Raising children is one of life’s most challenging and rewarding jobs. Children need us in so many ways throughout their lives. One of our greatest responsibilities as parents is that of caring for their health. Kids are exposed to their share of bumps, bruises, and illnesses, and as a parent we want to ensure their continued health and well-being with the proper medical care. One avenue to good health that is often overlooked is pediatric chiropractic care.
Why Consider Chiropractic Care?
There are three main reasons to bring your child to an OHP Kelowna chiropractor. The first is for treatment relating to symptoms. Adults often visit a chiropractor because they are experiencing pain.
But children usually do not complain of pain, but rather they develop other symptoms that indicate that their bodies are not working right. A baby may be fussy, colicky, or have trouble sleeping. She may not be able to latch on properly for nursing. Or she may have chronic colds, ear infections, or constipation. Other symptoms that our OHP Kelowna chiropractors see children for are bedwetting, asthma, allergies, growing pains, hyperactivity, headaches, and back pain.
The second reason to bring your child to a chiropractor is for preventative wellness checkups, similar to dental checkups for cavities. These checkups focus on the structure and function of the spine and cranium. A child’s spine grows 50% in the first year of life, therefore any structural problem in the spine is magnified when you think of all the growth that occurs. Wellness checks are a great way to ensure proper growth and development for your child.
The third reason to bring your child to an OHP Kelowna chiropractor is for a newborn structural evaluation following the birth process. Most babies come through the process of labor and delivery without problems, yet some babies suffer from mechanical issues. The forces of the labor and delivery process can affect the baby’s spine and cranium in ways that are unhealthy. The joints can get locked up and interfere with the baby’s nervous system which can lead to symptoms.
Chiropractors are trained to find and adjust problems in the spine, cranium or other joints of the body known as subluxations. A subluxation is when a joint between two bones is either not moving properly or one of the bones is not in the right place relative to the other bone. A child’s body is run by her nervous system which is housed within her spine and cranium. Improper movement of her spine or cranium can interfere with the function of her nervous system.
Subluxations affect kids in two different ways, either structurally, for example by inhibiting bone growth resulting in a scoliosis, or functionally, resulting in interference with the body’s function.
A subluxation can interfere with the function of a nerve in that area of the body. If the nerve goes to a pain receptor, the child will experience pain. If the nerve goes to a muscle, the subluxation can cause a muscle spasm. If the nerve goes to an organ such as the lungs, stomach, or bladder, we can see dysfunction in that organ.
Chiropractic adjustments are so gentle that infants often fall asleep during their visit! Get in touch today to book a consultation.