Top 5 Reasons to Take Your Kids to a Chiropractor
(Even if they are Healthy!)
Posted on April 21, 2016 by Dr. Paula Derleth
Reason # 5 Developmentally, Subtle Changes Can be Addressed.
As infants, we form the foundations for the posture we will have the rest of our lives. We learn to sit, crawl and then to walk. These first two accomplishments are more important than most parents realize. Crawling helps to strengthen the neural connection between the two halves of the brain, as the motion of arm and opposite leg requires coordination of both sides at once. In addition, proper biomechanics are required for both walking and crawling. If your child’s pelvis is rotated, due to something as simple as their position in the uterus, their little uncoordinated legs have to do double the effort, both in compensating for rotation and the motion of walking/crawling. The way that we learn to crawl and then walk helps to form the normal curves of the spine that we carry through to adulthood. Chiropractors will evaluate your child’s biomechanics, correcting any issues through the use of gentle techniques designed and developed specifically for children. As a bonus, correcting the spine will improve your child’s neural plasticity (brain and nervous system growth).
Reason #4 Falling is Part of Growing, but Can Misalign the Spine.
It’s simply the nature of childhood. Your kids will run and jump and play, and when they do these activities, they’ll trip, fall, slip, and tumble. Bumps and bruises are something that is just part of growing up, but they may be impacting your child just as much as if they had a major injury. Again, it comes back to biomechanics. If your child falls, scrapes their knee, and gets up to keep playing, they won’t be thinking about whether or not the joints in their spine or their knees are functioning properly. As a parent, you must. The fixation in their spine might not cause them as much pain as the abrasion on their knee, but over time, it can affect the surrounding joints, muscles, and even the nerves. Chiropractors frequently care for playful children on a regular schedule. This means bringing your child in for a check-up more frequently during their active years, to correct any fixations before they have a chance to form lasting effects in the body. Many parents set their children up on a monthly schedule, and then bring them in for an adjustment if they trip, fall, or get a big boo-boo. Not only does the adjustment correct any fixations, but it is also able to speed the healing process.
Reason #3 Kids get sick.
Even healthy kids get exposed to an arsenal of germs at school, at daycare, at the playground, and anywhere they go. Why wait until they get sick? Regular chiropractic care has been shown to increase the movement of White Blood Cells in the blood stream. This means more immune fighter cells out on patrol in your child’s body. In addition, we as chiropractors have been trained heavily in nutrition which we can utilize to improve your child’s overall immune function. Adding supplements such as a pro-biotic and a multi-vitamin to your child’s daily regimen can help their immune system fight off colds and flu. If your child does get sick, chiropractic care still enhances the immune system in order to speed the healing process. Supplements can aid your child to fight off the bug without the need for antibiotics. If you child does require antibiotics to fight an infection, the use of a pro-biotic supplement can help restore the natural intestinal flora that are inevitably killed-off with the use of pharmaceutical intervention. It’s important to understand that 60-70% of your immune system comes from your gut health.
Reason #2 To fix the hidden problems.
Your child might appear healthy. Your child might have one or two health concerns that aren’t that bad. Either way, if you want to keep them healthy, you need to address problems even before your child starts complaining of symptoms. Many health concerns that creep up throughout childhood are often attributed to other causes, but chiropractic care has been shown to help them nonetheless. Research and clinical evidence has shown that chiropractic care can help with symptoms of frequent ear infection, colic, irritable baby syndrome, asthma, allergies, bed wetting, sleep issues, and many more. We may also be able to detect food sensitivities, which can lead to digestive concerns, behavior issues, emotional issues, concentration problems, and even issues with sleep. Find out what you can do to help your child avoid these hidden food sensitivities.
Reason #1 Wellness!
Even if your kid is the healthiest kid in the world, you want them to stay that way. Chiropractic helps to promote health and wellness throughout your life, building the foundation for health that truly lasts. We build lasting relationships that go much further than any symptom. What more reason do you need?