Why should children have chiropractic care? More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children, but why? The spine which houses the spinal cord controls everything we do. Not only does it allow us to move, but it controls all of our organ systems as well. So, the function of the nerve that comes at every segment of the spine is extremely important for growth and well being. As a kid, think about how many times we fall or get hurt. All of these little micro traumas throughout life cause the body and spine to adapt. Even the smallest adaptations can lead to imbalances of the spine causing not only pain later in life from structural changes, but also other issues such as digestive issues, headaches, etc. These structural changes are called subluxations, or misalignments of the spine.
There are certain times throughout an infant’s growth and development that are most important to see a chiropractor and get the spine checked. During these times in development the spine is changing and creating the normal curves allowing forces to be evenly distributed throughout the spine.
Critical times for an infant to get their spine checked:
- After birth
- When they learn to hold up their head
- When they learn to sit
- When they learn to walk
Now, what can chiropractic care help with? Chiropractic is a natural non-surgical, drug free way to get lasting results for those irritating conditions many people face with their children. These included but are not limited to; colic, earaches, reflux, asthma, allergies, sleep problems, ADHD, bed wetting and the list goes on!
Lastly, I know many people are worried about bringing their child to a chiropractor because it seems scary and too intense for them. The adjustments that are done on adults are NOT the same adjustments done on children and infants! With infants specifically, it is a light pressure applied to the spine to correct the subluxation. We love to see kids early in life to help ensure the best function and growth possible! At Oahu Spine and Rehab we are committed to helping people of ALL ages get better! If you have any questions the doctors would love to talk to you more!