Chiropractic treatments for children is not new and it has proven to be effective in treating and addressing a variety of children specific issues.
Chiropractors that provide pediatric care will do wellness checks on children, similar to a pediatrician, but with a focus on the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves.
Using non-invasive, effective, hands-on-treatments that are safe and well-tested, pediatric chiropractic treatments may help your child with:
- sports injuries
- muscle tension
- injuries from falls
- sleeping problems
- gait problems and abnormal spinal curvature
When your Child Should Visit a Chiropractor
Depending on their age, there are different reasons why a child may see a chiropractor:
Newborns: It's a good idea to have a newborn looked at for any cranial or spinal issues. Look for things like neck rotation (torticollis), facial asymmetry, falls and injuries.
3-12 Months: Regular wellness check-ups are great, especially when rolling over, sitting up, pulling up, cruising, crawling, and walking which all happen within this time frame. Any concerns with these milestones like late occurrence or abnormal patterns can be assessed.
1-4 Years: This age group should be looked at again every couple of months for wellness checks. If you notice a delay in walking, or a pattern change like toe-walking or toe-in walking it is a good idea to bring your child in.
4-11 Years: Children going through elementary school should be watched for back and neck pain, headaches, posture (scoliosis), growing pains and if they are involved in sports. Backpacks can cause discomfort as well.
12-18 Years: As we get into the teenage years, sporting activities become a big reason for chiropractic visits. Postural disorders are also a concern given the prevalence of video games and intense school work in this group. Young girls suffering from menstruation cramps can also benefit from a chiropractor.