As parents, we are fully responsible for ensuring our children are well taken care of and in the best health possible. We ensure that they take their vitamins, and we do our best to provide them with healthy foods that give them the nutrients that they need to thrive, and we as parents encourage physical activity to keep their bodies healthy. But have you thought about your child’s spinal health and how much it plays a role in keeping children happy and healthy? Spines are literally the backbone or the foundation of your child’s health. Regular chiropractic appointments from Dr. Andrea is crucial to removing nerve interface that can that is known to cause dysfunction for both children and adults.

Chiropractic care has been proven to be incredibly effective in the overall health of children, working to reduce anxiety, stress, fatigue, depression, and overall symptoms of pain were drastically decreased.

Does my child really need chiropractic adjustments?

Parents may worry that chiropractic care can harm their children, when in fact that could not be further from the truth. You see, chiropractic care is incredibly gentle and effective. A study that was published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine focused on children with “congenital torticollis”, otherwise known as tight neck muscles. These condition affects the way children hold their heads, and if left untreated they would have had to deal with neck pain and tightness into adulthood and likely for the rest of their lives, causing migraine pain, thyroid problems, heartburn, or even constipation.

But, lets be honest, children are notoriously clumsy and often trip and fall causing misalignments of the spine or joints. Not to mention, “tech neck” are common among children who spend time looking down at tablets or phones. This too can lead to neck or back pain that follows your child into adulthood if it is not addressed.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care in Children Are:

  • To maximize their child’s neural plasticity (brain and nerve development and learning).

Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to impact brain activity, showing us the connection between the spine and brain, and how significant it is in overall cognitive function. We know that children need their brains to change and grow, and chiropractic care can encourage this to happen.

  • To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, earaches and general illness.

In certain cases, gentle manipulations to the vertebrae of the upper neck help to dilate the Eustachian tube, which assists drainage o the middle ear. When you correct these misalignments, you can improve your child’s wellness and help to head off future problems.

Studies have shown that with just a few spinal adjustments, the body becomes better at releasing disease-fighting cells to that area of the body where they are needed the most. This gives your childs’ immune system the boost it is craving.

  • To help with colic and irritable Baby Syndrome.

Has your baby been diagnosed with colic or irritable baby syndrome? Colic can have many causes and you baby may have been diagnosed with colic by your pediatrician. When your colic baby goes to a chiropractor they receive gentle manipulations that stimulate nerve flow to the small intestines and increase peristalsis – the wave-like motion of muscles in the gut that pushes liquid gas through. Often, babies are instantly soothed through this careful manipulation practice.

  • To help with asthma.

Although a cure for asthma does not yet exist, Dr. Andrea can provide natural treatment solutions to reduce the frequency and depth of any attack. Your child’s nervous system is responsible for regulating their lungs and diaphragm, which both work to affect how they breathe. When misalignments exist, it can cause significant nerve irritation that affects the performance of their diaphragm. By following spinal manipulation with regular adjustments, these problems can be treated, restoring the nerve supply that helps regulate breathing.

  • To improve spinal posture.

Depending on how long your child has overcompensated with bad posture, treatment may take longer- but chiropractic medicine can help your child current their slouching tendencies, and can even help decrease the possibility of abnormal joint wear and strain from misuse.

  • To assist with behavioral disorders.

When you remove misalignments from the spine that cause miscommunications with the nervous system as well as the rest of your body, you will normalize brain function and encourage proper function of all parts of the brain, including the parts that control impulses, activity, reasoning, and more. Chiropractic care can thus lead to proper brain development and better-behaved children.

  • To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.

A child who deals with the stigma of being a bed-wetter has a constant fear of interrupted sleep and washing the sheets on a daily basis. They might also be afraid to spend the night at a friend’s house because the threat of soiling the sheets is a lot for a child to deal with, especially when . With that said, there are several regions within the spinal column that provide nerve supply to the bladder and sphincter muscle, which open and close it. A series of chiropractic spinal adjustments can potentially help your child not continue to suffer from bed-wetting.

Importance of Treating Your Child to Chiropractic Care Early

It’s never too early for your child to see a chiropractor. Gentle manipulations in certain key areas of your baby’s body can help ease tension and strain, as well as correct nerve problems that may arise after a c-section or natural birth. The birth process can be traumatic for both mom and baby, as it affects nerves throughout the body.

Give your child a healthy chance at life with Dr. Andrea!

Children are products of their own environment, and while genetics do play a role in some health-related issues, what children learn is what they live. Just as you want them to learn to eat a healthy diet and stay active when they are young, you always want them to prioritize their health and wellness from the start. If you have your children started in chiropractic care at a young age, they will be far more likely to continue chiropractic care as they age. Because healthy children tend to also become healthier adults.

Having kids is nothing short of miraculous, and we know that you always want to make the best decisions for them and their overall health. At Dr. Andrea’s, we are committed to providing the Tulsa Community  with the best in chiropractic care so that your children can be healthy now and in the future.

To learn more about how chiropractic care can improve the health and lives of you and your children, contact the team at Dr. Andrea’s today!