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Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Kids
An increase in chronic childhood disease is part of the reason parents today seek alternative health care for kids. Children often fail to communicate with their parents about any health problems, because they are not capable of expressing if something is wrong with them. They often suffer from neck, back pain, muscle spasms, radiculitis, leg pain, arm pain, constipation, stomach pains, and many other disorders. Chiropractic care is an effective and affordable program by licensed providers that addresses children’s health conditions associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system. Gentle, noninvasive and drug free, chiropractic adjustments treat, resolve and prevent a wide range of health problems. Recent research by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) found spinal manipulative therapy is safe and successful in treating children of all ages.
Acute conditions may result from birth trauma, sports and accidental injury. Chiropractic care benefits children by correcting the spinal alignment to improve their overall health. When vertebral joints are misaligned during birth or from a blow or fall, muscle tissue and nerves may also be affected. Spinal adjustment frees joints, restores motion and relieves nerve pressure, which may be the cause of additional ailments. Parents report successful treatment of children’s health issues such as acute earache, upper respiratory infection, muscle pain, neck pain and accident trauma. Spinal manipulation for children as young as newborn babies is an alternative treatment for the discomfort of colic and other digestive disorders as well. Lets not forget that if children are involved in auto accidents they are injured as well. We are so used to saying that kids don't complain so they must be alright. That is far from the truth remember children often don't know how to communicate about what they feel. With really young children you can often feel spasms on their backs, their behavior changes after an accident. They might be more winy. So if your child was in a CAR CRASH, have them evaluated by a professional.
Parents surveyed by the ICPA reported behavioral improvement for kids who saw a chiropractor, as well as improved sleep and stronger immune systems. Although scientific evidence in these areas is still inconclusive, the growing number of those seeking children’s health care from chiropractors (up 8.5% since 1991, according to the American Chiropractic Association) is a positive endorsement of its benefits. Chiropractic America reports that natural, drug-free chiropractic care is sometimes more effective than traditional medical approaches for chronic earache, scoliosis and neck pain. Headaches and sleep disorders of nonspecific causes respond well to spinal adjustments, which affect and repair interrupted neural pathways. Asthma and allergy symptoms and patterns of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also be treatable with chiropractic.
Success in these areas has implications for chiropractic care’s preventive capacity. Periodic ongoing adjustments at a young age may help stave off the above ailments before they begin. Proper spinal alignment now may delay or prevent degenerative bone or joint disease, such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. In addition to maintaining children’s health, regular visits to the chiropractor also instill the value of proactive health care in kids. They’ll be more likely to monitor and manage their health as they grow up and less likely to be afraid or in denial of any health problems. Encouraging good lifelong health habits is one of chiropractic’s best benefits for kids.