A common question I get in the office is, “are my kids too young for chiropractic adjustments?”, and the answer is, “No”. Chiropractic care is wonderful for people of all ages, including youngsters. Many spinal misalignments that adults come into my office with actually began much earlier in life. In many cases, a person’s spine gets introduced to physical stress on day one. A difficult birth can get the ball rolling. Then the average child falls down hundreds of times while they are learning to walk. Next comes sports, from the backyard to the school yard, the pounding of running and jumping and falling on bones and joints that are trying to develop, takes its toll. Many of my patients that I meet that are in their 4th or 5th decades of life are presenting with back, neck, head, and joint pain that is coming from spinal misalignments that began when they were children. Had these people received proper care as children, they likely would not have the pain and discomfort that they do today.
Setting up a child for a more pain-free adulthood is just one reason to bring your child in to get checked by a chiropractor. Children typically respond extremely well to chiropractic care because they do not have decades of stress on their joints. Many childhood ailments are alleviated in a chiropractic office. Those ailments include: ear infections, asthma, allergies and sinus trouble, ADD and ADHD symptoms, and growing pains.
Chiropractic adjustments performed on children have the same goals as adjustments performed on their parents, that is to restore normal spinal motion and relieve pressure from nerves. I believe that everyone with a spine should get it checked at least once. No one is too young or too old. If there is someone that you are leaving at home when you come to get adjusted, bring them with you, especially if they are a child.