11 Mar

As the twig bends, so grows the tree

“As the twig bends, so grows the tree” – What Alexander Pope meant by this quote was that problems that arise in childhood carry through into adulthood.

Most new patients don’t realize that Maximized Health provides care for not only adults, but also infants and children.  As soon as a new baby is born, the spine begins to undergo stress and irregularities may occur.  It’s extremely important that these issues are corrected as soon as possible so they don’t develop into major problems as we get older.

During childbirth, pressure is placed on the nerves and nervous system. Even when we think about an uncomplicated labour, doctors normally pull on the baby’s head and neck to help move the birthing process along. Over 90% of misalignments in the spine are caused by childbirth (including in adults).

A study found that trauma to the spine during childbirth was the cause of nearly 85% of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It was also discovered that approximately 80% of children have misalignments in their upper neck, which is known to cause susceptibility to infection, recurrent cold and flu, ear troubles, tonsillitis, just to name a few.  Not to worry, research has shown that chiropractic adjustments that work to correct these misalignments initiate a faster immune response than antibiotic treatments do.

Scoliosis, a condition where there is abnormal curvature of the spine, can begin to develop when subluxations (spinal misalignments affecting the nerves) from childhood are left uncorrected. Subluxations can occur from things you may not expect, such as a diaper that has been fastened too tight, since it doesn’t allow for natural hip movement. Placing your baby in a Jolly-Jumper can cause undue stress to their underdeveloped spinal discs. Tossing a small child in the air as a form of entertainment can actually do more harm to the child than good; it can cause a whiplash motion on the spine, which is detrimental to the nervous system.  Subluxations also occur with more obvious traumas as well, such as a fall or a hit during a sporting event.

When left uncorrected, these misalignments or subluxations in the spine can act as a poorly built foundation causing a long life of evolving issues, such as spinal disc degeneration, arthritis, development of abnormal calcium deposits and instable ligaments surrounding the vertebrae.

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