Your body was designed to be healthy! When your nervous system is free of interference (Subluxation)... Health Happens!
Chiropractic for Children
The birth process may be one of the most traumatic events of our lives. Even so-called “natural” birthing methods can stress a still-developing spine. The resulting irritation to the nervous system can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, unexplained crying, poor appetite, breathing problems and allergic reactions can often be traced to nervous system dysfunction caused by a malfunctioning spine.
After head support is achieved, when a baby starts crawling, and a baby’s first few steps should be followed by chiropractic checkups. If neglected, the bumps and falls during this period of rapid growth may lead to serious spinal deformities later in life. This can set the stage for scoliosis, “growing pains,” and a weakened immune system response.
Chiropractic adjusting techniques are modified to fit a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal problem. Parents often report that their children seem healthier than other kids their age. Many spinal problems seen in adults begin in childhood. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health. Do you know a child who could benefit from chiropractic care?
How early should a child get adjusted?
It’s never too soon to have your children adjusted. Subluxations can occur at any time. The first one may very well have occurred at your baby’s birth. That is why parents who understand the importance of being subluxation-free have their newborns examined by their chiropractor as soon after birth as possible. By correcting subluxations at an early age, the damage that inevitably comes from functioning at less than optimal levels can be prevented.
The longer a subluxation is present, the greater the damage. In addition, the longer a subluxation is present, the longer your child’s body will continue to “reproduce itself” (i.e., grow) in the wrong way! "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree!" Many people who come into a chiropractor’s office for the first time as adults would have had far greater potential for regaining their health if they had received regular chiropractic care as children.
Chiropractic During Pregnancy
Chiropractic care can be quite helpful during all stages of pregnancy. This period of rapid development, hormonal changes, the laxity of connective ligaments, and shifting of weight- bearing structures, may cause many pregnant women to experience low back pain. Chiropractic care can be very helpful besides helping to relieve the discomfort many expectant mothers experience; chiropractic care helps normalize nervous system function. This is an important component of overall health.
The benefits of chiropractic care may also be noticed during delivery. Many Chiropractic patients report that their deliveries were faster and more comfortable than deliveries previous to chiropractic care!
Your Doctor of Chiropractic will take special precautions with you during your pregnancy. Modifications to the table or adjusting techniques are made during each stage of pregnancy. Pamper yourself and your baby with regular chiropractic checkups.
Chiropractic for Seniors
Regardless of age, when spinal damage goes uncorrected, the body deposits calcium on the surface of adjacent bones that are not moving properly.
If neglected long enough this splinting effect can result in complete fusion. This worsening process is called Subluxation Degeneration and can occur throughout the spine. Researches recognize several phases of decay.
Phase One: Usually seen as the misalignment and malfunction of the spine. Normal spinal motion, curves and disc spacing are altered. Because the body is so adaptable, this early phase can exist without the warning of pain or other symptoms. If left uncorrected, the degeneration continues.
Phase Two: Recognized on X-ray views of the spine visible bone spurs and rough edges of the vertebrae. Soft tissues, such as discs and ligaments degenerate from the lack of normal joint movement. Again, pain or other symptoms may not be present.
Phase Three: A lifetime of neglect may cause the eventual fusion of malfunctioning joints. Atrophy, permanent nerve damage, and soft tissue degeneration are prevalent. Reduced mobility and impaired nervous system function diminish one's quality of life.
Does Degenerative Disc Disease cause back pain in older people?
Possibly, but not necessarily. When thinking of the answer to this question, it is important to first understand the purpose of "pain." Pain is an indicator that there is something wrong. Pain is a symptom that is brought on to tell you to make a change. When what you have been doing is not working, it is time for a change in your life. We should all be thankful for pain, as it warns us to make a change.
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is a condition that can cause pain, but not always. It is a form of arthritis that affects approximately 9% of children without causing low back pain at all! So therefore, DDD does not just affect older people, and it does not have to cause pain! So what do we do about it? Well, subluxations cause your spine to not function properly. Adjustments improve the nervous system and help the spine work properly, therefore preventing degeneration in the spine.
Chiropractic for Accidents
Whiplash is the most common injury resulting from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck get can stretched and irritated. While the occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may be only slightly damaged.
The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can result in headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms, and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and even low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months later.
The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help return spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of the spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.
Consult your Houston Doctor of Chiropractic before enduring constant headaches, depending upon addictive pain medication, or submitting to surgery!