Because it’s a question we get quite often from our patients, this week, we’re going to take a comprehensive look at how children can benefit from chiropractic care.
Is chiropractic safe for children?
Several large-scale research studies have been published verifying the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for kids. Additionally, the amount of force used to adjust an infant is comparable to the amount of force used to test a ripe tomato at the grocery store.
Why do kids need chiropractic care?
Childhood is a period of very rapid growth and development. Bones model in response to outside physical stresses placed upon them. Proper joint motion is need to distribute these forces for optimal bone development. During growth spurts, balance in the joints and muscles is particularly important.
Just like their bones, children’s nervous systems are also developing very rapidly. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, and the millions and millions of nerves. The nervous system covers every inch of your body and controls the majority of its functions.
Just like the bones need proper joint motion for optimal development, so do the nerves in order to develop optimal communication.
Is chiropractic care the same for kids and adults?
Although the basic premise for chiropractic care is the same whether the patient is 70 years old or 7 weeks old, the rapidly growing and developing active little bodies of children have specific needs based on their stage of development. Generally, children respond much faster and more completely to chiropractic care than adults do.
If you have questions about your children receiving chiropractic care, give the office a call and we’ll be happy to help you!