Kids Can Benefit from Chiropractic
Children’s bodies are undergoing constant change as they grow. This can lead to a lot of stress on the body and even a misalignment of the spine, which can have a serious impact on a child’s life. Their development, health, and behavior can be affected by how well their body is adjusting to the many changes it's going through. Your chiropractors at Simple Truth Chiropractic in Grand Rapids MI and Lake Odessa MI use natural adjustments to keep the body properly aligned and ease a child through these changes.
Most people think of children as resilient, because they are. Because of this, it’s less common to hear them complaining of chronic pain the way an adult would, and when they do complain, it’s easy to brush it off as growing pains. This is a natural part of life. Why would a child need chiropractic care?
While it’s true that children are resilient and that often the pain they experience is due to growth, that doesn’t mean their bodies aren’t under a lot of stress. Chiropractic care is natural, gentle, non invasive, and can help to ensure the body stays healthy as it develops.
Concerns about spinal alignment actually begin during the birthing process. Whether the birth is natural or Cesarean, the birthing process can be difficult on the body. There’s no way for a newborn to communicate how they feel, so there aren’t many clues when their spine is misaligned. As children grow through infancy, they may sleep in odd positions, and of course they will fall down a few times as they are growing and experiencing the world. They will play sports and sit awkwardly as they watch television. They will rough house and explore. These are important parts of children’s young lives. For many, these examples won’t put too much stress on their bodies. Kids are resilient. However, for some the repetitive motions, poor posture, and small accidents can cause issues that lead to misalignment.
Unforunately, even as children become older and learn to communicate their aches and pains, this doesn’t mean parents will always notice the symptoms of misalignment. Sometimes, the children don’t notice any discomfort. As kids, they don’t have enough experience in their bodies to know what’s normal and what they need to report to an adult. Often, what parents will end up noticing is a child with a bad attitude. They are acting out and crying a lot, they are sullen or grumpy.
For a chiropractor, this means a thorough examination is important. Work needs to be done to discover what the issues are and possibly how they are happening before they will work to create a natural and personalized treatment plan.
How Can I Tell If My Child Could Benefit From Chiropractic?
Fortunately, experienced chiropractors know how to work to solve the mystery, even with children who aren’t able to communicate or are simply too shy to talk. Experience working with patients, and seeing similar problems in the past, helps them figure out what is happening and determine a solution to provide immediate relief and work toward a long term recovery so the child can continue to grow and develop with good spinal health.
If a Grand Rapids MI or Lake Odessa MI chiropractor determines there is an issue in need of treatment, they will use non invasive adjustments to gently put the spine back into alignment. It isn’t uncommon for children to suddenly relax and fall asleep during a chiropractic treatment.
If you have any concerns at all about your child’s spinal health, please contact our team at Simple Truth Chiropractic today so we can schedule a consultation.