Common Stressors in Childhood And How Chiropractic Helps

August 7, 2020

We hope that childhood is a carefree, joyful time. However, sometimes physical, chemical and emotional stressors create disease. Here’s how chiropractic can help at different ages, with the different symptoms of dysfunction and stress.

Stressors in Infancy

Did you know birth was stressful…on babies? Whether natural birth through the birth canal, interventions like forceps and vacuum suction, as well as cesareans–they all have an effect on the baby’s neck and spine. This, in turn, affects their nervous system, which controls every other system and organ. 

A pediatric chiropractor like Dr. Jill, can check and gently adjust even tiny newborns. 

As babies roll, crawl and walk, they often don’t stay in alignment. So much life is happening! This is why babies and toddlers can be checked and adjusted regularly, to ensure they are growing, developing and functioning well.

Ways stress manifests as symptoms:

  • Colic
  • Latching issues
  • Ear infections
  • Discomfort

Stressors in Childhood and Adolescence

So much physical and neurological development happens during these years. It’s important for a child’s body to be able to function and communicate optimally through the nervous system. 

However, interferences and subluxations still happen. Many stressors continue to be physical; kids are forever jumping, biking, bumping, falling. 

During school years, there’s badly adjusted backpacks, poor posture at school, and awkward positions while watching TV. Of course a child needs their spine adjusted from all of that!

Two other causes also create stress in the body, putting the spine out of alignment. Chemical stress is one, especially as the teenage years are notorious for poor food choices.

Emotional stressors are another cause and can increase through adolescence, with everything from peer pressure to cyber bullying. 

Stress shows up in the muscles and affects the systems of the body. Think about the tension you may hold in your shoulders alone. When the vertebrae are subluxated and the nervous system function is lowered, the body cannot adapt well to stress and various signs or symptoms start to present themselves. This is dis-ease.

Ways stress manifests as symptoms:

  • Bedwetting
  • Asthma
  • Sleeping issues
  • Hyperactivity
  • Short attention spans
  • Depression and anxiety

Recommendations For Children

Chiropractic is a wonderful, gentle way to realign the spine and clear the nervous system so that the body can innate heal. 

Dr. Jill likes to suggest poses that encourage kids (and adults) to look up, improving the curve of your neck. Try these…

  • Superman pose – lay on your belly on a mat or carpet. Inhale, and lift up your arms and legs, shoulders, chest and thighs off the ground – or much of your body as you can. Keep your arms straight, with your hands by your hips. Hold for a few breaths and lower yourself back down.
  • Prop your chin on your hands to watch TV.
  • When reading, try lying on your back and holding the book overhead. This is great for reading outside and blocking out the sun.
  • Lay on your belly and hold a book so you are looking up at it. This could work for TV-watching as well. 

Your Next Step

Come to Choice Chiropractic and get adjusted by Dr. Jill Thompson as part of your healthy lifestyle! Email drjillthompson@gmail.com with any questions. Call (904) 718-9036 for an appointment and come to 3771 San Jose Place Suite 26, Jacksonville, Florida.

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