Spine health in growing children is absolutely essential and is often quite underrated or even ignored. As your child is growing, it is vital to facilitate proper joint motion and alignment. Research has shown that conditions like scoliosis can be improved or prevented from progressing through the use of chiropractic care. If your child's spine is not moving properly, it can predispose them to injury and the greater likelihood of having joint problems in adulthood.
Children typically respond very well and very quickly to chiropractic care. If a problem in the spine is detected, children often require just a few treatments to correct the joint fixation or misalignment. Thereafter, your doctor may recommend check ups to ensure that the spine is continuing to grow as it should be. More rigorous management may be required in children with an active diagnosis of scoliosis or children who are beginning to show signs of developing a curve. In these cases, your chiropractor may also recommend special home exercises to retrain your child's spine to adapt to the correct orientation.
However, chiropractic can do so much more for your child than just facilitate spinal alignment and joint motion. Studies have shown that chiropractic can not only help children with back and neck pain, but also with bed-wetting, ear infections, failure to thrive, and many other common childhood conditions. How does this work? Well, as you may already know, the spine surrounds and protects your spinal cord and the nerves exiting the spinal column. These nerves connect with all parts of your body and allow you to communicate with yourself and the environment - they allow you to feel, hear, see, touch, as well as allowing your heart to beat, your stomach to digest and your lungs to breath! And just about anything else you can think of! If the joints in our spines become stuck or irritated, as they often do through daily activities, they can irritate the nerves exiting our spines and interfere with our ability to perform all of the functions we just talked about. Manipulating the joints in the spine with an adjustment can help to free up the irritation to the spinal nerves and allow your body to function properly. This is why chiropractic care may offer some relief of a number of different conditions your child could be affected with.
If you have any questions about the information presented or would like to schedule your free initial consultation with Dr. Fleming, please contact our office and we would be more than happy to assist you!
Source: American Chiropractic Association. Increasing numbers of children receive pediatric chiropractic care. January 2009.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!