Written by Dr. Ben Lerner.
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Contrary to what you may have been thinking, children are actually more and not less likely to have spinal issues. Between standard childhood mishaps, trauma from the birth process, and the reality that when a child is learning to walk he or she falls enough times in an hour to hospitalize an adult, it is highly likely that a spinal condition, including vertebral subluxation, would exist.
The following are facts about a child’s spine:
* The joints and bones in children are not yet full formed and are very fragile.
* The spinal joints in children need to function properly in all ranges of motion
* Ligaments, tendons, and muscles are in an ever-growing state and very sensitive to trauma.
* If unequal pressure on the growth plates of the bones exists due to vertebral subluxation, poor posture or concussive forces, this can lead to improper function and mal-development of bones in the spine and extremities.
* If the spine is bent, shifted, or imbalanced in any way, this creates unwanted nerve stress and could grow into scoliosis or other spinal abnormalities that become “adult complaints.” It’s not normal to have a bad back as an adult, it is merely common because of how likely it is you would’ve have caused a problem early on in life.
* The sensitive nervous system of a child is responsible for not only organ system function as in an adult but also normal growth and development. Therefore, in many ways, central nervous system interference in children has the potential to have a much more hazardous effect on their futures than on an adult’s.
Doctors of chiropractic have included children in their wellness practices for more than a hundred years. Go to just about any chiropractor’s office in the world who adjusts children and you’ll find that in addition to the research, parents report that their children with ear infections, colic, bed-wetting, asthma, hyperactivity, and other conditions have improved with chiropractic adjustments.[viii]
Through the years, chiropractic techniques have evolved, improved, and been measured for effectiveness. It has been estimated that more than 25 million adjustments are given to children each year in the United States.
Considering all the falls, accidents, jars, jerks, and jolts that the average child faces, it’s no surprise that such a mass amount of children have faulty postures or curvature of the spine, which may cause headaches, auditory problems, dizziness, motor problems and other disturbances.[ix]
In fact a comparative study of kids raised under chiropractic vs. those raised under medicine showed that chiropractic kids are less prone to infections such as otitis media (inner ear infections), tonsillitis, and that their immune systems are better able to cope with allergens as compared to children raised under traditional medicine. The chiropractic kids also used less antibiotics and recovered more rapidly from injury or illness.[x]
As findings in different areas of the world and inside the chiropractic profession clearly show the need for chiropractic care for children, more and more medical doctors are recommending this too. One medical study wrote: “For many families in the U.S., Chiropractic care is no longer an alternative, but an integral part of regular healthcare, both for health promotion and the treatment of common diseases.”[xi]
Every child from birth onward should have access to chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxations, which interfere with their ability to be as healthy as possible.