Health First Pediatric Chiropractic Care
Like adults, children need regular medical care to ensure proper growth and good health. Also like adults, children benefit from chiropractic care. Pediatric chiropractic care is a safe, effective way to promote better spinal alignment, good posture, and body mechanics – as well as health habits the child can practice throughout life. At Health First Chiropractic in Marysville, WA, pediatric chiropractic care is as much a part of our practice as services for older members of the family.
Why Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?
You might be surprised to learn that the birth process can cause spinal alignment problems. Spinal alignment is critical to proper nerve function and musculoskeletal function – when not treated, misalignments can cause permanent dysfunction. Once babies start to crawl and walk, a fall can shift joints out of position. Although the baby can usually compensate easily, this minor injuries can affect musculoskeletal development. Older children may develop problems with heavy backpacks, sports, and daily play activities. Adolescence is a time when scoliosis – curvature of the spine – appears.
The Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care
The most important aspect of spinal adjustments is to ensure correct spinal alignment. Consider that the nerves which run off the spinal cord regulate all body functions. This includes, for example, the heart rate and blood pressure, digestion, breathing, blood supply, and all body systems and individual organs. The gentle adjustments help the musculoskeletal system and the rest of the body develop normally. While spinal alignment and joint function are a big part of this process, chiropractic treatment also helps the nervous system regulate the body. Some of the benefits might include fewer instances of colic or digestive problems, improvement in bed-wetting, allergies, asthma and ADHD symptoms, and fewer earaches and ear infections.
Childhood is a preparation for adulthood in many ways. Among these are the development of good health habits. A child who learns what correct posture is and practices good body mechanics is better protected from injury and disability. Proper nutrition promotes good health; chiropractors typically have much more nutritional training and knowledge than medical doctors. A chiropractor can also help a child develop good exercise habits. For those children who play sports, exercise helps to keep muscles strong and flexible to prevent injury. Performance improvement is another aspect of pediatric chiropractic care.
Contact Our Health First Chiropractic Marysville in Marysville, WA!
Children are not just little adults. They have specific physical, emotional and developmental needs that can benefit from chiropractic treatment. Even if your child has no specific complaints, an assessment can help determine if there are problems. Please contact us today at (360) 658-1987 for a complimentary initial visit. We offer extended and Saturday hours. Our office is located at 1519 9th Street, Suite 101, in Marysville.