Little, Itty-Bitty Spines
“I remember the first time I was pregnant and saw my son in-utero. His arms moving about, that big ol’ head floating around and his body was so structured even before joining the family outside of my busting seams. In some ways, it was as if I had already seen him through his hiccups and movements. I already knew him within his sleeping patterns and tumbles on top of my bladder and pressure upon my pelvis and coccyx. However, I realized I knew nothing until the imagine of his spine popped up on the ultrasound screen. It was as if someone had found a precious element and painstakingly carved delicate pieces out to create a snowflake-like structure…all those vertebrae fitted neatly together as if they’d been like that the entire pregnancy. Although there was no color and the imagine came in and out of view for only a few minutes, his spine was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen in my life.”–Teagan’s Mom
“I am 4 years old. I’m a son and big brother. I was scared to get my back done, but saw mama do it. It helped her feel better. My favorite part was playing with all of the dinosaurs (toys in the adjustment room). I got a sticker, just one and candy. I would go back again. Dr. Mo was nice.”
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 nerve system stress.
As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may 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.
It is important to understand that the Doctor of Chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for mis-alignments that impair nerve 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 continued health of our spine is important and the earlier we start to maintain the structure that supports our life the better.
If you are interested in bringing your child in for a consultation please give us a call, (319)774-3811 or click HERE to schedule and appointment that works best for your family.