Many people tend to think of chiropractic care as something that older adults pursue, especially after they’ve injured themselves. But in reality, regular chiropractic visits function as an effective preventive measure for all sorts of problems. And kids definitely benefit just as much as adults!
In fact, 17 percent of all chiropractic patients are under the age of 17, and 8 percent of those are age 5 or younger*. Some of these children might have suffered an injury, but most of the time we’re seeing them because well-informed parents know that early chiropractic care sets up their child for a lifetime of health and wellness.
So, what does routine, preventive chiropractic care do for children, exactly?
We know that the nervous system affects everything within the body, including your child’s growth and development. Meanwhile, misalignments in the spine (called subluxations) can impede the brain’s communication with the body. Stress within the nervous system can result in decreased function in the affected area. The first five years of life are the most important with regard to nervous system development, as the body is building more neural pathways than at any other time.
Even children can experience subluxations in the spine, from routine childhood play, falls, bumps and bruises. More importantly, infants can suffer alignment issues from birth trauma. These might go unnoticed by parents, yet impact the child’s nervous system development. After taking their child to visit a chiropractor, parents may notice improvements in areas such as:
- Torticollis (in infants)
- Some seizure activity
- Behavior – less bedwetting, colic, and even some symptoms of ADHD
- Immune system function – fewer digestive problems, allergies, asthma attacks, ear infections, and more
If you have concerns about your infant or child’s health, schedule an appointment with us. Remember, nervous system health affects every part and function of the body. If we can make improvements there, we can often see improvements in many other areas of wellness.
*stats from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners