In my 33 years of practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic, I have had the opportunity to treat many children for a variety of conditions. I often find my adult patients surprised when they see parents bringing their infants or toddlers to the office for a spinal examination or adjustment. There are many causes for spinal subluxation in young children which can lead to an array of symptoms such as
· Difficulty breastfeeding
· Sleep disturbances
· Decreased mobility in the spine or extremities
· Developmental delays in sitting up, crawling or walking
· Ear infections
Each of these symptoms has specific causes in the spinal column or extremities. Just like adults, a child’s spine is susceptible to trauma from injuries, falls and even the birth process itself. For older children too much time sitting at school, at a computer or using an electronic device can affect their posture and spinal health.
A Doctor of Chiropractic will perform a thorough examination on your child, looking for areas of spinal fixation or misalignment. She will also evaluate the extremities to insure normal alignment of the knees, hips, feet or shoulders. Finding these childhood misalignments early will not only treat the current symptoms but may also prevent long-term spinal problems as they grow into adulthood.
For more information on pediatric chiropractic care or to schedule an appointment for your child, please call Northwest Wellness at 253-927-0660