Licensed chiropractors have a long history of caring for children. Many ailments that affect adults may affect children in the same way and can be treated with thoughtful chiropractic care and attention. This article will address common questions and possible concerns you may have as a parent with a child who requires chiropractic care.
First off, chiropractic care focuses on knowledge and understanding of the important relationship between the spine and the nervous system. When the spine and joints are misaligned, so is the nervous system. The nervous system controls and coordinates almost all functioning systems within the body, so correct functioning is vital. You may then wonder what conditions would require your child to see a chiropractor?
As children grow, they experience physical stresses. This is true of all children, but those who are heavily involved in physical sports and athletics will be even more susceptible to misalignment and damage. Spinal trauma can occur at any age, however, and parents of newborns babies or toddlers should have their children’s spine checked soon after birth. Physical milestones like learning to hold up the head, sitting, crawling, or walking, all require sound spinal strength. And at any point throughout adolescence, if a child complains of consistent back or muscle pain, a visit to a chiropractic professional may be warranted.
The most common signs of a spinal problem include:
- Interrupted sleeping pattern
- Breastfeeding complications in infants
- Restricted head or neck movement
- Imbalanced shoulder height
Childhood disorders commonly linked to spinal dysfunction include:
- Regular sore throats and colds
- Growing pains
- Bedwetting and/or constipation
The chiropractic procedure can sound scary, especially on a young child, but there is nothing to fear. The “popping” sound and pressure application all depend on the technique and type of correction method. Spinal adjustments are only loud if misaligned spinal joints are moving. You may wonder if it hurts then? Generally, the answer is, no, it doesn’t. Most chiropractic care for children is completely painless, except in the case of a serious injury. After treatment, your child will experience significantly reduced pain and discomfort.
As to the question of safety, the risk of a child experiencing a notable injury from a chiropractic adjustment is very slim. Chiropractic care for children is one of the safest forms of medical treatment.
Remember that regular chiropractic checkups can identify potentially hidden issues before they fully develop. Chiropractic care for children attends to both physical and emotional pain, correcting spinal structure and chemical imbalances at the same time.