When children’s bodies grow, their bones model in response to outside physical stresses placed upon them (a concept known as Wolff’s Law) . There are also periods of time when skeletal growth is accelerated (often called “Growth Spurts”) during which balance in the muscles and joints is especially important. A Pediatric Chiropractor can help make sure there are no structural restrictions or imbalances during this crucial growing time. Your child’s nervous system is developing at a rapid rate during the first years of development. The nervous system includes the brain, the spinal cord, and all the millions of nerves that serve every inch of your body and control most of its functions.
Just like the bones need proper joint motion for optimal development, so do the nerves in order to develop optimal communication. Simply put, chiropractic adjustments facilitate optimal nervous system function, which contributes to your child’s overall health a number of ways.
Is Chiropractic Treatment For Children The Same As For Adults?
Although the basic premise for chiropractic care is the same whether the patient is 80 years old or 8 minutes old, the ever-growing and changing active little bodies of children have distinct needs depending on their developmental stage. Generally speaking, children respond much faster and more to chiropractic care than adults do. They have the advantage of NOT having the years of use/abuse to their bodies that we have.
Another major difference is that pain is not usually a primary complaint.
There are certain things that we want to watch for such as postural changes, only wanting to breast feed from one side, always tilting their head to one side, and running with a limp. So the specific techniques or methods used will vary depending on the needs of individual child and what stage of development they are currently in.