While parents often understand the importance of regular check-ups for a child’s teeth, eyes and general health, many do not realize the role that a chiropractor can also play as they grow.
A chiropractic evaluation could be very important for your child. If the moving joints of the spine aren’t functioning properly, this can create stress to the spinal nerves which communicate messages from the brain to the rest of the body. This communication is especially important during the early years when development is occurring very rapidly. Children are constantly adapting to their environment with new ways of moving and communicating with those around them. During this time, balance in the young system is important. If the spine is out of balance, the child may have pain or experience other symptoms. If the child is too young to speak yet, this may show up as fussiness, colic or difficulty sleeping.
When you bring your child to us, we will check the spinal column and related areas for balance and proper function. If an area is found to be functioning improperly, we will discuss what we have found with you before proceeding to give them gentle, precise corrective procedures called chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments help restore proper movement and allow your child to get on with the business of growing! Most children love to get adjusted, especially when they discover that it helps them feel great. Many parents have been surprised to watch their normally rambunctious toddlers lay peacefully on the table while they are getting adjusted.
If you are wondering if chiropractic care is right for you or your child, we are always happy to discuss with you before you make your decision. Some signs that your child may benefit from a chiropractic evaluation include:
- difficult birth, especially if forceps or vacuum were used
- trouble sleeping
- growing pains
- headaches or back pain
- difficulty with breastfeeding, especially if it seems to be worse on one side than the other
- preference to turn head more to one side or torticollis
- early signs of scoliosis
- frequent falls or clumsiness, especially once walking is well established
These are only a few examples of things that parents have reported improvements in after care in our office and many children come simply because their parents want to make sure they are well balanced as they grow.
Whether you are bringing your child to us for a general check-up or have specific concerns you are hoping we can help with, we will always treat your child with the utmost care and respect. If you have a specific question about whether we can help, please contact us and we can discuss your situation more specifically.