Back pain is certainly a common concern for adults. In fact, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, about 80% of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. If you are one of these adults, you might even see a chiropractor to align your spine and balance other aspects of your health.
But you may have never considered your children doing the same.
Just like your neurological system can benefit from an aligned spine, you’re child’s can become healthier as well.
“The child’s spine is developing rapidly in the first 10 years of life,” Dr. Jeff Ludwick said in an interview with PennLive. “Apparently innocent events, such as wearing backpacks, increasing use of the computer, having poor posture and getting injured playing sports, can create spinal subluxations (misalignments) in the child’s spine.”
And this misalignment can cause a host of health problems. While you should talk to your child’s doctor before scheduling a chiropractic appointment, you can also inform yourself initially about how to spot spinal issues in children, the benefits of chiropractics, and how to find the right chiropractor.
How do I know if my child or baby has spinal problems?
While spinal misalignment shows different symptoms for every child, the following are some of the most common signs that your child might have subluxations:
- Difficulty breast feeding
- Ear infections
- Frequent colds or flu
- Poor posture
- Digestive problems
- Bed wetting
- One shoulder higher than the other
- Restricted head movement
While these conditions can also stand on their own or be indicative of other health concerns, chiropractic adjustments may be able to help. Again, your child’s pediatrician should be your go-to health information source and they can advise whether chiropractic adjustments may be useful.
What are the benefits of chiropractics for children?
Chiropractic care has been shown to improve several bodily functions. For example, a study published in Neural Plasticity found that chiropractic care can boost brain function by up to 20%. It can also improve posture, organ function, and immunity. This care represents a holistic approach to your child’s health, and a qualified chiropractor should be able to explain more specific health benefits to you.
How can I find the right chiropractor for my child?
While your doctor might have a referral, there are several factors you should consider when selecting a chiropractor for your child. Most importantly, you should choose a practitioner who focuses in pediatric or family chiropractics. Remember that the chiropractor will not treat a child as they would an adult, so the facility should be specialized. In addition, you should also consider proximity to your home, whether they take your insurance, and how long the practice has been in business.
There are certain health appointments that are simply part of your child’s yearly routine. For example, the CDC reports that 84.7% if children between the ages of two and 17 went to the dentist between 2014 and 2015. But it is not necessarily as common for children to go to the chiropractor.
What if childhood spinal health became as important as dental health? That shift could mark a step froward in holistic care for people of all ages.