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Q: Do falls and bruises affect my child’s long-term health?

Posted June 26, 2013 in Altoona, Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: Each day patients explain how their neck, knees or low back issues began as a child. Many patients even remember the exact incident — falling from a tree, being hit in football, jumping out of a swing, falling off a bicycle.

Can falls, bumps and bruises affect your child’s long-term health? The answer is yes. Most misalignments in the spine occur before the age of 11 and get worse with time if untreated. Childhood injuries begin when children learn to walk, fall on their bottoms, learn to ride a bicycle and during their daily play. Injuries in children are very common. Chiropractors across the world help thousand of children each day with gentle, natural care.

Falls can lead to long-term changes such as curvature of the spine and arthritis. In addition, misalignments can affect the delicate nerves that control all the functions of the body, including muscle control, skin sensation, digestion, respiration and all other organ functions. Chiropractors refer to these misalignments as subluxations. Regular chiropractic checkups allow for correction of misalignments of the spine when they occur.

Every child deserves the opportunity to grow to be a strong, healthy, happy adult. Regular chiropractic care allows for corrections of spinal subluxations. Subluxations can deprive your child of his or her full health potential. Give your child every opportunity to be straight, strong, healthy and happy.

Information provided by Swain Chiropractic 410 Center Place S.W., Altoona, 967-9300.

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