Despite what many people think, chiropractic care is not only for adults. It is actually even more important to have children checked since infancy and childhood are times of such rapid growth and development
There are many ways chiropractic care may benefit your child, but here are 7 helpful ways.
1. Promote overall good health and wellness
Children with a properly aligned spine and neck tend to have better posture and be in better overall health. Chiropractic not only helps align the spine and neck, but also helps to clear the neural pathways. This helps the nervous system to perform well, which is vital to healthy living. Also, due to chiropractic’s full-body approach, it’s a good foundation for regular exercise, healthy eating, and a healthy overall lifestyle in kids.
2. Helps treat ADHD/ADD
Believe it or not, several studies have revealed that children with ADHD/ADD have had positive transformations with chiropractic treatment. Though yet to be proven, some studies have even suggested that chiropractic could be more effective than medication. Moreover, parental surveys of their children’s hyperactivity have indicated that many parents believe their children’s ADHD has improved after being treated with chiropractic.
3. Help treat asthma, colic, and other childhood issues
When it comes to treating a variety of childhood illnesses and conditions, numerous studies have proven the efficacy of chiropractic care. Chiropractic has proven to be effective in treating chronic cases of colic in babies, making for a much happier baby. Similarly, if your child is sick with an earache or sinus congestion, an adjustment can help in draining fluid from the ears. And if your child suffers from asthma, a chiropractic adjustment can help reduce pinched or misaligned nerves that may be affecting the bronchial tubes, lungs, or diaphragm.
4. Helps with breastfeeding
Many new mothers and babies find it difficult to stay or latch onto the breast during breastfeeding. The child birthing process can be very difficult on babies. It takes a toll on their little bodies. Chiropractors can help realign the baby’s spine, neck, or shoulders, making for a more comfortable feeding process… and help eliminate some of the stress that goes with it.
5. Minimizes the risk of injury
Compared to the bones of adults, babies and toddlers have more flexible bones. Unfortunately, they are not spared from sustaining injuries. A good way of preventing injury in children is to ensure regular chiropractic care, which helps to keep the joints and ligaments supple. Once your child begins to turn over, sit up, crawl, pull up, walk and becomes more mobile, chiropractic becomes very useful. During each of these growing phases, chiropractic care can ensure easier and smoother transitions, and lead to fewer injuries.
6. Falls and injuries
Bumps and bruises are common for kids. And while it’s easy to tell if your kid has had a major injury, it’s much harder, if not impossible, to tell when a child has micro trauma. Micro trauma could be the result of tripping or falling, or some other accident. Unfortunately, over time these micro traumas can lead to subluxations, which increase the chances of long-term health issues. When it comes to treating misalignments or subluxations, chiropractors are experts in locating subluxations, or misalignments, and eliminating them.
7. Helps with sleeping habits
If you have kids, you’ve probably spent many nights trying to get your kids to bed, only to be up throughout much of the night and get very little sleep yourself. For some children sleep training is enough to get them to sleep better. But this doesn’t work for all babies or children. If your child has a misaligned vertebra that is causing discomfort or disruption to the nervous system, chiropractic care can be a great solution and help them, and you, get some much needed sleep.