Today, many children receive regular chiropractic care as a way to support and promote better overall health. Many current chiropractic patients who are also parents have often considered and wondered about trying chiropractic care for their children. Chiropractic has been effective for them, and they feel that it could also benefit their kids. Chiropractic care can be an essential part of your child’s overall wellness.
In the United States, more than 17 percent of all chiropractic patients are under the age of 18, according to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. While it may seem that children do not need chiropractic at a young age, starting them with preventative care early on can set them up for a lifetime of health and well-being.
Benefits for your Child
The nervous system, which consists of your brain, spinal cord and nerves, controls everything in the body, including growth and development. Subluxations, also known as misalignments in the spine, can prevent proper communication from the brain to the body. Subluxations cause stress to the nervous system, which can lead to a decrease in function of areas of the body. Infants, children and adults can all experience subluxations in the spine.
During the first five years of life, the body produces more neural pathways than at any other time. It is important that this production is optimized through children’s chiropractic care, as the first few years are crucial to each child’s capability. Even if your child is in excellent health, minor traumas from bumps, bruises, falls and spills accumulate over time and can result in pain, discomfort and/or health issues into their teen and adult years.
Common improvements resulting from chiropractic care in children are:
- Behavioral functions
- Immune system function
- Spinal posture
- Asthma and other breathing difficulties
- Digestive problems
With our kids heading back to school soon, many parents look for ways to help their child do well in the classroom and stay healthy. Chiropractic care can provide various positive health effects for children. Even if your child does not have a particular diagnosed condition, visiting a skilled chiropractor is part of a healthy lifestyle which promotes regular development and wellbeing. Chiropractic adjustments for young patients focus mainly on increasing the function of the nervous system. This network in the human body is crucial to brain and nerve development, behavior, the immune system, and so much more.
Chiropractic treatment is always adapted to fit the needs of the patient. This means that your chiropractor will evaluate your child or infant, and determine options for treatment based on their individual characteristics and medical history. Adjustments for newborns and children are different, using significantly less force. Unless it is for treatment of an injury, chiropractic care is typically painless for children. Any sensitivity or discomfort that is experienced should dwindle shortly after the adjustment.
If you feel like your child could benefit from the care of a chiropractor, then you might consider scheduling a consultation with your Duluth chiropractor at Associated Chiropractic Physicians. Dr. Robert Torgimson has over 30 years of chiropractic experience, and can work with you and your child to identify any areas for improvement. You can schedule an appointment with us for further information and consultation today by calling (218) 728-3686, we look forward to assisting you!