Chiropractic Families - Infants and Children

Chiropractic Care for my Child? Why? ....His Back doesn't Hurt.

Parents who often appreciate the importance of checkups for their child's teeth, hearing, eyes, ears, nose and throat draw a blank when it comes to the spine. A spinal checkup could be one of the most important of your child's life! Why? In addition to the stress of childbirth*, the constant jumping, falling, running and bumping of a normal childhood often cause vertebral subluxations, with serious health consequences if uncorrected.

A newborn's spine may be subject to abnormal stress as a result of a difficult birth, a breech presentation, forceps, caesarean birth, obstetrical error or abnormal in-utereo position during the last trimester. Such spinal stress can lead to many health problems, as demonstrated in a paper from the European medical journal, Manuelle Medizin, describing five-day-old infants with vertebral subluxations: "The clinical picture ranges from central motor impairment and development (sleeplessness, uncoordination, seizures) through ... impairments of vegetative regulatory systems (vomiting, digestive problems, elimination problems), to lowered resistance to infections, especially to ear-nose-and-throat infections."**

* Leboyer, F. Birth without violence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984, pp. 21,28..
** Gutman, G. Blocked atlantal nerve syndrome in babies and infants. Manuelle Medizine, 1987, 25, pp. 5-10.

Today we find more parents bringing their children to doctors of chiropractic for spinal checkups. Childhood falls and tumbles can affect growth of the spine. With a healthy spinal column, a child's body can better deal with the colds, flu and other problems that often make up young life. (Studies show increased immune function with Chiropractic care).

Without Chiropractic Care some Children will live in continued sickness, condemned to a life of taking medicines and perhaps even surgery.

Correction of vertebral subluxations in children's spines can have a powerful effect on many aspects of their lives. For many of the millions of school children in the United States alone who suffer from a learning impairment, chiropractic holds promise as a non-drug alternative. All children with learning disabilities and similar problems should have a chiropractic spinal checkup and a SAFE opinion including nutritional involvement! Ask Dr. Albrecht about his three children, now in their twenties, who've never had medical care, and are the definition of health! No drugs, no surgeries, no illnesses. Born at home and never miss school for endless days of illness (sometimes they wish they were sick to get out of school). When the entire school seems to have a " ___ virus" somehow, they always get "lucky" and avoid days of sickness!

No luck...Chiropractic care was applied in everyday life!

Childhood Ear Infections    (This really upsets the medical  "establishment"!)
Doctors of chiropractic have often noticed chiropractic's profound effect on ears and hearing. Among many chiropractic case histories, those of T.P. Roger, ages 6 and 9, are common. Both children were medically diagnosed with chronic ear infections and had been on antibiotics for years. "Both children have been free of medication and over-the-counter drugs for the three years since their first spinal adjustment."* Dr. G. Thomas Kovacs, D.C. described a 4-year-old girl with chronic ear infections, a 50% right ear hearing loss and adenoiditis: "After six weeks of chiropractic care, a follow-up visit was made to her pediatrician, an ENT specialist. Not only was there absolutely no sign of ear infection or inflammation, her adenoids, which were the worst the ENT had ever seen, were perfectly normal and healthy ... the family was told to continue chiropractic care because it had obviously worked."**

* Burnier, A. Chiropractic Pediatrics 1995, 1 (4).
** Kovacs, G.T. int'l Chiropractic Pediatrics Assoc. Newsletter, July 1995.


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