Yes, Kids Can Benefit From Chiropractic Therapy
Stephen R. Farris
About every other weekend or so, my teenage grandson comes over to help out with chores, and in turn, I teach him a few cooking tricks. He enjoys visiting since it gives him time to himself away from his older brother and cousins, and of course, the long and hectic week of school.
It didn't really dawn on me until just the other day, when he was getting ready to go back to school since the weekend was over; the poor guy was weighed down by his heavy backpack he has to tote each day. I thought to myself, there's got to be a better way for kids to learn and not have to carry all of their books and supplies on their back every day.
But it wasn't just that. I noticed when he was standing that his posture seemed to be off. Of course, this could be caused by the heavy backpack, or from the constant tilting of his neck and upper back due to his playing on the smartphone, tablet, and laptop. I've found that I have to make him take a break from electronics a lot when he's here too.
After doing a little research on the web, I find that I'm not alone in making these assessments. It seems these are becoming more commonplace than ever before among school age children, so I may need to talk with his mother and see about taking him to a local chiropractor since he's mentioned a time or two about his neck and back hurting sometimes.
I've always thought that chiropractic therapy was just for adults, but after reading more about it, it's also good for kids. Besides helping to keep their spine in alignment, kids can also benefit in other ways, such as these:
- Growing pains
- Injuries from falls or from playing
- Better immune system function
- Improvement in behavior and mood
- Better rest at night
- Ear infections
These are just a few listed, but there are many other ways chiropractic therapy can benefit kids, from infants to teenagers.
I like the idea that chiropractic care can help with his posture, since that is my chief concern, but I'm even more excited at all of the other things it can do too.
If you think your child's backpack is too heavy, remember this rule of thumb, make sure it weighs no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight. You may also check with their teacher to see if it's possible for them to leave some of their books and/or supplies at school.
And remember, when it comes to aches and pains, visit your local chiropractor to get the pain relief they need throughout their growing years.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.