Chiropractic Care for Children
Most adults have experienced the relief that a chiropractor can provide when suffering from back or neck pain. Chiropractic care centers on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Misalignment of the spine creates dysfunction in the nervous system which creates secondary problems such as digestive disorders.
What about our children? Can they benefit from chiropractic care? The answer is a definite yes. In a study cited by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), it was reported that pediatric visits to chiropractors topped the 68 million mark in 2009. At Flintridge Family Chiropractic, we have seen our younger patient population increase markedly as more parents learn about the benefits of spinal alignment and how this factors in to complete pediatric care. When young patients then come see our chiropractors for children, they receive top-notch service and leave feeling much better.
There is no difference in the science of care however the methods used are extremely gentle. Don’t compare your own treatment to the methods used on infants and children. The light pressure of a fingertip is often all that is needed to correct misalignments. Children respond much faster to care and the benefits of treatment can be immediate. When parents of our patients see the rapid and dramatic improvement in their child after treatment from our doctors, they often feel they have been cared for by the best pediatric chiropractors available, and that is what we constantly strive for.
When should I start bringing my child for chiropractic care?
In newborns, the most common complaints are colic and reflux. Other problems that can be addressed are difficulty with breastfeeding, sporadic sleep patterns, allergies and chronic infections. These ailments can be traced to cranial and spinal misalignments which cause irritation to the nervous system.
Many parents bring their newborns for treatment within days of birth. The trauma of birth is very hard on mother and baby. Both benefit greatly from adjustments immediately following birth. A good rule of thumb is to bring a newborn in as soon as possible, but certainly within the first month, and then as each milestone is achieved. When the baby lifts his head, rolls over, crawls and begins to walk alignment changes and stress is placed on different areas of the spine. Regular visits to our pediatric chiropractors in Pasadena while the child is changing so rapidly can help avoid discomfort and pain from this growth.
Children’s sports injuries and chiropractic treatment
Children may seem to be almost invincible at times with their ability to get up and continue running after a fall. Babies do this dozens of times per day when learning how to walk. Although young children quickly bounce back, they may be dealing with a hidden injury that can influence how they approach physical activity when they are older. Scheduling regular visits to a chiropractor can identify early signs of injury that parents may be unaware of.
Parents of young athletes are wise to develop a relationship with an experienced chiropractor for children. There are several benefits for the child when regular chiropractic visits are part of his or her medical plan. When an injury occurs it can be identified and quickly treated preventing further injury. Preventative strategies can be put in place to ensure the child is as injury proof as possible. Finally, sports performance can be improved through targeted exercises tailor made for the child to improve coordination, balance and strength.
Children receiving regular chiropractic care which are focused on strengthening and educating them on preventive measures are less prone to injury. A chiropractor who regularly treats children knows how to develop a trusting relationship with them which is especially necessary when treating a painful injury.
Sports injuries are almost inevitable in children who play organized sports with strains and sprains being the most common injury. At Flintridge Family Chiropractic a large proportion of our practice is composed of families who realize the benefits of regular chiropractic care for their active children, particularly if they are playing sports.
Teaching them to be aware of early signs of injury and giving them strategies to use on the playing field is one way of protecting them while they enjoy healthy physical activity.
What are the symptoms of spinal misalignment in infants & children?
In an infant watch for problems breastfeeding or only wanting to breastfeed on one side, disrupted sleep patterns and restricted movement of neck or head. Also, if one shoulder is higher than the other, or if there is a difference is the length of the legs, this would indicate spinal misalignment.
Other common childhood ailments that are linked with a misaligned spine are headaches, better sleep patterns, bedwetting/constipation, ADHD, scoliosis, asthma, colic, reflux, recurrent ear or throat infections. Because of this, it is important that your child get the care he or she needs from our pediatric chiropractors.
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At Flintridge Family Chiropractic we specialize in treating the entire family. Babies and young children are limited in their communication abilities and so we have to interpret their reactions to touch, their overall appearance and of course the information given by parents. Our pediatric chiropractors in Pasadena are happy to report that we have hundreds of content, well babies and well rested parents who can attest to the fact that spinal alignment is vitally important to the well being and comfort of children. Call us today at 818-952-0172 to schedule an appointment or schedule your pediatric chiropractic consultation online here. We look forward to providing the highest level of care for you and your whole family.