As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating, riding a bike, studying, and playing sports, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.
One of the most common reasons parents seek care for their child is trauma from an injury of some sort. These misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, make the correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health.
Another sought out reason for care is the resolution of a particular symptom or condition. Parents seek care for conditions such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies and headaches (to name a few) because they have heard from other parents that chiropractic care can help.
The ICPA has initiated a ground breaking study on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. The preliminary results are outstanding and show that chiropractic care is safe for children. Even more significant is that parents reported three unexpected improvements with their child’s care (ICPA, 2011):
- Improved sleeping
- Improved behavior and attitude
- Improved immune system function
Issaquah Family Chiropractic encourages parents to bring in their children for a quarterly well-check. Children are very busy growing and it is important for them to stay healthy and well aligned!
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Ohm, Jeanne, D.C. “Why Chiropractic For Children.” 24 June 2008. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Retrieved: 1 Oct 2011. http://icpa4kids.org/About-the-ICPA/why-chiropractic-for-children.html