Chiropractic Care for Kids

As parents, we always want what is best for our kids. We are right to be concerned about the things that they are exposed to, and want to give them the best possible childhood and set them up for a successful future. When our kids become sick or injured, it can be a worrying time, and it can be challenging to identify the best path for their care.

Effective medications to treat childhood ailments are tough to come by. Prescription medications have some scary side effects, and they can become even more severe when given to our little ones. The possibility of surgeries looms as an even more frightening prospect.

Several childhood ailments lend themselves well to chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractors have been practicing their craft with children for more than a century. With the long history of successful treatments in children, it may be an option that is worth considering for your kids.
 

What is Chiropractic Care?


Chiropractic care is based on the relationship between the spine and the central nervous system. Our spinal cord houses the brain stem and all the nerves as they exit from the base of our skull. These nerves then pass through the spinal cord.

Nerves to control different parts of our body exit from the spinal column at specific vertebrae. This means that if you are having an issue anywhere in your body, it may be linked to your spinal health. Chiropractors are specially trained to evaluate these possibilities.
 

Chiropractic Care and Children


Children and infants are subjected to a wide range of changes occurring rapidly to their bodies throughout their youth. This means that any injuries or issues should be addressed immediately to reduce the potential effects on your child’s future. Some problems may even occur for your child due to the process of growing.

You may want to consider chiropractic care for your newborn too. While many women are aware of the baby’s positioning in utero, they aren’t told about the stresses that this may place on your child’s spine.

Many infant issues may be directly related to problems with the spine or the nervous system that may be corrected with chiropractic care.  You should schedule an appointment with a chiropractor if your infant is experiencing issues with:
 

  • Colic

  • Reflux

  • Breastfeeding

  • Chronic infections

  • Sleep patterns

  • Allergic


Chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn’t involve your child taking any medication, so it is a safe option to gain more insight and weigh treatment options.
 

What to Expect in Your First Appointment


Just like other medical professionals, a chiropractor will want to conduct a thorough review of family history, your child’s history and the issues surrounding the reason for your visit.

After completing this review, your chiropractor will want to conduct a thorough physical exam to find any potential problems. They may request that you complete some additional testing such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to adequately diagnose your little one.

At the end of their examination, you can expect that your chiropractor will develop a diagnosis and a treatment plan for your child. Feel free to ask questions and make sure that the treatment is specifically tailored.
 

Treatment


Chiropractors have a wide range of treatment options that are available and safe for children. This may involve manual manipulation of the joints. This helps to properly align and position the joints and allow passage for the nerves.

You may hear popping or cracking sounds during this process. That is a common and normal reaction during adjustments. This is simply gases escaping from the joints. The release of the gas also reduces pressure on the nerves.

Your chiropractor may also use therapies that involve heating or cooling the joints or using ultrasound. Ultrasound produces sound waves that help stimulate the nerves and reduce inflammation and swelling.
 

Overview


If your infant or child is having any health-related issues, it may be worth scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor to review their case. Chiropractors have a long and safe history of working with children to alleviate their pain or sicknesses without using harmful medications or invasive and painful surgeries. Call to schedule your appointment today.