Parents often wonder if it is safe for children to receive chiropractic care. The answer is, absolutely! My own kids have been adjusted every week since birth. For our family, it’s just like brushing your teeth or taking a bath or shower. It’s part of what you do to take care of yourself.
So what is the #1 reason to have your children adjusted? It keeps them healthy. Plain and simple. Every child can benefit from chiropractic care.
Here at Ability Chiropractic, we often talk about overall health in the form of an onion. When we talk about this onion, we are talking about the layers that can build up on our maximum potential. With children, these layers begin building as soon as they are born. As kids grow and develop, things like stress, injuries, emotions etc. build up and affect their ability to function through life. When we start peeling back the layers of the onion at an early age with chiropractic care, we are able to make sure kids are functioning at their best. They will ultimately have a healthier life, more energy and function at their maximum potential.
Our chiropractors have adjusted kids as old as two days and adults as young as 92 years. Most patients don’t realize that some of the worst traumas that we endure in our lives come when we’re just kids. For example, children fall as they learn to walk. What most people don’t know is that their kids typically fall more than 1500 times before they ever take that first step. When you fall forward on an outstretched arm like that, it causes a whiplash injury in the neck. Think about that – 1500 whiplash injuries before you’re two years old. Don’t you think that’s going to affect your growth and development? And if it affects your growth and development, it will definitely affect your health down the line.
While you don’t need a specific reason to have your child adjusted, parents often initially seek out chiropractic care for a specific condition. In younger children, it is often due to ear infections, colic, reflux or more broader coordination complaints. Believe it or not, chiropractic care can make your child less clumsy!
Kids today are also more sedentary than at any other time in history. They spend countless hours hunched over a device at school, doing homework, playing video games, looking at their phone, etc. This leads to poor posture, which in turn leads to other issues, such as headaches and struggles with self esteem and social skills. There is a definite mind-body connection. Have you ever seen a confident person with poor posture? Think about it. Regular adjustments in both children and adults improves posture, while also improving confidence, self-esteem, alertness and energy levels.
The nervous system is the first and foremost to be affected by bodily traumas. The spine takes the brunt of the force of the post-traumatic muscle cramping and limping but the spine’s number one job is to protect the spinal cord and nervous system (because without them, we simply could not live, right?). And as the nervous system is affected, the rest of the body and overall health is compromised as the immune system is often affected the most by this.
A problem in the nerves results in a problem wherever the affected nerve travels to. This is where chiropractic treatment can be so beneficial for young kids. For a lot of children, an upper neck problem can lead to ear infections. Throughout the spine, common ailments like breathing problems such as asthma are very common and even digestive problems like colic, constipation, diarrhea, and even bedwetting have been improved or eliminated through correcting the spine and nervous system without drugs or surgery.
As with any situation in life, problems are always easier to prevent than they are to correct. That’s why we have our teeth checked and properly maintain them. That’s also why so many people choose to have their children’s spine checked soon after birth and get adjusted for life.
Our Columbus Chiropractors are ready to welcome you and your children! Come visit us and see how chiropractic care can make a difference in your child’s health and well-being.
Schedule an appointment at one of our seven convenient locations today.