The answer is YES! Most misalignments
of the spine occur before the age of 10 and get progressively
worse with time if left untreated. As you well know, falls
and injuries are very common to children. Learning to walk
or ride a bike, wrestling with other children, even being tossed
up in the air by loving parents can all lead to misalignments
of the bones in the spine. These misalignments are called subluxations.
Subluxations of the spine result in nerve damage and loss of
proper function and health. (See more information in our About
Chiropractic Section). In addition to the aforementioned symptoms,
theses misalignments along with poor posture and childhood
muscle imbalances may lead to scoliosis, which may continue
to progress throughout adolescence. Chiropractors across the
nation help thousands of children each day with safe, natural
With regular chiropractic check-ups,
a child will be allowed the opportunity to correct misalignments
of the spine (subluxations) in their early phases before permanent
damage can occur. Children should have their spine checked
immediately after birth (especially in a traumatic birth such
as a forceps delivery) and then at least 2-4 times a year until
fully grown. (This number will vary from child to child). It
is also important for a child's spine to be chiropractically
evaluated before participation in a new sport such as football,
basketball, tennis, soccer, or gymnastics as most subluxations
that occur in this age range musculoskeletal trauma related.
Children need chiropractic
care for the same reason as adults -- to restore proper alignment
of the spine and allow proper functioning of the nervous system.
In fact, children will benefit to a greater extent by chiropractors
than adults. The reason for this is that subluxations are detected
early before they progress into higher levels of damage. If
it is determined that your child needs care they will almost
always need it at a lesser amount than their adult counterpart.
Just as a childhood fracture heals almost twice as fast as
the adults, their body will hold the adjustment much better
and sooner than the adult spine. Chiropractic care at an early
age can allow children to grow up with their bodies functioning
at higher levels.
The tests listed below can
help indicate to you that your child needs chiropractic care.
These home tests in no way replace a proper examination by
your chiropractor. These tests and many others will be used
at Miller Clark Chiropracticto fully evaluate your child.
If any of these tests are positive, give us a call to schedule
a check-up or to ask further questions about your child's health,
and we are more than willing to work concurrently with your
Test: Have your child bring you a pair
of their shoes. Hard soled shoes will work best for this
test. Examine the heels to see if one heel is worn out
more than the other. If so, this can indicate pelvic imbalance
do to a subluxation.
Check Test: This test can be done easier
with your child's shoes on. Have your child lay on the
floor on their back. Kneel down by your child's feet and
gently grasp the bottom of the shoes. Gently pull both
legs a few inches towards you and bring your child's feet
together. Is one leg longer than the other? If so, this
is an important clue to a larger problem.
Test: This test should be performed with
your child barefoot. Having his or her shirt off may help
as well. Standing directly behind your child place your
finger at the top of each hip. Is one higher than the other?
Next, look at the shoulders. Is one shoulder higher than
the other? They should not be. Next check to see if your
child's head tilts to one side of the other. Imbalances
in any of these three areas are abnormal.
Test: Now step behind your child. Look
at the muscles on your child's back. Is one side more developed
than the other? Next run your fingers down the bumps in
your child's spine. Does it curve to one side or the other?
The spine should be relatively straight.
Pains: If your child complains of growing
pains, please listen as this may be an important clue.
Your child may have a pelvic/low back subluxation, or misalignments
in the bones in the leg or the feet. If "growing pains" were
normal why does, as in many cases, only one leg have the
problem, and why don't all kids have them? If one or more
of these signs exist in a child 16 or under please call
and make an appointment today. At Miller Clark Chiropractic
we offer a free exam and x-rays (when indicated) to any
child whose parent performs these tests. Just tell us you
found a positive web site test.
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