We get asked all the time, “Should I bring my children in here?” Our answer? YES! Chiropractic care isn’t just for adults. In fact, there are many reasons, like a drug-free and holistic approach, to take your child to a chiropractor. Here we list the eight best health benefits your child can experience by receiving regular chiropractic care:

  1. Better Sleep

Getting a full night’s sleep is one of the most important childhood habits to create a foundation of good health. But 30 percent of children aren’t getting that much needed sleep, due to experiencing sleep disorders like sleepwalking, sleep apnea, insomnia, and night terrors.

But with the help of a well-trained chiropractor, sleep issues can be greatly improved! Gentle massage and spinal adjustments are the ideal treatments to help your child get better sleep.

  1. Calm Down Colic

Babies who suffer from bouts of colic often cry for up to three hours a day. Symptoms emerge around six weeks of age, then disappear by four months. Parents can often feel overwhelmed, helpless and exhausted when their child is crying for most of the time he or she is awake!

Nearly 15% of babies are diagnosed with colic, and this common condition is very treatable with  chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a safe and gentle way to ease colic symptoms and reduce the amount of crying by at least 50%. The long-term benefits of chiropractic care to treat are also enormous—better development, growth, and help with the baby’s immunity.

  1. Sports Injuries and Improved Athleticism

Injuries are a common side effect of playing sports. However, with regular treatment and the practice of a few simple stretching techniques, children will be on the mend in no time. And for kids who want to improve their game, chiropractic adjustments can help: “a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation reported that in just 12 weeks, athletes who were under chiropractic care improved their agility, balance, kinesthetic perception, power, and reaction time by 30 percent.”[1]

  1. Headache Help

Since 95 percent of headaches are caused by muscle tension in the back or neck, spinal manipulation and adjustments can help. They work by relieving the tension in the body and help calm muscles and joints.

  1. Autism Assistance

Stomach problems, anxiety, phobias, motor skills, and sensory integration are all major health concerns for children on the spectrum. The connection between the spine and the nervous system go hand in hand and that’s why children are able to benefit from the gentle manipulations a chiropractor can provide, which have been proven to help many sensory conditions over time.

  1. Ear Infection Relief

Ask any parent if their child has ever had an earache and more often than not the answer is yes. In fact, five out of six children will experience an ear infection by the time they are three. For some, the cause might be due to a cold, virus, or sinus infection.

There are gentler ways to treat ear infections besides antibiotics. Adjustments to the spine and nervous system are able to help strengthen the immune system and help your child manage pain better.

  1. Care for Growing Pains

Growing pains are usually the result of the intense daily physical activities children participate in. This stress can manifest in the spine and affect the nervous system. A visit to the chiropractor can help calm the pain associated with growing pains and take the pressure off the spine.

  1. Digestive Problems No More

Children experiencing all types of digestive problems such as constipation, acid reflux, and stomachaches can reap the rewards of chiropractic treatment. Because there are specific areas of the spine connected to digestion, if any areas are out of alignment, the body will react. Regular chiropractic adjustments can get their digestion back on track.

Help Get Your Child Truly Healthy with Chiropractic Family Wellness Center

When your child is in pain, you want to do everything you can to help, and when it comes to kids and chiropractic care, the sky is the limit.

When you’re ready to try a new approach, we’re here at Chiropractic Family Wellness Center to help your family heal. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at our Scarborough, Maine office, (207) 883-5549!

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2989393/