Parents often ask me if it’s a good idea to get their children’s spines checked, and my answer is, of course, YES!
But why is chiropractic important for kids? Because taking care of yor spine is like aking care of your teeth. Would you wait until your child developed cavities before teaching them to brush their teeth or going for a dental check-up? Of course not! Oral health is about prevention and developing healthy habits for later in life, spinal health is the same.
Just as cavities develop over time, so does spinal degeneration. Back pain in adults is often the result of years of spinal neglect and poor postural habits, which may have been prevented with timely intervention.
Think about what your child’s spine has already been through. Birth itself is often traumatic for the newborn and can lead to spinal misalignments. Then, when toddlers learn to walk, they fall on average 17x per hour! Children go to school carrying heavy backpacks and sit for long periods of time (generally with poor posture). They often take up a sport, whether it’s hockey, soccer, football or dancing and more often than not they’ll take some hits along the way.
“But my child’s not in pain”. That’s right, and just like a cavity, in the initial stages spinal misalignment may not be painful.
Prevent spinal stress and dysfunction and help your kids develop healthy spinal habits that they’ll carry into adulthood