Do Kids Benefit from Chiropractic Care?
The corrective benefits of chiropractic care in adults are well know, but can the same be said for children? Chiropractic care focuses its attention on the central nervous system, ensuring the communication channels are uninterrupted. But when they become damaged, a host of repercussions can follow. In children, damaged communication channels often result in developmental delays, trouble concentrating, behavioral problems, digestive issues, asthma, and headaches.
Six Chiropractor Advantages for Kids
As a preventative or therapeutic measure, chiropractic care can help children in the following ways:
- Chiro encourages proper brain and nerve development.
- It also supports nerve communication in the body which aids health and well-being.
- Chiropractic adjustments reduce nerve interference, which may impact a child’s capacity to concentrate and learn.
- Proper alignment promotes body balance, which decreases poor posture, asthma, allergies, and bed-wetting.
- Strengthens children’s immune system which translates into fewer colds, earaches, and other infections.
- Aids in healthy digestion.
Study Confirms Benefits
A recent study demonstrates how chiropractic care benefits children and adolescents. One twelve year-old boy missed more than half his school days over the past several years due to persistent vertigo, neck pain, and migraines. In this study, the boy began visiting a chiropractor three to four times a week, and as treatment progresses, once a month.
After one week, the boy’s migraine and neck pain stopped completely. Initially his vertigo attacks decreased in both frequency and severity, and eventually, the vertigo attacks stopped occurring altogether. With less pain, the boy was able to attend school on a regular basis and his number of absences decreased by 75%, his ability to stay involved in school improving drastically.
This study offers hope for an additional course of treatment for children suffering from vertigo, migraines, and neck pain.
“As a general rule, children respond much faster and more profoundly to chiropractic care than adults because they have not subjected their bodies to years of wear and abuse.”
A Different Type of Care
Chiropractic care for kids looks very different than chiropractic care for adults, and as children continue to grow, they require different types of care depending on age and stage of development. As a general rule, children respond much faster and more profoundly to chiropractic care than adults because they have not subjected their bodies to years of wear and abuse. However, children are less able to clearly communicate their aches and pains, so it may be difficult to for parents to determine when chiropractic care is necessary. For nonverbal clues, watch for things like changes in posture, balance problems, and running with a limp.
If You Need Help, Just Call
The health and well-being of our children can cause a great deal of angst and concern among adults, which is easy to understand. Parents simply want the best for their children and chiropractic care may be an important component of their overall care. If you suspect your child may have some kind of musculoskeletal deficiency that can be treated by a chiropractor, consult an expert in your area. They’ll take a complete history, conduct a thorough examination, and suggest a treatment plan to address the problem.
If you are seeking chiropractic care in Vancouver, Wa, call my office at 360.573.0730 or make an appointment online. I promise your first visit will be an informative and pleasant experience and every new patient receives a free gift at their first appointment! My goal as a practitioner is to use my education and experience to help guide your family towards increased health and happiness. I hope to see you soon.
Kelly, D., Holt, K; Resolution of Vertigo, Migraines and Neck Pain in a 12 Year Old Boy Receiving Chiropractic Care – A Case Study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic; 2010. 4:150-153.