People of all ages can enjoy chiropractic care at our office. Some times people are just unaware of how both children and seniors can benefit from chiropractic. Improved spinal function could mean better mobility, balance, endurance, sleep and an improvement with common age-related ailments many seniors experience. We have had many cases in which the better people begin to feel and function they will have not only an increase in energy, but less dependence on care takers, and less need for the medications that were previously taking for those conditions.
Children and even infants have stress too! Often areas that have been physically stressed from spinal trauma during labor and delivery and later with normal childhood activities. As the body is growing and changing, maintaining good spinal and nervous system health is especially important. We may naturally think to put ice on a bump or bandage on a bruise, but with balance of a growing skeleton may initially seem invisible. Chiropractic childhood spinal checkups are one way to identify and prevent some health conditions that they may later see as adults.
If you are thinking of an older friend or family member right now. Try asking them "Did you know that Medicare will pay towards your chiropractic visits?". Most people are very surprised to know, yes they do. If you are worried about being disruptive to the office, don't let energetic toddlers or a family of 4, 5 or 6 make you hesitant to come to the doctor. Just ask our friendly staff about the options we have for families and setting a special time for your entire family to come to have a spinal checkup together.
Common questions about children and chiropractic:
How effective is chiropractic care for children?
Most chiropractors, even those who do not specialize in pediatric chiropractic safely and effectively adjust both younger children and teens. Without efficacy, parents would have long ceased to seek out a doctor of chiropractic for their children. A 1992 survey showed that the most common conditions for which children visit a chiropractor are: earaches, neck pain, check-up, headache, upper respiratory, low back pain, allergies, asthma, enuresis, and thoracic pain. Other reasons are ADD and ADHD, colic, torticollis, insomnia, growing pains, and persistent crying in infants.
How do most children react to an adjustment?
Most children must become comfortable with their family chiropractor first. We often recommend that they come with you to an appointment and into the treatment room so that they have an opportunity to experience the relaxed environment and friendly staff. Both children and teens often laugh or smile when they have an adjustment. For an anxious child we usually try getting the parent involved by holding them or playing games. People are often surprised at the various techniques that are available to make the experience so easy and how their child looks forward to their visits.
Why should I bring my child for chiropractic care if they are not ‘sick’?
Chiropractors do not treat diseases, they help to correct spinal misalignments that can cause health problems. Through regular adjustments, counseling on proper nutrition, exercise, and posture, the chiropractor can help you raise a child who is structurally and functionally sound.
May people forget that the main cause for illness and injury in kids are accidents. They say that most of us will fall more before the age of 4 than any other time in the rest of your life. Another example of spinal stress include athletic activities. Think about how the “sack” of a quarterback could twist a young spine or how pitching a ball can throw a vertebra out of alignment. These underlying injuries, if left uncorrected, can cause serious problems as the child grows into adulthood. Your family chiropractor can also help improve performance on and off the field by helping the body to function at its best.
When is the best time to start my child with chiropractic care?
This is a personal decision. I like to say if you want to give your child the best opportunity for healing you should consider a conservative, drugless approach to health care first. It is important to at least have a chiropractic exam during the first year of a child’s life as spinal trauma can occur during birth, as well as from tumbles while learning to sit up or walk.
Don't forget, your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during the first year. It’s this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of a child’s life. I suggest to most patients to have their children checked at least once a years and to consider quarterly check ups to optimal spinal maintenance. Instead of allowing a child to grow into dysfunctional movement patterns or endure unnecessary stress on their nervous system it is better to identify small problems before they become big ones. The earlier a problem is corrected the less likelihood there is of it becoming a chronic or more serious problem later in life.