Yes, regularly. Today, nearly 35 million adults in the United States rely on chiropractic adjustments as part of their health care and wellness regime. It’s an effective way to manage pain and treat a wide variety of conditions. But the benefits are not just reserved for those over 18 years of age. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, on average, 11% of chiropractic patients are children and adolescents.
What Age Can Children Receive Chiropractic Care?
That’s up to you! Parents know their kids best and can decide when it might be helpful to see a chiropractor. According to All American Healthcare, treatment is safe and can be effective even for infants. If you have concerns about your child being too young, schedule a consultation first.
When Should Children Visit a Chiropractor?
A parent’s concern is always the first sign that treatment might be required. Young bodies are usually flexible and resilient. Throughout childhood, they take a lot of falls and bumps without much difficulty. Yet, some minor adjustments along the way can help your child grow strong and pain-free. Here are some of the signs that chiropractic care might be an effective treatment option:
• Complaints of continual or recurring neck or back pain
• Limited head or neck mobility
• Uneven shoulders
• Compensating when they stand or walk
• Irregular sleep patterns
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Children?
Chiropractic care can provide many positive effects for kids. Even if your child does not have a particular diagnosed condition, visiting a skilled chiropractor is part of a healthy lifestyle that promotes regular development and wellbeing. Benefits include, but aren’t limited to:
• Proper nervous system function
• Stronger immune system
• Effective recovery from an injury
• Better athletic performance
• More mobility in the joints or spine
• Increased ability to concentrate
• Improved sleep quality
• Correcting or preventing poor posture
• Decreased neck and back pain
• Relief from headaches
Does it Hurt?
Kids usually don’t feel any discomfort during treatment sessions. Chiropractic care for children is usually painless unless it’s used to treat an injury. Any sensitivity that may be experienced should dissipate shortly after the adjustment. Many of our little patients actually enjoy the process and refer to the pops as “popcorn” getting out of their backs, and are happy to come back for follow-up visits.
We want your kids to be as healthy and active as possible. At NuSpine Chiropractic +Hydrotherapy Massage, we are happy to treat children of all ages. Call our office today to schedule your initial visit treatment: 402-999-7410.