This article attempts to answer the questions asked by many parents about their children's spinal health. Just as many concerned parents take their children to the dentist for regular check-ups, so it is that many parents who are already chiropractic patients themselves are bringing their children to chiropractors to have their spinal development checked.

The first question relates to the need for children to have regular spinal checks. Frequently parents may ask, "What could my children have wrong with them that they would need to see a chiropractor?" The answer to that question is the trauma of a child's daily life. The spine consists of 24 vertebral segments which can be jammed or misaligned causing minor spinal problems called spinal subluxations.

How Can a Young Infant's Spine Be Traumatized?

A young spine, with few exceptions, usually develops perfectly by the end of pregnancy. It's what happens around the time of birth and in the months thereafter which can sometimes upset the normal functioning of the spine. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by the position of the baby in the womb, or can suffer similar problems during labor from the trauma of the trip through the birth canal, or from the birthing process itself.

Spinal problems can also occur as a result of the frequent falls suffered by young infants in the first months of life. A fall from a bed, a sudden stop in an automobile, or any significant unsupported movement of the head and neck in an infant can induce excessive movement in the spine causing vertebral subluxations. At the other end of the spine, the act of learning to walk can induce trauma to the lower spinal segments and to the large sacroiliac joints of the pelvis.

How Can Parents Recognize Childhood Spinal Problems?

Unless a child has an obvious problem, it can be difficult for parents to recognize when a child has spinal subluxations. It is not always easy for someone other than a chiropractor, highly trained in evaluating the spine, to determine if the child has a problem, just as it is difficult for someone other than a dentist to determine if a child has any cavities. Both cases take the skills of a trained specialist to perform a thorough evaluation.

There are some signs however which parents may look for which can be an indicator of a child with a spinal problem. Common indicators of spinal problems may include the child's head consistently being tilted to one side; disturbed sleeping patterns where the child sleeps for only an hour or two at a time; feeding difficulties in the very young infant; the infant may have difficulty nursing at the breast on one particular side.

Common childhood disorders can also sometimes indicate a spinal problem. Persistent earaches, sore throats, colic, headaches, bed-wetting, and growing pains are but some of the more common problems for which parents bring their children to the chiropractor.

How Are Children's Spinal Problems Treated?

The first thing your chiropractor will do is to conduct a careful and thorough evaluation of your child's spine. Most chiropractors are trained to evaluate pediatric spinal problems and will use gentle, specific skills to identify, evaluate, and treat any involved spinal areas. Dr. Trester has been awarded a Fellowship in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association by completing a one year post graduate course of study and examination in the Principles and Practices of Chiropractic Pediatrics.

What Does the Treatment Involve?

Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light finger-tip adjustments to correct malfunctioning spinal structures. A light spinal adjustment, using no more than two pounds of pressure, is usually sufficient to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become locked and are causing interference with the normal function of the nervous system. Children's spines are a lot more mobile than those of adults and as a result, usually require fewer adjustments to restore normal function. The actual number of adjustments, however, may vary depending on the length of time that the condition has been present.


Why is it when there is a “flu bug” going around not everyone gets sick?

Viruses and bacteria are opportunists. What that means is they don’t stand a chance unless your body is rundown. In fact, a lot of the viruses and bacteria that are said to cause sickness and disease are present in your body every day. They can only be harmful when the system weakens. So how can you keep your body running well? The obvious answers are good nutrition, adequate rest, moderate exercise, and a positive outlook on life.
An often overlooked aspect is a healthy spine and nervous system. If your brain and body cannot communicate clearly, you can’t mount the proper defenses, you may not get the complete nutritional value from your food and you’re not reaching your potential. Get your spine and nervous system checked regularly to ensure you are as healthy as you can be.



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Congratulations I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! It’s been my pleasure serving you this past year.

I look forward to helping you reach your health goals for the year 2007!! Have a healthy and happy new year!!!

Best wishes,
Dr. Randall D. Trester

During the month of December the office will have Gift Certificates available for someone special for the holiday season. Give them the gift of health and introduce them to the chiropractic lifestyle.

Congratulations to Paola and Daniel on the birth of their baby Vanessa born on November 11, 2006.

Congratulations to Yvette and Brian on the birth of their baby Joshua born November 15, 2006.

Congratulations to Susan and Michael on the birth of their baby Owen born on December 1, 2006.

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Wednesday 7:30am -1:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am -1:00pm & 3:00-7:00pm

The The office will be closed for the holidays from Saturday December 23, 2006 until Monday January 1, 2007 and will re-open on Tuesday January 2.




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Our goal is to adjust the spine to help stimulate
your body's natural healing process.

Dr. Randall Trester
West 1st Chiropractic Wellness Centre
3-1864 West 1st Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J1G5

Tel: 604 736 8353
Fax: 604 736 8350


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