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Can Children Experience Subluxations?

Many people think that chiropractic care is reserved for older adults experiencing aches and pains – but the benefits of these treatment methods extend to people of all ages. Even children can suffer from back and neck pain, as well as other symptoms resulting from childhood injuries. Parents may be surprised to learn that specific health and behavioral issues affecting their children could stem from subluxations. Subluxation is defined as any blockage within the spinal nerves that interferes with signals crucial to the central nervous system. These blockages result in the obstruction of important messages linking the brain and body. Besides causing pain and discomfort, subluxations can trigger stress signals within the body that result in inflammation and agitation.

Is Childhood Subluxation Common?

While we commonly associate back and neck pain with aging, children are especially susceptible to subluxations.

Children experience rapid growth and development – but they are also experiencing childhood! This means that falls, bumps, and spills are likely to happen. Not only that, but extended hours at a school desk can also place pressure on the spine, causing musculoskeletal pain. Children afflicted with a subluxation may experience the following:

  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Lack of concentration
  • Lowered immune system
  • Aggravated allergies
  • Headaches or back pain
  • Bad moods
  • Restricted range of spinal movement
  • Poor posture
  • Trouble sleeping

Can Children Have Subluxations From Birth?

A subluxation may occur in an infant due to the intensity of the childbirth process. The baby’s neck and spine can be injured as it moves through the birth canal or during the “pulling” action if forceps are used at the final stages of delivery.

One of the new parents’ most frustrating scenarios is caring for an infant who won’t stop crying and cannot be comforted., but chiropractic intervention may be a surprising solution to ease colic. While babies cannot communicate any pain or discomfort they may be feeling, parents can look for additional signs of possible subluxation, such as trouble with nursing, ear infections, poor coordination, or inability to crawl.

It is natural for parents to be concerned about the safety of chiropractic treatments for babies and young children. However, these methods are entirely safe, as experienced pediatric chiropractors apply gentle, subtle pressure to correct subluxations and move the bone back into the proper position. Therapeutic massage may also be used to help to loosen up tight muscles.

Will Childhood Subluxations Resolve Without Chiropractic Treatment?

Unfortunately, childhood subluxations and blockages are likely to worsen as children grow, but the good news is that it is never too late to resolve a subluxation. In fact, as parents watch their children’s discomfort dissipate, it is natural to wonder if their own aches, pains, digestive issues, or food allergies could also result from a subluxation that was never identified.

While some parents decide to bring their newborn in for chiropractic care, there is never a wrong time to get your child started on their journey to holistic health and wellness. If you’re noticing physical or behavioral symptoms that you can’t resolve, it’s essential to rule out a subluxation that could be causing pain, discomfort, or other issues. Chiropractic care can be especially helpful as children experience growth spurts, as rapid physical changes can cause joints, bones, and muscles to be strained or injured.

Dr. Ryan Johnson is a Sarasota-based chiropractor specializing in treating the entire family, including infants and small children. Don’t hesitate to call if you suspect that subluxation could be the cause of any challenges your child is experiencing. We are happy to examine them and set your mind at ease.