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Q: Should I do spinal checks on my child? And why?

Posted September 03, 2014 in Advice Column, Urbandale

A: Have you ever heard the saying “As a twig bends, so grows the tree?” The same goes for your child. That’s why it’s so important they get checked as early as possible.

So what causes an imbalance to the child’s spine? It can be from a variety of things such as the birth process, trips and falls, accidents, sports or even genetics. Chiropractic care is just one way of not only finding out if a misalignment is there, but addressing the problem early on so it doesn’t become a bigger problem as the child ages.

A misaligned spine creates interference to the nervous system. The nervous system is what controls the function of the whole body as well as perceives what’s happening to and around the body. Think of it this way: what would we do if the hard drive of the computer didn’t “talk” to all the pieces of the computer? Your brain is like that hard drive, and it communicates to the whole body. If the spine is imbalanced it may interfere with that communication and eventually cause symptoms. Although, the first symptom is always nothing. Give your children the best start to a healthy future and get them checked early. We recommend soon after birth. But if you haven’t done that yet, find a Family Wellness Chiropractor and make that appointment. You won’t regret it, because isn’t it easier to resolve little problems before they become bigger ones?

Information submitted by Dr. Heather Yost, DC, DACCP, Yost Family Chiropractic, 3993 100th St., Urbandale,, 278-YOST, Info.

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