Chiropractic care can help kids in many ways from infancy through adulthood. Chiropractors can identify misalignments in the spine and correct them while children are still growing, setting them up with a healthy spine for optimal body function.
How is a chiropractic exam on an infant performed, and what issues are you checking for?
Dr. Scott Gardner: The exam begins with a thorough history about the pregnancy and the delivery process. The exam revolves around feeling the spine for symmetry and tone to determine the presence of subluxation. The key indicators are tightness in the muscles, loss of tone, abnormal temperature, and loss of motion in the pelvis or head.
What are some signs that parents should look for in their children that would warrant a visit to a chiropractor?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Posture is one of the primary indicators of subluxation, especially with the use of technology earlier and earlier. We have a saying, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Most adult problems could have been really prevented with early intervention. Also, if the child is complaining of neck pain, back pain, and headaches, and also, just as a good preventative, just a scoliosis screening with the chiropractor is a good idea.
Could you please explain the benefits of chiropractic care for children’s growth and development?
Dr. Scott Gardner: The benefits of chiropractic care for children are improve sleep, boost immune system function, reduce risk of injury, increase or boost brain development, and build optimal posture.
How can chiropractors help improve kids’ posture and help prevent tech neck?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Chiropractic care is vital in building optimal posture by training the spine and musculature. Also, really providing education can lead to better postural awareness, especially with the use of technology. The combination of chiropractic care along with the education and awareness of posture is really the best way to avoid tech neck.
For older kids and teenagers suffering from sports injuries, how can chiropractic care help with their injury rehabilitation?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Because chiropractic care is focused on strengthening the spine and nervous system, this leads to faster recovery from sports injuries. The nervous system is really the system that’s responsible for that recovery process. And we know that an optimally functioning spine and nervous system really not only will help with the recovery from injuries or training, but also really does equal optimal health.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Scott Gardner visit www.gardnerfamilychiro.com or call 973-614-9256 to schedule an appointment.