Years ago, parents thought chiropractic care for children was only necessary if there was a spinal deformity or a physical disorder that could be corrected with spinal adjustments. Today, more and more parents recognize the benefits of regular chiropractic care for children as part of a healthy childhood, and understand that the health of the spine is the foundation for growing little bodies.
Is chiropractic care safe for kids?
Yes! Chiropractors understand that a child’s growing spine is immature and delicate, which is why chiropractors treat children with special spinal adjustment techniques that are particularly gentle. While adult spines can withstand and benefit from more robust adjustment techniques, children’s spines require much less pressure. In fact, chiropractors are specially trained in spinal adjustments for children and implement gentle, painless fingertip adjustment techniques, which are all that are needed to align the malleable spines of children. Children respond well to spinal adjustment and it often takes just a couple adjustments to get their little backs healthy and aligned.
Is chiropractic care just for kids with back problems?
Absolutely not! A common misconception about chiropractic treatment for kids is that it is only for children with diagnosed back problems. Parents might ask, “What could be wrong with my child’s spine? He’s normal and healthy!” Parents are usually surprised to learn that just being a kid is hard on growing spines. Childhood is full of hard knocks as kids learn to walk, ride bikes, roller skate and climb trees. Here are just a few of the many parts of childhood that can alter spinal alignment:
- Babies’ spines can be misaligned from their position in the womb, and labor and delivery can interfere with normal functioning of the spine.
- Learning to walk means falling down many times before they get it right, which is tough on delicate spinal columns. Frequent head bumps are another related issue.
- Sudden stops when children are belted into car seats can cause trauma to the cervical spine.
The benefits of chiropractic care for kids
Chiropractic care should be a part of a child’s health and wellness plan. The health of a child’s spine is a crucial part of his growth and development, and keeping the spine healthy and aligned is vital. Kids benefit from safe, gentle chiropractic adjustments in many ways, and these are a few common childhood ailments that can often be linked to spinal issues:
- Frequent earaches
- Persistent sore throats
One of the greatest benefits of chiropractic care for children is that it starts kids off with healthy habits that will last a lifetime. When children receive regular chiropractic adjustments, spinal issues, like scoliosis, are caught and treated before they cause pain or deformity. Chiropractors understand the tremendous role the health of the spine plays in normal growth and development, and they are often able to identify and correct many childhood ailments through gentle spinal manipulation. Best of all, the treatments are gentle and painless, and children enjoy the comfort and care they receive at the hands of their family chiropractor.
Talk to us today about making regular chiropractic care a part of your child’s health and wellness plan. We love helping kids grow strong with great posture and happy, healthy backs!