, there are the risks associated with the use of desks and chairs that are not ergonomically adapted, heavy backpacks, sports injuries etc.
Impact on health
By putting pressure on the spine, all of these traumas can interfere with the nervous system (bearing in mind that the spinal column protects the fragile spinal cord), compromising the health of your child.
Below is a list of some of the health problems related to damage to the spine and the nervous system, which chiropractic can help to correct:
- Growing /height issues
- Spinal abnormalities (scoliosis, kyphosis, etc.)
- Headaches and backache
- Ear infections
- Enuresis (bedwetting)
- Hyperactivity and learning difficulties
Of all spinal deformities, the most common and the most serious is scoliosis. This terrible illness, which affects the child physically and emotionally, may interfere with the functioning of the lungs, heart and other vital organs.
Unfortunately 90% of cases of scoliosis are diagnosed too late because it is almost impossible to detect with the naked eye. It is often detected too late to cure it completely.
Chiropractic treatment does, however, offer significant prospects for improvement. Therefore, the importance of early detection is paramount.
Need for checkups
The Chiropractic Centre has the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment equipment, imported from the USA and France.
Using a computerized examination, we will be able to confirm if your child has a healthy spinal column which he/she will need for proper development and growth. If we do find a problem, this early diagnosis will allow us to carry out effective treatment quickly.
When should I take my child to get a checkup?
It is recommended that your child receive a full review at 3, 6 and 10 years old, or any time that your child suffers a fall or a blow and / or whenever you observe any of the symptoms that are listed below:
- A hip that seems higher than the other
- A shoulder that seems higher than the other
- A leg that seems shorter than the other
- Shoulder blades that are protruding
- Walking with crooked feet turning inwards or outwards
- Joint pain
- Growing pains
- Back leaning forward
- Falling often
- Agitation or hyperactivity
Remember that scoliosis is only visible to the naked eye when it is too late to correct it.
Give your child an opportunity that you may not have been lucky enough to have by going to the chiropractor
Is Chiropractic adapted to children?
Yes. This natural therapy, which does not use medication or surgery, is ideal for children. Chiropractic offers techniques adapted to each age from newborns to teenagers.
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