Dr. Susan Knight-Nanni
Children and Chiropractic Care: What You Need to Know
Chiropractic care is often associated with adults; however, children have also benefited from it for over a century.
Because this fact is relatively unknown, we’ll explore pediatric chiropractic care in detail, so that you are well informed of how it can help your little one.
Why Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?
As a child learns to crawl, walk, and eventually run, they may put undue pressure on a spine that is experiencing rapid growth and development.
Just like adults, spinal misalignments (subluxations) can result from many occurrences, such as intrauterine constraints, birth trauma, falling, sports injuries, heavy backpacks, and poor posture.
By realigning their spine you can take the pressure off their nervous system, in turn improving posture, energy levels, and body function, while relieving pain.
In the case of abnormal curvature of the spine i.e. scoliosis, we will refer you to a specialist to discuss treatment options.
What are the Signs that My Child has a Misaligned Spine?
Because the nervous system is connected to other body systems, a subluxation can impact the health and function of several muscles and organs.
Your child may experience ear infections, breastfeeding difficulties, fussing, constipation, reflux, colic, restricted head movements, stomach aches, recurring colds and flus, asthma, allergies, headaches, hyperactivity, trouble sleeping, and bed wetting.
A gentle and precise chiropractic session will ensure proper alignment of the spine, letting the body heal and ensuring proper spine development.
Is Pediatric Chiropractic Safe?
Many parents might shy away from a chiropractor because they think it involves cracking their child’s neck or back.
This is not the case!
Our chiropractic adjustments are extremely gentle and involve very light pressure, which is very different from the techniques we use on adults.
The risk of injury has been proven to be exceptionally low, while the rewards of a properly aligned spine cannot be praised enough.
Your child can and should get checked by their chiropractor right after birth and then on a consistent basis as they grow. This ensures that their spine is developing as it should and gives chiropractors the chance to treat acute and chronic issues.
Additionally, pregnant mothers can also benefit from chiropractic care, to relieve back pain and strain, and to ensure a properly aligned pelvis for a safe delivery.
Supplement your child’s medical care with regular chiropractic sessions. Not only can we ensure that their spine development is on track, we can correct any subluxations before they become bigger problems.
Book your chiropractic session today and let your children enjoy a FREE exam when you come in for a visit.