You may associate chiropractic care with adults who have back problems, but chiropractic care can treat patients under 18 years of age as well. This is a specialized area of chiropractic care that many chiropractors receive specialized training in. Fortunately, Dr. Maher here at Melissa Maher DC PA received that training and encourages parents to understand the benefits of this branch of chiropractic care.
Why It's Important
Chiropractic care is focused on the spine -- a complex structure. It has a relationship with the brain since it connects to it. Additionally, the spine houses nerves that are necessary for various functions that your child partakes in every day and that communicate with your child's brain.
Additionally, pediatric chiropractic care can both prevent and treat various types of problems. It may reduce the chances of complications from certain issues as well.
Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care for children could include spinal alignments to reposition the vertebrae in his or her back. This enhances circulation throughout the body and relieves any pressure they may have. In addition, it can include posture correction, which consists of exercises that your child completes to help him or her learn proper posture. Ultimately, that can prevent stress on his or her lower back now and in the future. Sometimes, Dr. Maher will recommend exercises, especially stretches, that work the soft tissue in the back to strengthen it.
Children often sit at a desk for prolonged periods while doing school. If they like playing video games, reading, or doing other sit-down activities, they may also be putting pressure on their backs during this time. This can sometimes lead to pain. Additionally, chiropractic care benefits children who have certain musculoskeletal issues like scoliosis.
Studies have been conducted that show chiropractic care can benefit children with ADHD. It can even help those who don't have ADHD in terms of concentration and behavior. Pediatric chiropractic care can even benefit the social interactions of children. Although studies haven't concluded whether chiropractic care can replace ADHD medications, you may notice a change in your child's behaviors and focus, which can lead to a decrease of medications, depending on your child's response to treatment.
What to Expect
During pediatric chiropractic care, you'll have to answer questions about your child's issues, such as his or her behavior or focus. You'll complete a medical history report about conditions that run in your family as well as any of the medical problems your child has.
Based on an analysis of this information, Dr. Maher will devise an appropriate course of action specific to your child's needs and situation. This may consist of child-safe alignments, exercises, or lifestyle changes. It could even incorporate multiple of these chiropractic solutions.