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Healthier Children with Chiropractic

"Chiropractic care for my child? Why? Her back doesn’t bother her." Often chiropractors have encountered parents who appreciate the importance of regular checkups for their children’s teeth, hearing and vision but draw a blank when it comes to a spinal checkup. That is distressing because a spinal checkup could be one of the most important checkups your children will ever have! The reason it’s so important is because your children’s spines protect their spinal cords, an extension of their brains. The spinal cord contains billions of nerve fibers that send messages and energy to every part of their bodies.

If there is blockage of any of the nerves along the spinal cord, any nerve damage at all, then a state of "dis-ease" can develop. Dis-ease is a state of disharmony in the body which can lead to lowered resistance to disease, organ malfunction, sickness and disease.1 Blockage of nerves in the spinal column is usually caused by tiny misalignments of the spinal vertebrae called vertebral subluxations.

The first subluxation

How can your child’s spine lose its natural alignment and develop subluxations? Vertebral subluxations have many possible causes, some of which may occur as early as labor. Injuries can occur to a baby’s spine at birth due to a breech presentation or a difficult delivery that puts too much stress on the child’s body. Health problems in childhood or even adulthood have been traced back to spinal damage at birth.

Toddlerhood through childhood is a very "physical" time. Those first hesitant steps soon evolve into jumping and running, and falls and accidents are all part of a normal childhood. While most falls are minor, at times they can cause spinal and nerve-damaging vertebral subluxations with serious long-term consequences.2 For that reason all children need periodic chiropractic spinal checkups.

Doctors of chiropractic love to see the whole family, from babies to grandparents, coming in for spinal checkups. Many "chiropractic families" report having more energy, improved health and less dependency on drugs and medication. It is not unusual to hear parents state that since getting under chiropractic care their children get sick less frequently, less severely, have less ear infections and take less (or no) antibiotics and other drugs than their classmates.3

For decades parents, clinicians and researchers have noticed positive changes in not only physical health, but have also seen behavioral and emotional improvements in children under chiropractic care. Among the observed benefits are improvements in children with hyperactivity, autism, anxiety, low mental stamina, lack of concentration, asthma and discipline problems. Improvements in grades and IQ have also been recorded. 4-9 The mechanisms explaining these results are varied. There is evidence that subluxation correction improves blood flow to the brain.10

Signs and Symptoms

If your child or a child you know is suffering from any of the following common conditions, it is essential to get his/her spine checked for vertebral subluxations; not as a treatment for these conditions, but because all children, especially if they are ill, need healthy spines. Being free of blockages to the flow of energy and information over his/her nervous system can make a big difference in your child’s physical and emotional health.

Symptoms: Poor concentration, vision problems loss of hearing, ear infections, stomachaches, sinus problems, poor coordination, asthma and wheezing, poor posture, scoliosis, constipation, sore throat, allergies, bed-wetting, colic, bronchitis, headaches, hyperactivity.

More and more families are finding that periodic chiropractic spinal checkups for their children make a big difference in their health. Why not include chiropractic checkups as part of your family’s health care?

Quotes of the month

"Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence." Vince Lombardi

"If you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain." Jimmy Durante

September is Children’s Month

Dr. Maloof is offering Free Chiropractic Examinations in September so our kids can grow up to be healthy. Do you want your child to grow up with the same health problems you are facing today? Save them a lifetime of problems-You can make the difference in their life TODAY!!!

Don’t wait…have your kids checked before it’s too late. Be sure to refer children in this month to be checked by Dr. Maloof.

Dr. Catherine Maloof
(949) 581-6543

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