A: Chiropractors have been providing safe and effective care for children for more than 103 years. A 1992 survey showed that the most common conditions for which children visit a chiropractor are earaches, neck pain, checkup, headache, upper respiratory, low back pain, allergies, asthma, enuresis and thoracic pain. Other reasons are ADD and ADHD, colic, torticollis, insomnia, growing pains, and persistent crying in infants.
Chiropractors do not treat diseases; they help to correct spinal misalignments that can cause health problems. Through regular adjustments, counseling on proper nutrition, exercise and posture, the chiropractor can help you raise a child who is structurally and functionally sound.
The number one “illness” in children is accidents. You may not realize it, but youngsters take numerous tumbles — learning to ride a bike or even just jumping and running around. If your child takes part in athletic activities, the “sack” of a quarterback could twist a young spine; pitching a ball can throw a vertebra out of alignment. These underlying injuries, if left uncorrected, can cause serious problems as the child grows into adulthood.
Doctors of chiropractic can do more than correct these problems. They can also help improve performance on and off the field by helping the body to function at its optimum level, naturally and without drugs.
Information provided by Norwalk Chiropractic, 1228 Sunset, Suite B, 981-9208, www.norwalk-chiropractic.com.