In my opinion, which you will be able to see below makes logical sense, children are the most vulnerable to subluxation. They are rapidly growing and developing for the 5-7 first years. Continual bumps and falls can place unhealthy strain on the spine. Poor seated posture, especially in adolescents, can also create subluxations, think of Tech Neck. When you add emotional stressors, (new school, new friends, new family members) to the mix, the body’s control circuits are continually overloaded. As this overloading continues, reactions occur throughout the child’s developing spine and nervous system.
Here are 4 of the most common symptoms of a subluxated child:
1. Failure to thrive/ fatigue/ lethargy (hard to get motivated)
2. Distracted concentration/ altered behaviors (easily upset)
3. Lowered immunity with recurrent infections (ear infections are high on this list)
4. Heightened environmental sensitivities and allergies (spring time allergies)
Interestingly, spinal pain and symptoms are not the primary complaint of a subluxated child or adolescent. These certainly can come later as the muscles and joints develop, but it is the non-spinal symptoms that are most troubling to parents and chiropractors.
Childhood is when the body is preparing and building for adulthood. If the child's body is not allowed to thrive because of the presence of subluxations, then the child will suffer later on with most of the symptoms adults are accustomed to.
As a parent, how long do we let our children live with decreased or diminished nervous system function?
Do we want them to survive or to thrive?