It still amazes me how many people think chiropractic is just for adults with back pain. This can’t be any further from the truth. Chiropractic care isn’t just for adults, it is also for children of all ages. There are numerous reasons that children, from the time they are born, should receive regular chiropractic check-ups.
During a recent visit with a new patient, they mentioned some information they read around the office about ADHD and other childhood problems, and subsequently said “So chiropractic can help with these problems? I’m going to bring my kids to see you.“ Let’s take a look at why that is, and what some of the common reasons are for you to bring your child in for regular chiropractic care.
Your Child’s Nervous System
Just like with an adult, the nervous system of a child controls and regulates the function of cells, tissues, and organs in your body. When a spinal subluxation occurs (misalignment) it can prevent proper communication between the brain and body. This can cause severe stress on the nervous system, and ultimately impaired function of the affected area.
Common Causes of Childhood Subluxation
Birth trauma: The first and most common cause of subluxation in a newborn.
Minor/major trauma: Kids are kids and are constantly falling and getting a little beat up.
Posture: This is more evident today than ever with the frequent use of cell phones and devices.
Emotional Stress: This is a big cause of spinal subluxations in both adults and kids alike.
Commonly Seen Improvements
Chiropractic has never claimed to “cure” anything, but with a properly functioning nervous system your body can heal and function as it was intended too. Many parents note improvements in sleep, behavior/attitude, focus, and immune system function. Some conditions that can be helped include but is not limited to ear infections, asthma, colic, digestive problems, ADHD, and growing pains.
The thing that probably scares parents the most when it comes to bringing their child to the chiropractor is the adjustment. I can assure you it is completely safe and painless. With a newborn the amount of pressure used is equivalent to that of checking the ripeness of a tomato (VERY gentle). We can begin more typical looking adjustments as the child gets to roughly a walking age, but is is also very gentle. Once they understand that not only is it painless, but it actually feels good, most kids LOVE getting adjusted! I have seen babies as young as a couple days old in the office, and most actually sleep right through their adjustment. I have been getting adjusted regularly since the time I was a young child as well.
Of course adults need chiropractic care generally at a higher frequency than children, but don’t neglect your kids and let them develop the same problems that many of you are coming to the office to fix. This will help them have the best life possible and…