The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Children
Chiropractic care is important for all of us, adults and children. A chiropractic adjustment helps keep our spine aligned. This allows our central nervous system to perform at its peak. The nervous system is our body’s communication mechanism, and the most critical function of our body. We definitely want our nervous system to be working at 100% because a healthy nervous system translates into proper blood circulation, brain function, heart health, digestion, immune system function, and so much more.
We see children in our office for many different reasons, some just for overall health and wellness and others for specific conditions. Research has shown that chiropractic can greatly improve immune system function, focus in school, proper posture, ear infections, scoliosis, and headaches to just name a few.
During labour and delivery a newborn’s spine experiences significant force and trauma. The amount of force on the spine of a baby being born can be upwards of 50lbs. This can cause misalignments in a newborns spine, especially in the neck region. Research has shown that 85% of babies that are born have some sort of strain in their upper spine. Adjusting a newborn baby is a very healthy and safe practice, and I do it all the time for many of our cuddly patients. It’s a very healthy way for the baby to be introduced into the world and both my kids were adjusted right from birth as well!
As a child grows the spine can be put through a lot of trauma from every day life, including learning to crawl and walk, to playing sports, to sitting and studying for many hours at a time. Bad posture and falls can impact our back significantly and directly effects our body’s ability to function fully. Through chiropractic adjustments, we are able to correct the misalignments, improve their posture and increase the function of their nervous system. Again, leading to better physical and mental development and growth.