Child and Family Chiropractic in Edina, MN
Our chiropractic team in Edina specializes in pediatric chiropractic care.
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At Chiropractic Health and Wellness in Edina, Minnesota, we specialize in the treatment of babies and children. There is a prevalent misconception that babies and children are really just like adults, but smaller. Obviously, they bear great similarity to their parents, but they have very particular needs and are troubled by problems that adults rarely experience. For example, how many adults experience colic, bedwetting, and chronic ear infections? Certainly there are some of us who experience incontinence and the occasional ear infection, or digestive upset with vomiting, but not to the extent nor with the frequency that babies and children do.
In addition to having smaller bodies, babies and children have relatively less well-developed musculature and therefore less muscular support for their spines and other joints. They are generally more flexible and experience more laxity (looseness) of the ligaments that surround and protect their joints. Their nervous systems are less well developed and so, quite often, are there immune systems. They are more susceptible to digestive upset because their digestive systems are often not fully developed. It should be obvious to anyone who has ever interacted with children that they are also subjected to all kinds of trauma which, in an adult, would require hospitalization. If you fell as many times and as hard as most children do, you would not be smiling and laughing as they often are 10 minutes later.
Why Do Babies and Children Need Chiropractic Care?
To start with, babies and children, just like their adult counterparts, have spines and nervous systems which are susceptible to stress, trauma and dysfunction. As in adults, the delicate nerve tissue of the spinal cord and associated nerves is being influenced and protected by the surrounding spinal column. Anything which causes an alteration in the function and alignment of that protective mechanism can and will influence the way the nervous system is capable of functioning. This is all the more important in babies and children because they are growing and developing rapidly. When a child is developing everything does not develop at once. Instead, children develop in stages and every possible resource must be available to them at every stage of development. If they are lacking proper nutrition, a safe home environment, clean air and water, and a properly functioning nervous system, then they will not develop properly and they may never fully achieve the development that was available at a given stage. It is a bit like having a window of opportunity that opens. When that particular window closes, then it is an opportunity that may be lost forever. The point is that it is absolutely essential for children to have properly functioning nervous systems throughout their growth and development.
As previously mentioned, babies and children are sensitive creatures. They are being bounced around, dropped, dragged, and otherwise subjected to benevolent abuse by their siblings, parents, and friends; and that is just in the normal course of events. There are also children who are subjected to various forms of real abuse, and that is a whole other thing. It is also important to point out that the very act or process of being born can cause significant stress on an underdeveloped spine and nervous system. Babies are often traumatized during the birth process and, as a result, require intervention and rebalancing. The doctors at Chiropractic Health and Wellness in Edina are well-versed in the care of infants, even newborns. Dr. Fargo, for example, adjusted his own children when they were less than an hour old.
What Kinds of Problems Do Children Experience?
Children can and will experience the same kind of issues that you, as an adult, experience. They can have back pain, knee pain, headaches, fatigue, irritability and a host of other complaints. In addition, they are particularly susceptible to, and chiropractic is especially helpful with, some of the following:
- colic and other digestive complaints
- poor coordination and balance
- poor athletic performance and hampered recovery
- chronic ear and sinus infections
- skin problems like acne and psoriasis
- poor concentration
- scoliosis and other spinal deformities
- poor posture and self-image
Children Living in the Information Age
We are currently living in a society where people in general, and children in particular, do not get enough physical exercise. That, alone, creates significant health issues for children. There are rising obesity rates with associated increased risk of cardiovascular disease and such diseases of lifestyle as Type II diabetes. It is a sad statement that our children are already being afflicted with conditions which normally wouldn’t appear until later in life. In addition to the lack of activity, children are sitting with poor posture and are using screens of various sorts including computers, laptops and smart phones. The use of this latter device has caused a clinical syndrome known as “text neck”. This condition results in a semipermanent alteration in the neck curve, the overall posture and even causes premature bone spur formation on the base of the skull. These types of distortions are “semipermanent” because, without intervention, they will persist throughout a person’s life, but, with intervention, significant improvement can be made and complete resolution is often possible. We owe it to our children to make sure that they are properly evaluated for spinal function and alignment and that they are educated about how to properly care for their bodies. In addition, we owe it to them to feed them well and to teach them how to feed themselves properly for the rest of their lives. Failure to do so will result in an increase in disease statistics and a declining life expectancy for the generations to come.
How is Chiropractic Care Different for Babies and Children?
While it is true that children are more delicate in some ways and susceptible to injury, they are also far more resilient than adults and therefore recover much more quickly. They have health reserves far in excess of what is available to the average adult. What this means, fortunately, is that their potential for recovery is very high and sometimes even a little chiropractic care goes a long way. While with an adult care might be required intensively over the course of weeks or months, a child might only need care intensively over the course of days or weeks. Another distinct difference in treating babies and children versus adults is how little is needed in the way of force. Children respond beautifully to simple touch and the holding of key points to balance the flow of energy in their nervous systems. While such light-touch techniques are also beneficial for adults, they are often the preferable method with babies and young children. It is a marvel to watch a baby undergoing this type of treatment which, though subtle, can create sometimes immediate and discernible changes in the child. Sometimes adjustments are done by hand, very gently, and sometimes instruments are used to deliver a very precise and very light force. You can rest assured that your child will be safe, nurtured and properly cared for by the doctors at Chiropractic Health and Wellness.
Receiving Care for Your Children
If you have a child who has never been checked by a chiropractor, then you should indeed have them checked. Just as you bring your children to a dentist to have their teeth checked, so should you bring your child to a chiropractor to have their spine and nervous system evaluated. This is true even if your child has no complaints and is apparently healthy. Just like adults, children can have functional issues without having symptoms. If, on the other hand, your child is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or you suspect that they might have issues with their spine, then call the doctors at Chiropractic Health and Wellness in Edina, Minnesota, to make an appointment. Your child will receive a thorough, comprehensive evaluation by one of our skilled and caring doctors and then we will care for them as if they were our own children.
Schedule a free consultation and examination at a time that’s convenient for you and begin the process of correcting the underlying cause of your health problems.