Children and Chiropractic

Chiropractic services aren’t strictly for adults. There are plenty of reasons that chiropractic services are so beneficial and this is true for children as well. Here at Life Wellness Center, we are happy to provide children with the high-quality chiropractic services that they need to experience relief. Keep reading to learn a bit more about the benefits of children getting chiropractic adjustments.

Are chiropractic adjustments on a child safe?

Chiropractic care is very safe and effective for children. In infants, a light touch pressure is often all that is needed during the alignment process.  As a child grows, the pressure is adapted to their growing spine but is never more than appropriate or enough to cause injury. It’s this ratio of pressure to the size of the child’s spine that makes it such an effective and safe form of care for children.

Why should children receive chiropractic care?

Unlike adults, small children do not typically experience back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, or the like. They do, however, they do experience vertebral subluxation (misaligned/restricted joints) causing irritation and interference to the child’s nervous system.

Chiropractic care for children is less about pain and symptoms and more about optimal function of the spine and nervous system and enhancing their overall health and well-being. Chiropractors do not treat a child’s ailments and conditions, but rather they remove interference in the child’s nervous system allowing their body to heal itself the way it was designed to.

What causes subluxations in children?

Birth is one of the biggest causes of subluxations because it is a very traumatic process for a newborn, and often places a large amount of stress and pressure on the baby’s head and neck. Traction forces (pulling) on the head during delivery are also very likely to cause subluxations. This is the case both in natural vaginal births as well as C-sections.

As the child grows, many of the developmental milestones are affected by spinal alignment so it is always good to have a child checked by a chiropractor at the following milestones:

  • Learning to hold the head up (especially when laying on stomach)
  • Rolling over
  • Sitting up
  • Crawling
  • Standing
  • Walking

Some of the other causes of subluxations include:

  • Posture (falling asleep in car seat/bed in strange positions)
  • Knocks/falls
  • Sports participation
  • Texting/computer use
  • Heavy school bags
  • Sitting in classrooms all day

If your child has never had a chiropractic alignment, Life Wellness Center can help. Our team can provide you with a consultation of your child and provide them with the chiropractic services that help care for any subluxations they may have.

Childhood Disorders

Subluxations aren’t the only reason that children can benefit from chiropractic care. Childhood disorders are another common reason that children visit a chiropractor often. Some of the common childhood disorders that have improved with chiropractic care include:

  • recurrent ear infections
  • persistent sore throats and colds
  • colic/reflux
  • asthma
  • scoliosis
  • bedwetting and/or constipation
  • growing pains
  • ADHD
  • Developmental delay
  • Autism

Now that you have an idea of how beneficial it can be for your child to visit the chiropractor, it’s time to visit our office. To schedule an appointment for your child, call us at (952) 435-5300. For more information about chiropractic and children visit www.icpa4kids.org