Adjustments for Kids
Why do my kids need chiropractic care?Since significant spinal trauma can occur at, or prior to birth, many parents elect to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth. The earliest challenge a growing spine faces is the position it is forced to adopt to in utero. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by the position of the baby in the womb. If this position is less than optimal, it can result in a longer and more difficult trip through the birth canal, which can compound the spinal problems. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. Additionally, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags, and sitting all day in the classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s spine and nervous system. One of the most common reasons for parents to seek chiropractic care for their child is physical trauma from an injury of some sort. The spinal misalignments that may occur at the time of the injury will not necessarily result in immediate pain or symptoms. In addition to physical stress, parents should be aware that emotional and chemical stress affect the child’s nervous system and may also warrant a spinal checkup. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal dysfunction resulting from these stresses, and chiropractic adjustments may help to enhance future function and well-being.
Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments for KidsThere has been ground breaking studies on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. The preliminary results are outstanding and show that chiropractic care is safe for children. Even more significant is that parents reported three unexpected improvements with their child’s care:
- Improved Sleeping
- Improved Behavior and Attitude
- Improved Immune System Function
Are Chiropractic Adjustments the Same for Kids as they are for Adults?Although the basic premise for chiropractic care is the same whether the patient is 80 years old or 8 minutes old, the ever-growing and changing active little bodies of children have distinct needs depending on their developmental stage. Generally, children respond much faster and more profoundly to chiropractic care than adults do. They have not subjected their bodies to the same years of abuse that we have. Another major difference is that pain is not usually a primary complaint. This can make it more difficult for parents to know when kids need to visit their chiropractor. There are certain “clues” that we can watch for to gain more understanding in this area, such as postural changes, only wanting to breast feed from one side, being off-balance, always tilting their head to one side, and running with a limp. As mentioned above, the amount of force used and the specific techniques utilized vary depending on the unique needs of individual children and what stage of development they are currently in.
How can I tell if my child has spinal problems?Unless a child has an obvious problem it can be difficult for a parent to recognize when a child’s spine is not working correctly. There are some signs which can indicate spinal problems. These signs include:
- breastfeeding difficulties in the very young
- disturbed sleeping patterns
- one shoulder higher than the other
- restricted head or neck movement to one side
- bedwetting and/or constipation
- growing pains
- persistent sore throats and colds
- recurrent ear infections
When a patient has a subluxation, chiropractic adjustment can be used to correct the misalignment, which in turn helps enhance joint mobility, reduce pain, reduce muscle spasm, and reduce nerve irritation or impingement. At CORE Health Centers, patients are able to receive full evaluations, diagnostic testing, x-rays, treatments, therapies, and more all in one convenient location. Don’t suffer needlessly. If you suffer with any painful conditions, we strongly suggest that you schedule a complete pain assessment at any one of our convenient CORE Health Centers of Ashland KY location today.