Gentle & Effective Treatment for Children
The Growing Pains of Childhood
Most children easily shrug off the rough and tumble of daily life. As life progresses, however, there are many incidents which can lead to niggling discomfort, poor concentration, an inability to sit still and also more specific problems such as back or neck pain, migraines and headaces.
These childhood problems can be a result of a difficult birth, the numerous bumps, falls and tumbles that are an inevitable part of childhood, poor posture, carrying heavy bags to and from school and sitting in ill fitting furniture.
Birth - A Hard Introduction to Life
Birth is probably one of the toughest events we undergo as humans. A baby's body has to squeeze through a small birth canal to be born. In doing so, the baby's head in particular will absorb much of the shock and the soft bones will yield slightly allowing it to travel down the birth canal. This is called "moulding". After birth, the baby's head will gradually revert to a normal shape. However, it is "unmoulding" process does not take place completely, the baby can be left in some discomfort which they are unable to communicate.
Most babies cope extremely well with the process and emerge contented, happy and able to feed, sleep and grow normally. However, for some recovery can take longer, especially those who have a particularly difficult entry into the world, and those babies who show signs of discontentedness such as fractiousness, feeding problems or continous crying.
All of these could indicate that there is a misalignment in the baby's skeletal system and that the baby is uncomfortable as a result. These misalignments could be causing discomfort both when lying down and when lifted, hence many parents report that whatever they do, whether they lift their baby up or lie him down, it seems to make no difference, and the crying continues. Feeding problems may indicate that there is interference with nerves at the base of the skull and that the digestive system is compromised, or simply the baby may be uncomfortable sucking due to mechanical stresses on its skeletal structure.
The simple bumps and tumbles associated with growing up can often cause misalignments of the skeleton. In addition, carrying heavy bags, playing sports, sitting on ill fitting furniture at school or playing for hours on end in front of a computer in the wrong position can lead to problems such as headaches, back and neck pain.
What is Chiropractic and How Can It Help?
Chiropractic is a straight-forward method of adjusting the bones of your body to maintain a correct alignment of your spine and to ensure that your body's nerve supply works efficiently. Through these subtle adjustments, chiropractic treatment can relieve pain and discomfort, increase mobility and provide a route to better health. The gentle nature of McTimoney chiropractic makes it especially suitable for young babies and children.
McTimoney chiropractors use only their hands to make adjustments to the bones of the body. The key to the success of the adjustments is in the speed, dexterity and accuracy with which they are performed.
What to Expect From the First Treatment
A full case history regarding your child's general health background as well as details of their symptoms will be taken by your chiropractor. This will help in assessing and analysing their particular problem. They will then thoroughly examine all the joints in your child's body, literally from head to toe, using only their hands and make the appropriate adjustments where necessary.
McTimoney chiropractors have a very finely tuned sense of touch, developed in their five years of training, which enables them to feel for misalignments of the vertebrae and bones. Upon feeling a problem, your chiropractor will use of one of a number of light, swift and dexterous techniques, unique to McTimoney Chiropractic, to adjust a bone.
If your chiropractor discovers or suspects a problem which requires medical investigation or an x-ray, they will refer you and your child to your GP. Wherever possible, your McTimoney chiropractor will work in co-operation with your GP and a letter is normally sent to your doctor informing them of the treatment.
A treatment plan will be discussed with you. Many children recover quickly from recent injuries or problems, but more serious problems may take longer, and some children may benefit from regular check-up treatments. These are often recommended to ensure that your child's growing body maintains a healthy balance.