Does your child suffer from colic, breastfeeding difficulties, reflux, ear infections, behavioral problems, developmental delays or trouble sleeping? Chiropractic care offers a completely natural way to provide supportive care for these health issues. Chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Monique White and Dr. Sylvie Carpentier of Advanced Physical Health treat both children and adults in their Columbia, MO, office.
How can chiropractic care help children?
Parents are often surprised that infants and children are both subjected to stresses that can interfere with a healthy nervous system. Often, the natural birthing process is the first stressor place on your child's spine and nerves. The birthing process is tough on mom, but it's also on the baby as well. If any birth intervention was needed, such as forceps, Cesarean section or vacuum extraction, this can increase the amount of stress on the baby's fragile neck and head. Dr. Godfrey Gutmann, a German physician, conducted a study of over 1,000 newborns shortly after birth and discovered that over 80% of the infants had suffered trauma to their cervical spine, resulting in nerve interference1.
A healthy nervous system is essential during your child's development. Without it, your baby may have difficulty supporting his or her head or mastering the motor skills necessary to crawl and walk easily. If a spinal or cranial misalignment occurs during birth, your baby may be more likely to develop:
- Sleeping difficulties
- Trouble nursing
- Breathing problems
- Failure to thrive
Are child adjustments the same as adults?
We get this question all the time and the answer is no. A child's adjustment is very different than an adult adjustment. Your Columbia, MO, chiropractors use gentle techniques to improve spinal alignment and decrease pressure on the nerves. Our chiropractors use a light touch with the fignertips that is the same as checking the ripeness of a tomato. Often, babies sleep through adjustments!
We have a pediatric room dedicated to for our families. We are committed to making treatments a pleasant experience for both children and parents.
Can older children benefit from chiropractic care?
From the time your son or daughter becomes mobile, accidents and injuries are inevitable. Falling is just part of the process when your child learns to walk and run, but even minor falls can affect your child. As your child grows older, injuries are more likely as he or she becomes a daredevil at the playground or takes a tumble during a soccer game. Teenagers who spend hours tilting their heads to look at smartphones or digital screens can develop text neck, a painful condition that can cause permanent damage to your child's neck if it's not treated promptly.
Although your child may not always complain about pain, the effects on your son or daughter's spine, joints and nervous system may cause or contribute to a number of conditions or disease, such as:
- Chronic ear infections
- Digestive problems
- Frequent headaches
- Poor health due to lowered immune system function
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or behavioral problems
- Growing pains
- Allergies and asthma
- Poor posture
Chiropractic treatment can help reduce your child's symptoms and improve the quality of his or her life.
Protect your child's health with regular chiropractic treatments! Call Columbia, MO, chiropractors Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier and Dr. Monique White of Advanced Physical Health at (573) 446-2242 to schedule your child's appointment.