Many parents are beginning to introduce chiropractic care into their children's lives from birth to young adulthood. Highly trained chiropractors specializing in pediatric care offer a drug-free complement to traditional pediatric care. Chiropractic care is based on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Pediatric chiropractors believe that by keeping the spine in alignment as a child grows, a high level of preventative care and wellness is achieved. Chiropractic care during childhood maintains a child's structural health. In combination with regular pediatric care by the child's pediatrician, it promotes better overall health and wellness. Dr. Murphy is one of 5 pediatric specialist in North Carolina, receiving her ICA Pediatric Diplomate in 2002.
The Chiropractic Visit
Although the initial visit is similar to an adult visit, a child's medical history is key, including gestational history. Dr. Murphy will then gently assess your child during a physical exam through play. Our office is fully stocked with toys, books and a children's play room. Dr. Murphy takes great care to gain the trust and comfort of your child, even extending visit time or rescheduling to accommodate your child's needs. Adjustments are always done with parents present and depending on age, pressure equivalent to a finger touch may only need to be used. All children are different, as are their needs. Dr. Murphy uses manual adjusting, finger-tip adjusting, Activator (a small, hand-held tool used to make adjustments) or cranio-sacral techniques to help your child achieve their maximum alignment. During the adjustment, a slight popping sound is common, but routine adjustments are generally painless. Chiropractic care is safe and effective.
Developing children experience physical stresses on their spine beginning during fetal development and continuing into adulthood. Chiropractic care is a safe method of maintaining spinal health and many parents begin chiropractic care in infancy. In utero, the spine adapts to the confines of the mother's uterus and then undergoes further stress during delivery. Early disruptions in spinal development and alignment interfere with developmental milestones like holding up the head, sitting up, crawling and walking. These early milestones depend on the health and balance between the spine, cranium and nervous system. Other issues in both infants and children that are preventable with pediatric chiropractic care are disrupted sleeping patterns, breastfeeding difficulty in infants, restricted neck movement and misalignment of the shoulders. By using chiropractic care in addition to regular pediatric care, you can improve the health of your developing child. Think back to your own issues...how many began from childhood incidents?
Chiropractic does not treat specific conditions. However, many health issues are linked with spinal dysfunction. Because the chiropractic science is based on the link between the spine's alignment and the nervous system, a misalignment can put pressure on the spinal cord and interfere with the nervous system in a myriad of ways. Newborn conditions such as colic, reflux, sleep issues, allergic reactions and chronic infections can be affected by external forces but can be attributed in some cases to spinal dysfunction. Other ailments in children of all ages, such as chronic ear infections, chronic sore throats and colds, asthma, scoliosis, headaches, bed-wetting, constipation, growing pains and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are sometimes caused by spinal dysfunction. Chiropractors maintain the health of your child's spine, along with nutritional education, to relieve any pressure or dysfunction that may be causing these problems. When chiropractic care is used in addition to pediatric care, many common childhood problems can be diagnosed, treated or prevented completely.
Studies are underway as to the effectiveness of chiropractic care in children and the benefits of such care. Therefore, a coordination of your child's chiropractor and pediatrician is recommended. Groups like the ICA Pediatric Council, the ACA Pediatric Council and the ICPA are working through research projects to expand the understanding of the benefits of chiropractic to pediatricians. Dr. Murphy is always very willing to work with your child's medical support system to ensure your child has the best possible care.
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