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Chiropractic for Children

More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even so called 'natural' birthing methods can stress an infant's spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to stress on the nervous system.

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right away for spinal misalignment. As the infant grows, their activities affect their spinal alignment (learning to hold up their head, sit, crawl and walk, fall on their butt, etc, etc) These are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic.

As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) often occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body's ability to function at its best.


One of the most common reasons parents seek care for their child is for some sort of injury and the resulting misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal problems caused by these injuries, make the correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adulthood. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health.


Another reason parents seek chiropractic care is to get rid of a particular symptom or condition such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies and headaches (to name a few) because they have heard from other parents that chiropractic care can help.


It is important to understand that the doctor of chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is to check the child's spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves' ability to transmit this vital information.


The nerve system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.


Dr. Martin will take a case history and perform a specific chiropractic exam to determine if your child has any spinal subluxations. Our adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child's size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child's developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.


Once your family has experienced the many benefits of chiropractic care, please tell others!


Dr. Gary Martin, Irvine Chiropractor  
Rettig Chiropractic | Family Chiropractic and Massage |  949-559-7999

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