Healthy Happy Kids

Ask any parent, it’s the only thing they want!

Whether your child is just learning to walk, a college athlete, or anything in between, this guide will help you understand the essential role Chiropractic plays in your child’s health and inform you on what you need to know before taking your child to a Chiropractor.

Sections:

Efficacy of Chiropractic for Kids
Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic
Frequently Asked Questions
Tips for Growing Healthy Happy Kids

Simple, Safe, and Effective

An approach to health that any parent can be proud of.

Parents and pediatric physicians alike, look to Chiropractors to help establish a safe, natural, and drug-free foundation that can have immediate and long-term benefits to their child’s health.

Many of you may be asking “But, why?”. To help answer that, let’s start with a simple anatomy refresher.

Like adults, children’s spinal columns are made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable them to twist, bend, and move throughout the day. It also protects the delicate central nervous system that controls the body’s ability to grow, repair, and function at its best by communicating with every cell, tissue, and organ of the body.

Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, occur when two or more vertebrae become restricted and impede the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Joint dysfunctions in a child can be caused by everyday activities throughout their development cycle.

Falls while learning to walk, championship wrestling with dad, lugging an oversized backpack around, and staring down at their phones are all great examples of activities that put the body in situations that can negatively affect the spine and proper nerve communication throughout the body.

Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct joint dysfunctions by applying a gentle, targeted movement to the body’s spinal column and extremities, where and when needed. This non-invasive technique is commonly known as a Chiropractic adjustment, which according to the Mayo Clinic, is safe and complications are rare.

867 Chiropractic is a professional Chiropractic clinic where we provide routine Chiropractic care to people with back and neck pains, arthritis, migraine, and other chronic conditions. Our Chiropractor will create a Chiropractic treatment plan tailored to your condition and needs. Book your appointment today!

It’s Not Just About Back Pain.

How can your child benefit from chiropractic care?

One of the most common and widespread misconceptions about Chiropractic care is that you only need to see a Chiropractor when your back hurts. Wrong! Chiropractic care is for so much more than just a solution for back pain, it’s essential to helping ensure your child has a life-time of good health and wellbeing.

In addition to helping your child find relief from back and neck pain, Chiropractic care can also help many common ailments or conditions experienced by children young and old throughout their daily lives.

Below are just a few:

To see if Chiropractic care is right for your child, the Chiropractors at 867 Chiropractic will perform a consultation, examination and if necessary, refer you for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. Based on the findings of our Chiropractic exam and consultation, your Doctor of Chiropractic may elect to co-treat your child with other healthcare professionals such as your pediatric physician.

To find a local Chiropractor and to learn more about how Chiropractic care can help children, contact or visit one of our Chiropractic offices today, to speak with a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic.

How to Improve Your Posture

5 easy stretches that can help you achieve and maintain good posture.

In addition to incorporating routine Chiropractic care in support of proper spinal alignment and to limit postural imbalances, according to Harvard Health, you can improve your posture with these easy exercises.

  1. Chin tuck. While seated in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and shoulders relaxed. Hold your head upright. Pull your chin in toward your neck; hold that position for a count of five; then relax. Repeat 10 times. To help guide your head, you can gently apply pressure to your chin with two fingers if needed.
  2. Shoulder blade squeeze. Sit up straight in a chair with your hands resting on your thighs. Keep your shoulders down and your chin level. Slowly draw your shoulders back and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold for a count of five; relax. Repeat three or five times.
  3. Abdominal pull-in. While seated or standing, inhale; then exhale slowly to a count of five, pulling your lower abdominal muscles up and in, as if moving your belly button toward your backbone. Relax and breathe normally. Repeat three or five times.
  4. Upper-body stretch. Stand facing a corner with your arms raised, hands flat against the walls, elbows at shoulder height. Place one foot ahead of the other. Bending your forward knee, exhale as you lean your body toward the corner. Keep your back straight and your chest and head up. You should feel a nice stretch across your chest. Hold this position for 20–30 seconds. Relax.
  5. Arm-across-chest stretch. Raise your right arm to shoulder level in front of you and bend the arm at the elbow, keeping the forearm parallel to the floor. Grasp the right elbow with your left hand and gently pull it across your chest so that you feel a stretch in the upper arm and shoulder on the right side. Hold for 20 seconds; relax both arms. Repeat to the other side. Repeat three times on each side.

Chiropractic Q&A

6 of the most frequently asked questions surrounding kids and chiropractic.

Don’t worry, we’re parents too and we get it. You may have a lot of questions, especially when researching solutions related to your child’s health and well-being. To help answer your questions, we’ve compiled seven of the most common questions we’ve received from parents just like you.

Q: What age can my child safely receive a chiropractic adjustment?

A: No patient is too young or old to receive Chiropractic care. There are numerous techniques options available to adjust your spine, some of which do not require any manual force whatsoever. Regardless of your age, a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to recognize when certain techniques are more applicable to a patient based on age, physical condition, exam findings and the patient’s history.

Q: Will chiropractic hurt my child?
A: Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment.

Q: How often will my child have to go to a chiropractor?
A: The frequency in which your child receives Chiropractic care is strictly up to the professional opinion of a Doctor of Chiropractic and will vary from individual to individual.

Q: How do I explain the “popping” noise of an adjustment to my child?

A: The popping sounds they will hear are their joints releasing tiny pockets of gases. A Chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones on either side of the joint, but rather the connective tissue that holds the joint together.

Q: Will my child be sore following a chiropractic adjustment?
A: Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after their first visit can help ease any discomfort and promote healing.

Q: What is an activator or the Activator Method?
A: The Activator Method is one of the most widely researched gentle instrument Chiropractic adjusting techniques used on children and seniors today. Rather than using the hands to restore joint motion, a small hand-held device is used.

So, if you are seeking upper back pain treatment, migraine treatment, repetitive stress disorder treatment, ear infection treatment, or neck pain treatment for your child, please feel free to contact us. Also, if you are new to our website, don’t forget to explore our “Success Stories” and “Blog” sections.