Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care?
Children are not exempt from spinal problems, and problems that affect adults can begin early in life. Childbirth can place significant stress an infant’s spine and the developing nervous system. As a baby develops, lifting the head and sitting, then crawling and learning to walk are stages where micro-trauma can accumulate. All through childhood, learning to walk, run, and ride a bike, or sitting in school with poor posture puts stress on the spine.
One of the common reasons a parent seeks the care of a pediatric chiropractor is care of their child’s spine, whether after an injury, symptoms surfacing due to childhood mishaps, sports related injuries, or postural strains. Other functional issues that are seen in pediatric chiropractic offices are torticollis, nursing difficulties, and poor sleeping patterns, which can be caused by spinal restrictions. Another reason a parent may seek pediatric chiropractic care for their child is for preventative care. The same reasons an adult would benefit from care of the joints, muscles, and nerve apply to children as well!
Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?
Yes! A child’s spine is still developing with a lot of elasticity and is very receptive to gentle chiropractic care. Children usually just require a light pressure to the spinal joints from a pediatric chiropractor for an adjustment. The few minutes you invest in your child’s spinal checkup will help them maintain spinal health for years to come.
Can Chiropractic Cure Earaches, Asthma, or Other Medical Ailments?
When it comes to infectious or serious disease, manual therapies like chiropractic, acupuncture or massage should never be used as a replacement for proper treatment from your medical physician. However, there is some research to suggest that manual therapies may complement and improve the outcomes of your regular medical treatments. Manual therapies can often reduce pain, discomfort and stress and improve biomechanical function, sleep and quality of life. If you can optimize all these other aspects of health with pediatric chiropractic care, your child’s body will respond better to your medical treatments as well. Dr. Tucker will work with your medical physician and specialists to ensure that your child receives the best possible care.