Chiropractic and Kids
Chiropractic Care for Children
I often hear people ask the question, “Why would a child need to see a Chiropractor?” Children have spines that protect their spinal cord and support their body just the same as adults. As a parent, if you knew that your child had a vertebra that was not sitting in proper alignment that could potentially be interfering with the nerve transmissions of the spinal cord, would you want to leave it there until it caused significant damage? Or would you want it to be identified and corrected as early as possible?
Chiropractic care for children provides families a foundation for optimal health and well being. Children grow up understanding that health is something to be cared for before it is lost, rather than something to treat once illness sets in. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for greater health and well-being. Have your child’s spine and nerve system checked regularly to ensure that they function at their best! Remember: “As the twig is bent so grows the tree.”
At Jenkins Family Chiropractic we care for of a large number of children of all ages. The truth is that we would rather take care of healthy kids than fix broken adults. There is no greater joy than helping a child grow healthfully through Chiropractic care. We have children whose parents had been told surgical procedures for tubes in the ears was the only solution to stop chronic recurring ear infections, who started Chiropractic care with us and were able to avoid the surgery.
Chiropractic and Children with Acute Conditions
Acute conditions may result from birth trauma, sports mishaps and accidental injury. Chiropractic care benefits children by correcting the spinal alignment to improve their overall health. When vertebral joints are misaligned during birth or from a blow or fall, muscle tissue and nerves may also be affected. Spinal adjustment frees joints, restores motion and relieves nerve pressure, which may be the cause of additional ailments. Parents report successful treatment of children’s health issues such as acute earache, upper respiratory infection, muscle pain, neck pain and accident trauma. Spinal manipulation for children as young as newborn babies is an alternative treatment for the discomfort of colic and other digestive disorders as well.
Chiropractic and Children with Chronic Conditions
Parents surveyed by the ICPA reported behavioral improvement for kids who saw a chiropractor, as well as improved sleep and stronger immune systems. Chiropractic America reports that natural, drug-free chiropractic care is sometimes more effective than traditional medical approaches for chronic earache, scoliosis and neck pain. Headaches and sleep disorders of nonspecific causes respond well to spinal adjustments, which affect and repair interrupted neural pathways. Asthma and allergy symptoms and patterns of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also be taken care of with chiropractic.
Chiropractic for Children as Preventative Care
Periodic and regular adjustments to maintain structural alignment and function at a young age may help stave off the above ailments before they begin. Proper maintenance of spinal alignment as children grow may delay or prevent degenerative bone or joint disease, such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. In addition to maintaining children’s health, regular visits to our office will help instill the value of proactive health care in kids. They’ll be more likely to monitor and manage their health as they grow up and less likely to be afraid or in denial of any health problems. Encouraging good lifelong health habits is one of chiropractic’s best benefits for kids.
The average child has about 2000 falls before the age of 5, which leads to interference and misalignment. So it’s a good idea to have your child assessed at an early age. Whether this is falling on the playground, the stress associated with not getting their favorite toy, or even the entire birthing process, almost all children are Subluxated and need to participate in chiropractic care. Therefore, if you are reading this information and you are still unsure whether chiropractic can support your child, please call the office and schedule a consultation so that we can address your concerns and get your child on the path to health and wellness as early as possible.