Healthy Hoboken – November 2008
[Every month, Hoboken411 will be posting a column to give answers to Hobokenites’ most frequently asked health questions. The column is written by Dr. Laura Brayton of Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness. Please send all health-related questions to DrBrayton@HobokenChiro.com.]
Healthy Hoboken – November2008
Chiropractic care for kids?
Dear Dr. Brayton,
Recently, while speaking to my neighbor about my son’s health problems (he had colic when he was a baby, now has allergies and ADHD), she recommended chiropractic. She then told me that she, as well as her 7-year-old daughter, have been patients of chiropractic since birth. I do not understand how spinal alignment could help with my son’s health. I really want to help my son, but am hoping that you can give me a better idea of what exactly a chiropractor can do for a child.
Worried Mom in Hoboken
Children can receive the same benefits
Dear Worried Mom,
I love when parents ask about pediatric chiropractic because children and babies benefit so greatly from it; in fact, I have been a chiropractic patient myself since I was six months old! Chiropractic treatment on children is accomplishing the same results as in adults, however, the technique is modified for their little bodies. In other words, on children under the age of five, the treatment does not involve the “popping” noise commonly heard when adjusting adults. Instead, the treatment is light vibration or massage over the misplaced spinal segment to restore its correct alignment. The reason why the correct alignment of the spinal joints is so important is because of the impact on the nervous system.
When vertebrae move out of place from physical, chemical, or emotional stress (which can even occur during the birthing process), the nerves that branch off of the spinal cord can be negatively impacted which makes it difficult for the brain and body to communicate. This nerve interference has been shown to contribute to health symptoms like colic, ear infections, torticollis, allergies, constipation, and even ADHD. From my own experience, children’s bodies respond excellently to chiropractic care when used as part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, N.A.E.T. (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) is also extremely effective at clearing allergies safely and permanently in children (www.naet.com).
Yours in health,