When you think of chiropractic care, the most common things that probably come to mind are treatments for things like chronic back pain, headaches, and fatigue. But what you may not know is that chiropractic care can be used to treat a number of ailments that only affect children and infants. While it’s easy to think that most children have healthy bodies that are growing as they should, what’s going on under the surface with their spine and nervous system may tell a different story. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits your children will see after visiting our team at Radix Chiropractic.
Treatment for Colic
Colic can be one of the most stressful and exhausting experiences a new parent can go through. Babies who have a colic cry for hours and seem as if they have serious abdominal pain, and most health professionals and pediatricians will say that it’s something your baby will grow out of. After a few days of a crying baby and very little sleep, most new parents have likely hit a breaking point. Luckily, chiropractic adjustments in infants have been shown to dramatically reduce pain in the abdomen and ease the symptoms of colic in a noticeable way. While the cause of colic is still largely a mystery, the benefits of the spine and the nervous system working together in your baby’s body are substantial.
Treatment for Gastrointestinal Issues
One of the most common intestinal ailments to occur in infants is something called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. It’s a long name for a condition that is caused by babies spitting up, and in the process of spitting up a small amount of stomach acid leaks out causing something similar to heartburn. As you can imagine this is very painful for the infant and for the parent, so most pediatricians will prescribe an antacid to block the leaking stomach acid, but unfortunately, that doesn’t solve the underlying issue. Through chiropractic treatment, there will be a dramatic improvement in your infant’s condition because the pressure is taken off of the spine, diaphragm, and other organs that support digestion.
Nervous System Support
Chiropractic care is also especially effective for older children as well, who are dealing with growing bodies and changes in their physiology that may cause pain or discomfort. Similar to how the spine can become misaligned or pressured in an adult’s body, in a child’s body that pressure can cause an interruption in the nervous system which in the worst cases can inhibit the performance of certain parts of the body. This can occur from bad posture, growing, or an injury, but with regular adjustments, you will be able to see a noticeable difference in your child’s behavior and overall well being. It should also be noted that a healthy nervous system and proper diet will also improve your child’s focus and energy levels throughout the day.
While taking your child to their pediatrician on a regular basis is extremely important, you should also consider chiropractic treatment as a complement to traditional healthcare. If you have any questions about our process for treating children and infants contact our team at Radix Chiropractic today!