Why Pediactric Chiropractic Care is Important
Like adults, children and teens can also experience pain and injuries to the back, neck, knees, shoulders, and other components of the musculoskeletal system.
The chiropractor has an important role in providing care to children and teens for neuromusculoskeletal conditions that fall within the scope of chiropractic practice, as well as providing a conservative, natural approach to body mechanics, posture, and function.
When these problems are treated in childhood, they’re less likely to cause significant damage and discomfort later in life.
Since children’s bodies are still growing, it’s especially important to make sure their muscles, bones and nerves stay in good health. Their spines are also more flexible than those of adults, which means small spinal problems can be corrected more easily in a child than in an adult.
The delicacy of children’s spines also makes them susceptible to injury. Young children develop misalignments from minor traumas due to bruises, falls, and injuries that occur while playing games. Children are spending more time on a computer or cellphone at a much earlier age than in the past and therefore can experience neck and back pain when they are at a desk or bent over for more viewing time.
Chiropractic treatments can help speed up recovery from sports-related injuries and help prevent similar injuries in the future. Chiropractic care can help alleviate this discomfort and prevent bad postural habits from increased computer time.
When a child’s body is working to the best of its ability, you have a healthy and happy child. Pediatric adjustments help by promoting balance, coordination, and symmetry within the body.
The assessment and technique used to manage these issues are similar to those of adults, but gentler and adjusted to the body and age of the patient based on development.
Depending on the symptoms, treatment can include gentle mobilizations or manipulation, soft tissue therapy, exercise, postural correction, and lifestyle counselling.
More benefits of pediatric chiropractic care
Sleep is so important for children to help them function during the day. It’s also important for their development and emotional wellbeing. Since chiropractic care works to release stress in the body, it can improve sleep and improve their mood and attitude.
Chiropractic care has many benefits for a child’s immune system. It can help a child who’s suffering from a cold or infection and improve a child’s digestive system.
Chiropractic care can have a great effect on your child’s neural brain development by releasing pressure on bones and joints, as well as the spine. Increased brain development promotes better concentration. It can improve focus and reduce hyperactivity.
Dr Natasha Hayden is a pediatric and prenatal chiropractor that is passionate about helping her community discover just how good their bodies are designed to feel, so they can do more of what they love.