Why would a child see a chiropractor?
I hear this question often and would like to clear up some common questions and concerns, as well as raise the awareness that yes, children may indeed utilize (and benefit from!) chiropractic care.
Why would a baby or child benefit from chiropractic care?
Many are under the assumption that going to the chiropractor is just to help out with neck and back discomfort. While chiropractic care can be quite effective in helping out individuals experiencing these symptoms, thinking of it only in this way is really missing the big picture. A chiropractic adjustment is delivered with the intent to help your body function better by addressing the cause, rather than covering up symptoms. While chiropractic doesn’t “cure” anything, correcting misalignments in the spine has the potential to help individuals of all ages move and function better with the removal of interference. Not only is your spine the structural “backbone” that keeps us upright and moving, but it houses the spinal cord which allows for communication between our brain and the rest of our bodies (which our bodies rely on to properly function). Some parents have reported noticing improvement in fussiness, sleeping and bathroom habits, and overall disposition after their child receives chiropractic care.
Are babies adjusted like adults are?
No-it is very different. Each chiropractic adjustment is tailored to the individual it is for, both in technique and force used. Children (especially babies) don’t have the years of hard work under their belts (or onesies), therefore requiring a very light force to get through their softer muscle tone and accomplish the goal at hand. In fact, the pressure used when adjusting an infant is similar to the light pressure you’d use to check a tomato for ripeness, or if you were to lightly touch your closed eye. Chiropractors take into consideration the size of the child and work with them to adjust them in a manner that is comfortable and makes their experience enjoyable. This is true from infants all the way up to adults. There are several different techniques that the doctors at Eldora Family Chiropractic use, so there is something that suits just about everyone.
My child doesn’t have any issues. Would taking them to a chiropractor be a good idea?
Just as you take your child for regular check-ups at the dentist office, it is a good idea to take them to the chiropractor to get their spine examined. Beginning with the traumatic process of birth and continuing on through many slips and falls as children transition from crawling to walking and eventually running around and playing sports, their spines face many stresses and small traumas throughout life. As addressed above, adjustments are beneficial for your child’s function, which is crucial during this time of rapid growth and development.
To learn more about pediatric chiropractic, check out the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association website at http://icpa4kids.org/ for further articles and research studies.
Dr. Emily has a passion for working with little ones. She is currently pursuing further studies in pediatric chiropractic and is a proud member of the ICPA. If you have any further questions on chiropractic and little ones, please feel free to reach out to our office.
“It is better to grow healthy kids than to fix injured adults.”