Many of us see a chiropractor routinely for adjustments to keep us from feeling stiff. However, children of all ages can find benefits in chiropractic care.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports nearly 2 million American children have seen a chiropractor. Yet the idea of a child seeing a chiropractor has been debated by news outlets for years.
The big factor in this debate is who performs the chiropractic assessment. Performing chiropractic care on a child is different than working with an adult patient, primarily because the pressure applied and body parts worked on during the exam. It is important to see a provider that has experience working with children.
You can rest assured knowing the three chiropractic providers at Williams Integracare all have experience working with children.
How is chiropractic care beneficial to my child?
Like anyone else, children are susceptible to having headaches, in fact, it may be a primary reason your child is having a hard time concentrating in school. Chiropractic care can help reduce these headaches and migraines by ensuring proper alignment and function of the child’s spine.
For those that live with asthma, chiropractic care can also help reduce this issue in children. By performing spinal alignments, chiropractors can help improve the patient’s breathing.
Generally, chiropractic care, along with nutritional support, can also help improve a child’s immune system. When the compression of the nerve pathways are relieved, your immune system is in turn made stronger.
What about younger children?
Toddlers can also have their ear infections, colic, and acid reflux issues see improvements after receiving chiropractic care.
Dr. Milbauer points out that the unique feature of Integracare is that “the medical providers and chiropractors often work together on kids with these issues.”
Babies also grow at a rapid rate, with their spines doubling in length in their first year. This rapid growth proposes the risk of improper posture – something that a chiropractor can help keep on track.
What will my child think of seeing a chiropractor?
Some children may have a fear of the doctors’ office, and thus inherit a fear of the chiropractor. However, children often find going to the chiropractor to be a less intense experience. There’s no pain, no needles, and parents are able to sit in on the entire appointment.
Get the added boost to your immune system that chiropractic care can offer by setting up an exam with one of our three providers that have experience working with children.