Chiropractic for Kids

The Birth Process 

The birth process may be one of the most traumatic events in our entire life!Even during the most "natural" birthing methods used today, stress to a still developing spine can and does occur. Difficult deliveries, the use of forceps to extract the child, compound the problems and many times damage (tear) the muscles of the neck and severely damage the spine. The resulting irritation of the nervous system on the newborn, can be the cause of the health problems they experience.

The spine is the lifeline of the body. Inside the spinal column is the spinal cord, a bundle containing billions of nerve fibers that will travel to every part of your child's body, sending messages and energy from the brain that regulates your child's health.

Most spinal column nerve blockages are caused by tiny fixations and misalignments of the spinal vertebrae. These tiny misalignments are called vertebral subluxations.

How Can A Childs Spine Lose Alignment? 

Spinal nerve damage, also known as vertebral subluxations can have many causes. Some injuries to the spine are caused during the birth process by obstetrical procedures.

For example, forceps are capable of causing damage to the newborn's spine, especially when they are used to pull or twist the head and neck. Babies were meant to be pushed and guided out of the birth canal-not pulled out. Immediately after birth, what do doctors do to the baby's spine? Have you ever seen the doctor dangling the baby by the feet?

Recently the medical profession recognized the Whiplash Shake Syndrome (WSS) which occurs when a baby is severely shaken. It can cause blindness, paralysis, convulsions, brain and/or eye damage. This is something chiropractors recognized nearly a century ago.


Childhood is a very physical time for all of us. The falls, the accidents, the jumping and running are all part of childhood, and yet, they can cause spinal misalignments and nerve damage. It would be wise for all parents to have their children's spine checked repeatedly, on a periodic basis throughout their growing up years.

Two pilot studies in Texas in the 1970's confirmed what chiropractors have known for years-that spinal adjustments can help children with emotional, behavioral and neurological problems. The kind of problems helped were hyperactivity, asthma, anxiety, low mental stamina, discipline problems,inability to concentrate and even low I.Q. and grades.

If your child is suffering from any of these common conditions it is essential he or she gets their spine checked for vertebral subluxation:

Is your child suffering from:               

  • Hypertension
  • Fever
  • Constipation
  • Stomach Ache
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Sore Throat
  • Sinus Problems
  • Bronchitis
  • Poor Concentration
  • Hip, Leg, Foot Pain
  • Colic
  • Poor Posture
  • Bed Wetting
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Numbness
  • Neckaches
  • Eye Problems
  • Skin Disorders
  • Frequent Colds
  • Arm, Hand Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Croup
  • Nervousness
  • Weakened or Fatigue
  • Ear Infections 
  • Irritability
  • Backaches
  • Cough
  • Asthma and Wheezing
  • Poor Coordination
  • Painful Joints
  • Shoulder Pain
  • At Arkansas Center for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, treatments are modified to fit a child's size and special needs. Their size, weight, and developmental stage are all taken into consideration before adjustments are performed.

    Many parents report reductions in behavioral problems. Increased immune response to colds, and in general, report that their children seem to be healthier than other children of the same age.

    Problems as Adults

    Many of the problems we see as adults can be traced back to injuries that occurred during our childhood. Contact sports such as soccer, football, baseball, hockey to name a few, can interfere with proper growth during rapid stages of spinal development.

    Your child's health starts with birth. A good example of this is seen in the "crack babies" born to drug users. What a way to start your life. Mothers who receive prenatal checkups at the Arkansas Center for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, relieve the stress on their bodies and so relieve the stressors passed to the child. A healthy diet, proper exercise, a stress-free environment and a total wellness lifestyle help to prepare for a happy, healthy baby.


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