Why Chiropractic Care for children?

Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being.

When some parents think about having their infant checked for misalignment of the spine, many may envision the same force or technique being used on their infant that we use on them. When adjusting an infant, our chiropractors use about the same amount of pressure as when checking fruit for ripeness. In fact, if the baby happens to be asleep during the adjustment, they most likely won’t wake up.

The birth process, even a “normal” vaginal birth, can be quite traumatic to a baby. There is an estimated 70-90 pounds of pressure put on a baby’s spine during birth. Add any interventions, or “assistance” by the doctor or midwife in the form of pulling, forceps, vacuum or Caesarian section, and the baby can start off life with mis-alignments (subluxations) that can seriously affect his health. Immediate symptoms of subluxation in the newborn can be things like respiratory distress, nursing difficulties, or “failure to thrive.”

As the child develops, normal activities such as crawling, learning to walk, and the bumps and bruises that come along with it can create many stresses on a developing child’s spine. Past the toddler stage, kids are subjected to much the same physical, chemical, and emotional stresses that we all encounter and that cause mis-alignments.

The point is that the stresses many infants, toddlers, and children encounter can cause spinal and nerve-damaging subluxations with serious short and long-term consequences. If there is a time when it is most important for a person to have the best spinal alignment without nerve system interference, it is during the growth period. As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.

The only way to know if your child has subluxations is to have him checked by a pediatric chiropractor.

Why do millions of parents bring their children to chiropractors every year?

Most people think of going to a chiropractor when they are in pain or discomfort. Some realize that by removing stress from the body, chiropractic can help with other health conditions.

A pediatric chiropractic’s purpose is to remove stress from your child’s body allowing the natural healing power of the body to heal itself. This is best taught by thinking of our bodies as the environment. You can’t pollute any part of our environment without polluting every aspect of our environment. When you have stress stored in any system of your body, it affects every system of your body … your nervous system, digestive system, immune system, etc.

This is accomplished first, by analyzing the spinal column and related structures for balance and proper function. Where the spinal column is found to be functioning improperly, the Doctor of Chiropractic performs precise corrective procedures called spinal adjustments.

Using his/her hands and/or specialized instruments to gently and specifically correct those abnormal areas, doctors of chiropractic assist the spine and cranium to regain their intended state of balance and the nerve system is freed from stress.


Pediatric Chiropractic Care at Sunu

To set up pediatric chiropractic care for your little one, book with an appointment with one of our International Pediatric Association certified practitioners. Dr. Liz and Dr. Cait at Linden Hills, or Dr. Susan, Dr. Annie, or Dr. Courtney at our Minnetonka location.