Chiropractic Treatment for Kids
A child’s nervous system acts as the controller and regulator of all of their other body systems. From blood flow to bone growth, the nervous system plays an integral role in keeping the whole body healthy and functioning properly. Stress and misalignments, otherwise known as subluxations of the spine, can have a far-reaching impact on your child’s overall well-being, behavior, and development. Chiropractic treatment is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that works to correct any underlying problems before they become more permanent or damaging later in the child’s development, providing support for a pain-free and happy childhood.
Pediatric Chiropractic Care
It can be difficult to imagine that a child might need chiropractic treatment. They rarely complain about chronic pain the way adults can, and their bodies appear to be able to handle injury well. The truth is, however, that children’s bodies are under a lot of stress while they are developing and keeping them healthy requires regular maintenance.
Stress and trauma to the body and spinal column often begin with the birthing process. An infant’s spine can easily become misaligned with the extreme pressure present in both natural and Cesarean births. Unfortunately, besides crying, babies have no way of communicating their pain or its source to us. Throughout infancy, babies often sleep in awkward positions and occasionally suffer from a fall. As they grow into toddlers, who tend to strain and twist and fall while learning to move about the world. Luckily, children are remarkably resilient and can handle a lot of impacts, but it’s not uncommon for these injuries to turn into patterns of movement that can, over time, pull a child’s bones out of alignment.
As they grow into still bigger kids, many can start to develop bad posture. This is exasperated by sitting in front of a computer or television screen for long periods of time and can have long-term repercussions on the spine. Other activities, such as playing contact sports, wearing heavy backpacks, or even sitting in desks can all cause problems. As teenagers, they start to deal with the stress of more responsibilities, like becoming part of the workforce or using their bodies to perform physical labor.
There are many opportunities throughout a child’s development for their body, and especially their spine, to become misaligned, affecting other areas of their nervous system function and healthy development.
Does My Child Need Chiropractic Care?
The vertebrae in a child’s spinal column can become very misaligned without any awareness on the part of the child of pain or discomfort. This may be because children haven’t always fully developed awareness of their bodies enough to identify any subtle or chronic issue that may be developing. Even if a child is experiencing pain, he or she may not be able to communicate it that pain to you. Instead, it may come across as grumpiness, acting out, or a lot of crying. Problems with the spinal column may also be the source of many other childhood conditions, such as colic, ear infections, or ADHD.
Chiropractic Treatment for Kids
Chiropractic care for a child starts with a thorough examination to determine the precise problem and the best form of treatment. Even for children too young to communicate, or too shy, chiropractors have the skills that will enable them to work with your child in order to find out exactly what the problem is before going on with treatment, if it is even determined treatment is necessary. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments can then made to the spinal column. Children often become relaxed and some even fall asleep following chiropractic treatment. If you are concerned about your child’s spinal health, don’t wait! Call our team at Bethpage Chiropractic to set up a consultation today!