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Top 5 Reasons To Take Your Child To The Chiropractor

Why Do Your Children Need To See A Pediatric Chiropractor?

I am constantly getting asked why are so many parents taking their children to a certified pediatric chiropractor.  I tell them the answer is simple, children have spines and a nervous system just like adults and we want to make sure they are taking good care of it especially during the developmental years.

The Nervous System Controls Everything

The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord.  From the spinal cord are nerves that go to every organ, gland, tissue, muscle and cell of the body.  The nervous system is set up much like a big fuse box, and if there is a “blown fuse” a child could react with constipation, colic, bed wetting, ear infections, torticollis, fussiness, trouble sleeping, reflux and so on. Pediatric chiropractors can help with many childhood conditions, but our focus is not on treating disease or disorders.  Quite the opposite, our focus is on allowing the nervous system to function without interference or to remove the “blown fuse” known as a Subluxation.

A certified pediatric chiropractor will find and correct Subluxation with a safe and specific adjustment.
ICPA Certified Pediatric Chiropractor

Dr. Derek is Asheville’s ICPA Certified Pediatric Chiropractor

How Do You Want Your Tree To Grow?

The integrity and function of the nervous system is very important for proper growth and development, especially for children.  So, it is very important that the spine, which protects the nervous system, is moving properly and in proper alignment.  If the spine is misaligned it will cause a “blown fuse” and lead to many health issues. Think about a tree that is growing in your back yard.  We want that tree to grow nice and straight so it can be strong and as healthy as possible.  If we help the tree grow correctly from early on, it is much easier then to try and correct a tree that has grown “crooked” for 20 years. The idea is that by being proactive with children and allowing their spine and nervous system to grow properly early on we are preventing issues and the need to correct spinal misalignments later on in life.

How Do Children Get “Blown Fuses”?

Children unfortunately are over stressed much more than ever before.  The trauma that they encounter at an early age or even before they are born such as intrauterine constraints, birth trauma, malpositioning (breech), c-section, birth intervention (forceps/vacuum suction) and even falls are enough force to shift the spine out of alignment. Furthermore, a child that encounters chemical stress (vaccines, antibiotics, medication, diet) and emotional stress (fear) will also cause a protective (fight/flight) response or tension within the musculature that supports the spine.  These tense muscles can also misalign the spine and cause Subluxation. Bottom line: When a child has been through trauma and the spine becomes misaligned and Subluxated (blown fuse) it needs to be corrected with safe and effective chiropractic adjustments.  If the “blown fuse” is not removed, the spine will continue to grow “crooked” and the Subluxation will continue to cause health challenges such as constipation, colic, bed wetting, ear infections, torticollis, fussiness, trouble sleeping, reflux.  Later on in life it can create trouble with focus, behavior, mood, hyperactivity, digestion, asthma, allergies, headaches and sensory integration.

Asheville Chiropractor's kids

Dr. Derek’s kids

The health and happiness of your child is the most important thing.  Chiropractic care has been proven to be safe and effective at improving the wellbeing and happiness of children.

Just start talking to other mothers and families that have seen the benefits of chiropractic care.  The positive results are endless.

Chiropractic care along with proper lifestyle choices are the foundation for proper growth, development, health and happiness.

For more information please check out One Love Chiropractic.

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  1. Cal Driver says
    Feb 01, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Great post. I'd never thought to take my children to a chiropractor. You recommended taking children to a "certified pediatric chiropractor." I have a chiropractor who I've worked with for years who I trust completely. Would she be able to care for my children? Or would I need to find a different, more specialized children's chiropractor? Thanks!

    • says
      Oct 22, 2016 at 8:22 AM

      Cal - It really all depends on how comfortable and confident your chiropractor is. Trusting them is the most important part. All you have to do is ask and go from there. If you do need a pediatric certified chiropractor, check out Hope this helps and have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Jasper Whiteside says
    Nov 04, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    I had never considered taking a small child to the chiropractor. I had though maybe if there was some injury that needed to be addressed, but not as a preventative method. It would be helpful to get a head start and prevent scoliosis when the child is young and their skeletal system is more flexible than when they get older.

  3. jresquival says
    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:21 AM

    That's interesting that the increased stress kids are under has increased the chance for spine injury. I guess that's because of how quickly life moves in the present day. I'll have to make sure to find a pediatrician and chiropractor as my newborn gets older.

  4. Ridley Fitzgerald says
    Aug 03, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    I really like the idea of taking my kids to the chiropractor. It's great that it can help them grow properly, including their nervous system. My wife and I worry about that a lot, so we should take our son to the chiropractor, just to ease our minds.

  5. Jackie says
    Sep 23, 2020 at 6:06 PM

    I take both my boys to a pediatric chiropractor. One boy is 5 years old and the other is 6 months old. They love it! I feel better knowing that I am doing the best to improve their immunity. The same chiropractor is my chiropractor, and she is certified in children and women's health. I also saw her throughout my entire pregnancies.

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