You may think that chiropractic care is only beneficial when you have a stiff neck or a sore back. Maybe you also think that chiropractic care is only beneficial for adults.
What if we told you that chiropractic care is actually beneficial and safe for all ages? That’s right; chiropractic care can be given to infants only a few days old to your grandma or grandpa, who’s 101 years old!
The benefits of chiropractic care can vary depending on age, injury, and other aspects, and when it comes to chiropractic treatment for kids, there are numerous.
Chiropractic care is good for kids because it can aid in the growth of strong, healthy, and emotionally balanced bodies and nervous systems.
Want to know more about the benefits of chiropractic treatment for kids? Keep reading to find out!
Benefit 1: Optimal Growth
From the day they are born, kids’ bodies go through different stages of growth. Growing bodies can feel uncomfortable and unbalanced. The brain doubles in size the first year, and getting adjusted can help ensure that your child is developing at their best. Getting adjusted as a child realigns and balances their nervous system.
Benefit 2: Improved Sleep
Is your child restless? Do they have trouble falling asleep? If they do sleep, do you still find that they are tired? Spinal misalignment or stress on the nervous system can be the reason for multiple nighttime issues like bedwetting, insomnia, poor sleep, and more.
Spinal misalignment causes nerve interference in tight muscles and places undue stress on the nervous system. All of which can impact sleep. Through adjustments, your child will be able to reap the benefits of increased energy, restful sleep, and improved emotional regulation.
Benefit 3: Improved Behavior
If a child is upset, angry, or stressed, how do they show their emotion? Throwing tantrums? Crying? This may be due to a nervous system that is out of balance. A rapidly growing and changing nervous system puts stress on a child. That stress isn’t just physical; it can be emotional as well as chemical.
Helping to keep their nervous system balanced with regular adjustments will allow their body to stay aligned, ease tension on those tight muscles, and they will adapt better to stress.
Benefit 4: Brain Development
Growth isn’t just physical; it’s mental. Brain development is crucial during the first several years of a child’s life. Their brain doubles the first year, and 80% of the growth happens in the first 3 years. By age 5, 90% of their brain has developed.
Chiropractic care has been shown to help with brain development because we are creating balance in the nervous system through our specific adjustments. This helps to ensure they are not in a sympathetic fight or flight state, which creates changes in the way the brain is firing—giving their brain more activity in the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for executive function.
Benefit 5: Immune System
One of the main focuses of chiropractic care is whole-body health without medical intervention. For example, if you have a cold, do you take cold medicine? Chiropractic care seeks to ensure a healthy immune system by creating balance within the body’s nervous system. This makes your child ready for when they do get sick, and their immune system is efficient at fighting colds they may have.
How many times a year does your child experience an illness they brought home from school? Limit the sick days by ensuring their immune system is working at its best through simple and effective chiropractic adjustments and care.
Want To Know More About Chiropractic Treatment For Kids?
IIf you are a parent, you want the best for your child in every way. If you are interested in learning more about what chiropractic care can do for your child, schedule a consultation with our team at First Steps Chiropractic here in Hayden, ID. We offer gentle, effective chiropractic care through our techniques and state-of-the-art office and tools. To learn more about what we do here at First Steps, browse our website and read our blogs like “3 Chiropractic Myths Debunked.”
We look forward to helping your child thrive physically, mentally, and emotionally!