One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding chiropractic, involves the care that we provide for kids. Is it safe? Is it necessary? Can kids really get spinal problems? How old do they have to be? Does it hurt? How often do they need to go? Let me dig in a little deeper to these questions as well as a few others to help dispel any myths or misconceptions that are out there.
How Young Is Too Young?
The very first trauma that all of us experience on our spine is that of the birth process. The long and difficult trip down, through, and exiting the birth canal during a natural birth can create serious spinal problems. This stress is then magnified through procedures such as a c-section, forceps, or the use of vacuum extraction. Spinal problems from birth typically involve the upper portion of the neck. These problems often lead to asthma, ear infections, colic, sore throats, chronic sickness, ADHD, as well as other health problems. It is best to have your child checked at the chiropractor as soon as possible after birth to minimize the severity of effects of the problem.
Is it safe, and will it hurt them?
With very few exceptions, chiropractic care for children is completely painless. When it comes to newborns, I always explain to patients that the amount of pressure used to adjust their spine is the equivalent of that you may use to check the ripeness of a tomato. In most cases it doesn't look like much of anything. As a child gets older, we can begin to use more traditional adjusting techniques similar to those used with adults. Once again, it is generally painless, and most kids generally LOVE getting adjusted, as well as how it makes them feel.
How often do they need to be seen?
As a general rule, a child's spine tends to respond much faster than that of an adult. There may be a brief period of repetition with adjustments in some cases, but most children can hold their adjustments quite well for at least 2-4 weeks.
Causes of childhood spinal problems
Outside of the initial birth trauma, the most common cause of spinal problems is related to posture. This includes use of phones, carrying backpacks, and awkward sitting/laying. Other causes include falls, sports injuries, and simply general wear and tear from life.
What Should You Do?
Get your child to the chiropractor to get checked! It's never too early or too late for them to be living the healthy life they deserve. Don't worry, they may be nervous the first time (that is only natural), but most can't wait to return for visits from that point forward. If you have any additional questions feel free to ask us. We are always more than happy to answer questions for you. We hope to see your family in the office soon, so they too can...
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