A strong, healthy immune system gives your child high resistance to disease and infection. To work properly, the immune system must communicate with the brain through messages sent along nerve pathways in the body. When
something interferes with these messages, the immune system can make mistakes. Allergies are an example of a malfunctioning immune system; the body mistakes harmless substances for enemies it has to fight.
The spinal cord is our nerve "superhighway." Messages to and from the brain travel through the spinal cord. The spinal cord is protected by a stack of bones, the vertebrae. When spinal vertebrae are pushed out of alignment, they can rub, stretch or twist nearby nerves. This is vertebral subluxation. Because subluxations affect the spine, they can affect the immune system as well as the health and function of nearly every other tissue, organ, and system in the body.
A Doctor of Chiropractic has the expertise to properly evaluate and treat spinal subluxations. The goal of chiropractic is not just to treat symptoms of illness, but to find and correct problems that interfere with the body's own natural state of good health.
Vertebral subluxations result from stress on the body that can occur at any age. It may begin with the trauma of birth when powerful contractions squeeze an infant through the birth canal. This results in considerable stress on the neck, spine, nerves, and muscles.
As your child grows, the spine continues to receive a variety of jolts, bumps, spills, and twists in normal daily activities. Learning to walk, learning to skate or ride a bike, roughhousing with friends, playing sports, and a multitude of other activities can add up to stress on the spine. While this stress may not cause noticeable symptoms for some time, hidden structural changes can affect the health of the spinal nerves, and, in time, the whole body.
When spinal problems are left untreated, the body begins to change and adapt, trying to compensate for the problem. This can mean trouble for your child's future health. Fortunately, it is in early childhood when these underlying problems are most easily detected and corrected. Because babies and children grow rapidly, their pliant muscles, ligaments, and bones change quickly, too. This may be why they respond so well to early chiropractic treatment.
Scientific studies evaluating the effects of chiropractic care on children have indicated some very positive findings. A study in 1989 compared 200 children under the care of pediatricians with 200 children who were cared for by chiropractic doctors. The overall health of the children in chiropractic care was superior, with fewer ear infections and allergies, fewer cases of tonsillitis, and less need for antibiotics.
Another study from Denmark shows evidence that infants with colic are helped by chiropractic care, even when more traditional treatments fail. Of 316 babies treated by chiropractors in 50 different clinics, more than 90% improved. Children with allergies and asthma also show significant improvement under chiropractic care. Another advantage of chiropractic is the focus on whole body health. Your chiropractor can also offer you guidance with your child's overall wellness in areas such as nutrition, rest, and exercise.
Healthy children, happy parents
Every parent has to deal with a sick child at one time or another. Returning your child to good health becomes your number one priority. But the fact is, illness is often easier to prevent than it is to cure.
Even basically healthy children can be repeatedly affected by problems such as colds, flu, ear infections, allergies, and asthma. Some parents accept these problems as a routine part of childhood. However, repeated ailments may be a sign of a problem with the body's immune system.