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Kids Chiropractor: Rationale for care

Parents are often surprised by the number of children we see in our Newmarket chiropractic practice.  I often get, “why do you adjust children?”  My reply is, “because they are the ones with the most potential.”  We are known as “kids chiropractor” in Newmarket and Aurora because we see so many of them in our practice!

Nervous System and Development

Let me explain.  Most people understand how the brain (computer) sends messages down the spinal cord (lifeline) out through the nerves to all body organs and systems.  Furthermore, they understand if there is interference along this pathway (subluxation in the spine), then the message from the brain (computer) will not get through, resulting in body malfunction and dis-ease. What most people are unaware of is that not only does information travel ‘down’ from the brain to the rest of the body, but also, information travels ‘back’ to the brain from the external environment-this fact is crucial in a child’s brain development.

Messages to your brain created by proper movement (especially of your spine) have been called an essential nutrient for brain function and development. This is especially true for children because spinal joint receptor stimulation plays an integral role in the development of the child’s brain and nervous system and the effects of decreased stimulation of the brain in childhood have been linked to central motor impairment, developmental impairments, learning disabilities, concentration problems like ADHD, behavioral problems such as violence and increased illnesses such as ear, nose, and throat infections, sleeping difficulties, and colic.

Essentially what happens is that information that a child takes in from his/her environment travels back to the brain through the nervous system and when it reaches the brain, new brain cells are formed.  Yes that’s right, brain cells are formed which is the groundwork for a developing brain! (As an aside, this is a good thing, we want the brain to develop, no?)  “Connectivity is a crucial feature of brain development because the neural pathways formed during the early years carry signals that allow us to process information throughout our lives.”

If a child has a subluxation, then they are not able to develop normally (neurologically).  In some children that may show up as ADD/ADHD, IQ deficits, motor impairments, or chronic infections.  In others, there may be no symptoms.  I feel it is vital for an infant/child to be checked by a chiropractor in order to allow the child to live to its fullest potential-making sure those brain cells are connecting and developing!  It’s no wonder that a study published back in ’89 in the Journal of Chiropractic Research showed a relationship between regular chiropractic care in children and an increased resistance to common childhood diseases, and hence better development.  Should a child be checked?  Click Here for a check-list.

Yours in Health,



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