Can children benefit from a chiropractor or upper cervical doctor? Are kids old enough to see a chiropractor? YES!!

In fact, chiropractic care is available to any person of any age, from newborns to the elderly, chiropractic treatments offer numerous benefits and treatment options for a wide range of illnesses and disorders. Chiropractors aren’t just for treating back pain.

To understand how chiropractic or upper cervical care can benefit children, you first need to understand what chiropractic is. Your central nervous system is comprised of your brain and spinal cord, which is protected by your spine. The central nervous system is an intricate system of nerves that is responsible for all of the communication in your body. It controls your immune system, emotions, vision, hearing, balance, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, muscle tension, posture, hormones, and every other function your body conducts; all of which can be disrupted if one of your vertebrae are misaligned (sometimes referred to as a subluxation). Chiropractic is the gentle adjustment of the vertebrae back into their proper, natural position so that the disruption is removed allowing your central nervous system to resume proper communication and optimal function of self-healing. An upper cervical chiropractic doctor is a chiropractic doctor who focuses on the adjustment of the top two vertebrae in your spine, the neck vertebrae – the Atlas and the Axis.

Here are five ways that your child can benefit from chiropractic care. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ or give us a call.

  1. Birth Trauma Recovery

Labor and delivery can be just as hard on a newborn as it can be for the mother. Infants experience a large amount of stress during birth – new home, new sounds, more lights, and people always wanting to touch them. Doctors poking and prodding to gather vitals and issue vaccinations or tests. A gentle chiropractic adjustment can help to alleviate the toll stress can take on an infant’s body.

  1. Colic

Colic is a dreaded symptom that is difficult to treat in newborns because the cause is unknown. If you have tried everything else, why not try chiropractic care? We have had many parents report that their little one is sleeping better and crying less after receiving care. There has also been research into the treatment of colic with chiropractic adjustments as well. A study conducted and released by The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics concluded that “chiropractic manual therapy improved crying behavior in infants with colic.”

  1. Preventative Care

Our healthcare system is built around the idea that you wait to see a doctor until you are already ill or hurt. Wouldn’t it be smarter to keep kids healthy rather than waiting to treat them after they fall ill? You should regularly see a chiropractor in addition to other wellness physicians for preventative care and treatment.

  1. Injuries

From learning to crawl, sit up and stand to walking and running, you know as a parent that there will be plenty of falling as your child learns to center themselves with the effects of gravity. As children get older they become bolder and braver, attempting stunts that would make you cringe on your best day. Injuries from these aren’t always obvious like a cut or broken bone, there could be micro trauma. As your child ages and bones grow, these micro traumas can result in the misalignment of their spine. Chiropractors are educated and trained in the detection and treatment of these misalignments to reduce or prevent side effects. Have your child see us regularly to prevent long term effects in the future.

  1. Illness

Your central nervous system and immune system are intertwined. If there is stress or interference in your central nervous system, then your immune system will not be able to optimally function. Chiropractic adjustments realign the vertebrae in the spine, allowing the central nervous system to function as it is intended to work with your immune system to promote healing within the body.