The benefits of chiropractic care for children have become increasingly evident as the number of children receiving chiropractic care continues to rise. Chiropractic research has overwhelmingly shown the benefit of chiropractic care for children. Many pediatric issues can be addressed with chiropractic care, from bio-mechanical instabilities of the spine to scoliosis, colic, headaches, earaches and more.
The young spine also has a high degree of ligament laxity that permits a greater degree of motion of individual vertebral structures. It is this ligament laxity which makes adjustments of a child’s spine possible with very little pressure. A child’s spinal vertebrae therefore can be adjusted without placing the structures under any significant stress. Another characteristic feature of the pediatric spine is that the popping sound, heard when adjusting the adult spine, will be heard less frequently in children. This is likely due to a combination of immature developing joint surfaces and the increased joint range of motion encountered in the developing spine.
During childhood, micro and macro traumas, such as falls, are expected to the pediatric spine. This occurrence cannot be controlled or eliminated. The cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions will be subjected to childhood trauma. Trauma to the pediatric spine may result in misalignments of the spine.
The research community is now paying attention to the pediatric population and back pain. Back pain is a leading health complaint in the adult population. This complaint contributes to loss of work time and decreased quality of life. The adult population is often managed by invasive approaches (i.e., surgery, drugs and therapy) that are not always successful.
The Chiropractic profession has been recognized for its positive results in approaching back pain in the adult population.
It is not uncommon for the Chiropractor to evaluate the adult spine with acute or chronic back pain. Maybe the ideal time to evaluate and render care for the vertebral sub-luxation (a noninvasive approach to back pain) would be the pediatric population. Children benefit when family chiropractic care is used in the prevention of diseases.
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