Not all parents assume their child requires a pediatric chiropractor. From the moment the child is born, parents are instantly stunned by their strength and resilience. Within months they’re learning to support their weight, crawling, and before you know it, walking, running, and dancing.
From illness to falls, the way our children seem to miraculously bounce back can fool us into thinking that their little bodies are made of rubber. But the scary fact is that from the moment they’re born, their small frames are under constant stress. For healthy development, bone strength, and overall wellness, it’s time to begin searching for a pediatric chiropractor near you.
Why Would a Child Need Chiropractic Care?
A child’s nervous system begins developing in the womb long before they’re born. Their nervous system is what controls their movements, functions, and even their emotions. However, the nervous system is also what controls the rest of the body’s systems, including the immune, digestive, and respiratory systems.
Even the easiest of births, vaginal or cesarean, are traumatic to an infant. In fact, a recent study of 1,250 infants demonstrated that 95 percent suffered cervical strain from the birthing process, with 80 percent displaying strain patterns in the cranial mechanisms. When these components of the spine are injured or misplaced, known as a subluxation, they reduce nerve flow.
Lessened nerve flow impairs nervous system function, which in turn affects overall function. Subluxations lower the immune system, weaken internal organs, and reduce a child’s natural healing potential. Not to mention, the stress of growing bones, joints, and muscles can pull and tug at a child creating an unhealthy posture, movement habits, or even chronic back pain.
Benefits of Visiting a Pediatric Chiropractor
Even the healthiest babies can be born with stress injuries that aren’t evident to the naked eye and won’t be identified by a general practitioner. By removing subluxations that may have been present since birth, a baby chiropractor removes stress on the spine and allows the body’s natural healing potential to take over.
In addition to aiding the systems of the body, removing misalignments can actually help parents, too. Studies show that children suffering spinal subluxations are more likely to experience symptoms of:
- Ear Infections
- Digestive Issues
- Difficulty Latching
From chronic earaches to hitting a wall when it comes time to feed, an infant chiropractor can make lunchtime, bedtime, and every other time a healthier, happier experience. For older children, it’s not just birth trauma that can be identified by a pediatric chiropractor. As our children develop personalities and abilities of their own, they also develop repetitive patterns of movement much like adults do.
This can be the way they walk, the way they sit, and even the way they sleep. As kids, they fall, twist, strain, and develop their own posture which can pull bones out of alignment over time. Down the line, this stress on the musculoskeletal system can prove detrimental to overall health.
What Is Chiropractic Care for Kids?
Seeing a chiropractor for kids is much different than seeing a chiropractor for adults. To begin, many children don’t understand how to articulate or may be too shy to explain the discomfort or pain they may feel as they grow. At ChiroCare of Florida, our patient physicians complete an extensive, non-invasive examination to determine the exact issue and best course of treatment.
Children’s chiropractic treatments are gentle and soothing and focus more on mobilizing the joints than manipulating them. Children have the same joints that we do, but the difference is that there’s aren’t fully formed yet. Adjustments are performed quicker and with much less force. With infants, this can be finger-light. With middle school or pre-teen children, force is increased accordingly.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children of All Ages?
An infant chiropractor uses an incredibly delicate approach to correct subluxations. However, when pre-teens come into the office, especially student athletes, the wear and tear placed on their growing bones through falls or impact sports can call for a more targeted approach. Likewise, older children are more adept at explaining pain symptoms, such that a chiropractor can get them back in fighting shape.
For student athletes, pediatric chiropractic can prove to be invaluable. Not only does chiropractic therapy for children improve healing potential, but it also helps to prevent future injuries and keep them healthy. Plus, soothing and non-invasive treatments such as Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape (KT Tape) or Hot Laser can make them feel like the sports pros that are also using these treatments.
Build Healthy Habits for Your Child Now
If you’ve been considering searching for a chiropractor near you, now is the time. At ChiroCare of Florida, our 11 offices throughout South Florida are here to help you and your child build healthy habits now.
Chiropractic is a drug-free, all-natural, and non-invasive method of improving overall immune health, digestive function, and pain relief. Not to mention, as bones grow they need care and attention now to be strong 40 years down the line. Chiropractic is a known preventive measure for low bone density, osteoporosis, and other diseases which can cause the bone to deteriorate or fracture.
Get started with a pediatric chiropractor today and grant your child a healthier tomorrow. Contact ChiroCare of Florida now – we’re always ready to take your call.
Pediatric chiropractic adjustments are available at these South Florida locations: