These are my kids, Blake (4) and Jax (1.5). They’ve each been adjusted regularly since birth. Blake was stuck during birth, and the doctor had to basically dislocate his shoulder in order to pull him out (formally called shoulder dystocia). He ended up with a mild case of torticollis where his neck muscles were in spasm and contracting so much that his head was stuck to the right, and any time I tried to move his head back to center he would fuss, cry and resist. I adjusted him about a half hour after he was born–very gently–using about the same pressure as you would use to check the ripeness of a tomato.
Within 5 minutes, he was holding his head straight without a problem!
Jax had a great birth. I checked him out when he was 1 day old, and he was fine. However, boys will be boys. They run and jump off our furniture, climb on things that shouldn’t be climbed on, slip and fall, and they wrestle with each other like they’re training for the Olympics. They need to be checked out regularly to put things back in place.
I want to give my kids the best opportunity to thrive and succeed, and there is no way having a poor spine will ever keep my kids from doing their best–at anything. I want to set my kids up for a lifetime of a healthy spine by influencing their spines while they are still developing, which is the best time to address the spine.
At its most basic level, chiropractic helps healthy kids stay healthy, growing and developing a straighter spine. In addition to that, chiropractic may help with many conditions that parents aren’t even aware of–conditions that I didn’t even know a chiropractor could help with until I became one:
- Ear infections
- Better sleep
- Improved behavior and attitude
- Enhanced immune system
- Digestive problems
- Problems breast feeding
It is always easier to keep a healthy spine healthy than to try to fix a broken one. You take your kids in to the dentist, why not a chiropractor? It is safe, gentle and effective. It protects one of the most important parts of our body–the spinal cord and nervous system.
Get your kids in for a checkup!
Dr. Tyler Skibba, DC, CCEP