We each have an incredible spine designed to carry us through our lifetimes. It provides protection, strength, mobility; and acts as a super highway for our nervous system. Our spines are essential for our overall health, yet its importance can be overlooked in the lives of our precious young ones.
Chiropractic care has been provided to children and babies for over a hundred years. On behalf of the Victorian Government, a review was undertaken in 2019 by Safer Care Victoria (SCV) on the practice of chiropractic spinal manipulation on children under 12 years. It found that 98% of parents or guardians reported that their child improved after chiropractic spinal care.
We often get asked about chiropractic care for children and babies, so let’s answer some of the common questions you might have.
Why might a child need chiropractic?
Colliding with objects and falling can cause little and big injuries. According to research published in the journal, Psychological Science, an average toddler “takes 2368 steps, travels 701 metres and falls 17 times per hour.” That’s a lot of bumps! Just like adults, little people can hurt their spines too. If you’ve noticed any significant thuds or signs of pain, you may like to arrange a chiropractic assessment.
What does an examination involve?
This depends on the age of your little one and what problems they’re experiencing. First, we’ll chat with you about your child’s history and your concerns. Then, a careful examination will be performed. This may include checking reflexes, range of motion, observation, measuring angles, moving joints, assessing posture, and feeling the spine.
How does care differ from adults?
Because babies and children are small, so are their adjustments. Depending on your child and their condition, specific techniques will be chosen. These are appropriate for young people and gentle, naturally.
Is it safe?
The SCV review found no patient complaints or practitioner notifications about significant harm following a spinal adjustment on a child.
Our main concern is about the health and safety of our clients. Any plan would be discussed fully with parents or guardians, and always includes information about the risks and benefits of any proposed treatment.
Please ask us if you have any questions or concerns about chiropractic care for your child.
Adam's Back is a team of dedicated complimentary health professionals. Our aim is to support you in finding drug-free solutions for better health.