Let’s be honest.
Being a parent is difficult; you have to keep your children safe while ensuring they’re happy and healthy. The key to being a great parent is having a support team. Teachers to help them learn, doctors, to take care of symptoms and illnesses, and dentists to take care of teeth.
But who takes care of your child’s nervous system, which will ultimately allow your child to grow and thrive?
Chiropractors are doctors of the spine and nervous system. And at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation you’ll find a team of chiropractors ready to address your child’s well-being with care and expertise.
Why is chiropractic care essential for your child’s growth and well-being?
Think about it this way: Our nervous system is your life source. It connects your brain to the rest of your body and organ systems. The spine is a bony structure that’s only jobs are movement and the protection of the nervous system. Stress to the spine decreases movement which in turn decreases the nervous system’s ability to send messages between the brain and the rest of the body. It can’t do its job properly.
And children experience a great deal of this stress. In fact, the first stress in a child’s life is actually being born. And the stressors continue to mount through bumps and bruises and even emotional trauma.
A chiropractor’s job is to relieve those stressors to allow the messages to flow back and forth.
The MPR Difference
At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, we do this through specific adjustments to the joints of the spine and extremities. Adjustments are usually extremely gentle, especially with infants and small children.
We start out with a light finger touch in the direction the joint needs to realign and increase intensity as the child grows to adulthood. Through different stages of life, as well as dysfunctions in different spinal regions, there are various ways these stressors manifest in the body.
For infants and toddlers, chiropractic can help correct some symptoms you may not expect.
Colic usually occurs from 6 weeks to 4 months and is the cause for approximately 3 hours of crying per day. Studies show that it affects 15% of all newborns. Chiropractic is a safe way to ease colic, decreasing crying time by 50% and allowing your baby to improve his or her quality of sleep. Sleep is important for growth and development!
Have you noticed your child will only breastfeed from one side? This may have come from birth. The neck is twisted and turned in many directions during this time. This may cause a dysfunction in the neck that causes muscle tension commonly known as torticollis. With a gentle adjustment to his or her neck and upper back, we can relieve this stiffness.
Most children have about 5 to 6 ear infections by the age of 3 and most times those ear infections are treated with harsh antibiotics. But the team at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation provides a gentler approach to healing and strengthening your child’s immune system. And it’s not just easier on your child, It’s supported with research In fact, there was a study done on a one-year-old with chronic ear infections that were unresolved by antibiotics. The patient was treated by a chiropractor for 6 weeks and was completely relieved of her recurring ear infections.
Headaches and Migraines
Along with ear infections, chiropractic care can also address migraines or headaches. Whether they are caused by a cold, a bump on the head, or just arise in your child’s day to day life, there is an easy way to calm the storm. Studies confirm 95% of headaches are caused by muscle tension in the neck and mid-back. Chiropractic care can provide a better, safer way to relieve that muscle tension.
When your child’s tummy hurts you want to be the one to come to the rescue. And you can.
Chiropractic care can also help with digestive issues such as constipation, acid reflux, and stomachaches. These issues often arise as a result of interference in the spine. When this happens, the connections to certain organs are also hindered causing the digestive system to react loudly. If there’s no underlying illness, with a few simple corrections to the mid-back, the nerves are able to function properly and clear up the digestive confusion.
You might be surprised to find that chiropractic care can support your child through growing pains.
Growing pains affect approximately 2 out of 5 kids and teens. It usually consists of throbbing in the arms and legs that commonly wake them up in the middle of the night.
Many people believe that this pain is due to growth spurts; however, this is a misconception. Most growing pains are a result of stress manifesting in the spine and nervous system from daily activities. Pain caused by the stress is often relieved when stress is removed from these vital structures through chiropractic manipulation.
Care For Your Little Sports Superstar
Tee-Ball, Soccer, Gymnastics… you’re excited that your child is getting their body moving. But it often comes with some challenges.
There have been numerous studies that have shown chiropractic care can not only treat sports injuries, but improve agility, balance, and power during athletic activities.
In fact, using chiropractic care to allow the brain to send messages to the rest of the body without disruption has allowed for as much as a 30% decrease in reaction time for athletes.
And So Much More
At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, we have the skill set to treat the ailments above as well as scoliosis, mood disorders and much more.
Allow us to become part of your child’s support team and ensure his or her skeletal and nervous systems continue to remain healthy.
For more information see the studies below.
Schedule Your Child’s Chiropractic Appointment Today!
And now that you know how we can help, give us a call to schedule an appointment!
Dr. Alyssa Caprara