Though the idea of chiropractic care for newborns seems unusual for those who equate adjustments with the wear-and-tear aches and pains of getting older, being born is a tough job. As many as 80% of newborns may experience strain in the head, neck and spine during the childbirth process. Dr. Sandy and Dr. Adam Elbaum are chiropractic pediatric specialists, and the Chester Family Chiropractic Center is a destination not only for infant care, but for total family wellness, in the Chester, Virginia area.
Yes. Just as an infant receives a modified version of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, pediatric chiropractic adjustments consider the small size and delicate state of newborns and infants.
The first year of life sees 50% lengthening of the child’s spine. Proper alignment assists both growth of spine as well as the operation and development of their young nervous systems. Whenever misalignment causes compression and pressure, the growth cycle slows or causes shape changes, events that may affect a child’s health for the rest of their lives.
Many adult patients receive chiropractic care due to conditions that trace back to their own childhoods. Had the problem been treated at an early age, the deterioration, pain, and loss of mobility that followed may never begin in the first place.
While a child may not experience pain from spinal alignment problems, maintaining good spine health promotes the proper functions of all the body’s systems. Research shows that good spinal alignment reduces headaches, ear infections, asthma, bedwetting and constipation in youngsters. Since chiropractic care is gentle and non-invasive, it’s often a positive experience in a healthcare environment, an important exposure in early life.
So often, people seek care only in times of pain or illness. The chiropractic method sees treatment as one aspect of a person’s overall wellness. A child won’t learn enough about being healthy in the 20 minutes they’re at Chester Family Chiropractic Center, so seeing good wellness habits at home encourages their development.
Regular chiropractic adjustments are just the beginning. Healthy diet, knowledge of appropriate nutritional supplements, physical activity, exercise and rest all contribute to wellness. When a child sees these practices as part of their daily lives, good health becomes “built in.”
Chester Family Chiropractic Center has the plans, programs, information and coaching to help you on your way to total Family Wellness.
Chester Family Chiropractic Center accepts most insurance plans. Please contact the office to confirm if your insurance is accepted.