At Optimal Wellness Chiropractic, we stress the importance of checking babies early for misalignments and imbalances in the spine. These imbalances may be the result of the birth process, which can stress an infant’s skull, spine and pelvis. The cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections can often be traced to nervous system irritation caused by these spinal and cranial misalignments.
When a child is first brought into our office, the first thing the doctor will do is conduct a thorough history of your child’s health and any complaints. This is followed by a complete physical examination of the child’s spine. Dr. Jennifer Alonso is specially trained to evaluate pediatric spinal problems, and will use gentle, specific skills to find and adjust any involved spinal areas. Chiropractic care is ‘tailored’ to the individual and their particular spine, and children are no exception. We offer specific, gentle adjustments appropriate to the infant and child’s spine.
One of the most common reasons for parents to seek chiropractic care for their child is physical trauma from an injury of some sort. Falls, sporting injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all in day in the classroom are all physical stresses that can affect a child’s spine. In addition to physical stress, parents should be aware that emotional and chemical stress affect the child’s nervous system and may also warrant a spinal check up.
Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal dysfunction resulting from these stresses, and chiropractic adjustments may help to enhance future function and well-being.