Chiropractic for kids?
Most people think that unless their child has had a major accident or injury, they do not need to be seen by a chiropractor. This is just like thinking that unless I’m in pain, then I don’t need to be adjusted. Both are definitely not true! Just like going to the dentist, you shouldn’t wait until you have a tooth ache before making your appointment. Regular visits to a chiropractor are a great way to help your child to be healthy at any age. Now it is true that some children will not need to be adjusted. However, the real benefit comes when a small misalignment is found early and corrected BEFORE any symptoms even show up. After all, what parent wouldn’t want the absolute best for their children?
Why would a child need chiropractic?
Our bodies are made to run, swim, climb or simply said, to play and be active. Unfortunately, starting at age 5 we sit the child in a chair and make them stay that way for hours and hours, 5 days a week until at least 18 years old. This is one of the worst things you can do to a spine, and everyone knows it. I have people come into my office regularly complaining about how their job requires them to be at a desk, which will aggravate their neck or back. I rarely see a child over the age of 8 that does not need a correction. This micro-trauma of sitting for hours each day is enough to erode the spine. As the spine breaks down, neurological stress will develop which inevitably leads to a decrease in health.
How do I know if my child needs a correction?
Ideally a child will have periodic visits with their NUCCA upper cervical chiropractor to check for misalignment. Until one is found, this would only need to be every 6 months or so. Between visits, if a mother wants to check from home, there are a few simple things that can be done. First, have the child lie down on their back. Making sure the child is straight, then look down at their feet to see if they are even. This is easier to do with shoes on, but be sure to look at the marks on the shoe, and not just the bottom of the soles. If one leg appears shorter than the other, the child needs a correction. Another thing you may notice is the posture of the child. If one shoulder is higher than another, or if the head is consistently tilted to the side, a correction is needed.
If I take my children to a chiropractor, will they have to go for the rest of their lives?
Something that people often fear is getting “trapped” by chiropractic. Once you start, you have to go for the rest of your life. I have two thoughts on this. First, maybe those that go, don’t have to, but see the benefits of going and choose to. Second, it is similar to going to the dentist. Just as it is good to visit the dentist for a check-up and cleaning on a regular basis, it is also wise to visit your local NUCCA chiropractor to check your alignment, and be corrected if needed. This should occur for as long as you have a nervous system.
Benefits of chiropractic care for children
The benefits of chiropractic care for children are huge! Even if the nervous system wasn’t involved at all (which it very much is), the structural benefits of decrease stress on joints, intervertbral discs, and muscles could save them from years of pain, trouble, medications and possibly surgery. The added benefits of having a nervous system clear of interference is priceless! The brain controls hormones, sleep, digestion, mood, or in other words- everything. The body that we have been blessed with is an extremely advanced machine which, using the nervous system, develops, controls and regulate how we function. Don’t ever underestimate the power that lies within. All we need to do is stay out of its way, which is the goal of chiropractic. To remove interference from the nervous system and help maintain the natural and proper functions of the body.
One of the best compliments that a parent can give us is to bring their child in for an office visit. Not only does this show a sacred level of trust, but also the advanced level of understanding of the parent.
As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.