Along with adults, children not only can, but should receive chiropractic care. You may be thinking, "My kid has so much energy and flexibility; she's never had back pain, so why would she need an adjustment?" It's true that children can have more flexibility when they're young than they'll have as adults, but that doesn't mean they don't need chiropractic care. Here are three great reasons why your kids need chiropractic just as much as you do.
1. Kids play violently
This is especially true if your child is involved in sports. Out on the football or baseball field, almost anything could happen. When you have dozens of kids running full speed around a large grassy area, anyone who's in the wrong place at the wrong time could get a very violent misalignment. And even when they're not on the sports field, children's exuberance can get them into innumerable scrapes. So whether it's a sports injury or a hunched posture from sitting in school all day or playing too many video games, children are just as liable to need an adjustment as you are.
2. Teaches good habits
Getting children started with chiropractic adjustments early can help de-mystify the process, and it's never too early to start building good self-care habits. In addition, regular chiropractic care can instill good posture as a habit as well, something that many parents find difficult to establish through other means. Posture is a critical factor in your child's future health, because poor posture is more difficult to overcome later in life and can lead to a number of health problems including debilitating back injuries.
3. Catches problems early
Many complaints that don't seem to be related to the spine can actually be affected indirectly by the spine's alignment or misalignment. In fact, misalignment can contribute to the development of many health issues. Regular chiropractic care can ensure that any issues your child develops get corrected before they go too far, and it can also keep the spine in good overall health throughout your child's life, since chiropractors can work to correct any small problems that may have otherwise developed into back injuries.
As you can see, getting your child off to a good start with chiropractic care is an important part of parental guidance during these years. Instilling a habit of regular adjustments in your child now can have positive effects on health for his or her entire life. Be sure to schedule an adjustment with a company like Olson Chiropractic Centers any time your child sustains an injury or develops a health problem, and explain to your child why it's so important to take care of his or her health in this way.