The thought of chiropractic for kids may be a new idea for you. Many of you may be thinking why in the world would a child need a chiropractor? We believe this misconception has its roots in the fact that many people still believe chiropractic is about back aches and neck pain. The reality is that chiropractic is about improving quality of LIFE, and overall health and well-being. It’s not about just fixing bad backs and necks.
Chiropractic is for everyone, especially our “little ones”. Any mother out there can agree that the birthing process is a physically stressful event on a woman’s body. But it also can be a stressful event on a baby’s spine. If you have ever given birth or had the opportunity to witness a birth you will see this. Often an infant’s head and neck are twisted and torqued as the doctor attempts to deliver the baby. Sometimes even different instruments are used to accomplish the task. Therefore, the birth process itself is often a very stressful event to a child’s cervical spine.
Next, let’s take a look at some of the numerous physical stressors a child experiences during the early years. How many times does a toddler slip and fall as they are learning to walk? Way too many to count! These falls are all stresses to the spine. As kids grow even older, how many times do they fall off a bike, tackle their siblings, jump off swings, slip on the playground, etc. Once kids begin school they spend the majority of their day sitting at a desk, which is a very unnatural position for the spine. Kids are exposed to lots of physical stress, in addition to a host of chemical and emotional stresses as well. These stresses often overcome the body’s adaptive ability and cause misalignments. Even slight spinal misalignments cause tension and interference to the nervous system.
For a brief anatomy review, the nervous system controls and coordinate EVERYTHING the body does. It is nicknamed the “master control system” of the body. Do you think having interference to this system is ever a good idea? NO WAY! The first misalignments almost always occur very early in life. However, we don’t see too many kids walking around with achy backs or necks, do we? That’s because these misalignments almost always occur with NO SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS. The same is true for misalignments in adults. These misalignments always cause the body to work at less than 100% and keep you and your children from functioning at your best. So why chiropractic for kids? Because a healthy spine and nervous system are a vital piece to maintaining health and increasing quality of life.
At Alive Chiropractic, we are passionate about seeing entire families under care in our office. We have more information here on how we can service everyone in your family! Take advantage of our $40 new patient special by scheduling your first appointment with us today!