I’ve had a lot of people ask me, lately, “Kids don’t need chiropractic care, right?”. WRONG! Kids need chiropractic care most of all! Think about it. Chiropractic teaches the body how to maintain itself in a healthy position to allow maximum function. If a child’s body is taught how to maintain its health, they have a much sturdier foundation for the rest of their life. Studies have shown that kids who receive chiropractic check-ups have less chance of developing health problems like scoliosis. There are even case studies that indicate colicy infants just need to be adjusted!
The other great things about kids getting chiropractic care is how easy it is. Kids’ joints adjust very easily and they don’t need many adjustments before their body learns the proper alignment. And it’s fun! Every little kid I have ever adjusted giggles afterward. It doesn’t hurt and it’s not scary. In fact, I know one toddler who refuses to see her pediatrician without kicking and screaming, but will literally run into the arms of her chiropractor. Kids have an innate sense of what is best for their body, and they know chiropractic helps them with that.
So, take your kids in for a check up. Make sure you see a chiropractor who is comfortable treating children, because, as much as we love them, kids do come with their own unique set of complications. In my office, we often check the kids for free when the parents come for treatment. It’s that important to us that these young bodies are put on the right path.
For more information on infant and childhood chiropractic care, visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. I should warn you that the ICPA is a little over-zealous on some topics, so take it with a grain of salt. They are a great resource for finding a kid-friendly chiro in your area, though.