How can chiropractic help children?
The answer: in many ways.
Children are prone to falling. This is trauma to the body. Just because the child may seem fine, Does not mean no micro-damage has been done.. When we are young our ability to heal is better, so we often dismiss minor injuries. However, doing so will lead to an accumulation of compensation patterns that could lead to more trouble later in life, such as degeneration.
Our Bones don’t fully develop and fuse until early adulthood, so any trauma, big or small, in our formative years can lead to changes in bone structure. For example if a child falls on their back side before the coccyx and sacrum are fully fused, the bones may be moved without necessarily being in pain, and then as the child develops and the bones fuse the structure may not be that of how the human body was designed.
Why might this be important some might ask?
You must first consider the proximity of coccyx and sacrum to the pelvis hip and lower back, and its connections through muscles, ligaments and nerve supply to these areas. Then it makes sense that an injury to the coccyx of a child may not cause immediate issue, but as the muscles and bones around the area grow, if the forces of muscles on particular bones are not balanced then we can end up with poor compensatory patterns. Poor compensatory patterns may lead to symptoms of pain stiffness, aches etc. We may also see more degeneration in spines of these people later in life.
How many people out there are living examples of what we have discussed above?
The answer is too many. Why wait for pain and degeneration? Get your child checked by a chiropractor today to prevent poor patterns of compensation developing.
How does a chiropractor care for a child? Is it different than with adults??
Starting with the examination process, there are some tests the chiropractor will perform with your child that may vary depending on their age and development, that are not relevant to adults.
With manual techniques the force used is always adapted to the person being adjusted. So it makes sense that a child will require less force than an adult. For example it requires more force to adjust someone that weights 100kg and is stiff, than it will to adjust a flexible person who weighs 60kg. therefore when adjusting children we always take care to alter the force to a safe and suitable level for your child. See the Chiropractic for Babies page to learn about how we care for infants.
We will always demonstrate the force on the parent first if they would like peace of mind. Obviously for older children and adolescence the chiropractor will show them what is about to happen and make sure both they and the parent are comfortable before adjusting. As with adults, there are many techniques that can be used to adjust your child’s spine, your chiropractor will recommend the technique they have determined will be most beneficial to your child.
Prevention is easier than Cure
If you would like to get your child checked by one of our chiropractors or have any questions you would like to ask them, give the team a call on 8364 2600.