Why do kids need chiropractic care?
During a child’s developmental years, they may encounter many physical stresses that result in problems with their spines.
Since spinal trauma can occur at any time and/or prior to birth, many parents choose to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and can be an important time to have a child checked by a chiropractor. Also sports and playground injuries, heavy school bags and sitting all day in a classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s nervous system and spine.
What does chiropractic care involve?
The first thing a chiropractor will do is to conduct a thorough history of your child’s health, followed by a complete physical examination of the child’s spine.
The amount of “force” is often not more than a finger touch. This is usually enough to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become locked and are causing interference to the normal nervous system function. Occasionally, the adjustments will make a ‘popping’ sound when the spinal joints are moved; however, this is not always heard when the child’s spine is being adjusted.
Does it hurt?
In general, chiropractic care for children is painless, except in cases where the child has an actual injury. Overall, most parents report that their children enjoy their spinal adjustments, and that they look forward to their next visit.
How long will it take?
A child’s spine will often require only a few adjustments to restore to normal function and generally respond much faster than an adult.
The actual number of adjustments will vary depending on many factors such as the length of time the problem has been present.
Is it safe?
Chiropractic care for children may be one of the safest forms of healthcare available.
The risks of a child suffering notable injury from a spinal adjustment are extremely minimal. Chiropractors have been adjusting children’s spines for years and have an excellent safety record.
How can I tell if my child has spinal problems?
- Unless a child has an obvious problem it can be difficult for a parent to recognize when a child’s spine is not working correctly. There are some signs which can indicate spinal problems. These may include:
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- Breastfeeding difficulties in the very young
- Restricted head or neck movement to one side
- One shoulder higher than the other
Common childhood disorders can also be linked with spinal dysfunction, these include:
- Recurrent ear infections
- Persistent sore throats and colds
- Bedwetting and/or constipation
- Growing pains