Pediatric chiropractic differs considerably from treating adults. But, children still experience pain that chiropractic care can treat. Typically, teens come in with musculoskeletal complaints like those of young adults. In contrast, infants and toddlers do not typically experience the same pain and injuries as older children or adults.
Chiropractic Care for Children
Studies have shown the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for pediatric patients. Not only does chiropractic care help with pain, it can also improve sleep, behavior and attitude, and immune system functioning. Many problems that your child may be facing can be traced back to stress on the nerve system. These problems include colic, breathing problems, difficulty nursing, sleep disturbance, allergic reactions, and chronic infections. Chiropractic care is effective in helping improve these conditions, and eliminating symptoms.
When Should I Bring in my Child?
Spinal trauma can occur as early as birth. Many parents have their newborn checked right away. Then, parents continue to bring their child as he or she grows, learns to hold up head, sit, crawl, and walk. Having proper alignment throughout these milestones is important. Also, as your child begins participating in activities, misalignment could occur. These injuries could cause serious problems later in life if the problem is neglected. Because of that, it is important to bring your child in for regular adjustments and examinations by the chiropractor. Early detection and treatment can help protect your child from lifelong conditions.
Does it Hurt?
Chiropractors that specialize in pediatric care use specific, gentle techniques to treat children. With very young children, adjustments can be as easy as a light finger touch.