Last week, we discussed the benefits of chiropractic care for babies – yes, really. Regular adjustments can be invaluable for kids as they grow, too. Think about it – playground tumbles, heavy backpacks, sports injuries, even sitting in a desk all day are all physical stresses that can have an impact on a growing kid’s spine and nervous system. Here’s how chiropractic treatment can help.
Not a day goes by that your child isn’t growing, and much of their time is spent being busily active. Even the most cautious child will jump, leap, fall, twist, bend, and all while growing and developing. Spinal check-ups can help ensure proper communication to nerves and correct alignment. Plus, preventative care and maintenance now can help with issues that may crop up in the future.
Barring obvious problems, it can be tricky for a parent to diagnose a spinal issue, which is why it’s a good idea to schedule occasional chiropractic visits.
Some signs of spinal problems can include:
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- Restricted head or neck movement to one side
- One shoulder that’s higher than the other
Certain childhood disorders can also be linked to spinal dysfunction. These include:
- Chronic ear infections
- Persistent sore throats and colds
- Growing pains
In most cases, parents will take their child to the chiropractor because of a physical trauma like an injury. But it’s important to know that emotional and chemical stress can affect a child’s nervous system, and these are just as worthy of a spinal check up. Dr. McSweeney finds that her own kids respond well to adjustments as soon as they begin showing signs of being a little under the weather. It’s one of the best ways to boost the immune system to avoid a full-fledged illness, and it shortens the sick period drastically too.
A child’s spine will generally respond much faster than an adult’s spine. In many cases, it takes just a few adjustments to restore normal function. If your child has a compromised immune system or health condition, a few visits will likely be sufficient to strengthen the body. A healthy, active kid would benefit from a check-up every three months or so.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. McSweeney now to learn how she can help your kid stay healthy.