Children and Chiropractic
Regular chiropractic care can be of tremendous benefit to children. Many patients we see in clinic are coming to see a chiropractor after experiencing pain and headaches for years if not decades. With a thorough search into the patient history, we often find that the likely cause of these issues is some kind of childhood trauma – usually falls or car accidents.
Childhood is a fun time, but it sure can get rough! Ever seen a two-year-old big sister handle a newborn? Or watch a one-year-old learn to walk? How about the little four-year-old learning to skate, or the six-year-old learning to ride a two-wheeler? Then of course there’s hockey, horseback riding, Red Rover, tree-climbing, football, laser tag…..
Dr. Dan’s first rule with children is that they are great at healing themselves….and they’re pretty much made of rubber when they’re young (which is a good thing, when you start thinking about all the ways they manage to injure themselves sometimes). But some kids do need a little bit of help to reach their full potential. Chiropractic and in particular chiropractic neurology are excellent tools for kids who are dealing with a wide variety of childhood issues.
Dr. Dan isn’t going to spend a lot of time working on your child if they are healthy. But if you have a child who is struggling with a physical issue, or an emotional or learning disorder, then he is here to help.
Concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury, which is often caused by sport injury, bicycle or car accidents, or a severe blow to the head, or by acceleration without a direct blow to the head. This head injury can result in a temporary loss of brain function, and can cause a variety of cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine which may be congenital (a birth defect) or acquired (degenerative, arthritic, or traumatic). It is a sideways (lateral) curvature of the backbone that can range from mild to severe. Scoliosis can be a brain-based imbalance.
Traumatic injuries can include brain injuries or head injuries, and can be caused by falls or vehicle accidents. These include concussions and whiplash. In addition to the damage caused at the moment of injury, the brain can also sustain secondary injuries, a variety of events that take place in the minutes and days following the initial trauma. Such injuries must be treated as quickly as possible after the trauma to minimize the effects of the injury.