The other day a new adult patient was surprised I adjusted children and inquired why children would need chiropractic care. I told her, “Injuries and misalignments to the spine can start from birth. Making sure the spine has good mobility and alignment with regular spinal check-ups and chiropractic care, can help kid’s nervous systems work better and therefore their bodies will work better. The body becomes stronger and more resilient. Regular chiropractic care for kids is a proactive approach rather than a traditional reactive approach you would find in modern medicine. This is why I adjust my kids and why other parents bring their kids to a chiropractor.”
The birthing process can be hard not only on the mother, but the baby as well. Although babies are pretty “rubbery” and flexible they are not immune to injuries to the spine, skull and extremities when being born. Crying excessively, poor sleeping patterns, or lack of symmetry in their posture when lying down (i.e. head tilts, favours turning their head to one side, body maintains a C-shape, or skull mis-shaped) are all symptoms and signs that the baby may have an injury or misalignment in the spine. Regardless, if you want to be proactive, it’s a good idea to get your child’s spine checked by a chiropractor early on in their development. I’ve been checking and adjusting my kids’ spines since they were born.
Falls are common in kids especially when they are learning to walk. Again, kids are flexible and usually bounce back pretty quickly. However, those seemingly innocent falls can create layers of damage and tension in the the nervous system and body that may not reveal themselves until later in life.
As kids get into school they sit more. Sitting for long periods of time stiffens the spine up and creates spinal misalignments. Here is some more content on the side effects of being sedentary and prolonged sitting:
Your kids may be involved with physical activity/sports. The benefits of regular physical activity and movement extend well beyond this article. In terms of the spine, regular physical activity keeps the spine and nervous system well toned. However, physical activity doesn’t come without injuries. Over training, falls, and collisions all have their toll on the spine and extremities. Regular chiropractic care can be used to recover from injuries faster, help prevent injuries, and optimize nerve, muscle function, spine and extremity flexibility. In short, this means improving your kid’s performance.
My daughters have been involved with competitive dance for many years now. As dance competitions start to ramp up in the spring the stress on their spines and extremities increases. It’s not uncommon that I’m adjusting my kids one to times per week during these times.
Developing healthy lifestyle habits early in life will help ensure a happier and more productive childhood that will extend into their adult life. Regular chiropractic care is one of those healthy habits to help ensure a healthy spine and nervous system throughout childhood and adulthood.
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