Chiropractic & Children

Parents often ask Chiropractors if Chiropractic care is appropriate for children.  In particular, they ask whether spinal manipulation is safe for their kids.  The answer to this question is yes.  In fact, Chiropractic treatment for children is necessary.
 
Children live in a rough and tumble world.  It's a fun world, where they're jostled, tossed, slammed and twisted, and where every contortion is met with laughter.  This play is necessary for their mental and physical development; but in the process of play, injuries small and large are inflicted.  It's all part of growing up.  And parents, you've been given the responsibility for making sure your child’s injuries, recognized and unrecognized, are short-lived and do no long-term harm.
 
The spine, in particular, needs to be cared for as your child grows. It's the conduit for all communication within your child's body.  Its health is vital to their overall health, both now and into adulthood.  Proper care of their spine must be at the forefront of their medical care.

 

Spinal Manipulation and Your Child

Is a child's small body up to spinal adjustment?  Yes.  Gentle and carefully applied Chiropractic care does not harm your child's spine, just like it doesn't harm yours.  You may ask about the cracking that everyone who's had Chiropractic has heard.  Isn't that cracking injuring your child's spine?  No.  The cracking one hears at the Chiropractor isn't the cracking of bone, but the release of small amount of a gas that surrounds vertebrae.  The gas is released when the spinal column is adjusted back into alignment.  You may wonder if a child's bones are well enough developed to stand the pressure of an adjustment.  They are.  Think about the roughhousing that goes on in your home.  Your child's bones are strong and growing.  The pressure Chiropractic treatment applies to the spinal column is a fraction of the pressure they'll experience when playing out on the playground.  The difference is that an adjustment helps ensure that the roughhousing that goes on today continues well into tomorrow.

 

Healthy Choices: Backpacks

Picture your child standing there with their backpack on.  Now picture them walking down the street or up stairs.  For today's kids, backpacks are a necessity.  But research is showing that because of the weight of a backpack and the posture children maintain when carrying them, over half of all kids are experiencing back pain, and experiencing spinal, muscle and joint damage that in later years (if not sooner) may result in debilitating skeletal and soft tissue injuries.

 

How do you get your child to school with all they're required to take with them while also protecting their spine?

  • Make sure your child doesn't shift the weight of their backpack to one shoulder.  Explain to them why they should carry their backpack center on their back.  This helps equalize the weight distribution and will help prevent spinal curvature.
  • Move the backpack as far up the spine as possible.  Do not let it fall more than six inches below the waistline; keep it above the waistline, if possible.
  • Keep the backpack snug against your child's back.  The less play the pack has, the less the contents will shift.
  • Make sure the backpack doesn't weigh more than 10-15 percent of their body weight.  Work with your child to leave books at school or home when carrying them is unnecessary.  Make carrying the least possible weight into a game.
To learn more about Chiropractic care and your child, contact South Tampa Chiropractic Clinic for a free consultation.  (813) 350-0109
 

Copyright 2008 South Tampa Chiropractic Clinic