Why Should Kids Have Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is safe for kids of all ages. Parents seek care for their child for a variety of reasons. The idea behind the chiropractic adjustment is to re-align a joint that is irritating a nerve. This nerve irritation can cause pain, muscle spasms, and can interfere with the proper function of that nerve. The re-alignment of the joint reduces nerve irritation and thus reduces pain, muscle spasms, and nerve interference.
We at the Spinal and Sports Care Clinic have a special passion for treating childhood conditions. Our chiropractors received specialized post-graduate training in the treatment of children as young as a few hours old.
Our treatments include:
- Both manual and low force chiropractic treatments
- Activator method: this method uses an instrument that delivers a precise thrust that can be calibrated to be safe for even the smallest of babies
- Soft tissue therapy including stretching and massage
- Therapeutic exercise including posture coaching. Many kids respond to our coaching better than parents or teachers constantly reminding them to “Sit up straight.”
One of the most common reasons for parents to seek chiropractic care for their kids is to treat an injury from a trauma. This injury may have occurred from sports, falls, a bump on the head, repetitive motion (like over use of thumbs when playing video games or cell phone use), and car accidents, to name a few. Like adults, kids can also suffer from pain from poor posture, frequent computer use, poor ergonomics when bending, twisting and lifting. Kids are also susceptible to pain and nerve irritation from heavy backpacks, playing rough with friends, and learning a new skill such as riding bikes.
We often treat:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Postural Syndromes
- Sprains and Strains
It doesn’t always take a trauma to stress out a child’s spine, even just the birthing process may cause spinal misalignments and irritate the nervous system. For this reason, many newborn health complaints can be addressed through chiropractic care including:
- Nursing Difficulties
- Sleep Disturbances
Not So Common Conditions
Along with treating the common musculoskeletal conditions, there is also a long list of other conditions which have been shown to be helped by chiropractic care. The idea behind helping kids with these conditions is through the reduction of spinal nerve irritation. The nerves that leave the spinal cord through small holes in the spine don’t just send pain signals, they also send signals to and from organs of the body to make them function. If these nerves are irritated through vertebral mis-alignments, it can cause pain, but it can also interfere with the function of the organ that the nerve feeds. A good example of this is the T7 nerve, coming from the middle back. One of this nerve’s jobs is to send and receive signals from the stomach. If this nerve is irritated, the stomach may have difficulty with digestion and can lead to colic and/or acid reflux.
We can also help kids with:
- Acid Reflux/GERD
- Frequent Ear Infections