A Parent's Guide to Chiropractic Care
The path to good health begins with a natural, drug-free approach.
A healthy spine is essential to any developing child. Chiropractic provides a safe and natural approach to pain relief and prevention that can have immediate and long-term benefits.
How does chiropractic work for children?
Whether your child is just learning to walk or they are deciding what college to attend, their spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable them to twist, bend and move throughout the day. It also protects the delicate central nervous system that controls the body’s ability to grow, repair and function at its best by communicating with every cell, tissue and organ of the body.
Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, occur when two or more vertebrae become restricted and impede the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Joint dysfunctions in a child can be caused by everyday activities throughout their development cycle.
Falls while learning to walk, championship wrestling with dad, lugging an oversized backpack around and staring down at their phones are all great examples of activities that put the body in situations that can negatively affect the spine and proper nerve communication throughout the body.
Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct joint dysfunctions by applying a gentle, targeted movement to the body’s spinal column and extremities, where and when needed. This non-invasive technique is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.
How can my child benefit from chiropractic care?
Parents look to chiropractic to help establish a natural, drug-free foundation that can have immediate and long-term benefits to their child’s health.
Chiropractic could help with these common childhood ailments:
Back & Neck Pain Injuries from Falling & Active Play
Function Behavior & Attitude Sleeping
Ear Infections & More…
Frequently Asked Questions
What age can a patient safely receive a chiropractic adjustment?
No patient is too young or old to receive chiropractic care. There are numerous techniques options available to adjust your spine, some of which do not require any manual force whatsoever. Regardless of your age, a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to recognize when certain techniques are more applicable to a patient based on age, physical condition, exam findings and the patient’s history.
Will chiropractic care hurt my child?
Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment.
Will my child be sore following a chiropractic adjustment?
Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after their first visit can help ease any discomfort and promote healing.
What is the activator?
The Activator Method is one of the most widely researched gentle instrument chiropractic adjusting techniques used on children and seniors today. Rather than using the hands to restore joint motion, a small hand-held device is used.
How often will my child have to go to a chiropractor?
The frequency in which your child receive chiropractic care is strictly up to the professional opinion of a Doctor of Chiropractic and will vary from individual to individual.
How do I explain the "popping" noise of an adjustment to my child?
The popping sounds they will hear are their joints releasing tiny pockets of gases. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of the joint, but rather the connective tissue that holds the joint together.