Chiropractic care can have an immense impact on the wellness of a child. However, many parents are unaware of the benefits it can have on their children’s health. This unawareness can provoke apprehension, resulting in opinionated theories against the matter, such as: Children are fragile. Children are pretty resilient but chiropractic treatment is not the same for a child as it would be for an adult. Another common thought: Availability of medications that relieve pain and cover a vast array of diseases will be ok. Do you really want to drug your children if there was a safe effective alternative? Or this one: Children are simply too young for treatment. Our office has treated children as young as 2 months. A lot of parents have an unawareness of chiropractic methodologies and practices. If parents are unsure about the benefits of chiropractic care themselves, why would they send their kids there?
In order to keep your children well and obtain chiropractic care, encouragement is key for parents that are apprehensive. They should be fully informed of the benefits, the safety factors, and the positive outcomes that come from chiropractic care. It is important to explain how children can be highly vulnerable to long-term injuries from daily activity. As children are constantly growing and adapting to the natural transformations, they become prone to long-term injuries, or developing musculoskeletal disorders that can last for many years.
Regarding Chiropractic and children the Dynamic Chiropractic magazine states: “children’s bones and muscles are more elastic and heal faster. At the peak period of adolescent linear growth, the musculoskeletal system is most vulnerable because of imbalances in strength and flexibility and changes in the biomechanical properties of bone.”
As a chiropractor, I encourage patients to have their children receive treatment. Chiropractic care can help prevent children from developing: Long-term musculoskeletal dysfunctions, imbalances in the body and/or dependencies on medications. In a To Your Health article, “The same treatments we administer to adults are just as safe for children. Ailments that adults commonly come into our offices with happen to children as well. Chiropractic techniques performed on children are modified so the procedures are gentler for the child’s particular body type.”
Another way a chiropractor can help prevent children from the development of postural and musculoskeletal disorders is by ordering them orthotics. Many children suffer from pronation and the low arches in their feet can disrupt normal gait patterns and create postural imbalances later in life.
In an article concerning children’s foot health, Dr. Brian Jensen states, “Foot problems from childhood can interfere with adolescent (or adult) spinal function, which can result in poor biomechanics and accelerated degenerative changes in the knees, hips, and spine.”
Children that are monitored and treated by a chiropractor can reduce the risk of developing postural disorders and other ailments that typically go unseen. Parents should be encouraged to have their children routinely examined. A few steps towards prevention can make a great difference in long-term postural stability in a child.
If you would like more information regarding children and Chiropractic visit our web site and click on the “Kids and Chiropractic tab. www.southingtonchiropractor.com
1] Pate, Deborah. (October 21, 2010). Musculoskeletal Development and Sports Injuries in Pediatric Patients. http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?t=34&id=54950