I would like to share with you the importance of spinal health for kids, although, this section applies to every body, young and old, alike.
The majority of the patients I see are over 30 years old. However, I have the blessing and opportunity of being able to treat those children, whose parents understand the importance of Chiropractic care on their children’s health and well-being. My hope is that all children are given the gift of a healthy spine and nervous system.
OSHA has stated that the average child, by the age of 13 has incurred approximately 1,300 injuries to his or her spine. This sounds like it’s exaggerated, but, when you think about it, every time that child falls off a bed, changing table, hits their head, falls as they are learning how to walk, ride a bike, ride a scooter, off the swing… it adds up. I examined over 50 kids at a local Kindergarten, and every single one of the kids had a pelvic bone that was out of alignment, as well as, 4-5 vertebrae, at least. Most of them had a slight curvature of the spine.
This is important because the spine is the house for the spinal cord and nerves. The nerves are what give electricity and information to the body and returns information back up to the brain. If there is any stress in the nervous system, the communication between the brain and body starts to break down. It’s like this… you tie a rubber band around your finger and the finger begins to turn blue and starts to hurt… same concept in the spine.
Here are some specific spinal levels that affect certain areas of the body… pretty interesting:
- C1, in the upper neck, if ‘pinched’ can lead to headaches.
- C2 affects eyes, nose and throat, and if ‘out’ can lead to sinus trouble, allergies, and earaches.
- T1 (upper back): if ‘out’ can contribute to asthma symptoms.
- T3 nerve leads to the lungs.
- T6 leads to the stomach, and, if ‘pinched’ can lead to nervous stomach and stomach problems, including reflux.
- T10 nerve goes to the kidneys, and if pinched, can contribute to acne, skin conditions, and kidney troubles.
- L3 nerve leads to the uterus, and, if pinched, can contribute to menstrual cramps and bed wetting.
I work on lots of kids with anything from nervousness and anxiety to bed wetting, growing pains, headaches, sports injuries to stomach upset, asthma, and acid reflux. We get lots of great results, and these kids get to lead normal, healthy lives.
I adjust my kids, at least, once a month (the exception is my son, who is in India 9 months out of the year. He still calls me to work on him from here, when he needs help while he is there). They rarely get sick. They have never been on antibiotics, and I have never had the need for allopathic medication. I adjust them, if I am with them, when they fall or bang themselves against something.
My Challenge to you:I am offering 1 complementary adjustment per child this month. If you are in this area, bring your child in for a treatment. If you don’t live here, find a good Chiropractor or Craniosacral therapist and have your child’s spine checked. If you don’t have children, talk to others about the importance of spinal health. You are now armed with information…use it to help yourself and others!