A common misconception about chiropractic care is that it’s only intended for adults. Yet more and more parents today are seeking chiropractic care for their children, whether to help address specific medical issues or simply to ensure their child’s nervous system and spine are developing properly. Chiropractic care for infants and children offers several health benefits, so if you’re considering treatment for your child, here’s what you need to know:
It’s never too early for chiropractic care
The birthing process is physically strenuous for both mom and baby, so it’s not uncommon for new mothers to stop by the chiropractor’s office within days of giving birth to correct any misalignments. Optimal functioning of a newborn’s spine and nervous system contributes to their overall health as they grow.
Chiropractic care facilitates childhood development
During periods of accelerated skeletal growth—commonly known as growth spurts—balance in the muscles and joints is especially important. Chiropractors help make sure there are no structural restrictions or imbalances during this crucial time. Chiropractic adjustments also facilitate optimal nervous system function.
Chiropractic care is beneficial after injuries
Kids are prone to accidents and falls, which can throw bones out of alignment, put pressure on the nervous system, and lead to pain and dysfunction. Chiropractic care will help to provide proper realignment. Even if there are no obvious signs of severe injury, it’s a good idea to bring your child to a chiropractor following an accident or fall.
Chiropractors can detect hidden spinal problems
As with injuries, not all childhood spinal problems are obvious to parents. But chiropractors are trained to decode signs of spinal problems, including disturbed sleeping patterns, breastfeeding difficulties, restricted head or neck movement, or one shoulder being higher than the other.
Chiropractic care for infants and children is absolutely safe
Safety is one of the top concerns parents have about chiropractic care for children and infants, but there are several large-scale research studies verifying its safety and effectiveness. To illustrate how gentle chiropractors are with children, the amount of force used to adjust an infant is about the same amount of force you would use to test a ripe tomato at the grocery store.
Regular “well-child” visits to the chiropractor are recommended
Scheduling regular visits with the chiropractor, as parents do with pediatricians and dentists, will help catch minor issues before they turn into major problems. To allow children to maximize their healthy potential, chiropractic visits are recommended once within the first month, once every three months for the first year, and once or twice a year thereafter.
Chiropractic care can have a positive impact on certain medical issues
While chiropractic care for children is not a cure for certain medical issues, studies have shown that regular chiropractic care can help the following medical conditions in profound ways:
Give your child a healthy head start with chiropractic care
Chiropractors have been safely and effectively treating infants and children since the beginning of the profession over 100 years ago. At Loy Chiropractic Arts, we want to help your children grow into healthy adults by ensuring optimal development of their spine and nerve system. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.