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Children and Chiropractic


Why the FAMILY in ? Do children really need chiropractic?

We know that achieving our best as adults- on physical, mental, social and occupational levels- is greatly affected by windows of opportunity opened to us during childhood .

“Healthy” is more than being free from symptoms. Health is defined by Dorland’s Medical Dictionary as “a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” It is the ability of a child’s body to interpret and then appropriately respond to environmental and lifestyle stresses that will determine the health of the child.

saltroThe child’s nervous system is responsible for accurately interpreting the messages coming from the environment, and communicating with other body systems for growth, repair and function of every tissue and organ in the body. From the birth process through the different stages of development, the child’s body sustains physical stress, as well as chemical and emotional stress. Babies, within hours of birth, can (and should!) have their spines checked for nerve interference.

Chiropractic works to optimize the nervous system function as it responds to life’s stresses. At Shaughnessy Family Chiropractic, we believe it is essential for children to be under care to be their healthy best. To respond to the unique stresses of childhood, the nervous system must be functioning optimally. Network Care is a gentle, non-manipulative technique that facilitates the release of tension from the muscles, spine and nerves.

Some of the common conditions which may be the result of poor spinal health are: Allergies, asthma, bedwetting, breastfeeding difficulties, ear infections, sinus trouble, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorders, behavior and learning difficulties, colic, scoliosis, decreased immunity, common cold, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, infantile torticollis, poor concentration, back aches, headaches, nervousness, skin disorders, pain, poor posture.

Chiropractic is an alternative approach to healthcare; it is not a treatment for diseases or conditions. It is a safe and natural approach for preventing and correcting spinal misalignments that can predispose your child to diseases and other health conditions.

Dr. Ivey has made a video specifically for children. Watch as he explains Network Care, as well as a number of health issues in a way that kids find entertaining and understandable. He covers issues of posture, backpack use, video games and handling school stress. 

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