Is chiropractic care safe for children?
The short ansers, Yes.
There have been several large-scale research studies verifying the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for kids. The amount of force used to adjust an infant is comparable to the amount of force you use to test a ripe tomato at the grocery store.
Why do kids need chiropractic care?
Bones model in response to outside physical stresses placed upon them and proper joint motion is need to distribute these forces for optimal bone development. There are periods of time when skeletal growth is accelerated commonly known as Growth Spurts, during which balance in the muscles and joints is especially important. Just like the bones of the skeleton, your child’s nervous system is also developing at a rapid rate. The nervous system includes the brain, the spinal cord, and all the millions of nerves that serve every inch of your body and control most of its functions.
Is chiropractic care for kids the same as it is for adults?
Although the basic premise for chiropractic care is the same, the growing and changing active little bodies of children have distinct needs depending on their stage of development. Generally, children respond much faster to chiropractic care than adults do. There are certain “clues” that we can watch for to see if a child would benefit from chiropractic care, such as postural changes, only wanting to breast feed from one side, being off-balance, and running with a limp.
When should I start bringing my kids in?
It is never too early to bring your child to the chiropractor. The birthing process is physically strenuous for both mom and baby, so it is best to get them both cared for as soon as possible afterwards. That being said, it is never too late either! Children may enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care at any age or stage of development.
How often should I bring them in?
Chiropractic for kids will vary as much as chiropractic for adults. As mentioned above, it is often difficult to know when your kids need to see the chiropractor because they do not generally present with pain. To help with this issue, we recommend setting regular visits, the same way you would with your dentist and pediatrician. These help catch minor issues before they turn in to major problems and allow kids to truly maximize their healthy potential.