Some adults may wonder why more and more people are taking their children to see chiropractors. That’s a good question and the answer is simple: whether we have a large, full grown spine or a little, growing one, if that spine is not functioning properly, our bodies won’t work the way they’re supposed to.
The second question then, would be “Why would a kids spine not work correctly?”
Spinal dysfunction (or vertebral subluxations) occurs as a part of normal daily life. Typical causes in children are from physical stressors like falls while learning to walk or off of playground equipment or collisions on the soccer field or basketball court. It is also important to keep in mind that the nervous system of a child isn’t fully developed until they’re in their late teens. That is why children can take a fall that would knock you or I senseless, and they pop back up and head off again. It’s not that they’re not injured, their body just isn’t good at telling the brain about it.
When soft tissue like joints, ligaments, and capsules are injured, they will heal whether you treat them or not. The problem is that an untreated soft tissue injury will heal like a scab on a cut, becoming thick and fibrotic, unable to bend and flex properly. These injuries are often the beginning of the “bad” knee, shoulder, or lower back that many people suffer from later in life.
Because the developing spine doesn’t send “pain” signals very well, children don’t frequently complain of back and neck pain. Instead, they suffer from things like colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestion issues, asthma, behavioral problems, low energy, inability to concentrate, headaches, etc – the list is endless. In fact, regardless of what the end result or symptom may be, all roads lead back to the nervous system – to the body’s ability to self-regulate and function at a peak level.
This leads to… 10 reasons parents take their kids to see a chiropractor:
1. To prevent spinal problems later in life.
2. To enhance their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
3. To strengthen the immune system and reduce the incidence of colds and ear-aches.
4. To help with colic and “Irritable Baby Syndrome“.
5. To help with asthma and allergies.
6. To improve spinal posture.
7. To improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
8. To assist with behavioral disorders and enhance emotional well-being.
9. To help alleviate digestive problems.
10. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.
Please contact our office and schedule a FREE Consultation and Exam to see if your child could benefit from a Chiropractic adjustment.