Chiropractic care can be included in your child’s overall wellness. In the US, more than 17% of all patients under chiropractic care are under 18 years old. Out of that percentage, at least 8% are 5 years or younger. It might appear that children don’t need chiropractic care at a young age. However, setting them up with preventative care very early in their life will improve their overall health and well-being.
Your Child’s Nervous System
The nervous system consists of the spinal cord, brain and nerves. The entire system controls everything in your body including your child’s growth and development. Misalignments (subluxations) in the spine will prevent proper communication between your body and brain. They are likely to cause stress in the nervous system causing decreased function in the specific area.
Anyone can suffer from subluxations in the spine including infants and toddlers. Infants are most likely going to suffer from this condition because of birth trauma, developmental stress or any other major or minor traumas. During the first 5 years, the body produces a large number of pathways than any other time.
Such production needs to be optimized through the child’s chiropractic care. Note that the first few years are crucial to your child’s potential. Even if your child has excellent health, any minor traumas from bruises, bumps, falls or spills are likely to accumulate with time and cause pain or discomfort. Eventually, they are likely to become major health issues in their adult and teen years.
Chiropractic care involves spinal adjustment that’s safe for patients of all ages, even newborns. The chiropractor will assess your child’s spine and perform a spinal adjustment gently using a small tool or his/her hands if necessary. The adjustment among other chiropractic therapies help remove the subluxation.
Common Improvements After Adjustments
Over the years, chiropractors have received feedback regarding the benefits of offering chiropractic care to patients. Some of the common improvements after the procedure include;
a) Improved sleep
b) Improved function of the immune system
c) Improved behavior and attitude
Children suffering from ADD/ADHD, ear infections, colic, bed-wetting, torticollis, allergies, digestive problems, seizures, asthma and much more have also reported some improvements after undergoing chiropractic care.