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Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Can children be adjusted?

Pediatric chiropractic care

How old can kids be to receive chiropractic care? The answer is the earlier the better. The younger the spine, the easier it is to restore. Pediatric chiropractic care can result in healthier kids growing into healthier adults. You may not think it, but kids are under spinal stress just as much as adults, if not more. This leads to small misalignment of the spine which in turn puts stress on the nervous system of the child and interferes with the development process.

From the very beginning, the birthing process puts a tremendous amount of stress on a child’s spine. The process often requires a significant amount of pulling and twisting. Through the years as they start learning how to crawl and walk, they take a few falls causing small alignment issues. Bad movement habits can develop as they become more mobile. These bad habits can lead to misalignment as the muscles try to compensate for improper mechanics.

As they begin school, heavy backpacks can weigh kids down and start to create a forward leaning head. Poor posture while on tablets, cell phones, or while watching T.V. can further exacerbate these problems. As they continue on in school many children participate in sports. Any sport can take its effect on the spine not just contact sports. For example, a golfer always swings the same way over and over. By placing repetitive motion in the spine always one way never the other, isn’t it likely that the spine change to reflect that? As you can see, spinal misalignment can occur at any stage in a child’s life, pediatric chiropractic care is a great way to correct these problems early.

Pediatric chiropractic care

Is a child's adjustment different from an adult's?

A child’s spine is much more malleable and flexible than an adults. As a result, children’s spines require much less force to achieve the proper adjustment. When administering a pediatric adjustment, sometimes all that is needed is a light push with a single finger to accomplish the treatment.  Most children giggle after their first adjustment or smile and become very relaxed. The same specificity that goes into an adult adjustment applies to a child’s. Below is the link to the technique often used on very young patients. For children who don’t like the sound of cracking joints, we use activator technique. Children hear no audible cracking sound with this instrument assisted technique.

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