The Chiropractic care that we provide is an effective and affordable program that addresses children’s health conditions associated with the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Gentle, non-invasive and drug-free, chiropractic adjustments treat, resolve, and prevent a wide range of health problems. Recent research by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) found spinal manipulative therapy safe and successful in treating children of all ages. Children need a healthy spine and structural system for a healthy and happy life. Health problems in childhood or even adulthood have been linked to spinal damage at birth. Regular pediatric chiropractic care brings out the best in children.
Chiropractic Care and Acute Conditions in Children
Acute conditions may result from birth trauma, sports mishaps and accidental injury. Chiropractic care benefits children by correcting the spinal alignment to improve their overall health. When vertebral joints are misaligned during birth or from a blow or fall, muscle tissue and nerves may also be affected. Spinal adjustment frees joints, restores motion and relieves nerve pressure, which may be the cause of additional ailments. Parents report successful treatment of children’s health issues such as acute earache, upper respiratory infection, muscle pain, neck pain and accident trauma.
Chiropractic Care and Chronic Conditions in Children
Chiropractic America reports that natural, drug-free chiropractic care is sometimes more effective than traditional medical approaches for chronic earache, scoliosis, and neck pain. Headaches and sleep disorders of nonspecific causes respond well to spinal adjustments, which affect and repair interrupted neural pathways. Asthma, allergy symptoms, and patterns of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also be treatable with chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Care and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Chiropractic care is an essential cornerstone of treatment for any child with a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with SPD, ADHD and ASD are said to have a “disconnect” between the brain and the body. A properly functioning nervous sytem, which includes the sensory, autonomic and motor nerves, is imperative to help overcome the symptoms associated with these disorders. Because all neurology is affected by spinal structure, it is essential that children with signs of ND be evaluated by a chiropractor for vertebral subluxations (misalignments of the spine) that can cause interference within the brain, sensory and motor systems. In children with ND there is often a history of a traumatic or difficult birth, c-section, or breach birth; all of which can cause injury and subluxations to the spine. Additional causes include; falls, car accidents, heavy backpacks and spinal injuries caused most often by recreational sports.
Chiropractic Care and Prevention of Ailments
Periodic ongoing adjustments at a young age may help stave off the above ailments before they begin. Proper spinal alignment now may delay or prevent degenerative bone or joint disease, such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. In addition to maintaining children’s health, regular visits to our office will help instill the value of proactive health care in kids. They’ll be more likely to monitor and manage their health as they grow up and less likely to be afraid or in denial of any health problems. Encouraging good lifelong health habits is one of chiropractic’s best benefits for kids.
Common Symptoms We Treat
Academic success and social popularity are essential, but they’re not the top priority for most parents. Every parent, however, wants their children to be happy. At Vital Wellness Center, our pediatric chiropractor knows that happiness begins with good health.
Our team also knows that the first authority on how well a particular healthcare program or therapy isn’t your child’s teacher, a famed medical journal, or even us. It’s you. While your child can tell you how they are feeling, you have the life experience and critical judgment to determine if pediatric chiropractic care improves your child’s health. Even if you have a teenager, they still need your valuable input regarding their healthcare decisions.
Your role in assessing your child’s health care is more than just a lofty sentiment we use to inspire our patients or encourage you to become one. It is based on research. A recent study of parents of children under 12 years of age found that 99.16% of them believed that their pediatric chiropractor provided them with the information they needed to participate in care decisions fully. In addition to equipping them with the tools to be involved in care, 99.6% of parents believed that their child reaped the benefits of pediatric chiropractic care.
Benefits for Babies In Utero
During pregnancy, as your baby develops, your uterus enlarges to accommodate the growth. An unbalanced pelvis can cause the ligaments connected to the uterus to become torqued and twisted. This can create an uneven pull on the uterus, which could potentially restrict the baby’s movement and optimal positioning. In extreme cases, the baby does not have the room to move into the head down position and is considered to be breech.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help reduce your risk of these issues. As our chiropractor adjusts your spine and gets your pelvis in a balanced state, the ligaments connected to the uterus maintain an equalized, supportive suspension. This allows your baby the space it needs while developing in utero.
Benefits for Infants
Infancy is a magical time, and if you have an infant, we’d like to offer our congratulations. We know you want the best start possible for your child. Colic is a condition of extreme fussiness and crying in infants. While all babies cry, a colicky baby will cry frequently or for long periods even if they’re well-fed, dry, and warm. Since most colic episodes occur in the evenings, colic is a problem for the entire family.
A recent study demonstrated that pediatric chiropractic can help with colic. Researchers divided colicky infants into two groups. The group of babies who saw a pediatric chiropractor cried for half an hour less than those who didn’t receive pediatric chiropractic Elburn IL intervention. If you’re a new parent, our pediatric chiropractor would be happy to help you and your infant get a bit more rest.
Benefits for Toddlers
Toddlerhood ranges from 12 to 36 months. If you have a toddler, you know that they’re constantly pushing their own boundaries and yours. This is the age of “no” to everyone else and “yes” to everything they want to try for themselves. Crawling, walking, climbing, and running are some of their favorite things.
When a toddler isn’t meeting developmental milestones, of course, it becomes a concern for parents. Milestones with the progressive freedoms and abundant joys they bring your child are a part of toddlerhood. A recent clinical research vignette illustrates this point quite well.
A 15-month old male who couldn’t crawl, stand, or walk unassisted received full spinal pediatric chiropractic Elburn IL care for 16 weeks. During his 10 visits, his body developed the ability to support his development. At the end of this four-month timeframe, he could independently crawl and stand. He was also starting to walk alone.
Benefits for Children
Once toddlers begin moving, they can cause misadventures and headaches for everyone, including older school-aged siblings. Whatever the cause of headaches, they lead to increased downtime and decreased productivity for everyone. When they occur in three- to 12-year-old children, they can lead to additional issues as school-age children are developing a sense of industry over inferiority, the foundation of their later work ethic.
Pediatric chiropractic Elburn IL can help your child with headaches. A recent research project revealed that spinal adjustment from a pediatric chiropractor reduced the number of days children experienced headaches. The most important finding of this study was that the children felt that their headaches had improved. At our pediatric chiropractic Elburn IL office, we would welcome the opportunity to help your child feel better every day.
Benefits for Teens
Once they’ve left childhood behind, your teen is vying for their future, not just the car keys. It is also an age when their physical development is skyrocketing. Scoliosis, or an excessively curved spine, is a common problem among preteens and teens.
A recent research report of a 15-year-old girl demonstrates the impact pediatric chiropractic care can have on scoliosis. This teen arrived at a pediatric chiropractor’s office with a scoliosis curve of 27-degrees. She had 24 in-office treatments and 45 prescribed exercise sessions. At the end of her 15-week treatment course, her angle had reduced to eight degrees. We encourage you to call or email us for consultation with Dr. David Foss today at our pediatric chiropractic Elburn IL office.
How Will You Feel After Your First Treatment?
Wondering how you’ll feel after your first few adjustments? Read on:
Some people report feeling great!
Research indicates that some patients receiving chiropractic adjustments may experience a mild side effect of some kind (Cagnie, Vinck, Beernaert & Cambier, 2004; Chaibi, Benth, Tuchin & Russell, 2017). Many patients feel the effects of an adjustment right away, while it may take a bit longer for others. Since everyone is unique, it’s impossible to make exact predictions about how your body will react to the first adjustments from Dr. Foss, so here are some common experiences reported by patients to help you prepare for the possibilities!
Some feel a little bit sore…
Other people report minor discomfort after their first adjustments, particularly in the areas of greatest subluxation. A 2017 study by Chaibi, Benth, Tuchin and Russell indicates that 11.3% of patients receiving chiropractic adjustments during the study experienced a mild, localized tenderness afterward. Muscle soreness is also a common experience and was noted by a study in which 13% of participants reported sore muscles after an adjustment (Meier, Evans, Hartvigsen, Shulz & Bronfort, 2015). The muscles around your spine have been pushing and pulling in the same directions for many years, which has maintained the misalignment of your vertebrae. Now those muscles are being asked to push and pull in the directions that maintain correct alignment, so it’s only natural to expect them to be a bit sore!
Regardless of the type of discomfort, it tends to be mild and usually occurs within 4 hours after an adjustment and resolves within 24 hours (Cagnie, 2004).
(Side note: the “muscle memory” that maintains incorrect vertebral alignment is why multiple adjustments are needed to correct the spine – the muscles need to be retrained!)
Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Foss about any concerns!
Some people report not feeling much different.
Lastly, some people report not feeling any different after their first adjustments. Even though you may not notice any effects, rest assured that important changes are taking place! Chiropractic adjustments won’t always make you feel better instantly, but they’ll make you heal better instantly!