Why Seek Pediatric Chiropractic Care for Your Children?
The nervous system plays a huge role in all of our body’s systems, but it is especially sensitive in children. Chiropractic care has been used to help with indigestion issues, relieve constipation, and alleviate acid reflux. When a spinal segment is adjusted, our nervous system in that area is reset.This looks very different from a chiropractic adjustment on an adult. When an adjustment is performed on a baby, it appears as a gentle subtle stretching and massage to the area of concern. This is because the tissues of a baby are much more sensitive and mobile than that of an adult. It allows the body another chance to provide the appropriate input to the area by clearing out the blockages in the nervous system. A study was done on a child who was diagnosed with GERD and sleep disorder syndrome, in addition to being easily irritable and fussy. Within 3 months, the child had improved symptoms with the use of chiropractic care. Because of effects of chiropractic care on the nervous system, anxiety and depression can decrease in children who see a chiropractor as well.
How Do My Kids Improve Their Sleep?
Chiropractic care has been used to help improve sleep in children. Kids are very active, and sometimes this can lead to muscle tightness somewhere in the body, causing pain and difficulty sleeping. A chiropractor has the ability to relieve muscle tension and promote motion in an area that is lacking appropriate flexibility. When we sleep, we tend to lay in one position for a long period of time. This can be the cause of pain in anyone from infancy to adulthood. By seeking chiropractic care at a young age, it can be preventative for pain in the future due to the positions we sleep in.
Are Babies Ready for Pediatric Chiropractic Care?
Babies can benefit greatly from chiropractic care. Because it’s so easy for the spine to be misaligned in infancy, especially after delivery, that shift can be the cause of multiple issues such as colic, reflux, or difficulty latching. When the baby is experiencing pain from anywhere, it makes it harder for them to do these normal tasks easily. Babies are much more sensitive to muscle cramping, spinal misalignments, and musculoskeletal pain in general than adults are. Chiropractic can help by getting rid of the spinal misalignment, supporting the nervous system, and allowing your baby to be more comfortable.
What is the Value of Pediatric Chiropractic?
Chiropractic care for children looks different depending on the age. In babies, it involves moving the tissues gently in a certain direction without any thrusting motion, unlike what is typically seen with an adjustment on an adult. As they age, more of a thrusting motion will be used on children. At Health with Hope Chiropractic we use multiple tools to perform the chiropractic adjustments. We can adjust using a thrusting motion with the hands, or a more gentle approach is done through the use of an activator and a drop piece. The activator is placed along the area of restriction on the spine that gently pushes in the direction needed for the joint to move more easily. When the drop piece is used, the chiropractor applies a light, but firm, placement on the lower back to allow the board underneath the patient to fall under the hips. This quick motion promotes movement in the joint without hearing “cracks” or “pops”.
Have more questions?
If you have any questions when it comes to pediatric chiropractic care, you can schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to ask Dr. Hope Ramales any questions you may have prior to setting up an initial consultation and find out if we are the right fit for you.
Some information pulled from: https://aica.com/5-incredible-benefits-of-pediatric-chiropractic-care/