CHIROPRACTIC FOR KIDS
Chiropractic for Kids
Many current chiropractic patients who are also parents have considered and wondered about trying chiropractic care for their children. Chiropractic has been useful for them, and they feel that it could also benefit their kids. But some worry about chiropractic care for young people. Is it safe? What kind of results will we see? Here we will clear up the confusion and explain why and how chiropractic is beneficial for children of all ages.
The Proof is in the Pudding
Chiropractic care for children is nothing new – it has been around for a long time. It has proven to be effective in treating and addressing a variety of disorders specific to kids. Chiropractic has been shown to improve the condition of colicky babies by correcting subluxation and therefore reducing the discomfort that causes crying and pain. Children with problems sleeping have found relief through chiropractic care, as have kids with gait problems and abnormal spinal curvature. A final point about this is that chiropractic is non-invasive, and is founded upon gentle but effective adjustment techniques that are safe and well tested.
Kids Get Hurt – Chiropractic Can Help
In addition to treating the conditions above, chiropractic can help restore kids to health when they experience injuries. Let’s be honest: kids get hurt. They run and fall, and they jump off things they shouldn’t, they injure themselves playing sports. Chiropractic works to align the spine and joints and fix the root cause of the issue.
Optimizing Body Function
By properly aligning the spine, chiropractic promotes healthy nervous system flow and communication. When there are misaligned points on the spine, it can put excessive pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain and interference with brain communication. Fixing this means that the brain is allowed to communicate with the body and make the best decisions for health. A young body depends on a healthy nervous system because it is growing and changing every day and needs accurate input to continue on the right path. Chiropractic can help children achieve this and thrive as they grow from child to adult.
The chiropractic treatment is safe for patients of all ages, including newborns. Chiropractors use an array of therapies to treat their patients. One of the most common therapies is spinal manipulative therapy or chiropractic treatment, in which precise, hands-on adjustments are made to the vertebrae of the spine. These adjustments target the joints of the spine, aiming to create more room for the joint to move around.
After an assessment of your child’s spine, the chiropractor will perform a gentle adjustment using either his or her hands or a small tool. Chiropractors also use other therapies to treat the spine or any other part of the musculoskeletal system that is causing their patients trouble, like knees or wrists. Examples include soft tissue therapy, like massage, and at-home exercises. This adjustment, alongside the use of chiropractic therapies, serves to remove the subluxation.
Commonly Seen Improvements
Over the years, chiropractic doctors have received feedback about the benefits of kids and chiropractic from parents and young patients reporting significant or unexpected improvements in:
- Behavior and attitude
- Immune system function
- Additional symptoms and conditions patients have reported improvement on include ADD/ADHD, colic, torticollis, ear infections, bed-wetting, digestive problems, allergies, asthma, seizures, and more.
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