It may be difficult to imagine that a child would need chiropractic care. They seldom complain of chronic pain the way adults do and their bodies appear to be made of rubber in the way they bounce back from injury.
Why Would My Child Need Pediatric Care From a Chiropractor?
The truth is that children’s bodies are under a lot of stress while they are in a state of development and keeping them healthy requires maintenance. A child’s nervous system is the controller and regulator of all the other systems in their growing body. From blood flow, to brain function and bone growth, the nervous system plays a central role in keeping things working and healthy.
Stress and misalignment of the spine can have serious impacts on your child’s overall health, behavior, and development. Pediatric chiropractic care is a gentle and non-invasive therapy that works to correct underlying issues before they become hard-wired during development, providing support for a pain-free and successful childhood.
Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even so called “natural” birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. Their spines can easily become misaligned from the intense pressure involved in both natural and cesarean births. Unfortunately, other than crying, they have no way of communicating their pain, and it’s source, to us.
Throughout infancy, your child may sleep in awkward positions, and occasionally take a tumble. As children, they grow into toddlers, who strain, and twist, and fall, while learning to crawl and walk. Luckily, they are very resilient and can take a lot of impact, but it is common for these injuries to develop into patterns of movement that will pull a child’s bones out of alignment over time.
As kids, they may start to develop bad posture. Sitting in front of a computer or TV can have serious repercussions on the spine. Playing contact sports, wearing heavy backpacks (most likely the wrong way), and even sitting in desks can all cause issues.
As teenagers, they begin to deal with the stress of more daily responsibilities, like becoming part of the work force, and use their bodies to perform physical labor such as painting houses, serving tables, and the like.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities throughout development for a child’s body, and particularly their spine, to become out of alignment, which will affect other aspects of their healthy nervous system function, and development.
How Can I Tell If My Child Needs Chiropractic Care?
A child’s spine can become quite misaligned without any awareness on their part of pain or discomfort. Children have not always developed enough awareness of their bodies to identify a subtle chronic issue developing. Even when a child is experiencing pain, they may not be able to communicate it to you and it can come across as grumpiness, acting out, or incessant crying.
The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints, which can include:
- Breathing problems
- Nursing difficulties
- Chronic ear infections
- Asymmetry visible after birth or later
- Moves only one arm/leg efficiently
- Back of head flat on one side
- Social Integration.
Issues with the spine can also be the source of many other childhood issues including allergies, asthma, digestive issues, sleep issues, chronic illness, skin problems, ear infections, ADHD and much more.
What is Chiropractic Care for Kids?
A chiropractic treatment for a child begins with an extensive examination to determine the exact issue and the best route for treatment. Even if your child is too young to communicate, or too shy, a chiropractor has the skills to work with them to find out exactly what is going on before proceeding with treatment, if it is determined treatment is needed.
Gentle and non-invasive adjustments are then made to the spine. Children will often become relaxed and even fall asleep following treatment, a good sign that it has been effective. If you are concerned about your child’s spinal health, call our team at New Life Chiropractic to set up a consultation today.
Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being.
There is no time like the present to make an appointment with a chiropractor at New Life Chiropractic!