Children and Chiropractic



You do everything to ensure your baby’s health: during pregnancy you eat right, you avoid drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol, take childbirth classes, so you may have a natural, drug-free birth (even aspirin has been shown to cause problems in pregnancy). After the baby arrives, you breast feed, knowing that is the superior form of nutrition, you do everything you can to make sure your baby is healthy — but, have you had your baby’s spine checked? A chiropractic spinal checkup can ensure a healthier baby, by making sure that the nervous system is free of nerve interference to allow the baby’s inborn healing mechanism to function at it’s best.


Some newborns have unhealthy spines. The birth process is potentially a traumatic event. (it shouldn’t be) Mechanical stress imposed by obstetrical manipulation — even the application of standard orthodox procedures may prove intolerable to the fetus. The view has been expressed clinically that most signs of neonatal injury observed in the delivery room are neurological. With the birth process becoming more and more an intervening procedure…the chiropractic adjustment becomes even more important to a child’s future.


In addition to chiropractic research, a medical study (Gutmann), determined that approximately 80% of all children have spinal subluxation. Of a random group of 1,250 babies examined 5 days after birth, 211 suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity and sleeplessness — spinal abnormalities were found in 95% of this group. Spinal adjustment “frequently resulted in immediate quieting, cessation of crying, muscular relaxation and sleep.” The authors noted that an unhealthy spine causes “many clinical features from central motor impairment to lower resistance to infections-especially ear, nose and throat infections.” In one case history, an 18 month-old boy suffered from tonsillitis, frequent enteritis, therapy-resistant conjunctivitis, frequent colds and earache and increasing sleeping problems. After the first spinal adjustment the child slept peacefully until morning. His health returned to normal.


There are six times in a baby’s first year of life when spinal examinations are especially important:
1. After the birth process. This Child Received a Chiropractic Adjustment at 11 days Old!
2. When the baby begins to hold his/her head up.
3. When the baby begins to sit up.
4. When the baby begins to crawl.
5. When the baby begins to stand.
6. When the baby begins to walk


“Chiropractic care for my child? Why? His back doesn’t bother him.” How often chiropractors have encountered parents who appreciate the importance of regular checkups for their child’s teeth, hearing, eyes and ears but draw a blank when it comes to a spinal checkup. In fact, a spinal checkup could be one of the most important checkups your child will ever have. Your child’s spine is his/her lifeline because running through it is the spinal cord, containing billions of nerve fibers that send messages and energy from the brain to every part of their body.


Correction of a vertebral subluxation in a child’s spine, which reduces postural, nerve and other stresses in their bodies, can have a powerful effect on many aspects of their lives. For decades many parents have noticed positive changes in the physical health, behavioral and emotional states of their children following a chiropractic adjustment. Spinal checkups are vital, more and more families are finding that a periodic chiropractic spinal checkup for their children makes a big difference in their health. Why not include chiropractic spinal checkups for you and your family?


There are a lot of reasons children receive chiropractic care. Many spinal problems seen in adults begin as early as birth, or while pregnant. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth many parents have their newborns checked. Even ‘natural’ birthing methods can stress a developing spine. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions can often be traced to nerve system dysfunction.
In the infant, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic at Wright Family Chiropractic Center.

Do it today! Call our office to have you children checked at 260-768-7311. Don’t wait!

Dr. Scott Wright

Shipshewana Chiropractor | Shipshewana Family Chiropractic | 260-768-7311

240 Talmadge Street, Shipshewana, IN 46565