How Do Spinal Problems Develop In Children?
The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic. During the pushing stage of labour, the spine, particularly the neck, may be injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. As the baby is compressed, the small bones in the spine and skull may be pushed out of their natural alignment. This causes the nerves to become stretched or twisted and the vital communication system is disrupted.
Dr. Wendy Froyland recommends that babies should be checked and adjusted as soon as possible after birth to help alleviate spinal problems and nerve distress arising from constraint or abnormal positioning in the uterus, from the journey through the birth canal, or during the delivery process itself.
As they grow and begin to walk, they will experience hundreds of falls and bumps which is an inevitable part of childhood. Just as they bruise a knee or scrape and ankle, so too they can ‘jar’ their spine! However unlike the cuts and scrapes that will heal naturally with time, spinal problems, however minor, may not spontaneously fix themselves. If left undetected and untreated these conditions may progressively worsen with time until they become irreversible spinal problems.
It is a fact of life that our childhood years are crucial to our development. The earlier childhood problems are resolved the less likely there will be permanent problems in later years.
An incredible 65% of neurological development (development of the brain and nervous system) occurs in a child’s first year of life. It is therefore imperative to ensure that infants have every opportunity to maximise their nerve function during this critical period.