By Dr. Rita McConnell
Owner of McConnell Chiropractic in Fort Collins, CO
It may be surprising to learn that chiropractic care for babies and children will help them grow in the healthiest way possible.
Initially, patients will seek care from a chiropractic doctor due to pain or discomfort in the musculoskeletal system and as an alternative to prescription drugs. Chiropractic is more important now than ever, because opioid abuse is on the rise in this country. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s article “Opioid Addiction – 2016 Facts & Figures”, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with over 52,000 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with over 20,000 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers. According to this same article, in 2012 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, which include oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl. Chronic use of over the counter NSAIDS such as aspirin and ibuprofen are also responsible for over 50,000 deaths per year.
Your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue and organ of your body. Vertebral subluxation (misalignment) affects the function of your nervous system and results in serious interference to your health. Did you know subluxations in the neck not only cause headaches and migraines, but can also cause dizziness, facial pain and numbness, ear pain, jaw pain, certain thyroid problems and hormonal balance issues, as well as numbness and tingling in the arms and finger? Subluxations in the middle back can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, respiratory difficulties, reoccurring upper respiratory tract infections, asthma (especially in children), allergies, indigestion, heart burn, stomach pain and rib pain. Subluxations in the lower back can cause constipation, bloating, gas pains, numbness in the legs and feet, groin pain, infertility, menstrual cramps, bed-wetting, bladder and prostate difficulties. The impact of misalignment is extensive and can be corrected with chiropractic care for kids of all ages.
Why chiropractic care for children?
The above mentioned statistics are incredibly alarming, and as a Doctor of Chiropractic it is my mission to help as many people as I can without the use of drugs, especially children. Most people are not aware that chiropractic can help children and that chiropractic is the largest non-drug health care system in the world. For example, birth trauma, as well as tumbles while learning to sit up or walk, can be a cause of spinal trauma due to stresses placed on the baby’s spine during labor and pulling of the head and neck during delivery. Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during the first year. Due to this tremendous growth, a chiropractic examination is important in the early stages of your child’s life because most subluxations I see in the adult population started in childhood. Subluxations can affect the way your child’s nervous system sends messages to different parts of the body. If left uncorrected, these subluxations (much like a cavity) can interrupt internal communication, and cause poor body function and workings. You can learn more about the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and their mission, here.
Chiropractic is focused on the detection and correction of spinal subluxations, and as such, the focus of my care is to get to the root cause of a health problem rather than just treating the symptoms. Abnormal biomechanics in pregnancy can cause intrauterine ligament constraints, which can cause difficulties for the developing baby. Although I have a passion for helping children and pregnant women I enjoy seeing patients of all ages.
Prescription pain medications come with too many side effects plus are very expensive. I would love to assist you and your family on your journey to sustained health. I am accepting new patients and can be reached at 970-204-4197. My office is located on 2601 S. Lemay Avenue, suite 25 in Fort Collins, CO. Learn more about McConnell Chiropractic here.