The First questions parents always ask is “Why Does my child need to be adjusted?”
It is recommended that every child undergoes a spinal evaluation shortly after birth because permanent damage may start to occur as early as two weeks after birth. Accumulated damage to the spine during these early stages of life can have lasting consequences on the child’s health and well-being. Early detection and appropriate care by healthcare professionals, such as chiropractors, can be essential in addressing and mitigating potential issues stemming from spinal misalignments in infants.
The first spinal misalignment, often referred to as a “subluxation,” can frequently occur during the birthing process. Various delivery methods, including forceps, vacuum extraction, and C-sections, can potentially result in spinal misalignments in newborns. Even during so-called ‘natural’ births, the pulling and twisting of an infant’s delicate spine can place stress on their developing nervous system.
Ways your child will benefit
Chiropractic care for children has been reported to have various potential benefits, as noted by parents and healthcare professionals, which can include:
- Improved sleeping patterns.
- Enhanced behavior and attitude.
- Improved immune system function.
- Improved Digestive Problems
- Reduction in bedwetting incidents.
- Fewer occurrences of ear infections.
- Improves Calm Colic
- Sports injuries and Improved Performance
- Improved Headaches
- Growing Pains
It’s important to note that while some parents and professionals report these benefits, individual experiences can vary, and not all children may experience the same outcomes from chiropractic care. Chiropractic care for children should be provided by qualified healthcare practitioners with expertise in pediatric chiropractic to ensure safety and appropriateness for each child’s unique needs.
What can affect our Kiddo’s in their day to day life?
Infants and Toddlers – It’s important for parents and caregivers to be mindful of the amount of time infants spend in car seats or swings. Restricting this time to no more than two hours in a 24-hour period is recommended to prevent potential pain and discomfort. Extended periods in these seats can lead to restricted postures that may affect the development of a child’s spine, potentially leading to lumbar spinal imbalances.
Furthermore, healthcare providers often recommend “tummy time” for infants. This practice involves placing a baby on their tummy while they are awake and supervised. Tummy time helps promote healthy motor development and can reduce the risk of conditions like “Plagiocephaly,” where the back or side of a baby’s head becomes flattened due to prolonged time spent lying on their back. It’s an essential component of infant care to support healthy physical development.
Little Kids – The American Chiropractic Association provides valuable tips for selecting a suitable backpack for children. When choosing a backpack, keep these considerations in mind:
- Waist and Chest Belts: Look for a backpack that has waist and chest belts. These features help distribute the weight more evenly across the body.
- Proportionate Size: Ensure the backpack is not wider or longer than your child’s torso. Proper sizing prevents the backpack from hanging too low or being too large for their frame.
- Padded Back and Shoulder Straps: Opt for a backpack with padded back support and shoulder straps. This padding provides comfort and helps cushion the load.
- Weight Management: Remember that bigger isn’t always better. A larger backpack can lead to heavier loads. It’s advisable that when fully loaded, your child’s backpack should not exceed 10-15% of their total body weight. This guideline helps prevent excessive strain on their back and shoulders.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your child’s backpack is appropriately sized, comfortable, and supportive, reducing the risk of potential back and shoulder issues related to carrying heavy backpacks.
Tweens – We live in a world full of technology and that alone is hard to avoid. We went through a pandemic, where we had to rely on our computers to be virtual, or we’re constantly looking down at our phones.
“Tech neck” is a term often used to describe the structural changes in posture that can result from prolonged and improper use of electronic devices, such as texting or using tablets. If left uncorrected, these behaviors can have long-lasting effects on the structure and function of the spine, ultimately impacting one’s overall health.
Consider for a moment how many people, including children, typically use their smartphones. They often hold the phone down, causing their head to bend forward, and their shoulders may hunch. To get a better sense of this, you can grab your phone (if you’re not already reading this on it) and imagine sending a text. This common posture can contribute to the development of tech neck and its associated health concerns. It’s essential to be mindful of our posture while using electronic devices to prevent these issues.
Teens – Teens aren’t just going to the movies now a days, they’re also involved in some kind of athletic sport, or physically demanding hobbies.
It’s essential to recognize that teenagers are not simply smaller versions of adults. Their bodies are still in the process of maturing, with girls typically continuing to grow until around age 18 and boys potentially growing until they’re 21.
Routine chiropractic adjustments can be highly beneficial for teenagers in various ways. Chiropractic care can help reduce joint restrictions and inflammation, which can result from factors like sports injuries and growth spurts. These adjustments contribute to improved joint function and nervous system function.
It’s worth noting that many world-class athletes rely on chiropractors as part of their healthcare team. Chiropractic care can help young athletes maintain optimal physical health, support their growth and development, and address any injuries or imbalances that may arise during this critical phase of their lives.
Dr. Wendy’s extensive experience in the medical field, spanning over 20 years as an athletic trainer, sports medicine doctor, and successful business owner of Attuned Vitality Chiropractic, and wellness, demonstrates her dedication and expertise in providing comprehensive healthcare services to her patients. Parents seeking chiropractic care for their children can have confidence in her knowledge and commitment to their well-being.