We recently took my daughter to the pediatrician for her 1-year check-up. It was a great experience. The doctor was on time, all our concerns were addressed, Delaney was a good sport (besides ripping up all the table paper). The doctor then asked the question, “She hasn’t been here once for a sick visit, how’d you do it?”
I should preface that there’s no doubt that my wife and I are truly blessed to have such a healthy and happy baby so far in her short 12 months of life. We are lucky indeed. In answer to the doctor’s question, my wife replied, “Well, for starters we give her vitamin D drops and probiotics…oh, and she’s adjusted regularly by her daddy.”
I smiled. I cherish my role as a father and I love every minute of it. But the opportunity to also be her chiropractor, doing what I do best, is quite a bonus!
There’s definitely a number of factors contributing to Delaney’s health, many beyond our control. I do believe however that chiropractic has played a significant role in her wellness. In fact, I bet if you ask around, you’ll find that children under chiropractic care eat better, sleep better, play and learn better… they’re some of the healthiest kids I know. No joke.
Why is that the case? The whole idea of chiropractic is to have a well-functioning nervous system. Your nerves, which are protected by your spine, control nearly EVERYTHING in your body (heart, lungs, immune, etc.). When those nerves get irritated or interfered with, the signals or messages that are sent to your brain, cells, tissues and organs often get scrambled, altered or stopped, reducing their effectiveness to fight off illness. Chiropractic goes right to the source, correcting subluxations or misalignments of the spine, creating better communication and allowing the body to function as it is meant to do.
Why would a child need it, shouldn’t their spines be in good shape? The reality is that while we protect our children from harms way, kids experience added stress on their bodies all the time. Just think about birth. The journey down the birth canal is demanding on an infant’s body, but the combined stress of pulling, twisting and extending the neck of the child during the birthing process puts added stress on the infant’s spine. Additionally, children experience several major physical milestones during their young life that increases the likelihood of injury and the need for chiropractic adjustments.
Am I claiming that chiropractic will cure all disease and sickness? No, but I am saying that chiropractic is the best thing you can do to put your body in the best shape possible. It’s never too early to teach your kids the importance of a healthy spine. They’ve only got one spine, ya know?
So that’s how we do it, Doctor. Delaney is indeed one healthy, cute, friendly and busy little lady! (Not sure I can claim most of those qualities…but healthy she is!)