With that message reverberating all over the internet, it’s easy to feel we as parents are stuck. Stuck with chemicals in our environment and in our food. Stuck with technology everywhere that is limiting our children’s potential.
So we need reminders that we are still in charge. In charge of our bodies and in charge of our children’s bodies until they can make decisions for themselves.
If you’re feeling stuck, hear this:
Our bodies strive toward health.
There are options to create health in our bodies and in our kids’ bodies.
Every function we perform in life is controlled by our brain to body connection through the spine. Caring for the spine and nervous system ensures our bodies are functioning optimally.
Dr. Jacob Fletcher, DC who inspired this post, compares it to our cell phones. Making calls with just one bar means we might not be getting the greatest connection. Wouldn’t you choose to make calls with full signal if you could?
Three Myths About Kids and Chiropractic Care
Myth #1: Chiropractic treatments for kids is the same as for adults.
Truth: Adjustments for infants and kids are extremely gentle.
In fact, the pressure used for an infant whether in an exam or during the adjustment is the same pressure as you put on a ripe tomato, before your finger goes through the skin. If you break the skin of the tomato, you pushed harder than the chiropractor pushes.
Myth #2: My baby/toddler/kid is perfectly healthy so there’s no reason for them to get treated.
Truth: Just living life causes imbalances or subluxations in the spine. Watch kids at a playground or wait until your baby learns to walk, if you don’t believe me. It’s ideal to catch these imbalances before they cause outward symptoms. And it allows our kids to grow as optimally as possible.
Myth #3: If my pediatrician recommends prescription medication or surgery for my child’s condition, then that’s what we need to do.
Truth: You may have more options than your pediatrician may tell you.
Have you exhausted all options before arriving at pharmaceuticals or an invasive surgery?
Take ear infections for example. Despite the AAP warning against antibiotic use, this is typically the first course of treatment for ear infections. Dr. Jacob commonly sees children who have had 3 or 4 consecutive rounds of antibiotics that have not resolved the issue.
The good news is that the ever important upper cervical spine (neck) also controls the inner ear and immune function! That’s why chiropractic works so well to get ears draining without tubes and without surgery.
If you are looking for a chiropractor to evaluate and potentially address some symptoms in your children in a natural way, find one who has additional training in treating children.
You can also look for a doctor who is C.A.C.C.P. (or certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics) which means the doctor has taken an extra 200 hours of training for treating both children and pregnant women.
A Personal Note: One of the reasons I nursed was to boost my daughter’s immune system. I wanted a natural birth because I wanted her to pick up good bacteria on her way out. And she’s been receiving chiropractic care her whole life because I want her learning and growth fueled by a nervous system without any impingement or hangups.
For me, having her spine checked regularly and addressing any imbalances is almost comforting. Especially if she’s taken a tumble (this is why they call them toddlers,) I am a little relieved once the chiropractor examines her and gives us the OK. She’s ready for one more day of being a kid!
“It’s easier to grow a healthy child than fix a broken adult.”
The chiropractor consulted for this article is Dr. Jacob Fletcher DC of Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health. He and his wife Dr. Maura Fletcher DC both hold post-doctorate certifications in pediatric and prenatal care and are passionate about helping parents raise healthy kids.