Chiropractic care is a pretty big deal, and we’re big supporters of it for the whole family. In fact, some people even use a chiropractor as their primary doctor. If you’ve never heard of chiropractic care for children, and are nervous about it, then definitely keep reading! It’s gentle, effective, and has so many benefits!
By Jackie, Contributing Writer
Chiropractic care is becoming much more popular. People are not only going to see a chiropractor for back injuries, but also going for regular care. They’re even taking their newborn babies. Is it just a fad, or is it here to stay?
I began having regular chiropractic care when I was pregnant with my firstborn. A friend suggested it and I hesitantly decided to go. I was willing to try anything to help my hips feel better and to ensure my baby and body were aligned for an optimal delivery. After a few visits, I was a believer. Not only was my chiropractor able to make my feel better, she was also a very lovely woman.
Since then, I continue to receive care from her every 4-6 weeks, or more depending on how my body is aligned. I also have taken my babies since they were newborns. Our entire family goes regularly. I have seen wonderful benefits for my kids and I fully believe that children should see a chiropractor regularly.
10 Benefits to Chiropractic Care for Children
Regularly means every 4-6 weeks depending on your chiropractor’s suggestion. At first you will need to go 2-3 times for about 2 weeks in order to get your body aligned, and after that you continue to go regularly for maintenance or if there is an issue. Often times after a road trip I will schedule an extra visit. During pregnancy, especially toward the end, I will go more often.
Many people do not even realize the amount of education that a chiropractor has to go through. I have often heard people question the ability of a chiropractor. Once someone understands the educational requirements, they tend to be more open to seeing a chiropractor.
“Training requires a minimum of six years of college and a clinic internship before licensure. Areas of scientific study include anatomy, neurology, bacteriology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, pediatrics, geriatrics, spinal biomechanics, orthopedics, X-ray, cardiology, nutrition, acupuncture, physiotherapy, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, and infectious diseases.” Read more here.
Chiropractors tend to look at the whole person when they come in to be treated. They do not simply attempt to fix the symptoms of a problem. They improve nervous system integrity, work to reduce causes of nerve interference, and promote proper bodily function. This all works together to treat the patient as a whole and allow their body to work properly in order to be restored to maximum health. Our bodies rely heavily on our central nervous system and if that is being compromised by a misalignment, it can cause a number of issues.
As children are growing and changing so quickly, it is especially important that they received chiropractic care regularly.
1. Children are Constantly Growing
When children are aligned, they can grow the way they’re supposed to, with no extra pressure on certain bones or muscles.
2. Immune Support
Regular care allows the body to be in top shape and allows the immune system to work most effectively. Children have immature immune systems and ensuring they are working the best they can is important.
3. Sick Care
When your child is sick with an earache or sinus congestion, an adjustment can assist in draining fluid from the ears. Also, being properly align allows the immune system to work more effectively to get your child better more quickly.
4. Children Fall, Jump, and Play Hard
Regular adjustments are important for this reason. My 10 month old is pulling himself along the furniture and as he is learning about balance and gravity, he tends to have some tumbles. Getting regular adjustments helps to ensure he is not harming himself and that he can use his body to its full potential.
5. Better Sleep
When your child’s body is aligned properly, he will have a better night’s sleep and so will you. An adjustment will ensure your baby does not have any pain or tension that he is unable to tell you about.
6. Help with Colic
“Birth trauma, even from so-called “natural” birthing experiences can often produce a child’s first nerve compromise. Lacking the ability to communicate, your baby cries. And cries.” (Link) Chiropractic care can fix this nerve compromise and allow your baby to be much happier.
7. Better Concentration and Fewer Behavioral Issues
When a child is misaligned, they have more tension on their nervous system. For some, this creates concentration and behavioral issues. An adjustment may help your child in this area.
8. Help with Asthma and Breathing Issues
Chiropractic care can reduce any pinched or misaligned nerves that are affecting the bronchial tubes, lungs, and diaphragm. This can help to reduce asthma issues in a patient.
9. Higher Breastfeeding Success
When babies are born, they can go through trauma during the birth. If their necks and shoulders are misaligned, this can cause pain for them when attempting to breastfeed. Some women can only feed baby successfully on one side, and others cannot feed their babies at all. Ensuring proper alignment will increase your chances for breastfeeding success.
10. Help with Digestive Issues
When my oldest child first started solid foods, he stopped pooping regularly. Our chiropractor did a minor adjustment and on the way home he would poop! We had to go regularly to ensure he was aligned, and he would poop regularly, too.
I have seen, firsthand, the wonderful benefits of regular chiropractic care. We take our cars in for regular maintenance like oil changes, and we should treat our bodies better than we treat our cars. Regular chiropractic care is beneficial for everyone, especially our children.