Have you ever considered taking your child to the chiropractor??
Here are a few of the many reasons why you would consider it…..
For over a century, pediatric chiropractors have been providing a natural and safe form of relief for children with musculoskeletal issues. Out of pure choice for wellness my mother started my chiropractic journey when I was 5. Just like adults, children who suffer from ailments of the spine, nerves or joints can benefit from adjustments by their chiropractor. Here is an overview of the services a pediatric chiropractor can provide for your children.
Spinal Alignment– Believe it or not, your spine can start to take on certain patterns of movement or favoring even before you are born? Sometimes there can be a position that we hold while in utero that can lead to certain presentations after birth. The process of birth that is forceful, delayed, medicated, instrument assisted, presentation of baby (breach, etc) or a cesarean can also add to spine trauma for a newborn, which is thought to lead to common newborn health issues such as colic, acid reflux and problems with breastfeeding. As a result, many parents are opting to take their newborns to a pediatric chiropractor to ensure proper spinal alignment and alleviate problems with sitting, crawling and walking in the future.
Injury- As adults we wish we had the elasticity we still had as a child. But sometimes injuries or patterns can develop earlier than we would think. Unfortunately, some injuries are more serious than others, and a major fall, playground incident, or car accident can leave a child with spine, joint or nerve problems that can seriously impact their overall health. If your child is involved in a serious accident or is injured playing sports or in the schoolyard, it may be wise to schedule an appointment with a pediatric chiropractor to check your child’s spinal health as soon as possible. If your child has sustained an injury, regular chiropractic adjustments will help to relieve pain, promote proper healing, re-establish correct movement patterns and optimize the nervous system. I distinctly remember asking my mom to make an appointment with our chiro Dr. Sharon after an intense ‘header’ playing soccer at age 10. In my mind already I knew something was a little “off” after that hit.
Stress– Who knew your childhood could be stressful? Children who show signs and symptoms of being stressed out by school, changes at home, or a recent traumatic event may benefit from chiropractic adjustments. Proper mechanics of the spine will release excessive muscle tension as well as allow the nervous system to operate in parasympathetic (“rest and digest” mode) a more relaxed state of being versus when we are anxious and in pain we are in a state of sympathetic (“fight or flight” mode). This is also why we have seen positive benefits of chiropractic care with children suffering from behavioral or emotional disorders.
While the benefits of pediatric chiropractic can be numerous, it is important to choose a qualified pediatric chiropractor with a great deal of experience working with children. If you would like to learn more about pediatric chiropractic I would recommend looking at icpa4kids.com to see some research studies as well as how to find a chiropractor in your area.