Chiropractic care isn’t just for adults, children can benefit too! Many people think, “What could a child need an adjustment for?” However, there are many traumas that children go through that can cause spinal misalignment and result in larger problems.
The birth process is the first traumatic event children go through. During birth, the neck and spine of a baby can easily become misaligned due to the stretching and compression that takes place. As a child develops, new activities such as supporting the head, crawling, and learning to walk put additional stress on the spine. These misalignments can irritate nerves. Irritated nerves can reduce the function of muscles and major body systems, and cause a wide array of symptoms.
In infants, irritated nerves can contribute to the symptoms of colic. In toddlers, irritated nerves and spinal misalignments are often related to ear infections. In older children, irritated nerves can be related to asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, or can complicate sports injuries. Several studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of chiropractic for treating colic, ear infections, and asthma. Studies supporting the use of chiropractic care for the treatment of scoliosis and other common spinal problems is also readily available.
Dr. Emily Brueggeman has completed a 36 Hour Pediatric Chiropractic Certificate Course. The seminar series was hosted by Logan College of Chiropractic and featured internationally renowned speaker Dr. Steve Williams. The training has provided Dr. Brueggeman with additional safe and gentle treatment options for infants and children. Chiropractic adjustments that are used with children are modified to be gentle, and often require only light sustained pressure with one or two fingers.