Children of all ages can benefit from gentle chiropractic care in many ways. Chiropractors can remove interferences in the nervous system to allow children’s bodies to optimally function, grow and develop.
At what age can parents bring infants for a chiropractic evaluation, and in what ways do infants benefit from gentle chiropractic care?
Dr. Ben Rauch: That’s a great question, Liz. Parents are able to bring in infants of any age for a chiropractic evaluation. Infants have been evaluated by chiropractors as early as the day that they were born. Infants can benefit from this gentle chiropractic care the same way that you and I benefit from care. The chiropractic adjustments help to alleviate subluxations in the nervous system, and by removing those subluxations infants then have a better functioning nervous system, which controls and coordinates everything in the body.
What are some of the most common conditions your pediatric patients struggle with that you help treat with chiropractic care?
Dr. Ben Rauch: Parents bring in their infants, toddlers, and young children for all kinds of different reasons, some for general wellness checks without anything going on, and then other parents bring in their kids when they are having symptoms, symptoms like colic, constipation, and sleeping issues. When kids are walking and growing parents will also often have their children checked and under regular chiropractic care to ensure they’re growing and developing with a healthy spine and nervous system.
Should parents bring their school age children in for a posture analysis, and how can a chiropractor help kids learn and maintain good posture?
Dr. Ben Rauch: We recommend all parents with school age children to have their kids checked at some point by a chiropractor for a posture analysis. Posture is our external window to the spine. It shows us how the spine could be shaped, and proper posture can help children to ensure that there aren’t unnecessary stresses being put on their developing spine. Things like heavy backpacks can really affect a child’s posture.
For student athletes, in what ways can a chiropractor prepare their growing bodies for peak athletic performance and also help rehabilitate any sports injuries?
Dr. Ben Rauch: Students can benefit from receiving chiropractic care in many different ways. Getting regular adjustments keeps the body more mobile. It increases muscle performance and quickens reaction time. In sports, having the slightest edge over your opponents can mean the difference between a loss and a victory. And then when athletes are injured, chiropractic care can also help to reduce the recovery time, so getting them back in the game.
Could you describe what an initial chiropractic evaluation is like for a young child, and how often should parents schedule routine chiropractic checkups for their children?
Dr. Ben Rauch: The initial chiropractic evaluation will vary for every child, depending on what they’re presenting with, their age, and how developed they are. A comprehensive exam for spinal subluxations will be done with every kid who comes in to be evaluated and then a care plan will be set up based on that examination.
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