Chiropractic care for kids

Did you know that your kids can get adjusted too? Chiropractors have been caring for kids for more than 100 years.  Many childhood ailments respond well to this safe, natural form of healthcare.

Why do kids need chiropractic care?

A child encounters many physical stresses during their growing years. The earliest stresses on the spine happen in utero by the position of the baby in the womb, which can result in a longer and more difficult labor. Even during natural birthing methods, stress can be placed on the infants spine. After birth, many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, and walking are all affected by spinal alignment and are important times to be checked by a chiropractor. Additionally falls, sports injuries, playground injuries, heavy backpacks and sitting all day in class at school are all physical stresses on the spine that would warrant a spinal check up.

What does chiropractic care for kids involve?

The first thing a chiropractor will do is to conduct a thorough history of your child's health including their birth history, followed by a physical examination. Chiropractic treatment for kids is much different than adult chiropractic. Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light fingertip pressure, with the amount of "force" not much more than a finger tough. Care is typically painless, except in cases where the child has an acute injury. Kids' spines will often respond much faster than adults and will often only require a few adjustments to restor normal functions.

How can I tell if my child needs to be adjusted?

Other than acute pain, some other indicators include: disturbed sleeping patterns, breastfeeding difficulties in the very young, restricted head or neck movement to one sice, and one shoulder higher than the other.

At Grayhawk Family Chiropractic, we welcome children of all ages! Our family adjusting room is set up for the entire family to get adjusted. Our firetruck adjusting table is the perfect size for our littlest patients and we have plenty of toys to keep everyone entertained. Our office also offers an affordable Time of Service discount for kids 15 years and younger. Call us to find out more about this discount.

 

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