The Benefits of Chiropractic for Kids
Many people mistakenly think the only reason to visit a doctor of Chiropractic is for a bad back. But as millions of parents know, the benefits of Chiropractic for kids from infants to teens are many.
Chiropractic care can help to heal common early childhood problems, such as ear infections, colic, colds, fevers, sore throats, bed-wetting, asthma, and allergies. Chiropractic care is effective in treating many learning and behavioral issues kids suffer from and it promotes general wellness and prevention. Kids fall and bump themselves often. Can one or more of these injuries lead to a spinal misalignment? ABSOLUTELY! In fact, most spine problems begin in childhood. Children don’t complain much and so their injuries can be brushed off. The more injuries, the higher their risk of several misalignments.
Children – especially young children – run and climb and fall all the time, seemingly unharmed. They just brush themselves off and keep on going. But are they truly alright? Many times they fine, but sometimes they are not. Minor injuries often do occur, and eventually, significant alignment and motion changes can happen to their spine. This can lead to aches and pains, headaches, stiff necks, and sore backs. It shouldn’t hurt to grow up. If pain occurs as a result of a fall or accident, it needs to be checked.
Headaches, back pain, fatigue, and irritability do occur in children and teens and should not be ignored. Adolescence is a time of rapid growth, and what was a minor problem at a younger age may now flare up during the growth spurts and hormonal changes of puberty.
For many, it’s not until adulthood when one day they give a hearty sneeze or bend to tie their shoes that suddenly their back locks and they can’t move. Often stiff necks and headaches begin without any obvious reason. Upon evaluation, many spinal misalignments are present — misalignments that came from minor bumps and falls throughout the years. Children need and benefit from an annual spinal check-up just like they need an annual physical check-up.
Has your child had a Chiropractic exam? Call our office to schedule your first appointment. It’s never too early to get started on cultivating a healthy life.