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Children of all ages, infants and babies through teens, can benefit from early chiropractic treatment.
The path to good health begins with a natural, drug free approach.
A healthy spine is essential to any developing child or baby. Chiropractic provides a safe and natural approach to pain relief and prevention that can have immediate and long term benefits. Chiropractic can even help you have a easier pregnancy!
How does chiropractic work for children?
Your child’s spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable them to twist, bend and move throughout the day. Chiropractic care from our pediatrician specialist protects the delicate central nervous system that controls the body’s ability to grow, repair and function at its best by communicating with every cell, tissue and organ of the body.
Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, occur when two or more vertebrae become restricted and impede the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Joint dysfunctions in a child can be caused by everyday activities throughout their development cycle.
Falls while learning to walk, championship wrestling with dad, lugging an oversized backpack around and staring down at their phones are all great examples. These activities put the body in situations that can negatively affect the spine and proper nerve communication throughout the body.
Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct joint dysfunctions by applying a gentle, targeted movement to the body’s spinal column and extremities, where and when needed. This non invasive technique is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.
How can my child benefit from chiropractic care?
Parents look to chiropractic to help establish a natural, drug free foundation that can have immediate and long term bene ts to their child’s health.
Chiropractic could help with these common childhood ailments:
Back & Neck Pain
Injuries from Falling & Active Play
Immune System Function
Behavior & Attitude
Persistent sore throats
Chronic ear infections
Q: What age can a patient safely receive a chiropractic adjustment?
A: No patient is too young or old to receive chiropractic care. There are numerous techniques options available to adjust your spine, some of which do not require any manual force whatsoever. Regardless of your age, our licensed Visalia Chiropractors are trained to recognize when certain techniques are more applicable to a patient based on age, physical condition, exam findings and patient’s history.
Q: Are all patients given the same type care?
A: In actuality, there are three stages of chiropractic care:
If your child is experiencing aches, pains and or decreased range of motion, our specialists will work to identify the source of the issue and eliminate joint restrictions, also known as subluxations. Subluxations can get in the way of proper nerve communication from the brain to the body (often resulting in pain and discomfort).
While seeking relief, the doctor may recommend multiple visits per week, for two to four weeks, or until the pain is reduced. The doctor will likely also recommend home therapies such as icing and/or stretching at home.
Just because pain and discomfort begin to subside does not mean your child should stop receiving care. Muscle and other soft tissue damage may still be present even though the symptoms of pain are gone. Recovery care works to support the body’s ability to heal itself by maintaining proper communication throughout the entire body.
During recovery, the doctor may recommend visiting one to two times per week as well as performing strengthening exercises at home.
Even when your child is not experiencing pain or discomfort, they can gain from routine care. While routine chiropractic can help improve health and well being; it can also serve as an early detection system for new problems.
Once your child has found relief and have fully recovered, the doctor will typically recommend maintenance visits along with a balanced diet and exercise regimen.
Q: Will chiropractic care hurt my child?
A: Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort when minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment.
Q: Will my child be sore following a chiropractic adjustment?
A: Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after their first visit can help ease any discomfort and promote healing.
Q: How often will my child have to go to a chiropractor?
A: The frequency in which your child receive chiropractic care is strictly up to the professional opinion of a Doctor of Chiropractic and will vary from individual to individual.
Q: How do I explain the “popping” noise of an adjustment to my child?
A: The popping sounds they will hear are their joints releasing tiny pockets of gases. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of the joint, but rather the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
Why consider chiropractic care for children?
Even when children do not have symptoms of pain or discomfort, their young spines may endure enough trauma to cause health problems as they grow and develop. Beginning with the extreme pressure babies experience during a normal vaginal delivery, other birth trauma such as forceps delivery and prolonged labor may cause misalignment of the spine.
Whether they’re learning to walk, riding a bike, playing sports, or simply playing, children can develop small spinal irregularities or muscle tears that will get worse over time.
Our chiropractors look forward to working with children long before they have spine or muscle damage that’s significant enough to cause pain or restrict movement. When you bring your child in for preventive care, we can also evaluate whether growing pains are signs of a more severe problem and answer questions you might have about your child’s development.
How does treatment for children differ from that provided for adults?
Chiropractic treatment accomplishes the same goal for patients of all ages. It eliminates spinal stress so that the body can function normally and use its own natural healing power. Children receive the same personal attention and physical exam as adults at our Visalia office. However the way our specialists treat children is quite different. We change the amount of pressure used during spinal adjustments according to each child’s stage of development, using a gentle approach that sometimes simply mobilizes joints rather than manipulating them.
In the well trained hands of our team, chiropractic treatments are safe and beneficial for children of all ages. Contact our Visalia office and we’ll be glad to talk about giving your child the healthy life it deserves.