The spines of infants and children are still undergoing the developmental process. When adjusting an infant, a chiropractor uses minimal force by applying only slight pressure over the bone that needs to be adjusted. As a child ages, and their spine continues to grow, a chiropractor may add a gentle push to their pressure to achieve the desired adjustment. Chiropractic care is safe for newborns to teenagers and beyond because chiropractors take special care to use only the force necessary for the age of the patient. Your chiropractor may also use a low force instrument to adjust your infant or child.
When your child first begins care, the chiropractor will try to uncover the root cause of your child’s problem, and then develop a plan to help correct that problem. Chiropractors are trained to look for spinal misalignments which are often the cause of a patient’s problem and symptoms. When the spine becomes subluxated, or misaligned, that puts pressure on surrounding nerves which can cause pain, organ imbalances, and muscle imbalances that can contribute to a patient’s symptoms. Through the detection and correction of spinal subluxations, the chiropractor will work towards helping your child obtain their optimum health.
Not only does chiropractic care help treat many childhood conditions, it also helps your child perform better on the field and in the classroom. Chiropractic care aims to maintain proper spinal alignment, which in return allows your nervous system to function at its highest level. When your child’s nervous system is functioning at its highest level, they are able to perform their best.