Children & Chiropractic
At Montvale Health & Wellness, we are sensitive to the questions and concerns of those inquiring about chiropractic care for children.
Chiropractic’s drugless and preventive approach to good health makes it perfectly appropriate for infants, children and teenagers. Chiropractic is licensed in all 50 states of the U.S. for the care of children of all ages.
How effective is chiropractic care for children?
Chiropractors have been providing safe and effective care for children for more than 100 years. A 1992 survey showed that the most common conditions for which children visit a chiropractor are:
- Neck pain
- Upper respiratory problems
- Low back pain
- Thoracic pain
How safe is chiropractic for a child?
Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of children’s health care. A chiropractor does not adjust a baby or a child the same way as he or she adjusts an adult. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life, so the doctor of chiropractic applies only a slight pressure to make an adjustment. For older children whose spine is still made up of mainly cartilage, slight pressure followed by a gentle push is all that is required to put the vertebra back in place.
When should I take my child to a chiropractor?
You may choose to take your child to a chiropractor when you want to give him/her a head start in good health and all the benefits of a conservative, drug-free approach to health care. It is important to have a chiropractic exam during the first year of a child’s life as spinal trauma can occur during birth, as well as from even routine tumbles while learning to sit up or walk. Improper lifting and carrying can also contribute to spinal stress.
Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during the first year. This is equivalent to a six-foot person growing to nine feet in just 12 months! It’s this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of a child’s life. If there is a problem, the earlier it is corrected the less likelihood of it becoming a chronic or more serious issue later in life.
Doctors of chiropractic believe it’s much more important to prevent diseases than wait until some problem or condition occurs.
How can chiropractic care help an older child who is not “sick”?
Chiropractors do not treat diseases; they help to correct spinal misalignments that can cause health problems. Through regular adjustments, counseling on proper nutrition, exercise, and posture, the chiropractor can help you raise a child who is structurally and functionally sound.
The number one “illness” in children is accidents. Youngsters take numerous tumbles — learning to ride a bike, or even just jumping and running around. If your child takes part in athletic activities they can also experience problems, for example, football could twist a young spine, or pitching a ball can throw a vertebra out of alignment. These underlying injuries, if left uncorrected, can cause serious problems as the child grows into adulthood.
Doctors of chiropractic can do more than correct these problems. They can also help improve performance on and off the field by helping the body to function at its optimum level, naturally, and without drugs. Montvale Health & Wellness chiropractors are widely experienced in treating the myriad of needs of those of all ages, including children.