Can Kids Benefit from Chiropractic in the Same Way as Adults?

Thousands of adults visit a chiropractor regularly to treat recurring symptoms of back pain, neck pain or nervous system dysfunction. Chiropractic methods aim to treat subluxations, or misalignments, in the spine in order to fix stability and mobility problems, clear neurological pathways, and strengthen the body’s musculoskeletal system. In the same way chiropractic can treat adults, pediatric chiropractic can treat children.

Chiropractic care is tailored to the individual, which is why it’s surprising that so many parents are skeptical of chiropractic for children. Many adults assume that chiropractors use the same, forceful movements and adjustments on kids as they do for some adults. In reality, chiropractors can offer perfectly safe, gentle, and effective treatment on children and even infants.

More and more children are receiving chiropractic care for spine problems and other bodily ailments each year. Pediatric chiropractic performed by trained professionals like the ones at Posture Works may be able to improve symptoms in children in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO.

How safe is pediatric chiropractic?

Some parents are skeptical of chiropractic because they incorrectly believe the techniques used can harm children. However, numerous studies on the effectiveness and safety of pediatric chiropractic have shown that adverse effects from chiropractic care on children are rare.

Pediatric chiropractic is safe as long as it is performed by a trained and experienced chiropractor. When seeking chiropractic care for your child, or for yourself, be mindful of the experience and education of the professional you’re considering. Pediatric chiropractors must be aware of the ways that children’s and adults’ bodies differ and should use altered and more gentle manipulations and pressures to avoid causing injury.

Common reasons parents choose pediatric chiropractic

Children suffer from bodily ailments and misalignments just like adults do. These problems may actually be more severe in children, because if they are not rectified early on, they could grow into a life-long problem that affects the way a child lives their life. Having your child examined and treated by a chiropractor may help catch and rectify spinal and neurological ailments. Here are some of the most common reasons parents bring a child in for chiropractic care.

  • Newborn colic or sleep problems: Surprisingly enough to many parents, infants are some of the most regular pediatric chiropractic patients. During birth, and even prior to birth in-utero, a baby’s spine can be compressed and stressed to the point at which subluxations occur. These misalignments may disrupt nerve function, potentially resulting in colic, difficulty sleeping, nursing problems, and more. Gentle adjustments may help restore your infant’s proper spinal alignment and alleviate these problems.
  • Chronic ear infections: Children often get ear infections, to which many Medical Doctors respond by prescribing antibiotics. However, pediatric chiropractors may be able to prevent ear infections entirely by working with the muscles around the ear. Spasms in these muscles may trap fluid in the ear, and alleviating these spasms may solve the problem of ear infections.
  • Scheuermann’s Disease: Scheuermann’s Disease occurs when a child’s spinal vertebrae grow unevenly, causing a rounded back or hump-like appearance. This condition can cause pain and limited mobility as the child ages. Chiropractic may be able to strengthen muscles surrounding the spine to encourage proper spine growth. Your chiropractor may also recommend a brace for your child to help spinal alignment.
  • Athletic injuries: As children age and begin playing sports in middle and high-school, more stress is placed on their bodies – specifically, their spines. Chiropractic care may help alleviate pain, muscle strains and other athletic injuries to the spinal area.

Children of all ages may benefit from even a few visits with a chiropractor. Call Posture Works today to learn more about pediatric chiropractic and how we serve patients in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO. Our advanced Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach is designed to produce total-body wellness in both children and adults.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.