Why Do Kids Need Chiropractic?
Chiropractors have been caring for children for more than 100 years. More and more parents, especially those who are already chiropractic patients themselves, are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Why is that?
Chiropractic is based on the important relationship between the spine and the nervous system. One of the most basic ideas in chiropractic is that misalignments in the spine can lead to dysfunction within the nervous system—and since the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the systems of the body, spinal dysfunction can have wide ranging effects on the body’s health. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and adjust those spinal misalignments.
Children encounter many physical stresses during their growing years. The resulting problems in children’s spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at, 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 are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. Additionally, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s spine and nervous system.
Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal dysfunction resulting from these stresses, and chiropractic adjustments may help to enhance future function and the well-being of your children.