Kids and Chiropractic: Here’s Why They’re a Good Match
By Sara Butler
Every parent wants the best for their children. From the moment you know of their impending arrival, your life seems to take on a whole new meaning with them at the very center. The decisions you make are to help them live the longest, happiest, and healthiest life possible.
We may not always live up to our own ideals as parents -- and the tween/teen phase can really test your dedication! But that doesn’t mean we’re not on the lookout for ways to make our kids’ lives better and maybe even a little easier, which is why many parents want to learn more about what chiropractic care can do for their children.
Chiropractic care offers families a solid foundation from which they can focus on their health, both now and in the future. If you’re considering taking your child to the chiropractor for the first time, then you probably have questions. And if you haven’t given it some thought, you should consider it. Here are a few of the answers from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.
Chiropractic for Your Growing Child
Chiropractic care is foundational for every person to live healthily -- children included. There are so many ways that chiropractic care is good for kids that many parents aren’t aware of. Some of the benefits of chiropractic for your youngest family members include:
- Promotes good health - A child with a body free from joint dysfunctions has a central nervous system that is working at its very best. Chiropractic is a full-body approach to health, encouraging regular exercise and healthy eating that are great ways to plant the seeds of healthy living in your child.
- Effective treatments - Does your child struggle with issues such as chronic ear infections or colic? Several common childhood conditions can be effectively and naturally treated with chiropractic care.
- Address sleep concerns - It is the fervent wish of every parent that their child sleeps well. It simply makes life easier for everyone! It’s not uncommon for a child to have a joint dysfunction that may be impacting their central nervous system and causing sleep disturbances. Regular chiropractic care can help everyone to sleep better.
- Help with injuries - Kids tend to get a lot of bumps, bruises, and scrapes -- it’s simply part of being a kid. But that doesn’t mean that a child cannot sustain an injury that takes a while to heal. Regular chiropractic care can help to ensure the body is doing what it was made to do, heal itself, and keep the joints free from restrictions that could lead to injuries.
Many people operate under the assumption that back, neck, and joint problems are reserved only for adults. But , but the truth is that joint restrictions can occur the moment we exit the womb -- it’s quite a traumatic trip for a newborn -- , which is why being proactive with chiropractic care from a young age can help your child to live a healthier life.
Many people operate under the assumption that back, neck, and joint problems are reserved only for adults. But joint restrictions can occur the moment we exit the womb -- it’s quite a traumatic trip for a newborn -- which is why being proactive with chiropractic care from a young age can help your child to live a healthier life.
What Can You Expect at a Chiropractic Visit?
If you’re unfamiliar with chiropractic care, then you may be wondering what happens when you see a chiropractor. It’s a great question since knowing what to expect can go a long way toward easing your mind when trying something new for your family.
Chiropractic care isn’t one size fits all. Chiropractors treat each patient, no matter their age, individually. They will get a full medical history and then perform a physical exam to assess if any joint restrictions are present that may be contributing to other issues. The chiropractor will work with you and your child to create a treatment plan to address these issues and then move onto hands-on chiropractic adjustments for treatment.
Chiropractic adjustments don’t hurt; the force the chiropractor uses is appropriate to the size of your child and his or her physical development. Kids are treated more gently and with less pressure. You or your child may hear popping sounds, but that’s totally normal. Don’t forget, if at any point you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask -- it’s what the chiropractor is there for!
What Age Is the Right Age?
Another question many parents have is at what age a child should start seeing the chiropractor. Remember, you’re never too old to see a chiropractor for the first time and you’re never too young, either. Chiropractors regularly treat people of all ages, including newborns. In fact, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 35 million adults are treated by chiropractors regularly and about 11 percent of chiropractic patients are children.
But it’s not just about numbers. As a parent, it’s up to you to decide what is right for your child and at what age. Rest assured that chiropractic care is safe and effective, even for very young infants.
Chiropractic care is more than simply treatments for the spine, it’s a whole-body approach to health. If you’re ready to find out more about how chiropractic can benefit your family, including your youngest members, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today.
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