People often wonder why Doctors of Chiropractic recommend care for
infant and children. The logic is very simple and based on sound anatomical
principles. Consider this:
The power that made the body can heal the body.
Your brain is like a master computer that must communicate
with the rest of the body without interference if
one is to remain healthy.
Nerve signals travel from the brain, down the spinal cord,
out the spinal nerves, to every organ, tissue, and
cell in the body.
The spine, comprised of 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, and 5 five
lumbar vertebrae, serves to protect that delicate
The spinal bones are normally freely movable.
When injury occurs the spinal bones and joints malfunction.
When bones and joints malfunction, nerve irritation occurs.
Nerve irritation interferes with the normal transmission of
signals from the brain to the rest of the body.
We call that process a "subluxation complex".
Subluxations can cause symptoms in infants and children that
Colic, ear infections, suppressed immune system, constipation,
diarrhea, hyperactivity, asthma, allergies, etc.
While more research needs to be done, subluxations in developing infants
and children can cause significant problems, many believe including
sudden infant death syndrome.
Subluxations can occur as a result of a traumatic birth when the head
and neck are stretched; by minor trauma like sleeping on the stomach
with the head turned, or sleeping in car seats with the head flopped
to the side; or major trauma like falling out of a bed, out of chair
or off a couch. Additionally, when babies are learning to walk they
seem to fall 50 times an hour. It is completely reasonable to expect
that the spine of a baby can malfunction due to repeated falls just
like your spine would if you fell 50 times per day. Yes, their spines
are more resilient. But subluxations often occur that are most appropriately
evaluated by Doctors of Chiropractic.