At Mount Street Chiropractic Centre, we are often asked “Is chiropractic care safe for children?”. The answer is yes. At Mount Street Chiropractic, we treat our clients both young and old, on a case-by-case basis. We assess the suitability of chiropractic treatment on each of our clients through a thorough examination and review. Of course, the ways children and adults are treated are vastly different. Babies and children are exposed to very gentle and light adjustments. Thus, a great deal of care and finesse must be utilised during paediatric chiropractic treatments. This is to ensure the best short-term and long-term health outcomes for your child.
Parents are always cautious when treating their children for illness and pain. Chiropractic treatment is a safe form of treatment for children of any age. It is completely drug-free and utilises the body’s natural propensities for regeneration and healing. Like adults, babies and children have a spine and central nervous system which need to be regularly maintained for healthy bodily function and optimal performance.
Here are some of the benefits of chiropractic care for children:
Chiropractic care provides relief for a variety of symptoms
Colic is “excessive and frequent crying in a baby who appears to be otherwise healthy and well fed”. Colic is very common, effecting about one in five babies, but remains a poorly understood condition. In some cases, the occurrence of colic can be linked to an indigestion and gas build up. This can lead to bloating pain being experienced by your baby. Chiropractic treatments may aid these symptoms through manipulations which aim to increase peristalsis (the wave-like motion of muscles in the gut that push liquid and gas through the digestive tract).
Additionally, chiropractic treatment may aid in the treatment of ear infections. The eustachian tube which drains the middle ear from excess fluids, can become blocked due to allergies, colds or recurrent sinus infections. In conjunction with appropriate medical treatment (such as antibiotics), gentle manipulation of the upper neck can help dilate the Eustachian tube, to potentially improve drainage.
Furthermore, for cases where infant ailment has been ruled out by a trained paediatric doctor, chiropractic care could be effective in reducing infant ‘crankiness’. This may be a result of infant spinal restriction which could lead to symptoms of: irritability, muscle spasms; headaches; muscle spasms, excessive irritability and sleeping difficulty. Spinal alignment may help to thus improve these symptoms and decrease levels of crankiness in some babies.
Chiropractic helps boost the immune system
Along with adequate nutrition and sleep, a healthy spine is integral to the proper functioning of the immune system. The nervous system runs through the spine and misalignment can cause the nerve pathways to become irritated, potentially affecting other systems in the body.
By delivering safe, gentle and effective treatment to the young developing spine we are also able to optimize nervous system function and indirectly also have an effect on the other systems of the body also helping to improve their efficiency and function.
Support physical and postural development
A baby is born with primary spinal curves (known as sacral and thoracic kyphosis) and in the first year of life, the spine doubles in length while the secondary curves (neck and lower back lordosis). This is a lot of change in a little body in such a short amount of time! Gentle chiropractic manipulations can help to align your baby’s spine and improve overall posture as they progress through life.
To book a consultant and start enjoying the health benefits of chiropractic, contact our friendly team at Mount Street Chiropractic Centre today.