- Dr. Liz Homan
My little girl turned 5 yesterday! It is wild how quickly time is going and that I have been a mother for 5 years! Every year in honor of her birthday, I share a few things to look out for in your kids to see if they would benefit from chiropractic care! So, this year, I thought it would
be appropriate to share 5 different reasons!
Difficulty sleeping! When our body is subluxated, it is typical for it to be in a more sympathetic state, or fight or flight, which can make sleep much more difficult. We want to allow our body to be in a parasympathetic state, which is when we are able to rest and digest our foods. So, for some kids, they may have a harder time sleeping because of a subluxation in their upper neck which commonly disrupts the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. And the significance of this, other than our sanity as mothers, is that when our kids are not getting adequate sleep, their bodies are not getting time to heal, and repair and it has been found that lack of sleep can lead to severe health issues and depression.
Poor Posture! If you notice that your child is not able to sit up properly this can be a sign of many things. One may be lack of core stabilization (W-Sitting) or weak spinal muscles due to subluxations being present. You may also notice postural deviations more in pictures if your child has a head tilt to one side. In babies, you may notice that your kiddo always has their head leaning or turned to one side. This is a could be a sign that there is a disbalance in their spine is some area leading to the postural deviation.
Behavioral Problems! Subluxations commonly make our body uncomfortable in some way or another, weather it be a physical pain or a change in how our organs are functioning. So, when this occurs, it is normal to respond with some sort or change in behavior. Personally, when I notice that one of the girls is having a behavioral change, I make sure to get them adjusted and it is common to see a change in behavior almost immediately. This is because when we feel good, we are more calm and our body just feels ‘right’.
Respiratory or Food Allergies! Any nerve interference in how the brain is able to communicate with the body can result in allergies. And with 6.1 million children experiencing sinus allergies and 8.8 million having skin allergies, chiropractic care may be able to help alleviate some of the symptoms because a body that is in proper alignment may not respond with runny noses, itchy eyes and other allergic symptoms but be able to handle the load put onto it.
Digestion and Elimination Problems! If a body is not able to process food properly, this can be a sign of a misalignment. This may look different depending on the age of your child. For babies it may be reflux symptoms or having eczema, for older kids it could be constipation and diarrhea or complaining of tummy aches frequently. It has been found that regular chiropractic care is an effective alternative to routine drug therapies in regards to digestive issues for many kids.
If you notice any of these signs in your child and you have been thinking that chiropractic care may be a good addition to your child’s life, know that in a 2009 study, parents reported regular chiropractic care resulted in their children being sick less often, having better quality sleep patterns, and an improved emotional state or mood. And these improvements were unrelated to the initial reason these parents sought chiropractic care for their children!